Whylma Spence takes second stint at helm of Mandeville Optimist Club

Observer staff reporter

Monday, November 19, 2018

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Financial advisor and longtime Optimist, Whylma Spence is leading the Optimist Club of Mandeville for the 2018/19 administrative year.

She officially took up the position at the service club's installation ceremony last month, taking the baton from immediate past president, Donna Hepburn, an administrator by profession.

Spence, who joined the club in 1995, previously served as president in 2001/2002.

The Optimist Club of Mandeville started in 1989 and has been involved in a number of projects, particularly for the development of youth.

The club is part of the global organisation, Optimist International, which is in its centennial year.

Spence, in her acceptance speech, said she was “deeply honoured to be serving you in the 2018/2019 Optimist International Centennial year”.

She said the work of Optimists is needed now more than ever.

In a message from governor for the Caribbean District, Marcia Streete Hendricks, read by Hepburn, club members were challenged to stay the course.

Reigning Miss Manchester Festival Queen, Crystal Scale, at the same time, urged Optimists to never give up even when the going gets difficult.

“Let's dream of a brighter tomorrow and realise we are not going to wait on someone to save us; we are not going to wait for it to happen overnight, we are going to be the heroes and heroines that we are looking for. You are never too old to dream and you are never too young to make that dream possible,” she told the function held at Villa Gardens Restaurant.

The Optimist Club of Mandeville's activities during the last administration included youth safety and appreciation initiatives, a presentation to children about respect for law, donation to a child with cancer and two with HIV, participation in Read Across Jamaica Day, organisation of a parenting forum, assisting with annual oratorical and essay competitions, breakfast support and a Christmas treat at an early childhood institution.

For the centennial year, a flagship project for Optimists is raising awareness about road safety.

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