April 6, 2009

Optimist Club to fulfill a twenty-five year goal

Some projects are bigger than others. Some projects can be done in a day and some take years to accomplish. But the beauty of an Optimist Club is that it provides a foundation on which to build. Optimist Clubs and their projects are totally scalable: you can start small, make a difference with the little things that you do, and keep a big vision or dream alive for when it can be completed.

The Optimist Club of Hornbeck, LA is about to achieve one of those grand visions. Twenty-five years ago, the Hornbeck Optimist Club was formed and they immediately began a baseball program, leasing land for $1/per year from a timber company. They built the beginning of the town's recreation program on that site and every time the the land changed hands they prayed that they could continue with their program. Four years ago, the city approached the land owners and finalized a deal to acquire the land. The city kept the lease intact for the Optimist Club and then began to help them realize their dream of a park and playground for the area. On April 4, the City of Hornbeck and the Hornbeck Optimist Club broke ground on the improvement project.

Approximately $117,000 will go towards walking trails and baseball field improvements. The Hornbeck Optimist Club will provide the playground fulfilling a dream of providing ongoing service to youth. Great job all!
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