We are thrilled to provide FREE ACTIVITIES for the families of our community during Petrolia’s Canada Day festivities. We sponsor the Fishing Derby, Games for the kids, FREE draws, Plinko Game, Storybook Reading Fair and Rubber Duck Race. Our food booth is opened for breakfast, lunch & supper. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the day!
Every year we financially support this program that assists needy families in our community, to make sure they have a wonderful Christmas Season.
We are proud to present a variety of family movies for younger audiences or for the young at heart! These movies are only $3 per person. Matinee Movies: Doors open at 12:30pm and the movie starts at 1pm. Popcorn $3Popcorn and water are available for purchase. Water $1, Small Popcorn $1, and a Large Tub of Popcorn $3. We have added a few pajama party nights on the evening before PD days. Doors open at 6:30pm and the movie starts at 7pm. Continue to check out our Home Page and visit us on Facebook for up to date information. We are working with the Town of Petrolia and The Petrolia Rotary Club. The Rotary Club are proud to present a variety of movies for all audiences. These evening movies are only $5 per person. Doors open at 6pm and the movie starts at 7pm. Pick up a brochure for ALL movie listings at Victoria Hall and The Community Centre. All proceeds will go toward community projects.
Our movies series has ended but will begin again in the Fall… so check back for movie selections.
After the Christmas Parade on the first Saturday of December all children who wish to sit on Santa’s knee are invited back to the Community Centre to visit with him. We not only make Santa available but we give out hot drinks, cookies and a free photo of the child on Santa’s knee. The Community Centre staff provide a craft area for the children to enjoy as well. Petrolia Camera Club does a wonderful job capturing the smiles of children of all ages.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season with our community by creating a spectacular float to go along with the Town’s parade theme and/or walking the parade route handing out large candy canes to all the children waiting to get a peek at Santa.
This event brings alot of fun to the festivities at the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Victoria Park, the first weekend in December. Along with many other service clubs/organizations, we playfully compete for the privilege of winning the Chili Pot Trophy or the Silver Spoon Award. We have elves to cook our Award Winning Chili’s Secret Recipe. It is a wonderful evening and it is a pleasure to be a part of it.
Our Weekly Meat Raffles are held at Crabby Joe’s, Petrolia every Thursday Night at 6pm with 6 Draws. Tickets are $1 each per draw.
All proceeds benefit the youth of our community. Periodically through the year we have special meat raffles for specific programs we do, such as Pediatric Pillowcase and Children’s Bravery Beads.
This competition is for students in Grades 5, 6, 7, & 8. There are three levels of competition, Club, Zone & District. Cash Prizes and medallions are awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners. All participants are given participation certificates.
For more information, please contact Optimist Luanne Watt 519-882-4044
We have adopted Kerr Park, which is located on Petrolia Line in the east end of town. You are invited to sit on the park bench and enjoy our flower beds or watch a baseball game or bring your children or grandchildren to play on the playground equipment. We are currently raising funds for new playground equipment for the younger children’s area.
This Run is held in September, on the 2nd Sunday after Labour Day, starting and ending at the Petrolia Lion’s Pavilion. We continually support this wonderful cause by providing FREE hot dogs and beverages to all the participants. Mark this on your calendar and come out and show your support.
This a yearly event that takes place during Petrolia’s Canada Day Festivities on July 1st. Tickets are sold in the months prior to the event at the local grocery store and through club members. Not only is it entertainment on Canada Day for youth & adults alike it is a fundraiser for our club. Every year the committee chooses who will receive the proceeds from this event. Past recipients Optimist Youth Projects, Oil Heritage District Community Centre, LCDS Habitat Build, & the Storybook Reading Fair.
If you are looking for a bite to eat, just look for our Optimist Food Booth Trailer. We are busy throughout the year providing food for various events in our community…. Mommy Market, Petrolia Discovery Car Show, Petrolia Fair Tractor Pulls, Petrolia Lawnmower Races, Family Day, Petrolia Canada Day Festivities, Petrolia Barn Dance, Town-wide Garage Sale and many more! GREAT FOOD, GREAT PRICES, GREAT FUN! If you have an event coming up and looking for someone to provide some delicious food, please contact Optimist Bruce Cox by calling 519-882-1408 or emailing email@example.com. Funds raised through our food booth benefit various activities and events for the youth of our community.
We financially support various sports groups in our area, so various items can be purchased including team shirts, equipment etc. We proundly display the many photos of local teams in the trophy case in the lobby of Greenwood Recreation Centre.
This is an annual event held usually the last weekend in April on the Friday and Saturday, at 4101 Dufferin Ave.
We ask for donations from members and their family and friends and all money that is made will go back to the Optimist to help fund Children’s activities in our community. We also have a BBQ going at the same time which has proven to be very popular. Optimist members are asked to help out either by helping with the BBQ and or the Garage sale. Great time for all involved, so come out and enjoy the fun.
Designed to help children and adolescents who are patients in Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. Each child receives a “starter necklace” which includes a string and beads to spell their name and they continue to collect beads to acknowledge the many challenges and experiences they face over the course of their treatment. Our District (Southwestern Ontario), is the sole supporter of this special program, contributing over $25,000.00 per year.
Every year the Town offers our Optimist group the opportunity to run 50/50 draws at the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings (May to October) located behind the library. This fundraiser helps fund youth projects in our community.
On July 1st as part of the Canada Day Celebrations, Stories will be read to any child that would like to listen. A craft table will be set up for the children to make book markers.The first 100 children will receive a free book and a bag to carry it in.For more information contact Al Dewhirst @  882 0634
This annual fund raiser takes place from January until the middle of April. We sell tickets for $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 and with the winners drawn by lot. The prizes include both a $200.00 and $100.00 gift certificate for the 3rd and 4th place finishers respectively and a 3 minute “Run” around Heidi’s Y.I.G. store with the objective of collecting up to $300.00 worth of groceries for the 2nd prize winner. The first prize winner has a 5 minute “Run” with the goal of collecting up to $1000.00 worth of groceries.
This Run is an annual event open to all elementary schools in Lambton and Kent Counties. It usually happens in the first week in October at the Petrolia Discovery site. We have had on average 15 schools attend with well over 350 runners participating
This two day event (Saturday & Sunday) happens the first full weekend in November. FREE Admission and FREE Door Prize Draws. We have over 30 unique vendors with a wide range of craft and gift items.. so it’s a great time to start your Christmas Shopping! Stop in for a bite to eat at our Optimist food booth. Soup, Chili, Hot dogs, Muffins and beverages will be available for purchase. A Toonie table is a highlight of this event with many wonderful craft & gift items donated by our vendors. 2016 Date: November 5th & 6th (Saturday & Sunday) 9am – 3pm each day.
For more information contact – Deb Kohoutek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-882-2918
Various members of our Club use their talents to create beautiful garden art out of barn board and wood. Items can be custom built for you and make great gifts for special occasions or holidays . We also use these items to donate to other service clubs/organizations for door prizes or raffle prizes so money can be raised for our community. If you know of a barn that is being torn down or have some extra wood that you are getting rid of, please contact Ted Gravelle 519-882-1255
This is an annual event put on for the four Petrolia area elementary schools. It is usually held in middle to late November at the New Life Assembly Church in Petrolia. The students receive a list of at least 18 and usually 20 volunteer speakers. They are asked to choose 9 that they want to hear from. The Committee then selects 6 speakers from each list and these are the ones the students hear that day. Each speaker has 30 minutes to talk about the basic of their careers, including educational requirements, day-to-day work schedule and what the future may bring. The students are encouraged to ask questions as well
Our Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Angel tree is a Memorial Angel Tree. Each year for a minimum donation of $5.00 is given to have the name of your loved one put on an angel and hung on our tree for the holiday season. We have a tree lighting ceremony at Christmas in the Park in Petrolia, at that ceremony the names on all the angels are read out. After that night the tree in moved to Magermans and Rae Insurance for the holiday season and taken down after Christmas. The proceeds from this event are donated to two recipients. Recent recipients: Petrolia Food Bank, Family Movies In Victoria Hall, Make a Wish and the Optimist Pediatric Pillowcase Program.
This annual event takes place during the Petrolia & Enniskillen Agricultural Fall Fair in September. We canvass the local merchants, family and friends for possible gifts to be used to put together as prizes. During the Fair we have these prizes arranged in the Arena for the general public to come by and by tickets. For $2.00 they receive 8 tickets which that person then puts in a can representing the prize or prizes they hope to win. At the end of the weekend we pull one ticket from each can and that person is then contacted to receive their prize.
We purchase stuffed animals for our local hospital, Bluewater Health, Petrolia site (C.E.E.) to be distributed to children brought into the hospital under stressful situations. These stuffed animals are used to comfort these children and are taken with them when they leave. This program is currently under review.
Each year we receive letters requesting financial assistance from local schools to purchase equipment, items or assist with field trip expenses.
We hold this annual FREE event mid to late summer at the Petrolia Discovery. The Astronomical Society bring their large telescopes for everyone to have the opportunity to view outer space. The evening starts with a movie and snacks and then at dusk the viewing begins, all free to those in attendance.
This annual event takes place from the end of March until early May on a weekly basis. It involves any of the area elementary schools that wish to participate in a trivia challenge. Each school comes with a minimum of 4 students and usually 8. They sit at our buzzer machine and answer trivia questions we pose to them by hitting the button in front of them before anyone else can. Each game lasts for about 1 hour. It is an exciting, fast paced event.
After making a pillowcase for a friend’s granddaughter who was in the hospital, Optimist Pam Core wanted to provide comfort to all children. She brought her idea to her Optimist Club and they fully supported her vision. The Pediatric Unit at Bluewater Health, Sarnia warmly welcomed the idea and together we have been able to make a vision a reality. Upon admission to the hospital, each child chooses a pillowcases to use during their stay and take home with them when they are discharged. Each pillowcase has a tag that reads: “donated by the Optimist Clubs of Lambton County and sewn by volunteers” Since April 2013,hundreds of pillowcases have been given to children in the hospital.To keep up with the needed supply, we continue to look for sewing volunteers and monetary donations to purchase the special material required to make these pillowcases.This wonderful program is currently being sponsored by the Optimist Clubs of Alvinston, Brigden, Bright’s Grove, Lambton Central-Petrolia, Moore, Oil Springs, Point Edward. If you would like to make a monetary donation or become one of our sewing volunteers, please contact:
Petrolia, ON, N0N 1R0
All contributions are greatly appreciated.