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Optimist Essay Contest

from Ilene Harmon


The topic this year is “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges”.

I would like to remind everyone that along with the Application completely filled out, I will need a copy of the student’s birth certificate and the parent’s signature on the application. The length of the essay should be 700 – 800 words (Title, footnotes and bibliography are not included in the final word count). Hyphenated words count as one (1) word. All other instructions are on the application so please have your student read them carefully.


Essays need to be emailed or delivered to me by February 10th as to allow our judges time. If you would like to deliver them a different way, please let me know in advance. If you have any questions, please let me know! I look forward to reading essays for my pleasure!




Ilene Harmon


(harmon@steinbergshapiro.com, 248-259-1035)


address: 25925 Telegraph Rd.

                 Suite 203

             Southfield MI 48033



“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;

an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

― Winston S. Churchill

The Royal Oak Optimist Club's purpose is to develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed;


 To provide an active interest in

good government and civic affairs;


 To inspire respect for the law;

 To promote patriotism and work for

international accord and friendship among all people;


 To aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance

the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”

― Noam Chomsky

+Our Mission

The mission of the Royal Oak Optimist Club is to bring out the best in kids by providing hope and a positive vision

+How We Do It







11 Mile Clean up – September and April each year

                Content: Twice a year the Royal Oak Optimists meet at the east side of the Royal Oak Farmers Market parking lot at 7:15 am on a Saturday. The Fall 2015 turn happened September 26, 2015. We met in the parking lot, hung our sign, had a little coffee and mini donuts to boost up our energy and got started. The weather was perfect and the volunteers did their thing! Up and down 11 Mile from Woodward to I-75, Optimists wore their orange vests for safety and walked on the sidewalks against traffic collecting the garbage to make Royal Oak a little better for our community.


Youth Appreciation – October each year


Essay Competition –


Oratorical Competition –


Bestest Concert Ever –


Bowlabration – Our biggest fundraising event


Jr. Golf Outing –Saturday May 21st


Oak Apple Run


Memorial Day Parade


 Optimist Park Cleanup/Maintenance


Night At The Races


11-Mile Cleanup April 2016--from l to r : Sam McKnight, Adam Cousino, Jackie McKnight, Dawne Ripinski, Ilene Harmon, Patty Brown, Patti Shafer, Terry Carlson, John Wagster, Allen Pruner. Not pictured (because he was busy taking the picture) Mike Ripinski.










21-Sep  To be too large for worry, too noble for anger….


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