The Optimist Club of Oakville was chartered on October 22, 1948. Our motto is "Friend of Youth". From the start, the club was very active in providing activities and programs to support the youth of Oakville. One of the longest running programs from the early days was the Annual Soapbox Derby, which was held for 36 years.
Another popular program was the Annual Respect For Law Camp which was run jointly with the Halton Police for a number of years.
Our Club has a strong relationship with the Halton Regional Police Service. In 1993 we undertook to rebuild many of the structures in the Safety Village. We also raised the funds to construct a new classroom building and we continue to assist with the maintenance of the buildings and property, as well as the electric cars and bicycles used in the programs taught at the Safety Village. Over 7,000 elementary school children from Halton Region visit the village each year.
Our mandate is to help children and youth in Oakville. To accomplish that, we hold the annual Shrimpfest Gala at the end of September every year, sell Christmas trees in December, and volunteer at Delta Bingo in Oakville. We have fun helping organizations that help kids by volunteering at their events and providing financial support.
The list of organizations we support is very long, but here are a few:
- Halton Regional Police Children's Safety Village
- 43 sports teams via Project Game On
- Cadets and Scouts
- Food banks including Food4Kids
- Robotics teams
- Halton Special Needs sports day
- Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children
- Children's programs at the Oakville Library
- YMCA Strong Kids Programs
For a complete list, please visit the Groups We Support page. There are seven Optimist Clubs in our Zone and 57 Optimist Clubs in our Central Ontario District. This year we were nominated for an Oakville Community Spirit Award. Check out the very nice write up in the program from our nominator, Food4Kids.
Above all, we have fun! Whether it's preparing baskets for a Silent Auction, volunteering at an event for kids in our community or cheering on a team we support, the Optimists are a fun group. We also have a Social Committee and hold a few social events for members and friends during the year.