The Jay Huitt Junior Optimist Club

The Junior Optimist Club is named after one of our current members who has been an Optimist since 1946. He is still active in the Wheat Ridge Optimist Club. The Junior Optimist Club accepts boys and girls from age 12 to 17. We meet on average once a month. It is after school and the meeting usually lasts about an hour. The focus of the Junior Optimist Club is one of service to the community, be that helping at a nursing home, collecting food for local food banks, mentoring other children, or helping with the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. We are always looking for guys and gals from any school in the area. It doesn’t have to be from Wheat Ridge. We currently have boys and girls from Lakewood, Thornton, Wheat Ridge, and Golden. They go to public school, they go to private schools, and they are home schooled. The commonality is coming together for a better world.

March Junior Optimist Outing Highlights from Charley Ault!

Donna and I went with 6 girls to Sandlewood Assisted Living this morning.Their English teacher, Mrs. Shaft, was there, too They were all from Everitt Middle School and are all part of the Jay Huitt Junior Optimist Club.They made tissue paper flowers after school several days ago to take to the residents. They are given 3 questions to ask the residents: Where were you born? What was your life’s work? How have things changed from when you were my age? The residents from Sandlewood so appreciated someone new to talk with and they loved the flowers. The girls had so much fun and learned so much.

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Carnation Festival:

Carnation Festival 2014


Summer Outing:

A day of fun this summer with some of the kids who live at Colorado Homeless in Arvada.


Food Drive:

Recently, several members of the Jay Huitt Junior Optimist Club went door to door and handed out flyers about a food drive they were having for the Arvada Food Bank. The members then went back to the homes where the flyers were distributed and collected the donations. We gathered all the donations and delivered them to the Arvada Food Bank where they weighed the items. They collected almost 300 pounds of food. The members where then treated to a tour of the facility where they learned what the Food Bank does and how many people they serve. A great time was had by all.