Students Inducted into Wilberforce University’s first Optimist Club

Wilberforce University

There’s something new and exciting on theWilberforceUniversitycampus: the first  Optimist Club at an HBCU outside theSouthern U.S.

More than 50 students signed on as members of the new club, which was sponsored by the Wilberforce-Xenia and Centerville Optimist Clubs. Officers of theWilberforceUniversityclub were installed at a ceremony during September, which also drew Optimist International officers from acrossOhio.

The Wilberforce University Optimist Club will aim its efforts at helping young people inGreeneCountycommunities near theWilberforceUniversitycampus. Among the planned efforts are programs to provide mentors, tutors and help with health and fitness.

“We are honored to have the Wilberforce University Optimist Club as one of our campus organizations. I am impressed with the enormous number of our students who will devote their time to serving youth in the larger community,” said WU President Patricia L. Hardaway. “Our students’ work will enhance the lives of children and bring optimism and hope not only to kids but all who interact with them. Service to the community is one of the core values of the university.”

Dr. Nodie Washington, special assistant to President Hardaway, is an Ohio Optimist Club official and former president of the Wilberforce-Xenia Optimist Club.

Dr.Washingtonjoined with Centerville Optimist Club President Kelly Eggers to help students charter the new club. Professor Gloria Wingard will serve as the club’s faculty advisor.

At the September ceremony, Dr.Washingtoninstalled the new club’s officers: Chelsea Davis, president; Myscha Draper, president-elect; Lynda Potts, first vice president; and Shantell Coleman, second vice president. Amber Fullerton was appointed secretary and Christopher Brown was tapped as treasurer.

Optimist Club President Chelsea Davis told the club “I predict a successful year for the Wilberforce University Optimist Club, and greater success for youth in the community.”

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