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.

Fishing Derby Coming Up - June 13th!

Saturday, June 13, 2015 will be our annual Free Fishing Derby for kids at the downtown Brighton Millpond. Bring your gear and a bucket for the fish. We have some loaner buckets, loaner rods & reels (please return) and free bait while the supply lasts.

Trophies will be awarded. Souvenier fishing licenses, pizza and entertainment are provided while we tabulate the results. When you're done, visit the Brighton Farmer's Market or visit some of the shops downtown.

We are looking for tee shirt sponsors!  Get your business name or logo on the back of the shirt.  Email for info.

Monthly Evening 'Get To Know The Optimists' - 
May 19, 2015

On the 3rd Tuesday each month, the Brighton Optimists take a road trip to a different area restaurant for socializing. On May 19th we'll be at the BAR NONE Restaurant on Grand River at Pleasant Valley.  Drop in and join us.  Contact us at for reservations or more info.

June 16th's location will be the new 2FOG Pub in downtown Howell.

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 Success!

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 May 1, 2015

 P.O. Box 524, Brighton MI 48116




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