October 19, 2009

Optimist Club invites suggestions from the community

The Canadian township of Delhi, Ontario is home to approximately 16,000 residents and a four-year-old Optimist Club dedicated to fulfilling the needs of their community.  So far they have created sports leagues and events that had never existed before like tee-ball and soccer.  The sports activities help children develop skills and inspire a love for the game and have brought families together at sporting events.

Seeing how successful the sports activities were, the club decided to branch out into a little more:  free movie nights and arts and crafts days in the park.  Using funds raised from their concession sales, they brought Shakespeare in the Park to town and invited children to attend movies on rainy days.

Now the Wyndham Centre Optimist Club wants to do even more.  They have invited the community to participate in goal setting and will soon release a new set of objectives to help them fulfill their mission of building a better community for families. 

All of our Optimist Clubs share this mission.  I wonder how many have invited the stakeholders to be involved in planning?  It's a great idea; try it!
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