Meet An Optimist

Meet Linda Danek, a Clarkston Optimist Club member.  She became aware of the club through Michelle Carson, Clarkston High School Optimist Advisor and checked us out online (  

 Linda says, “I liked the Creed and I crashed a meeting. People made me feel welcome especially member. Linda Knott.  My first meeting was the Scholarship winners talking about their future plans and accomplishments at a celebration breakfast.  I was hooked.” 

Linda is currently serving on the Board of Directors, she helped with the Fourth of July parade setup, Friendly Forest in October and at the braut trailer after the Christmas Lights Parade.  She was back in January to help with Shiver by the River and more brauts to cook.  She also worked with the students at North Sashabaw and enjoyed it very much. 

Linda says, “The members of the Clarkston Optimist Club are very welcoming, devoted to fulfill the Optimist Creed and “Bringing Out the Best in Kids”   

She added, “If you are looking to get involved in the community and do good work, get involved in the Optimists.  Being involved has made a difference in my life.  It is one of the best things I’ve done for myself.”   

Linda shared that she was cleaning her basement a couple of months ago and came across a second place trophy from her time in Junior High.  She had entered the Optimist Oratorical Contest and it was her first public speaking experience.   

Come and join Linda Danek, a Clarkston Optimist Club member, and enjoy the fellowship and serve the Clarkston community and especially the youth!  

Linda Danek with the help of the Clarkston Junior High Optimists flocked her mother, Mrs. Margie Martin's residence with flamingoes. 

Upcoming Events

Joint project of the Independence Township Parks, Recreation & Seniors and the Clarkston Area Optimist Club. Come out and bring your children for agreat Fall Halloween treat.


The Clarkston Optimist Club granted $50,000 to the following organizations for:


Renaissance High School – professional development in leadership development

Blessings in a Backpack – shelving

Clarkston High School – Senior Celebration

Clarkston Village Players – Youth Theatre Production

Everest Academy – Leveled Reading Books

Clarkston Youth Assistance – Family Education

Pine Knob Elementary – Maker Space

Independence Television – 48 Hour Film Competition Scholarships

Play All Sports.Net – Yes Basketball League Equipment

City of the Village of Clarkston – Swing for students in wheel chairs

Clarkston Family Farm – Hoop House

Clarkston HELP – Supplies

Clarkston Cultural Arts Center – Paint for Painting in the Park

KIDS Standard Magazine – Help with Publishing

Clarkston Schools – Leader in Me Program Andersonville Elementary & Independence Elementary

North Sashabaw Homework Club

O.A.T.S. Oscar the Horse

Clarkston Junior High School Art Dept. – Slab Roller

 The winners of the Clarkston Optimist Club Oratorical Contest



Boy’s Division

1st Place  - Alexander Gavulic

2nd Place – Andrew Dimmer

3rd Place – Nathan Dimmer


Girl’s Division

1st Place – Olivia Maday

2nd Place – Grace Nolan

3rd Place -  Emily Greatorex

Club Meetings

Weekly General Meetings, 7:30 AM at Clarkston United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall

Second Wednesday of the month Board Meetings, 6:30pm at McLaren Cancer Center


Weekly Meetings
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
8047 Ortonville Rd.
(Campbell Richmond American Legion Hall)
All are welcome, just come and join us if you are interested in working in your community!

26 Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Speaker, Topic:  Consumer Fraud
28 11: 00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The 22nd Annual Spartan & Wolverine Tailgator, between Brose Electric & the Print Shop on Dixie Hwy.  Hot dogs, snacks, & famous tailgator jumbo.  Donations, bring the kids!  Donations given to the Clarkston Junior Optimist Clubs.  Hosted by  Don Brose, Brose Electric & The Metgzer Family, The Print Shop 
02 Program – Clarkston Independence District Library with Julie Meredith, Librarian & Staff CHANGE OF LOCATION – Meeting held at Clarkston Independence District Library, 6495 Orion Rd
05 JOI Fall Leadership Conference – Clarkston High School
09 Sharon Blumeno, Automation Alley Marketing Director, Topic:  Automation Alley
10 Shoes for Kids, Optimist Optic Socks 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Oakland Woods Baptist Church
Clarkston Christmas Parade
14 Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. McClaren Cancer Center