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Youth Programs . . .
, pancakes & sausage and a visit with old St Nicholas. (Nov 28, 2021?) Breakfast with Santa , (Nov 26, 2021?) Christmas in the Village (Aug 2-19, 2022) subject to cancellation Counsellor in Training (July4-Aug 26, 2022) subject to cancellation Day Camp , (Apr 16, 2022) Easter Egg Hunt , horse drawn wagon rides (Sep 10, 2022) Harvest Festival , children planting their own potted garden. (May 2022) Here We Grow – Potted Gardens ages to 12 (February – May) Durham’s Best/Mini Idol, (Mar 25, 2022) Topic: “to be announced”. Compete for a $20,000 scholarship. Oratorical Contest , sponsorship (Jun 4, 2022) Spelling Bee at Brooklin Spring Fair (Jun-Sep) Student Employment program Youth Appreciation Week grades 5-8 only (September-June) Youth Dances for school youth in grades 5 to 8, in membership with JOI – Junior Optimist International (Thursdays twice monthly) Junior Optimist Club for school youth in grades 9 to 12, in membership with JOI – Junior Octagon International (Mondays twice monthly) Youth Octagon Club Fundraising . . .
Civic Projects . . .
project (2010-2013) $100,000 lead donation Brooklin Optimist Gymnasium, Community Centre & Library , funding scholarships. Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation , for Brooklin Elementary School Students. Friend of Youth Fund Scouts Canada 13th Whitby Group Sponsor, supporting youth in outdoor skills development. Pitch-In Brooklin, Vipond Road clean up (Apr 23, 2021 9am-11am) Optimist Park of Brooklin: The 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. (The gazebo was dismantled in 2017 during a park renovation.) Club Accomplishments (1987-2019) . . .
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. Raised total of $5,000 for Sick Kids Hospital through the 2019 Brooklin VS. summer festival event.