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.

New Officers Inducted

The Annual Installation Banquet was held on October 1st at Black Rock in Hartland.  The Brighton Optimist Club is proud that our new Michigan District Governor, Steve Sucher, and our Zone 10 Lt. Governor, William Hampton, were available to attend.  New officers inducted were: President Butch Pleiness, Secretary Diane Dennis, and Treasurer Jon Innes. 

Monthly Evening 'Get To Know The Optimists' - 
November 17th, Brewery Becker

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.   October at 2FOG Pub in Howell was a blast!  In November, we'll visit Brewery Becker in the historic Western House building at the edge of downtown. They have a limited food menu but you can bring your favorite take out or have food delivered if you like.   Drop by to mingle and if you twist our arms we'll tell you about the club activities.  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 Contests Gearing Up

We're getting ready to award $500 scholarships for the best Essay and the best boy and girl Oratorical performance.  Watch for info!   If they progress to the District competiton in May, they may also win another $2,500 scholarship!  For the Oratorical Contest, Optimist International is awarding a single $25,000 schoalrship to the best speaker for the first time in its history!  This is an international event and a huge step up in Optimism's committment to the youth.


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 October 29, 2015

 P.O. Box 524, Brighton MI 48116




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