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Affiliated with Optimist International, the Optimist Club has been providing service, recognition and guidance to children and youth in the Brooklin area since 1987. Adults of all ages join the local club to make an impact as volunteers.

Optimist Club of Brooklin Events:

Two scholarships awarded each year in the spring for up to $1000.


Optimist Oratorical Contest
Speaking contest will open to full time students with great rewards.

Speaking Contest

Optimist Summer Day Camp
Children aged 6-12 enjoy the outdoors in July and August.

Summer Day Camp

Easter Egg Hunt
Held in the arena, the festival includes children’s activities and vendors.

Easter Egg-stravaganza

Brooklin Harvest Festival
September event downtown with vendors and horse wagon rides.

Harvest Festival

Kitchen Garden
Brooklin Horticultural Society aids with a kitchen garden workshop.

Here We Grow Gardens

Breakfast With Santa
Enjoy pancakes and sausage with Santa, crafts workshop, photo booth.

Breakfast with Santa

Junior Optimist Logo
Middle school youth service club with fundraising and community projects.

Junior Optimist Club

Christmas In The Village
Get in the spirit with tree lighting, music, crafts and food in the park.

Christmas in the Village

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High school students service club with fundraising, community projects.

Octagon Club

Youth Dance
Grades 5-8 students enjoy social, music, canteen with Friday night DJ

Youth Dances

Friend Of Youth Fund Logo
Grants available for students for school program and trips assistance.

Friend of Youth Fund

Recognizing Contributions by Brooklin’s Youth

Youth Appreciation

Essay Contest for Scholarships

Essay Contest

Developing Youth in Music

Durham’s Best

Programs and Activities

  • Bursary Applications Open
    Brooklin graduating youth are encouraged to apply for one of $1,000 bursaries available for 2021. Application deadline is June 6, 2021 and can be found at
  • Healing the World with Optimism
    Young people speaking out, in competition for great scholarships. Here’s your chance to practice (and to win great prizes like cash and scholarships!) This event will be held in an entirely virtual format to respect social physical distancing. It will be on March 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm via ZOOM. Topic:“Healing the World with Optimism“ … Read more…
  • Santa’s Christmas Cavalcade
    Sunday December 20th 3:30-4:30 PM A Holiday Drive around thru the streets of Brooklin. The Optimist Club and community partners will drive and lead the way for Santa & Mrs. Claus. Our hope is that families wishing to celebrate will join us with waves and cheer, as it will be a magical time for our … Read more…
  • Brooklin Optimist Winter e-Sports League
    Among Us, League of Legends, Valorant, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Description:  We are hosting weekly league and fun play in a variety of games; Among Us, League of Legends, Valorant, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You can register by going to our Discord Server and joining! Be sure to acknowledge the game(s) you are … Read more…
  • 4th Annual Coat Drive
    Help us keep the community warm this winter. Go through closets Have your kids outgrown last year’s WINTER coat? Is it gently used, clean and wearable? DO you have, . . . Sizes 0-16 or adult small winter coats Hats, mitts, snow pants (no holes PLEASE) Winter clothing Drop it off by Nov.15! Drop it … Read more…