+The Royal Oak

   Optimist Club

      "Bringing Out The Best In Kids"


+What We Do



“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;

an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

― Winston S. Churchill

The Royal Oak Optimist Club's purpose is to develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed;


 To provide an active interest in

good government and civic affairs;


 To inspire respect for the law;

 To promote patriotism and work for

international accord and friendship among all people;


 To aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance

the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”

― Noam Chomsky

+Our Mission

The mission of the Royal Oak Optimist Club is to bring out the best in kids by providing hope and a positive vision

+How We Do It



11 Mile Clean up – September and April each year

                Content: Twice a year the Royal Oak Optimists meet at the east side of the Royal Oak Farmers Market parking lot at 7:15 am on a Saturday. The Fall 2015 turn happened September 26, 2015. We met in the parking lot, hung our sign, had a little coffee and mini donuts to boost up our energy and got started. The weather was perfect and the volunteers did their thing! Up and down 11 Mile from Woodward to I-75, Optimists wore their orange vests for safety and walked on the sidewalks against traffic collecting the garbage to make Royal Oak a little better for our community.


Youth Appreciation – October each year


Essay Competition –


Oratorical Competition –


Bestest Concert Ever –


Bowlabration – Our biggest fundraising event


Jr. Golf Outing –Saturday May 21st


Oak Apple Run


Memorial Day Parade


 Optimist Park Cleanup/Maintenance


Night At The Races


11-Mile Cleanup April 2016--from l to r : Sam McKnight, Adam Cousino, Jackie McKnight, Dawne Ripinski, Ilene Harmon, Patty Brown, Patti Shafer, Terry Carlson, John Wagster, Allen Pruner. Not pictured (because he was busy taking the picture) Mike Ripinski.






20-Apr  Kid Safety-Anna Saylor

23-Apr 11 Mile Cleanup (Ilene Harmon), Optimist Park Cleanup (Al Pruner)

27-Apr  Reaching Higher-Kathy Knapp and Reaching Higher

4-May BIZ MEETING-M Monroe (13)

11-May KNOW YOUR CITY-Waterworks-Jennifer Clark

18-May  Marie Donigan-Transit Update

25-May  To Be so strong…(AT TEAM GUTS)-Paul Turner

1-Jun To talk health, happiness…Mary Liz Curtin, Owner of Leon and Lulu’s

4-Jun Oak Apple Run

8-Jun BIZ MEETING-Mike Stone, Hazel Pk Raceway, 12 Anniversaries

15-Jun KNOW YOUR CITY-Jay Dunstan-DDA

22-Jun  To Make all your friends feel….Cindy LaFerle, Author

29-Jun  To look at the sunny side of everything….Brett Tillander

6-Jul BIZ MEETING-1 anniversary

13-Jul KNOW YOUR CITY-Stokes are not your friend! (Beaumont Hospital)

20-Jul  To think only of the best…..Dan and Patti McCarty  (Dog Rescue)

27-Jul  To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others- Andrew Smyk

3-Aug BIZ MEETING-0 Anniversaries

10-Aug KNOW YOUR CITY-James Christrook- Customer Service-How Walt

 Disney changed my life

17-Aug  To forget the mistakes of the past….Judge Warren

24-Aug  To wear a cheerful countenance at all times…Animal Shelter (Pam)

31-Aug  To give so much time to the improvement of yourself….

7-Sep BIZ MEETING-11 anniversaries


21-Sep  To be too large for worry, too noble for anger….


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