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.
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SPORTS CLUBS

Optimist International is pleased to announce Tulane University School of Medicine will host three workshops at the International Convention. The three workshops are General Sports Safety and Concussion Management, Hydration and Heat Related Illness, and Lightning and Emergency Action Plans. The workshops are tailored towards sport Clubs, but all attendees of the Convention are welcome.

Tulane University School of Medicine, located on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans, is the second-oldest medical school in the Deep South and the 15th oldest medical school in the United States.

The workshop presenters are athletic trainers employed through the Tulane University School of Medicine.  They provide athletic training outreach services to several area high school sport teams.  For more information about Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, click here.

General Sports Safety and Concussion Management

The workshop is aimed to help prevent the growing number of injuries, including concussions, among athletes. The training includes concussion safety tips and guidelines for managing these injuries. The presenter will also review best practices to support injury recovery including gradual return to learn and play procedures. With the increasing number of sport concussions among athletes and the complexity of head injuries, this workshop is extremely educational and recommended for Optimist sports Clubs.

Presented by Gregory W. Stewart, MD: Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedics, Chief of the Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Director of Sports Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. He has served as a team physician for professional, collegiate and high school teams for over 20 years and currently chairs the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Sports Medicine Advisory Board. He serves on the advisory board of the National Council of Youth Sports Safety. Dr. Stewart was the principle investigator for a research study on mild traumatic brain injury in high school football funded by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Stewart is the recipient of the Louisiana Sports Medicine Society Jim Finks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sports Medicine and has been inducted in to the Louisiana Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame.

Hydration and Heat Related Illness

Hydration and Heat Related Illness will help Optimist sport Clubs understand two preventable sports injuries - heat-related illness and dehydration. The workshop will review the guidelines and suggestions for preventing, recognizing, and managing the potentially dangerous, and sometimes deadly, effects of playing in hot or humid conditions. The presenter will also review what it means to be "hydrated" and the guidelines to proper hydration.

Presented by Michelle Hubbard, MS, ATC, LAT: Graduate of the University of Florida (undergraduate) and University of Memphis (graduate), Athletic Trainer at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, outreaches to Landry Walker and Kipp Renaissance high schools.

Lightning and Emergency Action Plans

For Optimist sports Clubs, keeping athletes, volunteers and spectators safe during activities is very important. This presentation will focus on the important things to know about lightning, interesting facts, and common myths. There are many misconceptions about lightning and when conditions are safe for activities.
The presenter will review lightning policies that are currently in place and the various ways to monitor lightning strikes. The workshop will cover the importance of being prepared for the unexpected and having a lightning action plan in place. Finally, the presentation will review what to do in the event of a lightning strike. Determining a Lightning and Emergency Action Plan ahead of time is beneficial. This workshop acts as a guide to outline safety options tailored to local circumstances, available equipment, and evacuation options.

Presented by Matt Doell, MA, ATC: Graduate of South Eastern University (undergraduate) and University of Alabama (graduate), Athletic Trainer at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, outreaches to Archbishop Shaw high school. 

Plan Your Trip to New Orleans

Have you registered for the 97th Annual Convention?  Join fellow Optimists from around the world for training, fellowship and fun! If you register by June 1, you will be entered for a chance to receive complimentary registration for the 2016 International Convention in Quebec City.

Convention will be held Thursday, July 9 through Saturday, July 11 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. 

For all Convention related information, such as hotel reservations, tentative agenda, travel discounts, and entertainment highlights, click here. Continue to check the Convention site for updates, including the workshop listing with descriptions!

2014-2015 Essay Contest Winner
Winner of the Essay Contest is Kristina Correa, sponsored by the Corpus Christ - Downtown Optimist Club.
District Meeting Pictures
A few of the pictures from the Third Quarter Conference in HJouston. More pictures will be added.... CLICK HERE...
Laredo Noon 75th Anniversary

Laredo Noon President Rosa Trujano with Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz and the City Proclamation

Many members of the Laredo Noon Club listen to the 75th Anniversary Proclamation from OI President Ken Garner being read by Past Governor Jack Hopkins
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.
San Antonio Citywide Bicycle Rodeo
This coming Saturday (May 30th) is our San Antonio Citywide Bike Rodeo sponsored by the OPtimist Club of San antonio. It will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center downtown Hall A (the last hall on the western end across from the Hilton Hotel. There are two city parking garages nearby. One on Market street east of the Marriot Hotel and across the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The other one is across the river in the River Center Mall Complex on Commerce street.

The Bike Rodeo starts at 8:00AM so please be there no later than 7:30AM preferably earlier if possible. The competition will run to 12 noon followed by awarding of prizes with the ceremony over at 12:30. The courses will have been already laid out the previous day by SAPD. You are welcome to help. We will need runners also for score keeping.

You will have a good time observing and working with the children during the competition. If you have any questions please feel free to call Allen Guidry at (210-872-1076) or e-mail at allenjguidry@yahoo.com.
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.
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.
ONLINE OFFICER TRAINING
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 optimisttraining.org, 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....