Coming Events

This page connects you with the upcoming events that the Oakridge Optimists are involved with.  Scroll down to review some of our past events.

Our next event will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 at the Double Tree Hotel.  For all the details see our trivia night page.

2018 Optimist International Essay Contest
What:  The topic for the 2017-18 school year was "Can society function without respect?".
Who:  Students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017.
When:  The contest will be held on January 19, 2018.
Result:  The club contest winner was Anika Garg and the runner up was Logan Hong.  Anika went on to the next level competition and won a $2500.00 scholarship for her post secondary education.  Congratulations to both students on their excellent submissions.
How to Enter Next Year:  Interested students must contact Optimist Don Lucas by phone (226) 663-4854 to register.  They need to submit an essay on the noted topic.  See the Application Form for rules.

2018 Optimist International Oratorical Contest
What:  The topic for the 2017-18 school year was "Where are my roots of Optimism?"
Who:  Students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017
When:  The club contest was held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 930am at the Byron Public Library.
Result:  Winner - Aaliyah Cromwell from Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School on left, 1st runner up - Revya Chhibber from Matthews Hall on right, 2nd runner up - Matthew Lantis from St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School in the centre.  Congratulations to each student who participated.  The top two speakers will go on to the Zone Contest on April 25th at 700pm at the RCAF Hall on Crumlin Road in London.
On May 12th, our very own Revya Chhibber competed at the Mid Western Ontario District contest and placed first.  Congratulations Revya!  She is now preparing to compete at the Regional and hopefully the World levels on June 28 and 29.  She will be connected by video link to the judges in St. Louis and will compete with young people around the world.  Best of luck Revya.

How To Enter Next Year:  Email Optimist Don Lucas by phone (226) 663-4854 for details.  See the attached application form for rules.

Past Events

London Food Bank
Our club members and families volunteered at the London Food Bank on May 8th, 2018.  Many thanks to Optimist Murray Bain for organizing.

2017 Golf Tournament 
This year's event was a great success with 34 foursomes and a cheque for $10,000.00 given to support Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario.  A big thanks goes out to all of the golfers, donors, sponsors and volunteers.  Have a look at a few of the pics here soon.

2016 Oratorical Contest
The first round of competition will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at the Byron Public Library at 9:30am.  You must be under the age of 18 years and be a current student at a school within the Oakridge area.  The topic for your speech is "How my best brings out the best in others."  Top competitors from our contest may go on to compete at the District and International levels and could win a valuable scholarship.  For more information contact Optimist Don Lucas at 226 663-4854 or by email at

Our tournament is held each year on the third Sunday in September at Firerock Golf Course.  For all the details see our golf tournament page.

Reunion Breakfast Meeting
The club held a special breakfast meeting onSaturday, December 14th at Jim Bob Ray's.  Special guests included our Lieutenant Governor and the District Past Governor.  We had almost a dozen past members join us for a plentiful buffet breakfast served by the great people of Joe Kool's.  President Bruce's agenda included updates from several Optimist members who chair the many activities our club undertakes. Members had lots of time to reminisce and view photos and other memorabilia from years past.

6th Annual Oakridge Optimist Charity Golf Tournament
Our 2013 golf tournament was held on Sunday, September 15th, 2013 at FireRock Golf Club and was a huge success that raised over $8500.00.  We gave all of that and more in a cheque for $10,000.00 to Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario right here in London.  Thanks to all of our volunteers, sponsors, donors and golfers who made all of this possible.

9th Annual Oakridge Optimist Trivia Night
Our 9th annual, and best ever, trivia night fundraiser was held on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at the Hellenic Centre in London.  Over 50 volunteers hosted 440 trivia players at 55 tables. The players were challenged by 10 rounds of trivia questions and had opportunities to bid on silent auction items, raffle draws and lots of free contests.  Al Boudreau of London won $1977.00 with ticket number 278134 in our licensed 50-50 draw.  Thanks to our major corporate sponsors (Chapman Real Estate Team, Oxford Dodge and Scotiabank), advertisers, donors, volunteers and players for helping us raise almost $30,000.00 that will be used to support youth health, recreation, safety and education programs that benefit so many people in our community.  Please have a look at some of the images taken that night.  Coming Soon!

2013 Oakridge Optimist Trivia Night

5th Annual Oakridge Optimist Charity Golf Tournament
Our annual tournament was held at FireRock Golf Club on Sunday, September 16, 2012.  We enjoyed great weather and the company of 104 golfers.  Thanks to them and our sponsors, donors and volunteers we raised almost $9,000.00 that has been donated along with other fundraising efforts to ChildCan, Sunshine Foundation, Solidarity Experiences Abroad and many other local Optimist programs that benefit the youth of our community.  I hope you enjoy some of the images captured that day.

2012 Oakridge Optimist Charity Golf Tournament

2012 Oratorical Contest
Our club contest for public speaking was scheduled for April 27/12 at the Byron Public Library. Speaking contestants from Ms Kelly McKenzie's STA Grade 11 Public Speaking Class entered.  That morning at 9:30 there were nine orators and many classmates plus Ms McKenzie as spectators.  Carolyn Cameron, Diane Price and Tony Stacpoole were the speech evaluators. Optimist wife Judy Lucas plus Optimists Doug Mackay, Ron Fisher, Stewart Blair, Rick Gillespie, Don Draper and Don Lucas took part in the contest organization.
All the speakers were wonderful and showed great skills of Public Speaking!  Mary Austin placed first and Nicole Murphy achieved second place.  Following the contest we all had a PIZZA LUNCH before the students returned to STA and we Optimists wrapped up the morning.  As a consequence of our club Contest both Mary Austin and Nicole Murphy were selected to speak and represent of club at the May 1st ZONE 9 Contest on May 1st.
Mary and Nicole competed against five other contestants representing London Middlesex, London Fanshawe and London East Optimist Clubs.  Mary placed third but Nicole was chosen in second place and as a result, Nicole was asked to speak in Holstein at the District Oratorical Contest on May 12/12.  At that contest, Nicole Murphy, even with her broken collar bone, placed third and received a scholarship of $1000 for her post-secondary education!!!
WHAT A SUPER REPRESENTATIVE FOR OUR OAKRIDGE ACRES OPTIMIST CLUB THIS YEAR. Way to go, NICOLE! (see her with the arm sling in the District photo)
Thanks again to Optimist wife, Judy Lucas, for all her help and driving skills to the different contests.
Submitted respectfully by
Opt. Don Lucas
Oakridge Acres Opt. Club Oratorical Chair
Participants in our club's contest.  Participants of the Oakridge Optimist Club Contest
 Zone Contest 2nd Place winner Nichole Murphy (centre), 3rd Place winner Mary Austin (right), both from our club's contest.
  Nichole Murphy (4th from right), third place at District Contest and winner of $1000 scholarship.

London Clean and Green 2012
Join the Oakridge Optimist Club at Oakridge Optimist Community Park, 825 Valetta Street as we spruce up our park. Bring your work gloves and dress for the weather. We will have everything else. You can check out more details at or contact Optimist Mike at

On April 17th 2010 the Optimist Club of Oakridge Acres will be participating in the 2010 London Clean and Green.  We will be organizing activities at the Oakridge Arena (Oakridge Optimist Community Park).  For details see our Clean and Green Page.
The club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007.  As part of those celebrations a legacy committee was struck to design projects that leave a lasting impact on the Oakridge community.
For details on the projects please see our legacy project page.