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.

Junior Optimist Clubs

Our Junior Optimist Clubs now have their own web site. Please visit our new home at www.f2hjunioroptimists.org for more information.

Performing community service is a wonderful and rewarding experience for both children and adults. Junior Optimist Clubs are currently available at 10 Farmington Public Schools and Our Lady of Sorrows. This program is sponsored by the Farmington-Farmington Hills Optimist Club, and is called Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI). JOOI Clubs (pronounced “joy”) are student-led organizations that meet once each month, with a single parent or teacher in the role of advisor, mentor and facilitator along with support from the F2H Optimist Club. FPS Upper Elementary and Middle Schools will have an additional meeting each month at the Costick Center. At these meetings students from Dunckel, East, Power and Warners schools will share progress on their projects, participate in team-building exercises, and meet with local community service organizations. Transportation to these meetings is provided free of charge by the After School Program. Students from these schools do NOT need to be enrolled in the After School Program to use the bus transportation to our monthly Junior Optimist meetings at the Costick Center.

Junior Optimist Clubs elect their own leaders, set up their own meeting schedule, and choose a community service project which they will plan, organize and execute. The project can be in support of their school, the PTA, the local community or any charitable organization of their choosing. At the completion of the service project, they participate in a special ceremony where the Farmington-Farmington Hills Optimist Club will recognize their achievement and present them with awards for their accomplishments. It’s a great opportunity to give something back to our community while our children learn to appreciate the value of community service at a young age.

Click here for print-ready documents, brochures, flyers and guides to help you get started on your own Junior Optimist Club.
The Farmington-Farmington Hills Optimist Club is an all-volunteer community service organization. The major beneficiary is the Farmington Public School District's Student Support Services. The Club also provides support to charitable organizations that focus on the needs of children in Farmington and Farmington Hills.
Optimist International Mission Statement

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.

Goals of Optimist International
·   To aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.
·   To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs
·   To inspire respect for the law
·   To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people