Welcome to Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimist Club!!

Teen Mental Health Community Forum 2022

Watch the reading of Teen Mental Wellness Essay Contests

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Youth Mental Health Awareness from Community Members

Click on the following photos to watch Community Leaders from the Southfield-Lathrup Village area discussing youth mental health.

Executive Director of Southfield Community Schools, James Jackson

Southfield City Council President, Linnie Taylor

Southfield Fire Chief, Johnny Menifee

Past Junior Optimist (JOI) Member, Monica Shankar

Congrats to the Oratorical Winners!

The Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimists want to congratulate our 2022 Oratorical Contest Winners. The first-place winner will be heading to our regional contest, with hopes of making it to our district contests

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 2022 where students will again have a chance to first compete at the club level between January - March 2022.

Essay Contest Topic: "How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?"

Oratorical Contest Topic: "Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times"

~ 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.

Follow Us on Facebook

See what the Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimists are doing on Facebook. Like and share our posts!!

Donate to the Club!

Help support the SVL Optimist Club programs by donating through PayPal.

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 - Virtually via Zoom

3rd Saturday - FUN Gatherings @ 2:00 p.m. using Zoom

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