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Making a Difference JOI Club Fundraiser - Honey Baked Ham

Making a Difference JOI Club is working on a community service project of purchasing socks for those in need. 20% of all purchases to Honey Baked Ham will go to buying socks for Lighthouse in Pontiac and Covenant House - Detroit. Click Read More to get the fundraising link - posted December 6, 2022 Read More >>

Teen Mental Wellness Community Forum

The SLV Optimists have partnered again with public and community organizations for a Teen Mental Wellness Forum. This free virtual forum will have a panel of Mental Health experts to answer YOUR questions. Click Read More to register - posted November 16, 2022 Read More >>

Celebrate Community 2022

On Saturday September 24, the Optimists, along with the Southfield Lions, and Kiwanis, celebrated service to the Southfield community by helping out at the World Medical Relief Center. - posted October 11, 2022 Read More >>

Servicing the community since May 8, 1979

The Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimist Club has been serving the communities of Southfield and Lathrup Village since May 8, 1979. Our motto is FRIEND OF YOUTH – our vision is “BY PROVIDING HOPE AND POSITIVE VISION, OPTIMISTS BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOUTH, COMMUNITIES AND OURSELVES”. The club promotes programs and activities to recognize and encourage the youth in our community.

The Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimist Club is made up of local volunteers and community leaders that support and implement several programs and projects throughout the year. We are proud to have sponsored the Michigan District $2,500 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winner in 2020!

Plans are underway for two great contests in 2023 where students will again have a chance to first compete at the club level between January - March 2023.

Essay Contest Topic: “Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?”

Oratorical Contest Topic: “Discovering the Optimism within Me”

~ Community Service... Leadership... Signature Events ~

"Smooth Jazz and Cheesecake" virtual performance with Randy Scott

Holiday Gifts for Local Families

Gracious Savior Community Food Pantry

Souper Bowl of Caring Non-Perishable Food Items for Lighthouse/SOS

Robert and Susanne Di Giulio Memorial Scholarship

Respect for Law - First Responders of the Year,

Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Peer Group

Sponsoring a Junior Optimist International (JOI) Clubs

Volunteering at World Medical Relief

Co-Sponsored the Southfield Reads Virtual Celebrity Readers Program

Become an Optimist

Join the Southfield-Lathrup Village Family by becoming a member. Only $100 a year and you get to serve your community, leadership training and development, networking and so much more!! Fill out our online Membership Form.

For additional information about our club, programs and volunteer opportunities email us.

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Donate to the Club!

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Meetings and Gatherings

Meeting Every 2nd Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and 4th Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

2nd Tuesday - Kerby's Koney Island • 25050 Northwestern Hwy. • Southfield, MI

4th Tuesday - Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern • 30450 Telegraph Rd. • Bingham Farms, MI

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