Oratorical Contest

This international competition is held annually.  All entrants speak on a topic provided by Optimist International.  Our local club contest is held in March of each year and is open to students under 16 years of age as of December 31 of the prior year.  Boys and girls compete in separate events. Medallions and monetary awards are given for the top three speakers in each event at  the club level.  The first-place winners progress to the zone (regional) level.

District (state level) prize:

Plaque and two $1,500 scholarships
Plaque and a first-place scholarship of $1,500, a second-place scholarship of $1,000, and a third-place scholarship of $500

The Orrie Donley Optimist Golf Outing

AUGUST 4, 2015

The 24th  Annual Orrie Donley Optimist Golf Outing will be held on August 4, 2015 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.

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..