Happening at Optimist International

Oratorical World Championships

100th Optimist International Convention July 8-10, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

Message from Governor Gil

As we say good bye to Optimism Strong, and welcome Go Beyond the Boundaries II, let’s go into memory lane and remember the circumstances or reasons as to  why we joined this great organization.  At the 4th Quarter District Meeting recently held in Houston, I shared how I got involved in Optimism.  Back in October, 1981, our club consisted of 175 members that were all males. Today we are 50 members strong and our lady members are the real doers of our club.  We have never forgotten our motto  “ Bringing Out the Best in Kids.”

Before we begin working on this year incentives, we need to begin working within our club.  How can we make it stronger and make it better to serve the youth in our community.  We must preach retention and get our members involved in club activities. Remember, part of leadership is training new leaders and giving them the necessary tools for success.  Optimist International can promote programs and Optimist International Foundation can fund these  programs, but only  members can successfully make these programs come to life.

So, as we embark this year on Beyond the Boundaries, our emphasis is on member retention as well as recruiting new members in order that we serve more kids. We will be going to places we have not visited in fifteen or more years such as College Station and Round Rock.  But First let’s prepare ourselves for a visit to San Antonio where a good time awaits us.  

Remember let’s have fun this year, let us take ourselves seriously and most important never forget that our members are volunteers

The success of this year begins at the club level.


Gil Ortiz, Governor

2017-2018 Governor Gil Ortiz

Our District includes 99 Texas Counties, 100,000 Square Miles, Population over 20,000,000, at least 5,000,000 Youth,
BUT NOT ENOUGH OPTIMISTS!
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