President's Column


Kathy Novak, is our Club President for the 2020-2021 Optimist year. 

Last Updated on: 12/03/2020

Hello Clarkston Community!

As we begin the start of the Holidays….our Optimist Elves are busy shopping for Christmas gifts in support of RHS students. Our head elf Ed Stone, has been busy coordinating this project…thanks Ed, Santa says, “great job”! Our club member Tracy Bedford is heading up the Optimist Essay contest and has contacted the schools with all the information for the students! Check out the details under the PROJECT tab here on our HOME page. Big thanks Tracy…well done! John Merz is busy with his Large Grant Committee as they finalize who will be awarded Fall grants. John has done a great job organizing this project this year. Thank you John! And a very special THANK YOU to Pastor Rick Dake from Clarkston United Methodist Church, as he continued a long-time tradition for our club, as we invite one Community member each year, to share what the real meaning of Christmas is to them. We were most honored to have him at our meeting this morning….what a lovely and special way to begin the Holidays. Next week Thursday, 10.10.20 starts the first night of Hanukkah…those of you who will be preparing for this special week…we wish you a Holiday filled with happiness! So…as we begin this meaningful and joyful time of year, no matter how you celebrate…..please keep your friends and loved ones close in heart, if you can’t spend the Holidays close together.  And remember to approach everything with an Optimistic spirit!

Committed to Optimism,

Kathy Novak, 35th Club President


Optimist News

Last updated on: 10/20/2020
Fall Grant Program 2020
Click here to view and/or download the Optimist Club: Fall Grant Application
Flags for Kids Program - 2021
Essay ContestSee Projects and Events tab
Oratorical Contest - See Projects and Events tab
Outstanding Student Citizen Recognition Program - See Projects and Events tab
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.

Upcoming Meetings

Last updated on: 12/02/2020

Wednesday morning Membership Meetings are held at the Clarkston United Methodist Church, 7:30am       (*** see notice below ***)

As result of COVID-19 pandemic and the availability of our regular meeting location, until further notice, our Club meetings and Committee meetings maybe scheduled on Zoom or held at an alternative location.  See dates and locations below:

December 9th, 2020 - Gary Bigger, Principal at Clarkston Renaissance High School will be our speaker. Zoom meeting only. Zoom link will be emailed out to members.

December 16th, 2020 - Clarkston High School Madrigal Singers will present a holiday vocal concert for us. Zoom meeting only. Zoom link will be emailed out to members.

December 23rd, 2020 - Social Meeting. Zoom meeting only. Zoom link will be emailed out to members.

December 30th, 2020 - TBD