River Cities Gazette

Miami Springs/Virginia Gardens Optimist Club puts activities on display

 
 
SCOUTS HONOR: The Boy Scouts of Troop 334 are one of the many groups supported by the Miami Springs/VG Optimist Club and were part of a recent open house.
SCOUTS HONOR: The Boy Scouts of Troop 334 are one of the many groups supported by the Miami Springs/VG Optimist Club and were part of a recent open house.
Gazette Photo/WALLY CLARK

River Cities Gazette

The Miami Springs Optimist Club presented at its open house on Saturday, Jan. 25 some of the many activities they support. The club is often called the Miami Springs/Virginia Gardens Optimist Club because the two communities work closely together to provide services and activities for both adults and young people.

“We’re having this to promote the Optimist Club and get more people involved, get more ideas and have more events,” said President Mark Bain. “We also have organizations that we support here to allow them to recruit more members.”

Taking part in the open house were Boy Scout Troop #334, Civil Air Patrol, Archery Club, Optimist football and cheerleaders, MSSH band, and Relay for Life.

“We helped them in the past and we’ll help them in the future,” said Bain. “We rent out the clubhouse for various functions but we want to add new events such as dances. We want more adults involved and have more family events.”

Last year was the 65th anniversary of the club at 1101 Wren Ave. and it had over 200 members at one time. However, membership has dwindled to about 25 and Bain wants more people to take part. Over the last few years, the club was completely remodeled but the building still needs a couple of new air conditioners.

“We’re trying to raise money now for that project,” said Bain. “We need the community’s help us in order for us to grow.”

The open house included food donated by Ricky’s Meats, a paintball booth bounce house, archery, entertainment by the band, and information on Optimist- sponsored activities such as the scouts and Civil Air Patrol. Bain said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa donated $700 to help fund the event.

“I want to motivate people to take part in what we do,” said Bain. “It’s for the good of everyone in the area.”

Read more River Cities stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
HOF INDUCTEES: There wasn’t an empty seat at the Miami Springs Country Club last week when Miami Springs High School held its Inaugural Hall of Fame Athletic Awards Ceremony. The Charter class of inductees included, from left, Buddy Goins, Doug Orr (special contributor), Karen Borgman (accepting for Wendy Fordyce), Bill Diaz, Shelly Dunkel, Phil Jones, Tosie LeGrand and Altermease Kendrick (accepting for husband Vince).

    Miami Springs High School holds Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Awards ceremony

    The Inaugural Miami Springs Senior High School Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony became a reality last week before a sold out crowd at Miami Springs Country Club as a total of seven former Springs athletes or coaches went in as the charter class.

  •  
PRESIDENTS CUP CHAMPS: With Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia in the background, the members of the Miami Springs/VG U-12 girls soccer team were a happy bunch last Friday night, April 11 when they posed with their plaques presented to them at the Opening Ceremonies of the River Cities Festival. That following a dramatic 2-1 win in the championship game of the Presidents Cup tournament in Auburndale, Fla. five days earlier.

    Miami Springs/Virginia Gardens U-12 girls soccer team wins President's Cup, honored at River Cities Festival

    A long and winding road of soccer success came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday morning, April 6 when the Miami Springs/Virginia Gardens Under-12 girls soccer team broke down the doors of local history by becoming the first local girls soccer team to ever win the President's Cup. As a result the team was honored at the Opening Ceremonies of the River Cities Festival last weekend when County Commissioners Jose "Pepe" Diaz and Rebeca Sosa showed up for the ceremony.

  •  
HOT UNDER THE COLLAR: Medley businessman Gary DiPalo was one of many business owners lined up at the podium at Monday night's meeting to voice their major objections to a potential seafood processing business being given a special exemption to come in and set up shot right next to them.

    Tempers flare at Medley council meeting over seafood processing business

    Even though the Fourth of July is still three months away, that didn’t mean the Town of Medley didn’t have its own version of an early fireworks show at its monthly meeting last Monday night, April 7 when more than a dozen business owners were lined up to take their turn at the podium and give the council some very strong opinions and things nearly got out of control.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK