New Optimist club seeks members

       A new service club is forming, called the Pikes Peak Optimists.
       Anyone interested in joining is asked to attend a meeting at the Mason Jar restaurant, 2925 W. Colorado Ave., Monday, Aug. 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
       The hope is to attract “12 to 15 members” to get the club going, according to Gerry Murphy, one of its organizers.
       There had been a Westside Optimist Club, which started in 1992, focusing on support for Washington and later West Elementary. However, it disbanded in 2012 as its membership declined.
       Murphy said the idea with the new Optimists group is to get feedback from the community and new members before defining what services the club ought to focus on and setting a geographical area, if any.
       “We'll see where we fit and how we can do the best job for the community,” he summarized.
       The effort is being sponsored by the city's Academy Optimist Club. Another goal during the Pikes Peak Optimists' “forming stage” is to attract the support of some businesses, Murphy said.
       For more information, call 505-2151.

Westside Pioneer/press release