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2024 Teen Mental Wellness Community Forum

The SLV Optimists are sponsoring again this year the Teen Mental Wellness Community Forum. This year it will be Sunday May 5th, 2024, located at the Metro Detroit Youth Clubs Field Zone in Southfield. Those interested in submitting an essay will need to fill out the application and turn it in by Monday, April 22.

- posted April 1, 2024


2024 Oratorical Contest Winners!

The Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimist Club had their annual Oratorical Contest on March 16. Congratulations to our two winners Jaidon & Jordan James! They will be moving on to the District Regionals.

- posted March 20, 2024


Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser

The Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimist Club has partnered with Double Good Popcorn to raise funds for the club’s Oratorical Contest, Youth Programs and Community Activities. Click HERE to order your delicious popcorn and support the Southfield community! Fundraising is from March 14 - March 18.

- posted March 15, 2024


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

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Become an Optimist

Join the Southfield-Lathrup Village Family by becoming a member. Only $145 a year and you get to serve your community, leadership training and development, networking and so much more!! Email us at slvoptimist@gmail.com

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

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Meetings and Gatherings

Meeting Every 2nd Tuesday at 8:00 a.m., 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., & 3rd Tuesday once a Quarter at 6:30 p.m.

2nd Tuesday - virtually via Zoom

4th Tuesday - virtually via Zoom

3rd Tuesday - once a quarter at a in person location

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