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

Oratorical Contest
Topic for the 2019-20 school year is: “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries”.  Please see the Oratorical Rules and complete the Application. Deadline for entries is Thursday, March 19th, 2020.
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.
"A Small Town in Michigan" - Podcast
Turn up your speakers, click here and listen to the latest in Alan Partington's creative Podcast Series, featuring local community members.

Upcoming Programs

Wednesday morning Membership Meetings at CUMC, 7:30am

October 23rd, 2019 - Clarkston Impact Weekend, with Chris Horvath and Kellee Rainoldi

October 30th, 2019 - Tracy Bedford and Sandy Larkins- Book Talks at North Sashabaw

November, 6th, 2019 - Business Meeting

November 13th, 2019 - Suicide Prevention, with Kate Zywicki

November 20th, 2019 - TBD....