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

New Members

Welcome to Jamie Barnes, OD, and Rick Smith as a Friend of Optimist.  Thanks for all you do for the kids.

Fishing Derby & Bike Decorating Projects A Success

Perfect weather and a great effort by members, spouses, children, neighbors and sponsors made this an event to remember.  A special thank you to Lifetouch for providing FREE souvenier photo fishing licenses for the kids.  Also, Alexandra's Nature Bus from the Howell Conference and Nature Center, and the therapy dog trainers.  Our sponsors were the Marketeer, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, Efficient Energy Enterprises, J.J. Jinkleheimer, and Auto One.

Bike Decorating And Ride In The Parade

Bike Decorating and Ride in the Independence Day Parade was a great weather day, too!  The kids and families that participated had a great time, and downtown Brighton was hoppin' afterwards.  If you missed it this year, plan for it in 2015.           

Monthly Evening 'Get To Know The Optimists' -
September is Member Recruitment Month

We will be visiting different venues on the 3rd Tuesday each month at 6pm.  The purpose is to get together purely for social time, to give our members that can't make morning meetings a chance to be seen, and to informally meet other community residents.   Please join us if you are able.  Pessimists and grouches always welcome. Who knows, our Optimism may rub off.  P.S. - On September 16th, we'll be at Mt. Brighton's Ore Creek Mountain Grill at 6 pm for a membership drive.  Guests must RSVP and their meal will be free.  Contact us at for reservations or more info.

Scholarship Program Topics Announced!

The topics for the 2014-2015 Optimist International Scholarship Programs have been announced.  The Essay Contest topic is "Optimism Should Be A Priority", and the Oratorical Contest topic is, "How My Optimism Wll Help Me Press on to Greater Achievements of the Future."  The Brighton Optimist Club is proud to award $500 scholarships to our best essay writer, and to the top male and female contestants in the Oratorical Contest.  The Essay finalist progresses to the District (State) competition and our male and female Oratorical winners move on to the Area competition. Area winners go to the District competition. District winners receive a $2,500 scholarship. 


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 28, 2014

 P.O. Box 524, Brighton MI 48116




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