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Welcome to the Clarkston Area Optimist Club

Programs and Events Section

Grant Program



Flags for Kids Program - 2024

Information Flyer 
Subscription Application

OptiFest Event - Saturday, Aug 3rd 2024

Outdoor fun, free event for the whole family. OptiFest Flyer (not yet available)

Essay Contest

Oratorical Contest

College Scholarships

Outstanding Student Citizen Program

Optimist Winter Fest 

2nd Saturday of February, every winter, Depot Park skating rink, 12:00noon to 3:00pm. Skating, hot chocolate, DJ music, smores with campfire and kids games. All families are invited and it's FREE!

Club President's Page

Debra Berry

President Debra Berry, 2023-2024

Who doesn’t need Optimism in todays’ world? It can change a mindset, an objective, an agenda, a lifestyle and much more.  Optimistic people are more likely to live to the age of 85 or beyond, according to recently released findings by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I brings joy to those around us!

The Clarkston Area Optimist Club has been in the business of bringing a positive vision to the community for over 38 years.  Everything we do involves children through educational support, programs, scholarship programs, special recognition, recreational activities, leadership development and skills training.  Our youth are indeed our “future” and a connection, through optimism, creates creative, innovative changes that will impact their world.

We invite you to be curious about what we do as part of a world-wide service organization!  You can find lots of information on our website and better yet, come visit us for coffee and donuts every Wednesday morning at Clarkston Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road, in Clarkston.  Even at that hour, there is positive energy in the room and many connections to what is going on in Clarkston, for the youth.  We hope to see you there!


Upcoming Meetings

Membership Meetings are held on Wednesdays mornings at the Clarkston United Methodist Church, 7:30am. Guests are welcome to attend. 

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024 - member Dennis Pawley will talk about his experiences working with the Chrysler Corporation

Wednesday, March 20th, 2024 - guest Stephanie Simony will talk about Project Search

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024  - Oratorical Contest winners

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 - Business Meeting with President Debra

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024 - member Kathy Novak's Student Citizen Recognition Program

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 - member Kathy Novak's Student Citizen Recognition Program

Wednesday, April 24th, 2024 - Sean Mueller, Michigan District Governor-Elect will be our guest speaker


Clarkston Optimist Media

Optimist Club YouTube Channel

Click here, to view and watch Clarkston Optimist activities and programs happening right here in Clarkston.

Service for the Community

Click here, to view our Independence Televison spotlight video on the Clarkston Optimist Club.

Podcasts by Alan Partington

Turn up your speakers, click on the links below to listen to the latest in Alan Partington's creative Podcast Series, featuring local community members.
"Clarkston Family Farm"