Optimist Club campaigns for members

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The formation of an Optimist Club in Delhi is off to a slow start.

A meeting was held in early December at the Backstage Capitol Theatre to try and garner more members but only six have committed to the organization, said Catherine Herdman of the East London Optimists, the club sponsoring the Delhi efforts.

"We didn't get any new people out. It was a little disappointing," said Herdman, however she said, "It's typical," for club formations to take quite some time to form.

At least 25 members are required to create a sustainable club.

The Optimists will begin campaigning again in the New Year.

"It's a busy time of year," said Herdman. "It would be silly to knock on doors at this time of year."

At one point there was an Optimist Club in the area.

"The community was well served by the volunteer efforts of the Delhi Optimists and their presence is missed. Building on the success of those former Optimist members and knowing how important it is to the young people of any community, another Optimist club is needed in Delhi," said an information pamphlet.

Anyone interesting in joining the Optimists can contact Herdman at optimistcatherine@gmail.com.

Herdman said there is a place for almost anyone in Optimists, including members of other service groups, because the Optimists focus on youth, their projects shouldn't overlap with others.

Members must complete an application form, pay a registration fee and a police background check is highly recommended.

Sarah Doktor

519-426-3528 ext. 112 sarah.doktor@sunmedia.ca twitter.com/sarahreformer

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