At a Zone Meeting/Inter-Club Meeting in June the President's Bell (the Charter Bell) and gavel from the Optimist Club of Barrie were taken hostage. To-date NO ransom note has been received and no word of the whereabouts of the items has been received. In attendance at the meeting were the Governor and a number of members from Newmarket and Collinwood Optimist Clubs. It is possible there were members from Keswick there who are dual members with Newmarket. Anyway, Barrie would dearly love its bell and gavel back and they are prepared to negotiate or pay the price, or for that matter take the item back no questions asked should anyone know it's whereabouts. A picture is attached that fairly represents the items although the bell is considerably tarnished.
If you know where our bell and gavel is please contact the President of the Optimist Club of Barrie by email. George Clarke email@example.com.
The bell and gavel were subsequently found at the Barrie Garage Sale. President George is said to have spent a small fortune to get them back.