Sunrise Optimist Club, Fre4ehold, NJ


Welcome to the Sunrise Optimist Club

The Sunrise Optimist club is a community service organization dedicated to "Bringing out the best in Kids".

We've been a "Friend of Youth" in the Freehold community since 1986. Optimist clubs are members of a world wide civic organization dedicated to serving the youth of their communities.

The purpose of the Sunrise Optimist Club is to develop Optimism as a philosophy of life and to aid and encourage the youth of our community. 

The membership of our club represents a cross-section of the business, public, social, and cultural life of the Freehold area. The club is open to all adults of good character and community standing.

We actively seek new members. If interested, come join us as a guest at our weekly meetings held every Friday at 7:00 AM at:

Perkins Pancake House
3445 Route 9
Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 410-6754

Upcoming Events

2016 Oratorical Contest

The theme for this years contest is “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top two winners. 

Winners will receive $500.00 scholarships each and the first place student will compete at the Zone level and possibly the District level for the opportunity to win college scholarships. 

Winners of the District level will be eligible to compete in a regional competition in St. Louis Missouri at Saint Louis University.  Winners of the regional contests will compete in the World Championship also held at Saint Louis University. 

Students could possibly win up to $22,500 or more in scholarships!

The contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2015.

The deadline to hand in speeches is March 30, 2016.

 Students wishing to participate in the oratorical contest can find out more about the contest at or by contacting the club through Bill Woodard at 732-446-9782 ( or Sylvia Allen at 732-946-2711 (

Application for 2015-2016 Optimist International Oratorical Contest

Popular Links

Community Service Grant Applicatiojn

Optimist International Website

Optimist Atlantic
Central District