Meet An Optimist

Chandler Fleming is getting ready to become the 32 nd President of the Clarkston Area Optimist Club

Fleming joined the Optimists when he was changing careers and looking at community organizations that he could contribute to. He had traditionally been a Rotarian but he was looking for an organization that met in the a.m.

So Fleming showed up on a Wednesday morning and didn’t know it was the meeting after the yearly fundraiser. His first thoughts were of a tired but dynamic group. He was impressed with the Optimists in action.

Fleming has participated in many activities in the club and often brings his son to help out. But one of the Optimist activities that is closest to his heart is the JOI clubs. JOI is the Junior Optimists Clubs that are in the elementary schools, middle school, junior high school and high school. Fleming has facilitated the Andersonville Elementary JOI Club for three years.

He says, “There are a lot of laughs from the kids and I see so much enthusiasm.”

Professionally, Fleming is a Licensed Therapist working with adults and children at Clarkston Lighthouse Counseling, which he founded four years ago. He is married and has two children who attend Clarkston Schools.

As he begins to think about his year as President, which begins in October, he says he’s sure it is a huge job. His passion as President will be to strengthen the JOI Clubs in the district.

“My philosophy is when you start out giving, it is sometimes a sacrifice, but you soon discover that the blessings of giving outweighs any sacrifice,” said Fleming.

Upcoming Events

Clarkston Optimists Provide Grants for Community

2017 Grants

Summer Wolf Shop – tools for industrial arts at CJHS

Refurbishing Mindful Room – paint, tile, lamp – CHS Special Education Rm

Senior Picnic & Graduation Party 2017 – supplies

Everest Academy – Electrophoresis Equipment Pkg

Oakland County Parks – Off the Hook Fishing Derby

O.A.T.S. – Sponsorship of two horses

Independence Elementary Autism Program – I Pad

SCAMP Teacher Luncheon –

Maker Girl Mania – Opportunities for STEAM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics

Clarkston Junior High – German Books for library

Leader in ME – Baily Lake program

Clarkston Youth Assistance – Speakers

Clarkston Independence District Library – Books for Middle School

Friends of Depot Park – Playground Equipment

Clarkston Cultural Art Council – Make It Take It for Harmony in the Park

Clarkston Family Farm – Rehab building for classroom space

Oakland County Parks – Archery Range program at Independence Oaks


at 7:30 a.m to 8:30
a.m. at American Legion Hall @ 63, 8047 M-15 (next to the MSU Credit Union)

27 President’s Wrap Up
28 Installation of 2017-2018 Officers
06 Brose Electric & Print Shop Tailgate for Lunch - Brose Electric on Dixie Hwy.
14 Friendly Forest – Clintonwood Park 2;00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Tickets at Independence Township.