Past Meetings

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Crossings
Our newest member Stephen Strutt was sworn in by our Lt. Governor Darcy Walsh.  (Photo from Left - Optimists LG Darcy Walsh, President Rick Gillespie, Stephen Strutt and VP Ways and Means Bruce Pope).  Darcy brought greetings from the District Governor.  Our speaker was Sergeant Kevin Lui of the London Police Service.  (Photo from Left - Sergeant Kevin Lui and Optimist President Rick Gillespie during the cheque presentation.  Optimist Treasurer Randy Brewe in background.)  He gave us an overview of the Joe League which sees police officers coach teams comprised of kids from the city's housing complexes.  Our club made a $3000 donation to cover the cost of transportation.  Other sponsors are Joe Kool's, Source for Sports and the London Lightning.  This was the first meeting at our new dinner venue.  We had a large turnout of members which made for close quarters but it was good to see so many members in attendance.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Byron Legion
Our new board for the coming Optimist year was sworn in.  Optimist Doug Mackay was honoured as Optimist of the Year for his outstanding level of volunteerism, leadership and dedication to the club and the youth it serves.  Optimist Don Draper was honoured as a Life Member as recognition of his long time service as a member, Board member, Past President and editor of our award winning newsletter over several years.  We inducted four new members to the club. From left to right is Optimist Ramona Fudge, Optimist Brian Gibson, Optimist President Bill Adams, Optimist Claude Robinson and Optimist Nick Tountas.  See the photos in the links above.