Posted by Susan Kowalski on Aug 06, 2018
Tonight the Canton Optimist Club visited our evening meeting and presented a program detailing some of the great work that the Optimist Club does in the Canton Community.
We had four guests from the Canton Optimist Club with us - Barry and Nancy Burnham, Betty Leadford, and Cheryl Klobucar.  Other guests included Sarah Maiga's sister-in-law, Jude, from Niger, Sarah's son Ezra, and John and Sue Kowalski's grandson Torin. 
Optimist Barry Burnham presented a program on the work of the Optimist Club.  The motto of the Optimists is "Friend of Kids".  The local club was started in 1949 in Plymouth, and the current chapter includes both Plymouth and Canton.  Each year they sponsor a "kids speak out" essay contest at the elementary school level, a spelling bee at the schools, and an essay contest which awards a scholarship to the winner.  Their national campaign works to fight childhood cancer with donations to local childrens' hospitals.  They also make donations to the Salvation Army at Christmas time.  The Optimist Club originated the Pet Show at the Plymouth Fall Festival, and they still sponsor this event today.  Stop by and enjoy watching the contest this year at the Plymouth Fall Festival on September 8th at 9:00 a.m.  This year was their first year of sponsoring a bicycle safety program in Canton in conjunction with the Canton Police Department.  The event was well attended, and the Optimists look forward to sponsoring it again next year with even more children participating.  The Optimists meet twice a month in the evening, and are looking forward this year to celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the organization of The Optimist Club in Canada.  On September 14, 2018, they are sponsoring a dinner cruise on the Detroit River as a fundraiser.  Anyone interested in more information, or in attending the cruise, can contact President Pam Batcho at 734-502-5776.
The Canton Rotary Club presented the Optimist Club with a check for $2,000 to use toward the good work that they do in the Community. We are grateful for volunteers like the Optimists who strengthen our community and make it a better place to live and work.