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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 was held on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at FireRock Golf Club.  We supported Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario right here in London with $10,000.00 of the proceeds from 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 2019

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.

New Club Build in Woodstock
Our club joined with the East London Club and the District to build a new club in Woodstock.  Click here for the story.

Junior Golf Set for a New Season
The London area competition for junior golfers is set for Thames Valley Golf Course on July 6th.  Please note the new date.  The Mid-Western District tournament will be held July 16 at St. Mary's Golf Club and the Canadian Championship tournament will be held on August 13 to 15 at Fanshawe Golf Course.  Check the link to Optimist Junior Golf for registration and other information.

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.  Check out our brand new club information sheet!

Youth Volunteer Recognition Program 
Our 2018 celebration and recognition event was held on April 25th at Innovation Works.   We will be working on the 2019 edition in the fall.  To see the group and to get more information click here.  Contact Optimists Bruce Pope and Eric Riley for information about the event at YVRPchair@oakridgeoptimists.ca.

Essay and Oratorical Contests
Details for these contests have just been released.  Check out this page for information.  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 for the residents at Ronald McDonald House.  Optimists purchase, prepare and serve meals for the families in residence.  Have a look at the team list and some of our past meals here.

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.

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.