Thursday, November 14th 2019, marked a special day for a group of Vincentians who came together to start planning a local chapter of the Optimist International Club. Optimist International is an international service club organization with almost 3,000 clubs and over 80,000 members in more than 20 countries.
Optimist International’s has a mandate for "Bringing Out the Best in our Youth, in our Communities, and in Ourselves."
Optimist Clubs participate in community service programs that are dedicated to bringing out the best in kids. Each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community and therefore have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. The interim committee along with the other members will coordinate the charter of the club and spearhead its activities locally.
At the meeting held on November 14th 2019, an interim committee was formed:
President – Winfield Tannis-Abbott
1st Vice President – Canute Myers
2nd Vice President – Shabazaah GunMunro-George
3rd Vice President – Nicha Branker
Recording Secretary – Ophelia Phillips
Treasurer – Dennika Peters
Asst Secretary/Treasurer – Kelly-Ann Tannis
Public Relation Officer – Owen Baptiste
Committee Member – Wendie Edwards-Wilson
Committee Member- Leroy Walker
Committee Member- Beverly Williams
Advisor/Ex Officio – Kenneth Onu
The addition of this organization to the other clubs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will benefit the Youth and Adults alike. The local Optimists plan to meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Girl’s Guide Hut. For more information on the Optimist Club go to https://www.optimist.org