President's Column

Rob Whitcomb, is our Club President for the 2019-2020 Optimist year. 

As President of the Clarkston Optimist Club I am extremely excited to head the Club into a 34th year.

Also joining with my fellow Optimist in celebrating the 101st year of Optimist International. 

Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing out the Best in Kids.”  The Clarkston Optimists exemplify this motto through numerous activities throughout our community.  I believe it is fair to say that you will find an Optimist involved in just about every project, event, and community service program in the Clarkston area. 

I have personally resided in Clarkston, with my wife Meg, since 1978.  Our son, Mark Whitcomb attended Clarkston schools.  I have been a financial advisor for more than 25 years.  currently affiliated with LPL Financial, maintaining an office in Clarkston.  My past experience includes teaching financial planning courses through adult education and college programs.

Previously I was the President of the Clarkston Area Lions Club, the Independence Township Investment Committee and the Clarkston Chamber’s Concert in the Park committee.  I am a founding member of the Independence Day Parade Committee.   One of my favorite hobby’s is ballroom dancing.  As a dance enthusiast I assisted in teaching dance through Special Olympics to children with disabilities. 

Optimist News

Last updated on: 09/17/2020
Fall Grant Program
Click here to view and/or download the Optimist Club: Fall Grant Application
Flags for Kids Program 
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: 09/24/2020

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

Due to the Govenor's Executive Order of safe distancing practices 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:

September 30th, 2020 - Rob Whitcomb's presidential finale meeting. This meeting is both a Face-to-Face meeting at the Church parking lot and a Zoom meeting. Zoom link will be emailed out to members.If coming to Church parking lot, bring your own chair and a mask. Physical distancing is highly encouraged. 

September 30th, 2020 - Installation Dinner for the new incoming officers and Board of Directors. All members are invited to attend. Mr. B's outdoor pavillion, 6:00-8:00pm. Members's can order directly from the menu and pay with separate tabs for what they order.  Contact Kathy Novak, President-Elect, at for more details and to RSVP.