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About The Optimist Club of North DorchesterOptimist cash calandars, dorchester optimist, cash calandars, events dorchester ontario
1653 Richmond St. Dorchester Ontaio

The Optimist Clubs participate in community service programs that are dedicated to bringing out the best in youth. Each Club is autonomous and run by Optimist members who have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. The Optimist Club of North Dorchester supports Youth Programs and Services through various optimist's fund raising events: ~Grad awards to local schools
~ Canada Day Decorated Bike Contest
~Dorchester Foodbank
~Thames Centre Junior Optimist Club
~Sport Programs for local sports organizations
~Local Youth Groups and Clubs -Summer Playground Program
~UTRCA-Grade 2 River Safety Program
~ Bike "Roadeo"
~Junior Golf
~Optimist Youth Band
~Conductive Education
~HOBY (Hugh O'Brian) Youth Leadership
~Youth in Government

Our Mission:

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth our communities and ourselves.
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Our Vision:
Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.Since this is a one-column layout, the .content is not floated.

Our History:
Several people, who were concerned about youth, the opportunities for healthy growth, and the lack of activities and services available locally, started the Optimist Club of North Dorchester in 1971 and affiliated with Optimist International.

In 1974, the Club was incorporated, under the laws of the Province of Ontario and registered as a non-profit.

In June of 1976 land was purchased from the London and Middlesex County Roman Catholic Separate School and in l979 the “Optimist Youth Centre” was officially opened.  The building was erected with government funds matched dollar for dollar from Wintario which has evolved to be the current Ontario Trillium Foundation.

In 2002, an addition was completed, a second meeting room seating for 60 and a large storage area. Most of the construction of this addition was done by optimist members and other friends of youth.  That fall new tables and chairs were purchased for the facility with a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

An entire kitchen renovation took place in 2007 through a grant of $40,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation giving us new cabinets; stainless steel island; industrial dishwasher; new ventilation hood and fire system upgrade, along with electrical upgrades.

Optimist Clubs in General
Every Optimist Club was formed by people who wanted to reach out to help youth and the community.  Members of an Optimist Club usually live in or work in the community.  Members have joined together to serve others and to promote Optimism as a way of life.

Each Optimist Club is chartered as a Member of Optimist International.  This gives the Club the right to use the Optimist name and provides each club with services and programs offered by Optimist International.

Each Optimist Club operates autonomously. They operate independently of each other.  They choose their own activities, elect their own Officers and raise their own funds.  A club’s service activities are based on the needs of the community.  What a club can do is limited only by imagination and resources of the members.

Optimist clubs do share certain similarities and members are assured of knowing wherever they are, should they wish to attend an Optimist club’s meetings, certain components will be the same.

The programs and guest speakers offer the members an opportunity to learn, grow and improve themselves.  The program features the youth in the community as with the Youth Appreciation Night.  These meetings help to reinforce our commitment and allow us to take pride in our accomplishments.


For more information on The Dorchester Optimist Club please contact:
Membership Chairperson. John Andrigo 519-268-3819.