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Join Us for President Obama’s Book Launch Gala

[posted February 12, 2024]

On February 29, Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimists, along with several other service groups, are hosting a Gala Reception and Book Launch of the publication: A Tribute to President Barack H. Obama: Your Story Inspired Our Story at the Southfield Public Library. Registration is available online.

Two options:

  1. Zoom Participation - Click HERE to register via Zoom.

  2. In Person Overflow to Large Meeting Room - You must register in advance to guarantee a seat - Only registered guests will be able to attend the event. Click HERE to register for the Overflow to Large Meeting Room next door to the Auditorium.

2023-2024 Oratorical Contest Applications are NOW AVAILABLE!

[posted February 8, 2024]

Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimists are hosting the 2023-2024 Oratorical Contest. The topic this year is “How to Change the World with Optimism”. Applications are due March 8, 2024. Applications and more information can be found on our "Youth Programs”

Help Us Celebrate International Optimist Day!

[posted January 31, 2024]

On February 1, the Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimist Club will be celebrating International Optimist Day at World Medical Relief. Come and join us!

If you have a group minimum of 10 and are interested in volunteering, please send an email to to schedule a day. We are open for volunteers Mon–Fri 9am–3pm and Sat 9am–12pm. The hours are flexible so you can come when it is convenient for you. Please note, we will be closed December 22 – January 1 for the winter holidays. Our volunteer page has more details about the hours available.

If you have the means, please make a donation to help support the World Medical Relief programs.

Making a Difference JOI Club Fundraiser

[posted December 4, 2023]

The Making a Difference JOI Club is sponsoring a Honey Baked Ham Gift Cards Fundraiser to support Children's Hospital of Michigan - Pediatric Patients' Care Cart. Click the link below to donate. Donations end December 31, 2023.

Last year they raised $250+ through gift card sales for their Socks for Those in Need project which helped them donate 700+ pairs of socks to Covenant House Detroit, Michigan and Alternatives for Girls. This year's goal is $300, and your support will be greatly appreciated.

2023-2024 Essay Contest Applications AVAILABLE!

[posted November 21, 2023]

The Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimist Club conducting the annual Optimist Essay Contest. Application can be found under our Youth Programs page. This year’s topic is “Optimism: How it Connects Us”. Applications are due January 31, 2024.

Mental Health Forum on Channel 7!!

[posted June 7, 2023]

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.

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

[posted May 24, 2023]

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!

A Message from Police Chief on Mental Health

[posted April 27, 2023]

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.

To attend the Forum, please register HERE.

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

2023 Oratorical Contest Winners

[posted March 28, 2023]

SVL Optimists are proud to announce our winners for the 2023 Oratorical Contest!

1st Place: Nadia Johnson - Senior at Southfield Christian School

2nd Place: Zora Nunley - Member of Hope United Methodist Church

1st place winner will head to the District’s regional contest.

2023 Teen Mental Health Wellness Forum & Essay

[posted March 15, 2023]

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.

Essay contest is open to all 6th-12th grade students who live, attend school or are a member of a youth mentoring program in Southfield or Lathrup Village. All entries must include three separate documents (application, essay cover page, and essay) emailed to by Friday, April 14.

Advanced registration is required. To register click HERE.

The forum will also include a segment Especially for Teens: An engaging presentation and activity with Delivery Drones presented by Captain Woodrow “Joe” White and Crew from +5 Technologies.

Let’s Talk About Optimism!!

[posted February 20, 2023]

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! RSVP by Thursday, February 23 by emailing See you there!

International Optimist Day 2023

[posted February 8, 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.

2022-2023 Oratorical Contest

[posted January 26, 2023]

The Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimists are excited to present this year’s Oratorical Contest. The topic is “Discovering the Optimism within Me”. Applications and guidelines can be found on our Youth Programs page.

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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