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Optimist Oratorical Competition

The art of public speaking can be an important skill. As students prepare for the future, expressing their thoughts and opinions to an audience can be a valuable experience. We would like to give the youth in our community the opportunity to do that through an Oratorical competition. This is our first year holding this competition but we are planning to make it an annual event.

This year it will be held April 29, 2017 in the Grand Meeting Room above the Stone Crock Bakery in St. Jacobs. The topic fo the speech will be "What the World Gains from Optimism".

Categories: Junior - Grades 7 & 8

Prizes: 1st - $50 Chapters Gift Card

2nd - $30 Chapters Gift Card

3rd - $20 Chapters Gift Card

Senior - High School

(must be under age 18 as of October 1 2016)

Winning Prize: $500 Canada Savings Bond

For more information, please click here.

Optimist Club of St. Jacobs raises funds for Grand River NICU

During St. Jacobs Sparkles weekend (Nov 17th – 19th) we collected funds for the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at Grand River Hospital. This year we raised $1500 through your generosity! All of this money goes directly to help out the needs of the NICU and our littlest and newest citizens of our region. The NICU at Grand River is a very special place and still needs more support. To donate directly to the hospital and the NICU, please check the Grand River Hospital Foundation page at

If you would like to help us during this event next year, please email us at

For more information on St. Jacobs Sparkles, please visit their page by clicking here.

Optimist Youth Leadership Program

In partnership with St. Jacobs Public School, we are continuing our commitment to the Optimist Leadership Program. The purpose of this program is to help develop children's potential through exposure to activities specifically focused on creative thinking and personal development. Our total commitment to this program up to $19,000. We are excited to see it providing a Robotics program, supply motivational speakers and authors, subsidize leadership camp fees, and provide counselling services and programs where needed.

Our program launch announcement can be seen here: Woolwich Observer article on the Optimist Leadership Program

Teddy Bear Program

Thank you to all who came out in support of the car show on Saturday, May 28th, 2016. 201 vehicles were in attendance! We collected 284 stuffed toys, and almost $1500 after expenses between the 50/50 draw, raffle and donations.

Our 50/50 Winner, William Reitzel of Kitchener took home $379. The Sterling BBQ & $250 Stemmler’s Meats Gift Certificate was won by Don Nadrofsky.

All proceeds raised will be used to purchase stuffed toys to group with those collected at the show. These are donated to the Grand River Hospital Emergency Room where they are given to children awaiting care.

Pictured here with club members is the winner of the 50/50 draw - William Reitzel.

Pictured here with club members Dave Gromeder is the Raffle Winner's - Mat Nadrofsky. Mat picked up the prize on behalf of his father Don (BBQ and gift card from Stemmler’s Meats).

A truckload of bears for Grand River Hospital!!