The Miami Springs/Virginia Gardens Optimist Club held its annual end-of-the-season archery club awards banquet Oct. 4 at its clubhouse. The club, founded seven years ago, has grown to include 320 members and has hosted statewide competitions.
The club held an indoor tournament for members prior to the banquet, which marked the end of its five-month season.
“There are actually 84 different categories in archery,” said Mark Bain, president of both the Optimist Club and archery club. “But we utilized only about 20 or 30 here.”
About 120 club members, friends and family members attended the awards luncheon, which included pizza, snacks and desserts.
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“We had a good turnout,” said Bain. “We also gave awards for the youngest member, who was 3, and the oldest, who was in her 60s.”
The archery club practices in the clubhouse and at the Miami Springs Country Club, and holds tournaments at the Miami Springs Community Center.
The club also opened an outdoor archery range behind the country club that has increased in popularity.
“A lot of our shooters will be joining the outdoor group since our indoor season is over,” said Bain. “Archers can shoot from 10 to 60 yards, and we’ll probably start having long-distance tournaments there.”
Bain and staff member George Lob presented 18 awards — both statuettes and medals — in the youth category and about the same amount in the adult division. A raffle that followed included more than $1,000 worth of archery equipment and other prizes.