President's Column

 

Kathy Novak, is our Club President for the 2020-2021 Optimist year. 

Last Updated on:09/14/2021

Hello Clarkston Community!

School....ready-set-yeah….you got this!!

No matter what this new school year may have in store, I know that our teachers, administrators and our amazing students…will step into it armed with a resilience acquired from the past school year!

As a community, we need to support one another, understanding what we all faced though-out this relentless pandemic TOGETHER….we need to look into the eyes of our future, and be the champion of every child who deserves the very BEST from all of us!

We, as a community, need to embrace the individuals who go to work every day… called to a profession which so many of us could nor would….ever feel empowered enough, or strong enough or committed enough to do……TEACH OUR CHILDREN!  Did we not learn this while our kids were home, and WE not only had to be their parent…we also had to be their teacher?

Isn’t this what an educators’ role is… five days a week for 7 hours every day? They teach, guide, comfort, hold a hand, laugh, worry, wipe a tear, instill community and offer friendship ….they get to know our child’s mind as well as our child’s heart.

So…as our kids begin another school year (or perhaps their very first)….remember to raise your children to the same commitment as the teachers who will spend this new school year with them! 

Our Club will forever champion the kids in our community, along with every educator that positively touches and impacts the lives of their students!

Committed to Optimism,

Kathy Novak, 35th Club President

 

Optimist News

Last updated on: 06/28/2021
 
Grant Program - click on the desired application below:
 
Flags for Kids Program - 2021
 
High School Senior Scholarships - If using a desktop or laptop go to the Projects & Events tab at the page top. If using a mobile device use the Select a page option at the top of the page, then scroll-wheel down to select "Scholarship".
 
Essay Contest - If using a desktop or laptop go to the Projects & Events tab at the page top. If using a mobile device use the Select a page option at the top of the page, then scroll-wheel down to select "Essay Contest".
 
Oratorical Contest - Due the logistical challenges as a result of the Pandemic, the Oratorical Contest has been cancelled for this year.  We will be back next year!
 
Outstanding Student Citizen Recognition ProgramIf using a desktop or laptop go to the Projects & Events tab at the page top. If using a mobile device use the Select a page option at the top of the page, then scroll-wheel down to select "Outstanding Student Recognition".
 
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

Speaker Program. Last updated on: 09/13/2021

Wednesday morning Membership Meetings are held at the Clarkston United Methodist Church, 7:30am 

September 22nd, 2021- Steve Lukens from Health Quest

September 29th, 2021 - Kathy's last meeting wrap up

October 6th, 2021 - Tom's first meeting

October 13th, 2021 - Dave Vanderveen, from the Oakland International Airport will host us for a "fieldtrip" tour of the facility there at the airport. Note: this meeting will be later at 9:00am-10:00am, not at CUMC.

October 20th, 2021 - Zoom meeting from Germany, hosted by Optimist Scholarship recipient Tyler Dunn.  We will send out a Zoom invite for this meeting, but also meet live at the CUMC for a hybrid meeting

October 27th, 2021 - Katie Yates will present information about the Clinton River Watershed Council

November 3rd, 2021 - Business meeting, lead by our President Tom Lowrie