Optimists club makes its presence known

A CLUB looking to get youths involved in community service is officially up and running.

A CLUB looking to get youths involved in community service is officially up and running.

The Kermodei Optimist Club of Terrace became a chartered club July 1 with 15 members and are looking for more, said club president Dallis Winsor.

“We’re here to add to the community,” he said, adding that the club wants to work with other service clubs in town.

He plans to propose a challenge to other service clubs here and the club who wins will get to have the other groups help out on a community project it’s working on.

At the beginning of the month, club members handed out safety colouring books, balloons and talked to a lot of adults, he added.

And he had the help of two special guests Optimist international vice-president Esthermarie Hillman from Arizona and Pacific Northwest district governor Bill French from Oregon.

Winsor took his little bowler trailer to Kitimat to put in the Canada Day parade there, which helped establish the club’s presence, he said.

“And one woman came up later wanting to know what the optometrists were doing there with a float,” he said.

The club will do something similar for the upcoming Riverboat Days parade, he said.

Right now, the club in the process of picking a community service project and a fundraiser to support it, he said.

Without giving away too many details, Winsor said the fundraiser is probably going to involve a food of some kind at the farmers market here.