BROKEN BOW–Spreading hope, a positive vision, and service to communities are some of the key words for Optimist International, which has been working to make the world a better place for more than 100 years.
Now the local chapter of Optimist International, the Broken Bow Optimist Club, is inviting new members to help create a better community through service to Broken Bow youth.
Optimist leaders Maureen “Mo” Hunsberger and Brent Custer spoke on the May 27 Get Up and Go Breakfast Show on KCNI/KBBN and they are putting out a call for new members to get involved.
According to application brochure, “the Broken Bow Optimist Club is a voluntary organization of civic-minded men and women banded together for progressive thought, action, and service.”
Current local activities include High School Youth of the Month, scholarship programs, scholastic banquet, essay contest, soccer, football, volleyball, s’mores at the Festival of Lights, and Halloween downtown footprints.
Many of the current members have dedicated their time and talents to local activities for several years. As their kids age out of the Optimist activities, they are are ready to pass the torch to the next generation.
“Our kids are getting past that stage and it’s time to pass it along and we’re just not seeing that so hopefully if we get this word out then the next generation can pick up the baton and run from here,” Custer said.
All ages are welcome to become members and support programs for area youth. Leadership and supportive roles are needed and Mo Hunsberger said the club needs at least 15 additional members in order to sustain this year’s planned activities, with soccer being the next planned activity.
Optimist 2020 Vision is being rolled out to encourage active, enthusiastic, and family-oriented individuals to bring fresh ideas to the Optimist Club.
“We need these members by July 15 or we are not going to be able to run our activities for the next year,” Hunsberger said.
Applicants can list which activities they would like to participate in–from entry-level sports to some of the Optimist International programs. Youth, family, exercise, involvement, and meeting people for the betterment of the community are all encouraged through the various local and international programs.
Optimist International programs include a Visual Arts Competition, Photography Contest, Childhood Health and Wellness, Respect for Law/Promotion of Non-violence, Oratorical Contest, and many other sports activities.
The time commitment for members includes an hour-long meeting once a month, plus varying amounts of time depending on the activity.
Contact a current member for more information or you can sign up at Geared for Sports (427 S 9th Ave, Broken Bow, NE 68822) or go to the Broken Bow Optimist Facebook Page.