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Trivia Night The 2018 event was a huge success.  Thanks to all of our volunteers, sponsors, advertisers, donors and guests.  Our next event will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019.  Contact trivia@oakridgeoptimists.ca for more information or to get on the waiting list.

Golf Tournament

Our 11th annual Oakridge Optimists Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at FireRock Golf Club.  We support Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario right here in London with the net proceeds of this event.  See our Golf Tournament page for details.

Fleetwood Country Cruize In Beer Tent
Our club has operated the Beer Tent on the Steve Plunkett Estate for the past few years.  We hope to return again on the first Saturday and Sunday of June 2018

BBQ and Event Team

Do you need us to cook for your event on our 27' charcoal BBQ?  Do you need bartenders for a wedding or other event?  Contact us at bbqbookings@oakridgeoptimists.ca for a quote.

  President's Message

Our club has embarked on our new Optimist year and we are excited to work with community partners to bring programs and support to youth in the areas of health, recreation, safety and education.  The theme of Optimist International for the 2017-2018 year is "Optimist Strong - Be the Difference".  You can help us make that difference!  We are always looking for men and women who would like to give us a hand by consider joining us as a member of the Oakridge Optimist Club.

Please browse our site to see the programs we are involved with and support. Your generous support of our Trivia Night, Charity Golf Tournament and other events enables our club to continue serving the youth of our community.

Yours in Optimism

Rick Gillespie, President

Programs and Information

Check out our meeting dates for the 2017-2018 Optimist Year.  Prospective members are welcome to attend a meeting.  Please contact president@oakridgeoptimists.ca to arrange a visit.  You can visit this site for information about our past meetings.

Trivia Night Big Winners!
Congratulations to Jeff Thompson of London who took home $2720.00 in our largest ever Chapman Real Estate Team 50-50 draw.  Everyone of the 560 guests were also winners and helped the club provide support to programs that benefit youth in our community.  Thank you to each volunteer, guest, donor, advertiser and sponsor who made this night happen.

Interested in learning if our club is right for you?  Click here for information and an application form.  Learn more about our club in the about section

Neighbourhood Decision Making
Check out the website for information on how you can get involved in projects that can make our neighbourhood better?  For more information attend the north west area information meeting at the Cherryhill library on Tuesday October 10, 6:30 - 8:30, call  (519) 661-5336 or email neighbourgood@london.ca

Youth Volunteer Recognition Program 
The committee has begun preparations for the 2018 edition and has begun looking to community partners to identify outstanding youth volunteers in our area.  For more information click here.  Contact Optimists Bruce Pope and Eric Riley for information about the event at YVRPchair@oakridgeoptimists.ca.

Essay and Oratorical Contests
Check out this page for information on these two contests.  The essay contest is in January and Oratorical starts April 7, 2018.  Contact Optimist Don Lucas for more information by phone (226) 663-4854 or by email.

Optimists Cook for Ronald McDonald House
We have been booked to cook dinner once a month between now and May 2017 for the residents at Ronald McDonald House.  Optimists purchase, prepare and serve meals for the families in residence.

Oakridge Optimist Club Soccer and Baseball Programs
Our club has two vital independent committees that provide house league and competitive soccer and baseball programs for girls and boys.  Over 2,000 youth are served each year.

Oakridge Optimists Donate $63,553.00
Our club donated this record amount during our last fiscal year ended September 30th, 2017 to charities and programs that benefit youth health, education, safety and recreation.  See the list.

Our club staffs the Salvation Army Kettle
Our members will be at the kettle at Real Canadian Superstore and Remark's at Oxford Street West and Hyde Park Road on December 7, 8 and 9, 2017.  Stop by and say hello and make a donation to a great cause.

Contact Us
Our office and meeting room is located within the Oakridge Arena at 825 Valetta Street, London, Ontario, N6H 2Z2.  Look for the red door beside the main entrance to the arena.  Contact the club president for further information at president@oakridgeoptimists.ca.