Optimists honor Farmington Hills Special Services

The Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club presented the City of Farmington Hills Special Services Department with the 2017 Sponsor of the Year Award at an Optimist Club breakfast meeting held on February 14.

The award was given in appreciation of the Department’s outstanding commitment to the support of children in the community.

Ellen Schnackel Accepts Optimist Club Award
Ellen Schnackel, right, accepts the Optimist Club Award from club president Barrie Armstrong. (City of Farmington Hills)

The Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club is part of Optimist International, a worldwide volunteer organization with 2,900 clubs and almost 87,000 members in more than 35 nations throughout the world. The organization’s mission is to conduct positive service programs that provide a helping hand to youth and “bring out the best in kids.”

In presenting the Sponsor of the Year Award, the Optimist Club acknowledged that it could not provide its important community programs without the vital support of the City of Farmington Hills Special Services Department.

“By partnering with the Special Services Department, Optimist Club members make great use of their time and talent while making a positive impact on the community,” said Optimist Club President Barrie Armstrong.

The Optimist Club and the Special Services Department work together to present these annual programs:

  • Inside Out
  • Team Building – Junior Optimist Training
  • Great Farmington Hills Campout
  • Project Fish – Annual Fishing Day at the Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve
  • Advanced Junior Naturalist Program at the Farmington Hills Nature Center

“We appreciate the generous support and donations from the Optimist Club,” said Ellen Schnackel. “Their members help to facilitate successful and affordable programs that promote enjoyment of the outdoors for local youth and their families.”

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