Meet An Optimist

Meet Clarkston Optimist Dawn Schaller.  Dawn has been an Optimist for about two years but has been volunteering with the club for four years. 

“I like the Optimist Club and the good things they are doing for the kids in Clarkston,” said Schaller, “My favorite project is Friendly Forest, it’s a great kid’s event.  I began volunteering at Friendly Forest when my daughter was asked to be a character in the park for the event, I just came along to help.”  Schaller has chaired the event for the Clarkston Optimists, who partner with the Independence Township Parks, Recreation, and Seniors to put the event on each October.

For Dawn and her husband Mike, the Clarkston Optimist Club is a family affair.  Mike is one of the great Optimist cooks and Dawn always helps with the braut wagon.  She especially likes working at the Renaissance High School Field Day in June and preparing hot dog lunches for the kids.  Dawn can be found in July helping with the SCAMP Field Day lunch and the games with the SCAMPERS. 

Dawn worked almost 20 years in the IT service field for IBM and shares many of those skills when needed with the Optimist Club.  She has designed the program for the last two Clarkston Optimist fundraisers.

Her message to people new to the community is, come out and join the Clarkston Optimists and meet some great people.  Schaller said, “By participating in the Optimist events, we’ve met a ton of people and made many new friends.  When your child(ren) leave school, you have time to volunteer or if you don’t have children, joining the Optimist Club is a way to do something for the kids in your community.”

 

The Schaller family works together to make Clarkston a better place and they enjoy being members of the Clarkston Optimist Club.  

Upcoming Events

COMING IN JANUARY

Optimist Essay Contest“Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges” Check the website for rules http://www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships3.cfm  Open to all students within the attendance area of Clarkston Community Schools and Everest Academy.  Homeschooled and students who live in the attendance area but attend other schools are welcome to participate.  Essays need to be completed by the end of January.  Watch the website calendar for date.  Club awards for local winners and the Michigan District/State  winner receives a $2,500 scholarship.

 

Optimist Oratorical Contest“What the World Gains from Optimism”.  Four to five minute speech following the rules from the website. 

http://www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships4.cfm  Open to all students within the attendance area of Clarkston Community Schools and Everest Academy.  Homeschooled and students who live in the attendance area but attend other schools are welcome to participate.  Oratorical contest is held in March.  Watch the website calendar for registration date.  Club awards for local winners and the Michigan District/State  winners receives  two $2,500 scholarships and one winner receives the opportunity to participate in the NE Regional Oratorical Contest

Calendar

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!

January
18 Meeting American Legion Hall 7:30 a.m. Program: Citizen of the Year from Springfield Plains & Bailey Lake Elementaries
25 Meeting American Legion Hall 7:30 a.m. Program: Ken Rogulski, WJR News Anchor
February
01 Meeting American Legion Hall 7:30 a.m. Program:  TBA
08 Meeting American Legion Hall 7:30 a.m. Program: TBA
15 Meeting American Legion Hall 7:30 a.m. Business Meeting
March
04 Optimist Party, Deer Lake Athletic Club