South Texas District of Optimist International 2016-2017 Governor Carol Hodges

Our District includes 99 Texas Counties, 100,000 Square Miles, Population over 19,000,000, at least 4,500,000 Youths,
BUT NOT ENOUGH OPTIMISTS.…
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4th Quarter Rolling In!

South Texas is in the house!  I am sure that is what those in attendance at the OI convention in Albuquerque thought last week because we were everywhere from the district trainer course and governor elect training on Tuesday right through the Optimist Leadership Academy on Sunday.  The district was recognized as a Pacesetter and that is certainly something we want to maintain.  Because, we want to end this year strong so more kids are being served and to continue this through the 2017-18 year of ‘Optimist Strong’.  Yes, you saw that right, President Designate Nick Prillaman has that for his theme next year!  We had 11 builders of excellence recognized and three clubs who received grants from OIF.  Plus one of our clubs won one of the Reel to Reel competitions.  We manned the Women’s Philanthropy booth and Galveston Noon had a display on its partnership with KTor.  A list of the workshop presenters and TIP Talks showed familiar names as well!

Our 4th quarter convention will be packed with training for incoming officers and info for club chairs on OI and special projects.  We will be honored to have OI President Jim Kondrasuk with us throughout the weekend.  While the installation banquet will be a more formal affair, Aldine Optimist Club is going with a football theme for the Friday night hospitality room.  Jim has a reward’s program centered around football this year and since he is a devoted Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers fan, we do want him to know he is in Texas country!   

Look forward to seeing you in Houston and to closing out the 70 plus days remaining in the 2016-17 Optimist Strong year.


Carol Hodges

Governor,  South Texas District


Come to the District Convention

August 4-6, 2017

Doubletree by Hilton IAH

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