Auction Nov. 2nd was a HUGE success.  Thank you to all who donated.  And all those who came to enjoy the auction.

West Grey Premium Meats, Pebbles Family Restaurant, Mt. Forest Club House Restaurant and Golf Course, The Spot Restaurant, Dwight Benson, Holstein General Store, Plume’s Interior Design, Eric Cox Sanitation, Chalmers Fuels, Strands Hair Salon, Northern Credit Union, Meat the Butcher, H.Bye Construction, Saunder’s Mens Wear, Coburn Insurance, McTavish Esso Hanover, Grant’s Independent, Eckhard’s Floral Treasures, Ken Swindlehurst, Pike Lake Golf, Welbeck Sawmill, McLean’s Home Hardware, Marcc Apparel Bi-Tech Contracting, Scoop-it, Esteem Dental Hygiene, Budget Hanover, Snowmobiles Unlimited, Leslie Motors, T.D. Smith, Sword & Musket, North Wellington Co-op, The River Radio, Nina Nynke, Young’s Home Hardware, J-Mar Meats, Premier Equipment, Squeeze Me, Woodland Springs W.I., Hair on Main, Lipskie Appraisals, Superior Tire, Grey Roots, and all Optimist Members who also donated.

Raise the Roof fund raising Auction, Live and Silent.  Saturday Nov 2, 2019. All proceeds are going to help keep the Optiist Community Centre in fine shape and our continued support for your youth and fabulous community.

Egremont Optimist Centre, Holstein.- Silent Auction starts at 5:00 and Live Auction at 6:30

If you have donations or questions  please call: Russell Rogers at 519-323-1651 or Tony: Anthony@liveironforge.ca

A $5 admission gets you a bidding number and snacks.

Bar opens at 5.


Our Community Activities help to promote economic activity in former Egremont township. 

These include the Canada Day Fireworks, the Holstein Maplefest .   The latter two also serve as fund raisers when the weather cooperates to bring large numbers to the events. 

These funds are then recycled in the area to assist additional youth activities ranging from minor hockey to Big Brothers and Sisters, soccer,  school trips,  musical exchanges,  4H and children with severe health problems.  

Contributions to groups like Parkinsons and Cancer Societies help people of all ages.

A Bit of History

 September 21, 1988 saw the dawning of the new Optimist Club. Four local promoters, Bill Daniels, George Bossie, Ivan Steele and Ross Geddes with the help of the sponsoring Kitchener Waterloo club, encouraged 46 members to join that night. Ivan Steele, Ross Geddes and George Bossie served as the first three presidents. The club held dinner meetings at the Watra resort and business meetings in a room above the Credit Union in Holstein. 

The Optimist Club promoted youth and community betterment. Youth activities, including public speaking, spelling bees, essays and bicycle safety, carry on to this day.

There was a recognized need for a community Centre because old halls in Dromore and Holstein had been demolished. In the mid 1990’s the club acquired the present site North of Holstein. A portable classroom was bought from the Egremont Community School and served as the club’s quarters for 10 years.

 The next milestone occurred on September 17, 2005 with the grand opening of the new Community Centre. People from near and far who come to visit the Centre praise the hall and kitchen facilities. Faith and hard work combined to help raise funds and undertake large loans to complete the project. 

We are happy to announce that we will be celebrating 30 years in 2018.