Committees

Christmas in the Park:

This family-friendly event features awe inspiring displays of Christmas lights and seasonal music in the magical setting of KayCee Gardens. Working with community partners such as Orangeville Hydro, Optimists string thousands of lights and erect dozens of Christmas displays. We are also pleased to host displays from several other community organizations and agencies.

Christmas in the Park is our gift to the community, with no entry fee.

Orangeville Fun Run:

An organized running event to raise funds for specific projects/charities.

Maple Syrup Festival:

Working in conjunction with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority and the Upper Grand School Board, The Optimist Club of Orangeville hosts this annual festival celebrating spring in Canada. Join us for a tour of a real maple bush, watch the syrup being made, enjoy some taffy on the snow and have an Optimist pancake breakfast with real maple syrup while you are watching all types of entertainment. This is a perfect day out for the family - you won't want to leave!

Jackrabbits:

Skills and habits learned early often stay with us into adulthood. At the Orangeville Optimists we help put youth on the path to lifelong healthy living by introducing them to cross country through the Jackrabbits ski-training program held at Monora Park. Weather permitting, we work with kids for 2 hours every Sunday afternoon, starting early in January.

Youth Appreciation:

How do we thank thee? Let us count the way! Optimist Clubs recognize local youth for their efforts in the arts, athletics, academics and community service work. Youth appreciation lets us show the kids in our community how important their contributions are and how much they are appreciated.

Respect for Law:

The importance of law enforcement and citizen support are highlighted by special events May 1-7 each year.

Bike Roadeo (yes it's spelled like that!):

Each year the club holds the annual Bike Roadeo along with the Orangeville Police. The day starts with safety inspections by the Orangeville Police. The kids then take their turn riding through a skills course to show their knowledge of stopping, turning and riding through some obstacles. Kids are scored on each skill and prizes are awarded for the highest score.

Junior World of Golf:

This is an exciting junior golf program for ages 10-18. Kids are encouraged to take part in our local golf tournament for a chance to move on through the completion.

More than 5,000 boys and girls throughout Canada, the US and several foreign countries compete in official Optimist qualifying tournaments. The best of these golfers, along with international golfers from around the globe, advance to the annual Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Commonly referred to as simply the Optimist, the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships is one of the largest and most prestigious junior golf events in the world. In addition to top-level tournament golf, participants have the opportunity to meet new friends and to have a great deal of fun. Each year, more than 650 junior golfers from 30 countries participate in The Optimist.

Breakfast with Santa:

The Optimist Club hosts the annual breakfast with Santa before Christmas each year. The club works with community support organizations like Big Brothers & Sisters, Dufferin Community Living and Dufferin Child and Family services to provide a morning filled with crafts, family time and of course a pancake breakfast. This is a morning packed with lots to do. Santa joins the festivities later in the morning and each child has an opportunity to sit on his lap, tell him about their wishes and receive a gift from him. The smiles make it a great day!

Relay for Life:

Each year in June, the Optimist Club of Orangeville participates in supporting the Canadian Cancer Society with their “Relay For Life” program by serving participants with a warm pancake breakfast.

Orangeville Santa Claus Parade:

Each year the Optimist Club of Orangeville participates in the annual Santa Clause parade. This is a fun time for the club members, their kids and the community. Come out to see the winner of Best Club award 2012!

Oratorical & Essay Contest

These two contests are held annually and provide an opportunity for students to present their thoughts on a specific topic (defined each year by Optimist International). Students compete for a scholarship of $2,500 at the District Level. The contests are designed to help students develop writing and critical thinking skills and to assist them in gaining public speaking experience. These contests are announced in December with the final competition scheduled for sometime in the February/March timeframe.