Chartered Sept. 15, 1977  Zone 10, Michigan District


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Brighton Optimist Club


Optimist Clubs are chartered to serve the youth of their communities. Sometimes that can be a pretty large area. Most Clubs participate in Optimist International's signature programs like the Oratorical Contest, which provides young people the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills and a chance to win college scholarships; the new Internet Safety Program, designed to inform both young people and their parents of potential online dangers and offering safe practice tips while online; and the Childhood Cancer Campaign, created in 2001 to be "the leading force to rid the world of childhood cancer". Clubs also conduct their own local service programs.

Please contact the Brighton Optimist Club at

Optimist Club Foundation of Livingston County Now On Amazon Smile

Hey, we know that some of you do a lot of shopping on Amazon.  Consider using the AmazonSmile feature to help us do great things for the kids in the community.  By logging in at before you shop, you can choose "The Optimist Club Foundation Of Livingston County Inc." and we will receive 0.5% of your purchase price as a donation.  This does not increase your purchase price in any way. And you can use your existing account, too.  All of our youth activities are totally free to the kids and we are self-funded. Every little bit helps.  If you shop Amazon, please consider using AmazonSmile and selecting us as your charity.

Bike Decorating Contest and Ride in Brighton's Independence Day Parade!

Get the kids' bikes decorated in a patriotic manner and bring 'em over to Lynch & Sons (600 E. Main St.) to be judged.  Drop off begins at 8:30am on the 4th. Judging thereafter, then the kids can ride in the parade with the Brighton Optimists around 10am. Parent must be in attendance and helmets for all riders are required.  Face painting available, and bike safety checks courtesy of Hometown Bicycles, too.  Cost?  Free! UPDATE: Great weather, awesome parade and a lot of happy kids!

Fishing Derby A Success!!

The weather was sketchy early on, but we still had a great crowd of kids and adult family members.  A lot of fish were caught (and released). Biggest fish was a 28" carp, but our tank had a really huge crappie, some bullhead, large mouth bass and bluegill, too. Be sure to drop in to our weekly meeting on July 23rd to see a drone's-eye-view of the fishing derby! 

Thank you to Kohl's and the Kohl's Cares Program, the Jumpin' Allstars jump rope squad, Brighton Area Fire Department, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lifetouch, The Little Big Band of Charyl Stockwell Academy, Beauchamp Water Tratment & Supply, The Marketeer, Campbell Collision, Efficient Energy, Hall-Davenport Wealth Strategies, the City of Brighton and all of the volunteers that made this event a success! 

Monthly Evening 'Get To Know The Optimists' - 
August 18th, Lakefront Party

On the 3rd Tuesday each month, the Brighton Optimists take a road trip to a different area restaurant for socializing.     Contact us at for more info.  In August we are having a lakefront party that serves as a recruitment event.  We do a lot of great things for the youth and the community, but it can't keep its momentum without the occasional new member.  Even if you can't make the morning meetings, there are important things you can do to make our events a success. Consider discovering your local Optimist Club. We're not the best kept secret in town any more!  And we need your help. More info coming.

Scholarship Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to Brennan Hoadley who won the Brighton Optimist Club Essay Contest!  We are also pleased to announce our Oratorical Contest winners, Landon Brien and Sarah Lampert.   All three won a $500 scholarship.  Brennan's entry has been forwarded to the District Contest where he's in the running to win an additional $2,500 scholarship, and Landon and Sarah will be competing at the next level, the Regional, in April. If they progress to the District competiton in May, they may also win another $2,500 scholarship!

Spring Break Fun Day A Huge Hit!

We had more than 300 youngsters in grades K-4 attend this year. Activities from karate, swimming and kayaking to gardening, zumba, magic tricks, woodworking anad nature - and many others - kept the kids entertained and interested.  Thank you to our instructors and volunteers for making this a fantastic day for the children!


11-29-12 Evening Meeting at the Lil' Chef Restaurant:Photo courtesy of George Moses

The Brighton Optimist Club meets every Thursday morning at 7:30am at the Grand River Grill, 2394 Genoa Business Park Dr, Brighton 48114.  We have speakers of general interest the first three weeks, and a Club Business Meeting on the last Thursday of each month.   First time visitors eat for free. See our scheduled speaker list here .

updated August 3, 2015

 P.O. Box 524, Brighton MI 48116




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