Optimist Club hosts 6th Annual Kids Fishing Day on July 26

Optimist Club Hosts

Sixth Annual Kids Fishing Day on July 26


The Farmington/Farmington Hills and Southfield Optimist Clubs are sponsoring the Sixth Annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, July 26 at the Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve on Ten Mile Road east of Inkster. The Kids Fishing Day offers children ages 4 to 11 and their parents the opportunity to learn proper techniques and practice casting, while they try their hands at catch and release fishing.

The annual event has three two-hour sessions running from 9 – 11 a.m., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Each child receives a high quality rod, reel, and tackle box, plus a snack, instruction, and fishing time – all for a fee of $20. Participants should wear sunglasses and a hat and are required to have parental supervision.

There is a limit of 20 kids per session. The registration deadline is July 21. To register online, go to https://recreg.fhgov.com or register in person at the Costick Center at 28600 Eleven Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

The event is coordinated by the Farmington Hills Special Services Department and Southfield Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 248-473-1800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Orrie Donley Optimist Golf Outing

AUGUST 5, 2014

The 24th  Annual Orrie Donley Optimist Golf Outing will be held on August 5, 2014 at the Farmington Hills Golf Club, at Halsted and 11 Mile Roads.

This our largest fundraising event each year. It enables our organization to provide major financial support for many worthwhile programs and events. Optimist Clubs are part of Optimist International, one of the world’s largest service clubs. Each operates autonomously, allowing its activities to be specially created to serve the specific needs of local youth.

The Orrie Donley Golf Outing is a four-person scramble and includes breakfast, lunch and a BBQ dinner.  Please join us for a fun day on the golf course or provide support through sponsorships or donations of prizes.  The registration and sponsorship forms will be posted soon.

Optimist Club activities cover a wide range of services that genuinely support our goal of “Bringing Out the Best in Kids”. Many of these programs work in conjunction with our local schools and other community service organizations to assist high-risk students. The Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club is a non-profit organization, funded by individual and corporate donations and special events. All profits from events such as the golf outing go directly to serving the youth in our community.

Founder's Park Fishing Pier Opens

The Founders Fishing Pier, which stretches into the park’s two-acre pond, features an ADA-accessible boardwalk, seating area and educational signage. Along with providing a key spot for people to cast their lines and spot marine wildlife and birds, the pier will be used for hands-on Nature Center activities, the city’s After School Program and the Optimist’s Club “Project Fish Program.” Rather than have the traditional ribbon cutting, city officials decided on a ceremonial “first cast” to mark the special day for the pier, built entirely with money from the Bosch Community Fund.

Max Straub, chief financial officer of Farmington Hills-based Robert Bosch, LLC, did the honors. It didn’t take long for Straub to get a bite, and moments later she had reeled in a glistening blue gill trout — her first-ever catch — which was soon tossed back. Staff from Farmington Hills and Bosch were among those who gathered for the event. Straub noted that the fishing pier and its nature-related activities typify her company’s commitment to ecology and sustainability. “At Bosch, we believe it’s never too early to gain appreciation for or be reminded about taking care of our environment,” she said. Bosch has a strong connection with the Farmington Hills community, she added, and its quality of life. “I’m so pleased the Bosch Community Foundation was put to such a great pier,” she said, noting “many memories and ‘embellished’ fish stories will be created from this.”

Dave Boyer, Farmington Hills assistant city manager, said the pier was a long-time coming. “It’s something that was in the plans for years and years and years,” he said. “Bosch came forward with funding — and it’s fantastic.” According to Mark Stephens of Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Project Fish Coordinator, plenty of healthy blue gill, large mouth bass, ducks, turtles and more make their home in the Founders Sports Park pond. The park is off Eight Mile Road east of Halsted Road.