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An Optimist Journey
What is Optimist? It's an association of more than 3,000 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best they can be. Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people
To develop Optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth in the belief that the giving of one's self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.
The Evening Optimist Club of Port Colborne was re-organized in our city by the Fort Erie Optimist club and received its charter September 1986. The previous group had folded in the early 70’s. George Sutherland, their past president, is now remembered by the George Sutherland Optimist Memorial Scholarship presented annually to students graduating from Port Colborne High School and Lakeshore Catholic High School.
The club and its members are involved in numerous youth programs;
Youth Appreciation Week where we showcase youth in the community who are actively involved with making Port Colborne a better place to live.
With the assistance of First Books Canada we are able to donate books to encourage reading by students in our public schools.
During March Break we also sponsor a Free Skate at the Vale Community Centre in conjunction with our Respect for Law program.
The club also annually organizes and puts on the Optimist Day in the Park/Canada Day activities on July 1st where along with showcasing Canada's Birthday the club puts on free youth oriented events for the whole family. A fun, no cost family day in the park with craft vendors, animal displays, rides and bouncers for the kids.
The club supports various organizations in the area with monetary donations to their various causes.
The club also holds a large craft show at Vale Community Centre during Port Colborne's annual Canal Days Festival. Assists the Lion’s Club with their Annual Carnival. and puts on the Annual Community Living Christmas Dinner.
As none of this can be done without funds the Club holds an annual GIrls Night Out fundraiser in April and a Murder Mystery night in April. Members also sell 50/50 tickets during the weekly Cruise Nights held over the summer in downtown Port Colborne.
Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 years.
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