Our Club was chartered by Optimist International March 1, 1966. We were sponsored by the Opimist Club of Byron, Ontario and are twined with the Optimist Club of Wabash, Indiana and raise a toast to them at all dinner meetings.
In 2016 we celebrated 50 years of serving youth in Barrie! We now look forward to the next 50 years of "Bringing Out the Best in Kids"!
Our motto is "Friend of Youth" and we believe in "Bringing out the Best in Kids", we focus all our activities and fundraising on youth related programs and sponsorships. For the last 50 years we have been involved with hands on programs including various sports, junior golf, public speaking, essay competitions, chess, respect for law and many other community based youth programs.
We meet at the Barrie Soccer Club Development Centre formerly the Optimist Youth Centre at 7 Currie Drive, Midhurst (Bayfield Street North past Carson Road to Currie Drive, turn left onto Currie Drive, we are the last building on the left). Our meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Monday monthly (excluding July & August) to share in the camaraderie and fellowship of Optimism and to plan strategies that support youth in Barrie and area.
On the 4th Monday of the month we have a catered dinner starting at 7:00 PM sharp, preceded by a brief period of fellowship (occasionally the date changes - send us a message if you are planning on attending). Typically we are entertained by a guest speaker, who may be from one of our sponsored groups, a volunteer or business person who shares with us their views on an interesting topic, we also have updates on projects & activities.
On the 2nd Monday monthly our Board of Directors meets to discuss current activities that include strategy, local and district projects, requests and to track our sponsorship, financial obligations and the ongoing business of the Club.
From time to time we participate in Zone, District and International conferences and conventions. Our Zone includes clubs in Barrie, Collingwood and Parry Sound and a Junior Optimist Club organized in our Anniversary Year, the Barrie Techno Tigers Robotics Junior Optimist Club and a 2nd Robotics JOI Club - the Java Wockies. We are always open to organizing new clubs, youth clubs and building partnerships with our community and region and of course WELCOME new members throughout the year!
Membership is open to men and women by invitation. We each pay an annual membership fee/dues that covers administrative and insurance expenses. A police background check may be required for members to participate in our youth related activities.
If you want to learn more about Optimism, participate in one of our events or JOIN the Optimist Club of Barrie fill out a contact form from the link/tab above or you can reach us by mail at PO Box 20084, Barrie, ON, L4M 6E9.
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