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 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.We gave away three rod & reel combos at the casting contest, as well as a couple of fully equipped tackle boxes.  Our heartfelt gratitude to Two Brothers Coffee for providing free coffee for the volunteers, and to the Brighton Kohl's for their participation under the Kohl's Cares Associates in Action program for their hard work, as well as Boy Scout Troops 350 and 347. Brighton's own jumprope team, the Jumpin' Allstars gave a fantastic demonstration of skill and athleticism while we were compiling the awards.  Wilson Marine brought a very eye-catching duck paddleboat that was parked on Main Street in front of the Millpond.  You made a lot of kids happy and gave a lot of families another reason to come to Downtown Brighton. 

Bike Decorating And Ride In The Parade

Join us our our Bike Decorating Contest and kids ride in the parade event on the 4th of July at the Brighton Indepence Day Parade!  Decorate the bikes in a patriotic motif and come on down for judging.  Then ride in the parade. Free.  Check the 'Activities' page for updates.        

Monthly Evening 'Get To Know The Optimists'

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.  Our next night out is Tuesday, June 17th, 6pm, at Jameson's Irish Pub (Green Oak Twp).  Please join us if you are able.  Pessimists and grouches always welcome. Who knows, our Optimism may rub off.

2012-2013 Awards

The Brighton Optimist Club earned OI's Honor Club status, and the Michigan District's  'Bringing Out The Best' awards for 2012-2013.  They also earned the OI Foundation's 365 award.


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 June 19, 2014

 P.O. Box 524, Brighton MI 48116




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