Meet An Optimist

Meet Ken Ermer who is known as the Chief Chef and Organizer for Optimist fundraisers and kid lunches in the community. 

Ken has been an Optimist member for eight years.  When he joined the club, he owned a business in Clarkston and was looking to network with people in the community.  Ken has since retired and says he continues to enjoy his activities with the club. 

“I see the activities we do in fundraising going back to the kids through scholarships in the Essay and Oratorical contests and other youth activities,” says Ermer

Ermer organizes the cooking and sales of over 1,300 brauts and hot dogs at fundraisers for the Optimists as well as providing lunches for students and staff at the Renaissance High School Field Day, the SCAMP Field Day, and the students and club members, who work at Friendly Forest.  You’ll see Ken and his Optimist crew doling out free chili at Shiver by the River in January in Depot Park.  They are back in Depot Park for Concerts in the Park with their concession stand in the summer and again in the fall for Art in the Village with brauts, hot dogs and “Buck An Ear” corn.  In December, Ken and crew provide food after the Christmas Parade in Depot Park.

Ermer and Past President Tom Middleton designed the Optimist “Braut Wagon” that takes all the equipment to the events that the Optimists support. 

Ken has worked on Student of the Year breakfasts to honor students from Clarkston Community Schools and Everest Academy.  He served on the Community Grant committee and is on the Optimist team to install the Ice Rink in Depot Park.  Ermer was named 2016 Optimist of the Year for his work on behalf of the kids in the community. 

Ermer says he likes the social activity of the Optimist Club and the outreach to support students in our community. 

 

“Come join us at an Optimist meeting on a Wednesday morning,” says Ermer. 

Upcoming Events

Renaissance Christmas Elves Project – November

Opti Socks – Bring in new socks for boys and girls, small to large sizes.  Will be given to students receiving new Rotary shoes.  Deadline November 30

 

Clarkston Christmas Parade – Come visit the Optimist Braut Wagon in Depot Park following the parade for some delicious brauts and hot dogs and a hot cup of coffee or cocoa.  Saturday, December 10

 

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!

December
10 Shoes for Kids, Optimist Optic Socks 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Oakland Woods Baptist Church
Clarkston Christmas Parade
Brauts & Hot Dogs at Parade Afterglow, Depot Park
March
04 Optimist Party, Deer Lake Athletic Club