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2023 Teen Mental Health Wellness Forum & Essay

The Southfield Lathrup Village Optimists, in partnership with The City of Southfield, Southfield Public Schools, Lawrence Technological University, Metro Detroit Youth Clubs, and the City of Lathrup Village, present a Teen Mental Wellness Community Forum on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. Applications for the Essay are due by Friday, April 14. - posted March 15, 2023


Let’s Talk About Optimism!!

The Southfield-Lathrup Village is having a talk on Optimism! We welcome any and all that want to know more about what we do as a community service organization. Please come and join on Saturday, February 25 at 10AM on Zoom! - posted February 20, 2023


International Optimist Day 2023

February 2, 2023 was International Optimist Day, and the Southfield Lathrup Village Optimists celebrated it by serving the community and all the accomplishments it has done to support the youth. - posted February 8, 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!! 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 6:30 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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