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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

Public Speaking Contest Speaking Contest

Speeches March 27, 2019 6:30 pm
Topic: "Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism & Reality?"
Who: Youth under the age of 18 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent
The Oratorical Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person's personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a scholarship!
Club winners advance to the District contest with more prize money, then to an International Competition with up to US$22,500 in a grand prize.
Please send completed applications to Niki at: brooklinoratoricalcontest@gmail.com
Application form:
Application for 2018-2019 Optimist International Public Speaking Contest

Essay Contest Now Open Essay Contest

Deadline Feb 22, 2019
Topic: "When All the World's Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?"
Who: Youth under the age of 18 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent
The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a scholarship!
Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.
Please send completed applications Jennifer & Amanda at: brooklinessaycontest@gmail.com
Application form:
Application for 2018-2019 Optimist International Essay Contest

Family Fun Under the Stars Family Fun Under the Stars!

Sat. Feb 16, 2019 - 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, Brooklin High School.
With the ROM's Travelling Planetarium, a great event for all ages. Learn more about the stars and our universe through a planetarium show, games and activities. The ROM's Planetarium is coming to Brooklin High School! What a fun thing to do as a family, on family day weekend right here in your community! This will be a great event for all ages. Join us for a planetarium show, along with games and activities, to learn about the stars & our universe. Please purchase a ticket for anyone wishing to view the show at a specified time slot. Shows will start on time and there will be no late entry. You should aim to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your show time, as there will be crafts, games & activities being offered by various local businesses. You will enter the planetarium at your booked time (show lasts approx. 30 minutes). Afterwards, you are welcome to stay at the event, to continue to enjoy any fun activities that you did not get to complete before the show. All proceeds from this event will go to youth in our community. We hope to see you there!
A great activity for all ages Click the link to register on EventBrite. Tickets $14.81.

Youth Dances

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.

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.
  • 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 20, 2019 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 received a 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?



Contacts:

2018-2019 Board of Directors (Effective October 1, 2018)
President: Tanja Coughlan
Vice Presidents: Denise Laframboise and Grace Renwick
Secretary: Nelly Temraz
Treasurer: Mary Wick
Directors: Sue Bullard, Jim McGrorey, Leslie Smith, Bev Tarren
Past Presidents: Effie Coughlan, Brian Wick
Essay Contest: Jennifer Lue & Amanda Valentini brooklinessaycontest@gmail.com

President:
Tanja Coughlan
tcoughlan@georgebrown.ca
1-105 Industrial Dr,
Whitby, ON L1N 5Z9 Canada
647 519-4612
Secretary:
Nelly Temraz
nellytemraz@jointactionphysio.ca
1-105 Industrial Dr,
Whitby, ON L1N 5Z9 Canada
(905) 999-7378
Treasurer:
Mary Wick
mary.wick@hotmail.com
1-105 Industrial Dr,
Whitby, ON L1N 5Z9 Canada
905-924-1966 Fax: 905-430-8716

Last updated on January 27, 2019.