Member News

A Fun Time Had By All at Christmas Auction

The 2019 Christmas Auction was held at Freddy’s Bar and Grill on Thursday December 5. J

Just about everyone came home with a raffle prize or winning auction bid! The auction was fast paced and led by our emcee Kathe Searle with the help of our Christmas Elves and setup team.

A merry thank you to Kathe, Teresa Edwards, Nancy Morello, Lynn Artes, Debbie Doran, Diane Putt, Cindy Krezewski, Bill Konrad, Gil Searle and Danielle Grassmyer.

Proceeds from the event supported our adopted Christmas families.

True Meaning of Christmas

Always a wonderful evening of joy and realizing the true meaning of Christmas when Central Macomb Optimist Club delivers their Christmas gifts for a special family in our community. Our members shopped in teams finding the needed gifts in the right color and size. Gifts were lovingly wrapped and delivered last evening to Cracklewood Golf Course where the families helped will pick up their gifts today. 149 families were helped by organizations and friends throughout the community.
This year our super shoppers went out to fill the needs of 3 young children and their parents! In addition, we delivered cleaning supplies, a vacuum, bath towels and the items to make a house a home! ❤️
So Happy to support a family given to us from The Macomb Charitable Foundation as well as a military family from Selfridge earlier this month! Merry Christmas!

Honoring our Veterans—Wreaths Across America Event

On Saturday December 14, several of our CMOC members and Boy Scouts participated in this year’s National Wreaths Across America event to honor veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of our veterans interred at Resurrection Cemetery.

The day began with a ceremony at Fern Hill Golf Club to acknowledge attending veterans for their service. Among those was club member Bill Konrad who served in Vietnam.

We then proceeded to the cemetery to lay the wreaths. We appreciate the following members for attending: Mary B Greer, Barry Burnham (one of the organizers of the event), Dave Putt, Teresa Edwards and Dave Fries (not pictured are Bill Konrad and Teresa’s grandson Mylan.)

The Mitten Tree tumbles due to Over-Kindness

Due to overwhelming support from COMC members and many others— this year’s Mitten Tree at Ebeling Elementary School in Utica almost met its demise.

The weight of donated items caused the tree to tumble over at this annual event. I am assured that there were no hurt feelings or anyone sitting on the bench when the tree fell.

Thank you to all members that provided mittens, gloves, hats and whatever for both kids and adults who will be in need of them this winter.

And another merry thank you to Richard and Leesa Paul for organizing this event again this past season.

Matching Grant Continues our Support of Macomb Academy

The COMC Board submitted and then agreed to match a $500 matching grant from Optimist International to continue our support of the Macomb Academy.

The Macomb Academy provides  a study/work environment for young people age 18 to 26 with cognitive disabilities.

We began our relationship with the Academy two years ago by installing a raised vegetable garden bed to augment their cooking program.  The new funds will triple the size of the vegetable garden and provide additional landscaping, composting and health-related educational needs for the students on their road to semi-independence and employment.

The 2019-2020 Central Macomb Optimist Club Board of Directors was installed at our October 2nd Meeting.

The 2019-2020 Central Macomb Optimist Club Board of Directors was installed at our October 2nd Meeting.

Kathy Vatalaro received the CMOC Optimist of the Year Award.

Central Macomb Optimist Club
“Bringing out the best in kids”
Kathy working hard at Shop with the Sheriff!!

Congratulations Kathy V.!!!!

Michigan Optimist International governor Pam Barckholtz attended our


We also installed new club member, Karen Tucker. Welcome to CMOC!