This is the time of year when we often spend time with family and friends, counting our blessings and celebrating the New Year. 2020 could easily start with celebration when it comes to International Development. At least 13 projects are in development with several in countries where Optimist International currently does not have a presence.
One project is underway and a second one is pending for cities in South Africa; Sandton north of Johannesburg and Durban on the east coast. Ghana is set to get a new Club by the end of December in the Oti Region.
A new Club is forming in Hong Kong with an initial focus on the Oratorical competition. An effort in Singapore will create a new Club focused on Junior Golf, similar to the Optimist Club of Bangkok. College-aged adults are forming our first Club in India and we will soon have another Club in Nepal.
Optimist International continues its efforts to bring its mission to St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Grenada.
Optimist International was contacted to bring a new Club development project to Nottingham, England, the home of legendary Robin Hood.
“A lot of people in the United Kingdom feel there is a shift going on and there’s a lot of toxicity,: said Bethany Allen who is heading up the project there. “We need some positivity and optimism here.“
Sponsor Clubs are always being sought for these new Clubs overseas so if there is an interest from your Club for such a partnership, please contact Optimist staff member Jim Boyd at