Club Optimiste communiqué 

Founded on April 29, 1981 by Léandre Carbonneau and Yvon Pilon, the first president for a full term was Claude Bernier. Two founding members are still part of our club: Normand Gaudreau and Jean-Louis Picard. 

We are a social club that cultivates camaraderie and develops leadership through the participation of members in the organization of activities and events. Our motto is to make a difference and our mission is to instill self-confidence in young people. 

Over the past 40 years, we have worked with young people of St. Edward’s School and Knowlton Academy, who benefitted from our encouragement and support. 

It is so much fun to work together to succeed in activities. Many will remember our monthly lunches at Foster’s Dagenais Room, youth appreciation, security cycling, golf initiation, and allegorical floats that Denis Boulianne and Vilnis Epner built for the Santa Claus parade. For about 12 years we participated in the telephone blitz of clubs in our zone, to the benefit of the Brome-Missisquoi Hospital’s birthing department. 

Currently, the following activities are still on the agenda. 

The competition of Opti-genies draws on their knowledge and is highly appreciated by young people, kids speak out and oratorical competitions allow young people to develop the ability to speak in public, writing and literary essay allows them to express their ideas and learn to document themselves.

There is also the visual arts competition (drawing and painting), the Easter egg hunt, Christmas brunch with Santa Claus and participation in several events in our community. 

The Oratory Art and the Literary Essay have enabled several girls and boys from St. Edward’s School and Knowlton Academy to earn a scholarship of $1,000 to $2,500 during their participation in the International Optimist Southern District of Quebec competitions. 

Over the years, several events, open to the community, have been organized such as our cheese tastings, the Oktoberfest, and our famous lobster suppers. 

Every year since 2010, donations have been made to St. Edward’s School and Knowlton Academy for special projects. For the past 12 years a total of $28,000. was given to each of them. Donations are also given to the Salamander Day Camp for registration and other donations are also done in the community. 

Congratulations and thank you to all those who have agreed to be president or to be a member of the board of directors and to the members and volunteers who have devoted a great deal of time to the success of the club. 

A big thank you also to all our benefactors and those who participate in our fundraisers. 

Thanks to you we can continue our mission. 

For the survival of a club, it is important to recruit. That is why we invite you to join us. For more information: Jacques Defoy 450-243-0325.