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The Optimist Club of Brooklin, Ontario

Chartered September 28, 1987 in Central Ontario District
General Meetings 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm,
Brooklin Community Centre (Optimist Room), 8 Vipond Rd., Brooklin.

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What's New: Calendar of Events

Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp 2017 Registration forms are now available for the Summer Day Camp. Drop off or mail your form today.

Five Essentials of Personal Finance: April 20 - May 11

Five Essentials of Personal Finance Please join us for this 4 evening series that will educate you on budget, saving, investing, insurance and teaching children about money. Seminar is geared towards adults and teens preparing to leave home. Join us for a fun and empowering journey that will equip you with a financial life plan and the tools to implement it.
Your $20 ticket will allow you to attend all four sessions happening on Thursday evenings from 7pm-8:30pm starting April 20 and ending on May 11, 2017. All four evening sessions will be held in the craft room upstairs in the Brooklin Community Centre and Library.

Mike Crofts is a Ramsey Solutions Certified Financial Coach to individuals and businesses across the country. Mike is on a mission to teach, equip and inspire Canadian's to take control of their finances. Mike wants to provide you with the skills you need to change your finances and ultimately change your family's legacy. You can learn more about Mike Crofts here
The Optimist Club of Brooklin has subsidized the cost of this program because we believe in supporting families in obtaining financial information from an unbiased source. .

Here We Grow - Children's Planting Event

Here We Grow - Kitchen Gardens To be held Wednesday May 10, 2017, 6:30 pm at St Thomas Anglican Church, 101 Winchester Rd E., Brooklin. In cooperation with Brooklin Horticultural Society. Registration Open.

Youth Dances

Youth Dances: NEXT EVENTS: Apr 21, May 5 & 26, June 9, 2017. Youth Dances are held in Brooklin Optimist Gymnasium, 8 Vipond Rd. from 7:00-9:15pm. Only for students in grades 5 to 8. $8.

Car Wash

Sat. June 17, 9am-1pm: Brooklin Coin Wash, 425 Winchester Rd West Brooklin. $10. We hope to have lots of hands on deck including members of our Scout troop so there is little or no wait.
All proceeds from this event will go to assist the Scouts travelling to the Canadian Jamboree in Nova Scotia.

Winning Video by Brooklin Optimist Members

Check out our winning video: What it means to be an Optimist produced and staring members of the Optimist Club of Brooklin.

Youth Programs . . .

Fundraising . . .

  • Childhood Cancer Campaign in benefit of Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre for kids.
  • Pizza & Pop Sales at Harvest Festival (Sep 9, 2017)
  • Ladies Wellness Event at BCCL (Fri Jan 27, 2017)
  • Car Wash Event at Brooklin Coin Wash (Sat. Jun 17, 2017)
  • The Red Barn Bingo fundraiser (1st Sunday of month 9pm-1am)

Civic Projects . . .

  • Brooklin Optimist Gymnasium, Community Centre & Library project (2010-2013) $100,000 lead donation
    [Picture of Gazebo]
  • Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation, funding scholarships.
  • Friend of Youth Fund, for Brooklin Elementary School Students.
  • Scouts Canada 13th Whitby Group Sponsor, supporting youth in outdoor skills development.
  • Childhood Cancer Campaign, helping through donations to Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre, Oshawa.
  • Pitch-In Brooklin, Vipond Road clean up (Apr 22, 2017 9am-11am)
  • Optimist Park of Brooklin

    CAPTION: This gazebo was the cornerstone of Optimist Park of Brooklin project completed in September 1996. The park project was in co-operation with Sorbara Developments and the Town of Whitby. In addition to the gazebo, there is a baseball diamond, basketball court, soccer field, playground apparatus, walking trails and foundation trees. Our club's initial investment was in excess of $20,000.

Club Accomplishments (1987-2017) . . .

  • Club selected as Number 1 club in Zone 8 of the Central Ontario District of Optimist International (8 times)
  • Achieved Honour Club (18 times) and Distinguished Club status (6 times under presidents Brian Wick, Sabina James, Grant Millson, Robert Baker, Maureen Jackson and Karen Santacona)
  • Raised total of $3,233.20 for Childhood Cancer Campaign and applied for matching grant of $3,000 to a goal total of $6,233.20 for Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre.

Become a Member

An Optimist is a member of a community service club geared to help the youth in the local community. Each club runs hands-on programs most needed by the community as decided by its club members. By being a member of an Optimist club the member grows as an individual by learning more about their community, gaining many friends with similar goals and improving the community that he or she lives in.

Consider not only the benefit to the youth of the Brooklin area, but the fun and fellowship that you will receive by being a member of the Optimist Club with its motto "Bringing Out the Best in Kids". Contact us to receive a club meeting invitation or attend an activity to see Optimism in action. We look forward to talking with you!

Optimist International (OI) was founded on June 19, 1919 and there are now 70,000 members in 3,000 clubs who are helping youth. OI is divided in 50 Districts and one of them is Central Ontario District which has 1,400 members in 61 clubs. Become an Optimist! Why would you want to be anything else?


2016-2017 Board of Directors (Effective October 1, 2016)
Effie Coughlan, Pres, Annette Cowan, VP, Tanja Coughlan, VP
Bev Tarren, Secretary, Mary Wick, Treasurer
Denise Laframboise, Director; Grace Renwick, Director; Ethel Scullion, Director; Sue Bullard Director; Brian Wick, Past President

Effie Coughlan
1 Fabrizio Court
Brooklin, ON L1M 2J1
Bev Terron
8 Wells Crescent
Brooklin, ON L1M 1C7
(905) 550-3002
Mary Wick
1-105 Industrial Dr,
Whitby, ON L1N 5Z9 Canada
905-924-1966 Fax: 905-430-8716