K-W Optimist Club




Optimist volunteers devote their time to support the Youth of their communities.  The OPTIMIST CLUB OF KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO provides services to over 6,100 children. The OPTIMIST CLUB OF KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO determines its own projects and priorities based on input from its members and its available budget.


Camp Heidelberg/Camp Bamberg

Youth Appreciation - Oratorical Contests - Spelling Bee - Jr. Golf - YMCA day camp - Week end camps - Outdoor Education Programs - Essay Contests - Childhood Cancer - Community Service Assistance - Hoby - Hugh O'Brian Leadership - Kids Help Phone - Monica Place - K-W Collegiate & Vocational School - child Witness Centre - Waterloo Board of Education​ - Day camps - Weekend Camps - Just Say “No” to drugs - Respect for Law - Minor League Soccer - 

Bike Safety - T-Ball - Anti-Bullying - 

Boy Scouts/Girl Guides camps 


We Supports a number of Community Organizations

 Pride Stables
Nation Service Dogs of Cambridge, ON
Water Wellington Science & Engineering Fair
Nutrition for Learning
Dcamps (Canadian Diabetes Camps for kids)
Victims of Violence 

(Canadian Centre for Missing Children) 


New Members Welcome - Women and Men

Event Links

MoparFest August -  https://moparfest.com/ 

Horror Trail Runs -   https://raceroster.com/events/2018/16303/horror-trail-run 

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival -  https://www.elmiramaplesyrup.com/ 

Bingo - KW Gaming -  http://www.kwgaming.ca/ 

Optimist International -  https://www.optimist.org/ 

Benefits of Membership

  Involvement with the Youth of the community; Making the community a better place in which to live; Meeting and interacting with other civic-minded persons; Promoting a healthy and active lifestyle; Improving your leadership skills; Developing social contacts with others in the community; Special access and use of the club facilities.  


  The club holds one dinner meeting a  month at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Camp Heidelberg.   The Board of Directors meets on the 4th Tuesday and the other Tuesdays  are devoted to work parties in maintaining Camp Heidelberg and Camp  Bamberg, as required.  Special events and programs to which spouses are  invited may be scheduled at dinner meetings "from time to time".  

Fees & Organization

 Fees Current membership dues are determined by the Board.
Management  of club affairs rests with a Board of Directors consisting of the  President, the immediate Past President, two Vice-Presidents, a  Treasurer, a Secretary and eight (8) other Board members.  All programs  and club activities are supervised by a committee of at least two club  members. 


All requests should have:
• a contact name • address if possible
• a phone number • an email address would be nice

ALL requests must be submitted in writing and mailed to: K-W Optimist Optimist Club P.O. Box 42052  550 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2L 6K5
Please DO NOT call and leave information on our messaging service. The information is not forwarded to the committee.

Donations Welcome

 The K-W Optimist DOES accept donations.

​We are a Federally registered charity.

We do supply a taxable receipt.
Anyone  wishing to donate to our club with a cash or in-kind donation please  contact us by mail, phone or by email thekwoptimistclub@gmail.com 

 Thank you so much 

2018-2019 Officers & Board Members


International - District & Zone


O.I. PRESIDENT Rebecca Butler Mona


MIDWESTERN ONTARIO  DISTRICT GOVERNOR Doris Haw rb.haw@bmts.com www.optimistmwo.ca  

ZONE # 7 LT. GOVERNOR Ann Tosheff​ ttosheff@rogers.com 

K-W Optimist Club

K-W  Optimist  Club 


Exec.& Board PRESIDENT Thomas DaggPAST PRES. Ralph Sperling1st VICE PRES.  Kyle BossieTREASURER  Joe MacEachenSECRETARY Ian Fraser 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ONE YEAR Brad Straus Harvey Fry Jim Musselman Robert Parent 

 TWO YEAR Oz Gunal Rick LaRush John Moyer' Fred Walz

The Optimist Creed

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.  
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, 

and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Bulletin Editor

George Harper
519-885-3683 ghharper@rogers.com 

Meetings and Dinners

Dinner 2nd Tues of the month.
Board Meetings:  4th Tues of the month