Special Events Team

Oakridge Optimists Can Manage Your Event!

BBQ Team and Special Event Bookings
The Optimist Club of Oakridge Acres has a BBQ Event Team. Our barbeque is 27 feet long, charcoal fired and our team is trained and capable of handling large and small barbeque events.  Our members are Smart Serve trained and have experience providing food and bar service.  For pricing and team rental details please contact us at bbqbookings@oakridgeoptimists.ca

 2017 BBQ Action

We donated the barbeque and cooked over 900 meat items for the Riverside Public School annual barbecue on September 21st.  This is an annual event to bring parents, teachers, and students together at the beginning of the school year. Thanks to the following members for coming out:  Kevin Levesque, Joe O'Neill, Dave Butt, Norm Smith, Mike Miletich, Eric Riley and Gary Shawyer 

On July 9th the team cooked for over 500 people at the Mayor's Welcome to Refugees Picnic.  Thanks to Optimists Kevin, Stephen S., Rick, Jay and Gary D. for volunteering.

Today (May 3rd) our members ran a barbeque at John Dearness Public School at Sanitorium and Riverside, to celebrate their cultural arts festival.  We had a total of six volunteers out: Dave Butt, Rick Gillespie, Stewart Blair, Mike Blencowe, Darryl Danek, and Kevin Heslop.  We barbecued hotdogs and hamburgers for 300 students and teachers. This was a donation from our Club in that we provided the barbecue, charcoal, and volunteers. 

Our 2013 summer BBQ season really started in September 2012 when Mr. (Pete) Club's welding class at Clarke Road Secondary School completed a make over of our BBQ.  Here is a list of the modifications:
  • everything above the BBQ grill was removed and a new frame installed
  • new red corrugated metal roof fabricated and installed
  • white metal tubing spelling "Oakridge Optimist BBQ Team", with red background, installed on both sides
  • tool box installed below the BBQ in front of the left rear tire, for holding trailer lights, gloves, utensils, etc.
  • new tongue with a proper hitch and new safety chains installed
  • new front support wheel welded in place
  • modified rear box with a hinged trap door for holding hot coals installed
  • grill supports that will hold the grill lids open installed
  • new plates on the two front support arms, with more holes drilled in the posts installed


Clarke Road Secondary School - Welding Class BBQ

On June 18th the BBQ committee cooked hot dogs and hamburgs for about 60 students and staff of the welding program at Clarke Road Secondary School.  This complimentary lunch was our way of saying thank you to the people that rebuilt our BBQ in September.  They were all very impressed to see the unit in operation and thankful for the lunch.


Thanks to welding teacher Pete Club and his students for a job well done.  Pictured below are many of the students on the far side of the BBQ, Optimist Jim Easton talking with teacher Mr. Pete Club and Optimists Darryl Danek and Rick Gillespie working hard opposite them.  Thanks to the last volunteer, Optimist Gary Dennerley who doubled as the team photographer.


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