South Texas District of Optimist International
Governor Irvin G. Williams

A Message from the Governor
Staying the Course has never been so much fun. We started the optimist year strong and we have continued to build our momentum into the third quarter. We are number one in Optimist International in membership with over 111 new members. We have chartered three new Adult Clubs and one new Junior Octagon (JOOI) Club with plans to build additional clubs. Welcome our two new clubs: Hill Country and Pearland, both chartered in the second quarter. When we work together as a team, our synergy that we develop is strong and can be seen by others. We have a winning team made up of extraordinary individuals – you. As we Stay the Course, let’s continue to strive to meet and exceed our District Goals of 3-3-3 (3 new members per club, 3 new Dime-a-Day members per club, and build 3 new district clubs).

As we continue to think and work outside the box by recruiting younger members with families, we are faced with the challenge of providing children activities for our new young members. We are excited to be offering a children’s program at the Third Quarter Conference on Saturday. It will be great to see kids attending and interacting with each other during this Conference. It has been a long time since we have had this type of experience. These kids are future Optimists and they are getting an early start now on learning about optimism.

Our kids are our greatest assets. We must ensure that we provide the best foundation possible for them to grow, learn, and respect life. I am proud of the work we are doing to accomplish these tasks. When one child succeeds, we all succeed. The one trait that all optimists share in common is that we know that we make a difference in kids’ lives. This is worth everything that we do.

I have been asked on numerous occasions how and why our Team is so successful. I smile and I tell everyone who asks that the key to success is to follow the 4 C’s: Commitment, Communication, Concentration, and Consistency. Commitment- the Team must give 100% to the purpose and reason to what they are doing. Communication- the Team must talk among themselves to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Concentration- the Team must focus on the task at hand. Consistency- the Team must continue to excel in their efforts.

The First Quarter Conference got us to a great start. At the Second Quarter both Team and Individual accomplishments were recognized. The Third Quarter Conference will be motivating and help increase our momentum in finishing the Third Quarter strong. We will continue to recognize Team and Individual accomplishments. I encourage all South Texas District Optimist Members to attend this Conference. The District Oratorical Contest will take place and the winner will be announced.

You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself – Harvey Firestone

Everything has a cost associated with it. Our cost of being a successful Team is hard work. The reward of our hard work is Bringing out the Best in Kids. We owe it to ourselves and we owe it to our kids to preserve their future. We must Stay the Course!
Irvin G. Williams
International Convention
Plan to attend the 97th Optimist International Convention in New Orleans July 9th to 11th.
For hotel reservations at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Click Here
To view the current schedule of events, click here.
To register with O.I. online click here.
Marieroze Holliday
Marieroze Holliday, a member of the Towne & Country Optimist Club of San Antonio, passed away April 21st.

Marieroze was the widow of Past Governor Hank Hollyday, was the District Childhood Cancer Chairperson, the District Youth Clubs Chairperson, and a Past Lt. Governor. She was the mother of Zone 5 Lt. Governor Alisa Rodriguez.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.

Porter Loring Mortuary
2102 North Loop 1604 North
San Antonio, TX 78232

Visitation April 28, 2015
6:00pm- 8:00pm

Memorial Service
April 29, 2015
Internment to follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery
Third Quarter District Meeting
The next District meeting is at the Houston Westchase on May 15-17. You can click on the link below to reserve a room at the $89.00 per night rate. You MUST book your room by April 30th.

Book your room at the Houston Westchase
District Meeting Agenda
Meeting Registration Form

Walking in the Rain

Easter Seals 5K Walk help April 24th in Houston with 23 Easr Fort Bend County and Pearland Optimists braving the storm. They raised $3215.00. This project helps raise awareness and resources for programs of Easter Seals, which help children and adults living with all types of disabilities.
Hill Country Optimist Club
The Hill Country Optimist Club was formed February 18, 2015, sponsored by the San Antonio Optimist Club and the Metrocom Optimist Club. Pictured are the new club officers with VP Jan Oord Graves.

Optimist Club of Pearland
The Optimist Club of Pearland was organized February 12th with 34 new Optimist members. Sponsored by the Optimist Club of East Fort Bend County and the Optimist Club of Fort Sam Houston, the Club was brought in by Field Representative Ron Graves with assistance from Regional Vice President Jan Oord-Graves. Builders of Excellance were Karen Kovar and Governor Ervin Williams, both members of East Fort Bend, and Fay and Jack Hopkins, members of Fort Sam Houston. All were in attendance, as were four additional members of the East Fort Bend Club.
Towne & Country Social
Towne & Country Optimist Club of San Antonio is having its annual Spring Social on May 9th at 6:30 pm. The event will be held at Christopher Columbus Hall, 201 Piazza Italia, San Antonio.
The fun will include spaghetti dinner, a desert booth, door prizes, both live and silent auctions. The cash bar will open at 6:00 PM.
             CLICK HERE to read the flyer.
Governor Irvin’s Membership Incentive
Period of Incentive: April 13, 2015 through May 13, 2015

For the next month, all have an opportunity to participate in the South Texas District’s Membership Incentive Program. The incentives are as follows:

CLUB INCENTIVE: For All Clubs that are in growth by 5 Members (+5) by May 13th the Club will receive a $50.00 Gift Card.

LOCAL MEMBER INCENTIVE: For each Local Member that recruits 3 New Members by May 13th, they will receive a Soft Sided Cooler.

SOUTH TEXAS EXECUTIVE BOARD, DISTRICT DIRECTORS, and COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON MEMBER INCENTIVE: For each Board Member that recruits 4 New Members by May 13th, they will receive a Soft Sided Cooler

The following information must be submitted to Governor Irvin ( by May 14th to qualify for this incentive program:
Sponsor's Name       New Member's Name      Club

New Members must also be listed on OI’s CRA Report by May 14th. All incentives will be presented at the Second Quarter Conference in Houston May 15th-17th. All Early Registrations to attend this conference must be received by April 30th. The Conference will be held at the Westchase Marriott. The room rate of $89.00 is guaranteed until April 30th, so make your reservations now.

New to the Conference in May is a Children’s Program. The Program will be Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm. All children participating in the Program must be pre-registered by April 30th.

Good luck. Get your incentive. Remember to 'Stay the Course"

Governor Irvin
Optimist International Elections
Optimist International has published the slate of nominees for officer elections which will be conducted online by Clubs in the month of June. Our own Gil Ortiz is one of three nominees for a three year term on the Board of Directors. Two of the three nominees will be elected. Click here for the full slate of nominees.
Laredo Oratorical Contest

Students participating the in the Laredo Noon Optimist Club Oratorical Contest. From the Laredo Morning Times
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-friendly courses feature interactive quizzes and pop-up resource materials. Each user will be guided, step-by-step, through the basic skills and actions needed to be a successful Club President or District Lieutenant Governor.

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, create a profile and click on the appropriate course and follow the easy to follow instructions.

Our District includes 99 Texas Counties, 100,000 Square Miles, Population over 16,000,000, at least 4,000,000 Children, BUT NOT ENOUGH OPTIMISTS....