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Junior Optimists Kickoff 2014-15 Program

On Tuesday night, September 23, students and parents representing 16 K-12 schools in Farmington and Farmington Hills will meet to kickoff the Junior Optimist program for the 2014-15 school year.   The meeting will be from 7:00 to 8:00pm in the cafeteria at Dunckel MS on 12 Mile Road.

Here are some of the things interested parents should know if they missed the meeting:

Students need to register for their individual school on this web site. Follow this link, and be sure to check the box(es) at the bottom for the Junior Optimist ListServ at your school(s). That will insure that you receive messages about upcoming meetings and events at your school, and your parent leader will know who you are and how to contact you.

Following our district-wide kick off, the next meeting will be held at your school. To prepare for that meeting, there are two "homework" assignments. Students who wish to run for office need to fill out a candidate bio, and all students are asked to come up with at least one community service project proposal. Forms for both of these can be found at this link. Check the web site calendar for the dates and locations of upcoming school and district-wide meetings.

Students will also have a chance to hear from Goodfellows about our Fall 2013 project.


2014 Optimist International Essay Contest


Students must either live within the Farmington/Farmington Hills area or attend school in Farmington or Farmington Hills.

The competition is for:

7th-8th grades- 1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals and monetary awards given. These students are only judged at the local level.

9th-12th grades- 1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals and monetary awards given. The submission of the first place winner of this competition will continue on to the district level competition.

The top 3 winners in each group will be invited to a breakfast with their families on February 26,2014 at Cowleys restaurant in downtown Farmington.

Follow this link for the entry form which must be submitted with a copy of the student's birth certificate. Please read all the rules carefully. All entries must be received by Wednesday, February 12,2014.

Mail entries to:

Roxanne Fitzpatrick
30255 Fiddlers Green
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

or send scanned copies to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Questions? Call Roxanne Fitzpatrick (248) 470-3584

Junior Optimists Deliver Magic Hugs to Kids at Botsford Hospital

Being in an emergency room can create anxiety in anyone, but what if you’re just a child? Imagine being young, not sure what’s going on and you’re sick, hurt, scared or worried about a loved one. That image is just what inspired a group of Farmington Hills-area high school students to take action.

Wanting to do something to ease children’s anxiety at Botsford Hospital, the Farmington United Junior Optimist Club donated brand new Beanie Babies wrapped in Magic Hugs Squares. The tag on the Magic Hugs Square reads: “This magic blanket was made especially for you.  It is made out of hugs.  When you are sad or mad or scared or bored, hold this square close to you and it will give you the comfort of a million hugs.  It will love you no matter what!”

Dr. Sanford Vieder (far right) accepting a donation of magical stuffed animals for children treated or visiting Botsford Trauma and Emergency Center. Pictured left to right with Dr. Vieder are Cathy Neal (Optimist Club), Diana Kohler (Botsford Foundation), and Morgan Webb and Dana Iles (Junior Optimists).

And the lovable plush toys just might work. EMTs in Missouri have been handing out stuffed animals for years and have found that they actually do calm children and lessen fears.

Giving back to the community has already started to pay off for Junior Optimists Morgan Webb and Dana Iles. While they were here making their special delivery, the Harrison High School students were treated to a tour of Botsford Trauma and Emergency Center by medical director Dr. Sanford Vieder. They had a great learning experience and Dr. Vieder even gave them sage advice on becoming a doctor. As it turns out Dr. Vieder is a Harrison High grad himself, so they’re already on their way!

The Farmington United Junior Optimist Club is comprised of high school students from Harrison, Farmington and North Farmington High Schools.  They are one of the many Junior Optimist clubs in our area sponsored by the Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club.  For more information about Junior Optimists clubs go to their website at www.f2hjunioroptimists.org.

If you’d like to donate or find another way to make a difference for patients at Botsford, visit www.botsford.org/foundation.