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Clinton Optimist Club Takes Steps To Add Members

With a boost from the Harlem Wizards, Clinton’s Optimist Club wants to return to supporting local youth.

The Club, which was started with help from the Brothertown Optimist Club of Waterville, is again receiving support from its neighboring club to revive. Matt Bronner of Clinton has stepped forward to lead the Clinton club back to active status.

Bronner, from New Jersey and a Clinton resident for about a year, said he is familiar with the upbeat and fun game the Wizards bring to a community. The fund raiser - sponsored by the Optimists, Clinton Sports Boosters and Clinton PTA - will pit the Wizards vs. an All-Star team of Clinton Central School District employees.

“Let’s get this club back,’’ Bronner said. “If the community turns out for this game, it will be a big start for us.’’

Brian Bogan is a member of the Brothertown Club and the governor for the New York-New England District. He said he is pleased to see the Clinton club not dissolve because Optimists do so much for kids in a community.

“They’re already doing an Oratorical contest with homeschool students in February and the Wizards will be a great time for the club to not just raise funds but also recognition and hopefully membership,’’ Bogan said.

During its active years the Clinton Optimists had 25 to 30 members. On the brink…

The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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