South Texas District of Optimist International 2015-2016 Governor John Blackwell

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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Online Officer Training  

Welcome Bryan College Station Club


Oratorical World Championship – Video

Valley Hi NOW Party - SUCCESS




A Message from 2015-2016 OIF President  

Fort Sam Houston Club’s Christmas Party



For Kids With Cancer at SAMMC

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Kidsville Club Winterfest - Help Needed  

See the Winterfest Video from last year

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Canyon Lake Club’s 5th Anniversary



Octagon Clubs - Junior Optimist Clubs - Alpha Clubs


First Quarter District Meeting
October 16-18, 2015
Ramada Plaza - Laredo

Registration Form
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for All Optimists, but specially
 for New Optimists

How to build/maintain JOOI Clubs

How does a Club hold the contests, and recruit participants

How to build and maintain a
Club Facebook Page

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From the Governor…

When you grew up?  Did you succeed? Or were your plans changed by the fact that you did not have the necessary tools/education to achieve your dreams?  Too many of our children within our zones are faced with this dilemma every day.  Each club should re-evaluate their goals and possibly change or target other children within their zones. Add food drives, clothes and assist them to attain school supplies, computer assistance and other modern day technology.  This is the future of Optimism.  I do not claim to know the answer to the question “How is my club doing all we can to help the kids within our reach?  I feel that I can do better and will do everything possible to
        “MAKE A KID HAPPY.

Great Job 14-15 Governor Irvin G. Williams


Metrocom at Cibolofest - SUCCESS  


2016 O.I. Convention in Quebec – Video

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.

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 - all beer was sold.  And the call for help was answered by members of Valley Hi, Fort Sam Houston, Towne & Country and Windcrest Optimist Clubs.

The Optimist Club of Canyon Lake celebrated its 5th Anniversary with a picnic at Cabin and Cottages on FM 306 on July 12th. In attendance were many charter members as well as many youth from the Octagon Club, the Junior Optimist Club and the new Alpha Club.  The Club added 26 new members in 2014-2015

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 - mostly with directing vehicles in the parking lots.  If you can help, contact Gina Barbera, 210-548-6448 or 210-849-5146.

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, 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,

Ed Finn

2015-2016 President

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 5 new members - RIGHT THERE - RIGHT THEN.

Dave Marsh-Director; Candace Hollis; Hayden Paul-Director; Brea Robinson -Director; Robert Melia; Debbie Grimes-Secretary/Treasurer; Alaina Jalufka-President; Richard Grimes- VP; Governor Williams; not in photo-Sharon McCauley-Director.  Built on September 29th by Karen Kovar and Irvin G. Williams.