Coquitlam Sponsors New Optimist Club in the Okanagan
The Coquitlam Optimist Club has sponsored a new Optimist Club to serve the youth of Vernon and the surrounding communities. The North Okanagan Optimist Club chartered on September 27, 2011, with 23 charter members. Past International Vice-President Sandy Larivee officially organized the club on behalf of Optimist International. Ed Murphy III, Governor of the Pacific Northwest District, and Peter Smith and Hal Griffin, President and President-Elect, respectively, of the sponsoring Coquitlam Optimist Club, attended the chartering ceremony.
The North Okanagan Optimist Club is the 50th Optimist club in the Pacific Northwest District of Optimist International, which encompasses Optimist clubs in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. The new club joins Zone 2 with clubs in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission and Coquitlam.
Led by Charter President Janice Mori and Charter Secretary-Treasurer Pam Hargreaves, the new club has already talked about running oratorical contests and other community activities. The club will also raise money to meet needs of young people in the Vernon area.