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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.
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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.”

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