The Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club proudly sponsors several youth programs each year including:

  • Childhood Cancer Campaign
  • Optimist International Junior Golf Tournament
  • Optimist Essay Contest
  • Optimist Oratorical Contest
  • Optimist  Leadership Awards
  • Project F.I.S.H.
  • Junior Optimists

In addition, Optimist International encourages involvement in several other community activities:

  • Respect for Law/Promotion of Non-Violence
  • Respect for Firefighters
  • Tri-Star Sports Skills Challenges
  • Youth Appreciation
  • Youth Safety

Optimists conduct 65,000 community service projects each year, spending $78 million in their communities. Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. The menu on the left has information about just a few of the F2H Optimist Programs we sponsor each year in Farmington and Farmington Hills.


Earl Friedman Oratorical Contest

Sponsored by the Farmington / Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club

Contest Dates: Girls’ Contest:                  Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. (arrive by 7:15 to register)

                                    Boys’ Contest:                   Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. (arrive by 7:15 to register)

Contest Location:   Jon Grant Community Center, 29260 Grand River, Farmington Hills, MI 48336 (north side of Grand River, east of Middlebelt – at east side of fire station)

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2017. Mail to Bruce Fowler, P.O. Box 2203, Farmington Hills, MI 48333-2203 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Application form is available on club website: www.f2hoptimists.org.

Important Note: Because contest rules specify the maximum number on contestants in a single contest, we reserve the right to cut off registration when the maximum has been reached. We will attempt to refer/assign late entries (received after the maximum has been reached) to contests held by other Optimist clubs, but we cannot guarantee that this can be achieved.

Title/Topic:    “What the World Gains from Optimism”.

Length of Speech: The speech should be at least four minutes but not more than five minutes. Penalties will be assigned for under- and over-time.

Age Qualification: The contest is open to students under the age of 18, as of October 1, 2016, who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. Contestants must be educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. There is no minimum age. A copy of the contestant’s birth certificate or passport must be submitted at the time of the contest.

Prizes: Medallions and monetary prizes will be given to the winner (first, second and third place). Certificates of participation will be given to all contestants.

The contestants and their parents or guests are welcome to attend the contest. Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact Bruce Fowler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 248-921-7579.