Installations our club has funded for the enjoyment and health of all in our community.
Our club also makes financial contributions to many worthwhile endeavours in our community. Our members often volunteer at community events as part of our commitment to good citizenship. Here are a few recent examples:
Earth Day Trash Bash
Lambton Shores Open House
Much Music Youth Dance
Bosanquet School Breakfast Program
Hillside School Playground Equipment
Fighting Invasive Species in our Wetlands and ANSI
Sponsorship of two plots in the community garden for a kids' gardening club
Due to COVID 19 we were not able to make our junior gardener program happen, but we still made good use of the two plots we'd sponsored. Optimists planted vegetables in the plots, and placed a 'bounty basket' in the garden for everyone to help themselves! We hope that our efforts helped anyone who was experiencing food insecurity.
Working together with Lambton Shores Nature Trails to establish a beautiful trail head and "Heart of the Trails" garden at the Community Center.
Fighting phragmites on L Lake in Port Franks - a provincially and nationally significant wetland that is facing a serious threat from this invasive plant.
Our Club set out to collect 100 NEW items in the 2018-19 Optimist 100th Anniversary Year. Club members set out to donate Adult or Children’s Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Slippers, socks or underwear and also travel sized toiletries. How wonderful that our club surpassed this goal bringing in 400 items! These items were turned over to Lambton County charities including Women’s Interval House and Inn of the Good Shepherd.
The Lambton Shores Lightning play their home games in Arkona. In 2019, they were the Ontario Rural Softball Association bantam girls’ champions and qualified for the 2019 Youth Softball Nationals held in Elizabethtown, Ky. Pictured here , APFO President and SWONT Lt. Governor Walter Michielsens and President Elect Fran Bell present cheques to support these young athletes in their endeavour.
Back row: Councillor Lorie Scott; Savanna and Trish Wilcox of the Lambton Lightning, APF President and SWONT Lt. Gov. Walter Michielsens, Front Row: APF President Elect Fran Bell Photo credit: Garrett Pedlar
Residents of the Thedford Country Manor had a raised bed to plant veggies but no soil. Optimists made it happen! Thanks to a donation of plants from Roelands Plants, the residents soon had a great garden!
"So thankful for the Port Franks Optimists who have invested and encouraged the youth in our community. Bosanquet Graduates and families were treated to the incredible selfless work and love shown as this wonderful group cooked and served the Graduation dinner! Thankful for their example in investing in the next generation!" - grateful parent Heather Jennings July 7, 2018