Our District includes 99 Texas Counties, 100,000 Square Miles, Population over 19,000,000, at least 4,500,000 Youths,
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FOUND in Laredo Spiral notebook with notes about Cub Scouts, tennis and an Optimist Club -
Online Officer Training
Bryan College Station Club Adds Members
Valley Hi NOW Party -
A Message from 2015-
Fort Sam Houston Club’s Christmas Party
For Kids With Cancer at SAMMC
Kidsville Club Winterfest -
See the Winterfest Video from last year
Go to the Website www.winterfesthelotes.com
Canyon Lake Club’s Octagon Club
Octagon Clubs -
JOOI CLUBS -
“Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction”
Essay Contest Topic
Oratorical Contest Topic
“How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others”
“How My Optimism Will Help Me Press on to Greater Achievements of the Future”
Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The First Quarter District Meeting is now history. If you missed it, you missed a great weekend. Lots of fun, training, informative meetings and comradery.The Second Quarter District Meeting is scheduled on February 19-
Governor John presented Immediate Past Governor Irvin with a commemorative plaque.
Click the button above to view a slideshow of pictures taken by Richard Bolling at the First Quarter District Conference in Laredo
From the Governor…
First quarter conference is in the bag. It was a HUGE success, even if I say so myself. You missed me doing the Mexican Hat dance. Did not know how to do it, however I succeeded. Must have been the water that made me do it. Seriously, I truly would like for each club president to attend the upcoming conference in Houston on Feb 19-
Metrocom at Cibolofest -
Optimist International's Leadership Development Committee is happy to announce the debut of a new and updated Club President online training course and a brand new, first time ever, Lieutenant Governor online training course. These user-
This online training is not a replacement for the officer training at our District Convention or at the Optimist International Convention. To access these courses go to optimisttraining.org, create a profile and click on the appropriate course and follow the easy to follow instructions.
Irvin G. Williams is the NUMBER ONE Governor in all the Districts of Optimist International. Congratulations Irvin, for being Distinguished and leading our District to be NUMBER ONE.
Metrocom’s beer booth at the 50th Cibolofest was a success -
The Optimist Club of Canyon Lake held an installation banquet for the leadership team of its Octagon Club on October 19th. Past Governors Gil Ortiz, Fay Hopkins and Jack Hopkins as well as Lt. Governor Norbert Flores attended the occasion.
The Kidsville Optimist Club is once again running the Helotes, TX Winterfest at Cornyval Grounds, 12210 Leslie Road, Helotes, TX 78023. Last year’s attendance was 50,000 people. Being a small club, the Kidsville Club needs help -
The Fort Sam Houston Optimist Club’s annual Christmas Party for the patients at the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Unit at the San Antonio Military Medical Center is scheduled for December 12th at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Club from Noon to 3:00. Come and meet and mingle with the kids, their siblings, parents and the medical staff. It is always a rewarding experience.
The Valley Hi Optimist Club of San Antonio had a very successful NOW Party on October 12th. They Signed up 11 new members -
Immediate Past Governor Irvin G. Williams inducts 2 new members into the Bryan College Station Club on October 19 bringing the Club’s total membership up to 20.
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Hello Optimist Everywhere. We have all heard the saying, “Time flies when you are having fun.” The same can also be said when you are working at something that benefits our great organization. It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since you elected me to the Foundation Board and now I am so pleased and honored to serve as your Foundation President. I assure you that it will be a pleasure to continue to work with such a quality group of board members and dedicated staff. This Foundation year will be a challenge, having seen our Past Presidents each raise the bar during their year. It will be a challenge as we continue providing all of our Districts with the funds needed to award their Oratorical, Essay and Deaf and Hard of Hearing scholarships along with funding additional program support for JOOI, Optimist International’s youth service and leadership programs, Junior Golf, Childhood Cancer Grants, Club Grants and all other new or existing programs promoted by Optimist International.
Over the life of the Foundation, we have seen a variety of different themes portrayed in the signed and numbered plates and prints offered to our membership. Common to the theme has always been the requirement that the Optimist International logo be included on the plate and print. There have been times that the logo was quiet prominently displayed and there have been times that one had to look twice to find it. I think you will be pleasantly surprised and want to obtain this year’s plate and print. The image portrayed is a cross section of the youth we serve, five happy young people running to the Optimist. Three of these children are carrying balloons and for the first time there are three logos displayed, Optimist International, Optimist International Foundation and the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation. This year’s theme is “Together We Make It Happen.” Oh, by the way the dog in the print is Mandy, my Border Collie.
When we say “Together We Make It Happen” the WE is all of us. Our District, our Zones, our Clubs, all of our members and that includes you and I. For this reason great emphasis will once again be placed on having a Club Foundation Representative (C F R) in each of our Clubs. That added voice within the Club will be an ongoing reminder to participate in the mission of the Foundation. I have had members ask, “Why should I donate to the Foundation, I pay dues?” True, we all pay dues but dues do not pay for the scholarships and other programs provided by Optimist International. With this in mind I urge each club to submit their choice for a C F R by going on the Foundation website, oifoundation.org and complete the form on line or print a form and send it to the Foundation office. Should you have any questions, please let me know.
Finally, I would like to thank all of the District Foundation Representatives and the Club Foundation Representatives for their work on behalf of the Foundation. I would be terribly amiss if I did not also extend a huge THANK YOU to all of our donors who year after year continue to support the Foundation and make all of this come true.
Let’s all go forward into a fun, exciting and successful year as “TOGETHER WE MAKE IT HAPPEN.”
Yours in Optimism,
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