Greetings from the President

Greetings from the President,
Welcome to the Farmington /Farmington Hills Optimist Club. We are a service based organization focused on support programs for our youth in our community.
We meet most Wednesday mornings at 7:30 A.M. at John Cowleys & Sons, (33338 Grand River, Farmington ).
The following are some of the programs/Projects we are involved with:
  • Essay Contest
  • Oratorical Contest
  • Honoring a Fireman & Honoring a Police Officer
  • Leadership Award
  • Project Fish
  • Junior Optimist
We are always looking for members that share our beliefs of the Optimist Creed:
Promise yourself -
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimist come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Stop by for a meeting or give me a call to find out more about the optimist.
We are a positive, creative, caring and very involved group of individuals that really care about the youth in our community.
Roxanne Fitzpatrick
Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist President 2015-2016
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Oratorical Contest

Earl Friedman Oratorical Contest

Sponsored by the Farmington / Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club

Contest Dates: Boys’ Contest:                  Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at 7:30 a.m. (arrive by 7:15 to register)

                                    Girls’ Contest:                   Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 7:30 a.m. (arrive by 7:15 to register)

Contest Location:   Jon Grant Community Center, 29260 Grand River, Farmington Hills, MI 48336 (north side of Grand River, east of Middlebelt – at east side of fire station)

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2016. Mail to Bruce Fowler, P.O. Box 2203, Farmington Hills, MI 48333-2203. Application form is available on the club website: www.f2hoptimists.org.


Note: Only a limited number of contestants can be accommodated in our boys’ contest and girls’ contest. We reserve the right to cut off registration when the maximum has been reached. We will attempt to refer/assign entries received after the maximum has been reached to contests held by other Optimist Clubs, but we cannot guarantee that this can be achieved.


Title/Topic: “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others”

Length of Speech: The speech should be at least four minutes but not more than five minutes. Penalties will be assigned for under- and over-time.

Age Qualification: The contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016, who have not yet graduated from high school and the equivalent. Contestants must be educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. There is no minimum age. A copy of the contestant’s birth certificate or passport must be submitted at the time of the contest.

Prizes: Medallions and monetary prizes will be given to the winner (first, second and third place). Certificates of participation will be given to all contestants.

The contestants and their parents or guests are welcome to attend the contests. Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact Bruce Fowler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 248-921-7579.


The Optimist Club of Farmington & Farmington Hills, Michigan is a voluntary organization of civic-minded men and women banded together for progressive thought and action in community service. Our membership is composed of citizens drawn from business, industry, government and other professions. Our members are motivated by their desire to contribute to the community in which they and their families draw daily benefits. There is no greater opportunity for participation in community affairs and community service than in an Optimist Club.

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