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Mental Health Forum on Channel 7!!

Our community Mental Health Forum was featured on Channel 7 News. Special thanks to Anchor Mike Duffy to hosting and showcasing our Forum.

Click HERE to view the video.

- posted June 7, 2023


Southfield-Lathrup Village student wins 2nd place in District Contest!

Zora Nunley, winner of the Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimist Oratorical Contest, went on to win 2nd place at the Michigan District Optimist Oratorical Contest!! Congratulations Zora! - posted May 24, 2023


A Message from Police Chief on Mental Health

Southfield Police Chief, Elvin Barren, promotes the Teen Mental Health Awareness Forum that is happening on Sunday, May 7! Click HERE to watch the video.

A light lunch will be available beginning at 1:15PM.

- posted April 27, 2023


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 $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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Donate to the Club!

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Meetings and Gatherings

Meeting Every 2nd Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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

4th Tuesday - virtually or at a local restaurant

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