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Annual General Meeting / Rehearsal - Sunday September 20, 2020

The 2020 Annual General Meeting for active members is scheduled for Sunday September 20, 2020 at the Conestoga Golf and Country Club in Conestoga Ontario.

There is a lengthy list of guidelines to be followed to attend, including pre-registration for follow up later, temperature check, mandatory face masks indoors, social distancing indoors, hand sanitizer and hand washing and many more.

The Annual General Meeting is scheduled first to be followed by a shorter rehearsal than usual (sorry absolutely no spectators allowed in the rehearsal hall).

We will announce the new Executive Board for 2020 - 2021 next week.

Stay healthy and stay safe out there.


We proudly introduce our new website! It focuses on the current activities of the alumni corps, while embracing the rich history of the original Toronto Optimists and Seneca Optimists organizations.

Please explore and enjoy! Contact us if you have comments, corrections, photos, recordings, or documents. As always, we welcome new members and bookings.


Drum Corps World recently released their June 2020 issue in which there is a great interview with Doug Darwin. Lots of pictures of the Alumni Corps with a few of the legacy Toronto Optimists.


Click here to go directly to DCW's site and the page with the article, or here to see a customized PDF version (without ads) thanks to Bob Carell.

Passing of Marlene Lister

Glenda and Doug Roblin advised that Glenda's Mom, Marlene Lister, passed away the morning of May 8, 2020 at the age of 81. Many of the former members of both the Optimists Lancers and Cadet Lancers will remember her as she often chaperoned on parades and tours with both corps in the 1970s.

She will be placed with Glenda's Dad at a private family graveside service on Tuesday, May 12th in Barrie.

Condolences may be forwarded through Adams Funeral Home here.


Like a plot in a movie or so-so novel, it seems no one is able to escape the impact of the pandemic virus, COVID-19. Due to the recent government and institutional responses, and overall current global situation, the Optimists Alumni Corps has postponed their California Dreamin' tour to 2021. In addition, the City of Toronto has cancelled the March 15th St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Our group wishes everyone safety and health during these unprecedented times.

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