oakville Junior Optimist Club
A JOI club for all high school students, Grade 9 to 12 The Junior Optimist Club of Oakville meets twice a month on Wednesdays at the Optimist Club in the Halton Police Safety Village, 1151 Bronte Road from September to June inclusive. Sometimes they meet elsewhere to work on projects in the community such as foodbanks and other organizations like Food4Kids.
In addition, they have the option to gather additional volunteer hours at events like the Optimist Club's Shrimpfest Gala, the Halton Police Day, Food4Kids fundraiser Battle of the Chefs, the YMCA Peace Walk and with some of the sports teams supported by the Optimist Club. They have been requested to assist other organizations at events as they are well respected within the community. Each September, with support from the Optimist Club of Oakville, they gather and package back to school supplies for children in need in our community. Recently, an Oakville sports organization added a JOI member as a member of their Board and she went on to win a SportOakville Volunteer Award. They also continuously recyle specific items to benefit others.
Members work on Personal Growth objectives as outlined by Optimist International and earn medallions in recognition of their achievement. Their final JOI meeting of 2016-17 year was their Awards night and Pizza Party. A night to celebrate accomplishments, their bronze, silver and gold PGI Medallions were awarded. They celebrated with pizza and ice cream cake. They are a Distinguished Honour JOI Club for 2016-17! They volunteered 766 hours, impacting 1138 children and youth in Oakville, in 10 months. Membership is open to Oakville and surrounding communities as not all Optimist Clubs have Junior Optimist Clubs. We encourage potential new members to attend a meeting and decide if they would like to join. If you are interested, please fill in the Contact Us Form and mention which JOI Club you are interested in. Also you can download and fill in this JOI Membership Application Form to bring to your first meeting. Check out our Facebook page @OakvilleJOI for more photos and activities.