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

Trivia Night Out!

Save the Date!

A Fundraiser to Benefit Clarkston Area Youth

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Happy Hour 6 pm
Trivia 6:30 pm
Dinner 7 pm
Deer Lake Athletic Club
6167 White Lake Rd., Clarkston 48346



Topic: “Can Society Function Without Respect?”
Essay should be 700-800 words, with quotations identified, no reference to name, parent’s names, school, community or sponsoring Optimist contest.
Entrants must be under 18 years of age as of October 1, 2017.
DEADLINE for the Essay Contest is February 1, 2018.
The Clarkston Optimist Club awards 1st place winner - $100, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50. The winner will go on to the state level contest (only 20 other essays at the state level) competing for a $2,500 college scholarship.
Contact Clarkston Optimists at for more information.
Applications with contest rules linked below with fill in application..


Clarkston Optimist Meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. at the American Legion, 8047 M-15 every Wednesday. Meetings last for one hour and will not be held when the school closes for inclement weather. Each meeting has an interesting 30 minute program.

24 Meeting
27 Shiver by the River 1-4 p.m. Depot Park
31 Meeting
01 Essays due to Clarkston Optimists, P.O. Box 891, Clarkston 48347
07 Meeting
14 Meeting
21 Meeting
28 Meeting
03 Trivia Pursuit II, 6:00 p.m. Deer Lake Athletic Club