2016 was a very good year for International Development. A lead cultivated from the Optimist Junior Golf Tournament led to the organization of the Optimist Club of Bangkok, Thailand in May.
A few weeks later on the other side of the world, the Optimist Club in Casablanca, Morocco came into existence.
The connection between Optimist International and west Africa continued to grow just a few months later when more than two dozen people became Members of the Optimist Club in Dakar, Senegal.
The neighboring country of Mali chartered their own Optimist Club earlier this month with 19 Members was born.