South Texas District of Optimist International

Governor JoSe Montoya
Governor-Elect Irvin Williams is looking for a few good Optimists to fill out his leadership team for the 2014-2015 year. Look at the list of leadership opportunities available, then print the form and send your desired leadership position to Governor-Elect Irvin. CLICK HERE FOR THE LEADERSHIP FORM
Christmas Party
The Optimist Club of Fort Sam Houston put on its 12th annual Christmas Party for the kids in the Pediatric Oncology Unit at BAMC/SAMMC on Fort Sam Houston. The kids, their parents and siblings had a great time. To see the pictures, CLICK HERE...
Valley High Academic Awards
Guest Speaker Charles Gonzalez, a winner of the same award in the 1980's, and Pres. Tom Hutcheson are honoring the winners from 8 middle schools. The winners are 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who earned the highest grade point average during the first six weeks.
John's Kids
Lt. Governor John Blackwell's school supply project pictures:

Valley-Hi Academic Awards
The Valley Hi Optimist Club Middle School Academic Awards Cermony was held May 21st.

Metrocom's PSBA Kids
Metrocom Optimist Club's PSBA kids were invited to perform at the HEB nutrition and fitness day at the Witte Museum in San Antonio. They performed and showed children how to balance and use the equipment. It was a real hit.
Dickinson, Texas: One of our newest clubs, the Dickinson Optimist Club, put on one of the best events of the year. It was their first annual Easter Egg Hunt that attracted over two hundred people. The entire city supported the event with the Fire Department and Police on hand to assist with the families. Wal-Mart donated the eggs, candy and baskets. There were donations of money to purchase thirty-six bikes for the children. In addition, there were three eggs that had a picture of a $50.00 dollar bill that entitled them to the cash prize for three lucky kids. A heartwarming story was when a little five year old girl gave the bike she won to another little boy who are sitting on the curb crying because he didnít get a bike. It was an event that brought families together and joy to many children. Optimism does bring out the best in kids and ourselves. Think about hosting an Easter Egg Hunt in your community next year.
Students of the Month
The Mainland-Texas City Club recognized Two outstanding students. One is headed to Texas State and the other to the University of Texas.

Metrocom presented their new road sign to the City of Live Oak, with Leroy Kowalik, Finance Director, The City of Live Oak; Jordan Mantley, Ecconomic and Community Developement Manager, The City of Live Oak; Eric Sanchez, President, Live Oak Economic Development Corporation; Julie Palmer, Executive Assistant, The City of Live Oak; Mary M. Dennis, Mayor, The City of Live Oak; Delbert Berryman, Member, Live Oak Economic Development Corporation; Richard Lamothe, Member, Live Oak Economic Development Corporation.

Later, the sign was placed on the highway with Front Row
Ron Woisin, Member, Metrocom Optimist Club of Live Oak; Mary M. Dennis, Mayor, The City of Live Oak; Chalotte Woisin, President, Metrocom Optimist Club of Live Oak; 
Back Row
Leroy Kowalik, Finance Director, The City of Live Oak; Charles Foster, Fire Chief, The City of Live Oak  


The District Convention will be at the Austin Airport Hilton Hotel on August 13th to 15th. The Registration Form has the hotel information including the deadlines for registration and roon reservations.



View the slideshow of pictures from the recetn Young Texan/Texanne Banquet... CLICK HERE.
As we all reflex on a wonderful holiday season filled with family and friends, thankful of what we have accomplished and looking forward to a new year we need to remember that not everyone is as glorious as we are. There are many children throughout the world and even in our own back yards that are hurting and suffering with cancer. We would like for all Optimist Clubs to participate in the childhood cancer campaign. This program was designed to make everyone aware of this disease, provide assistance and to help support families and research. Optimist International has a large campaign to work with Johns Hopkins and donate a million dollars to help find a cure. This is a big and very optimistic venture to take on. It is important that all of us remember that even a small contribution will go a long way to help find a cure.
Marieroze Hollyday
The East Fort Bend County Optimist Club was organized on Sunday, November 24th with 25 members. Builders of Excelence were Fay Hopkins and Irvin Williams from the Optimist Club of Fort Sam Houston and Joe Smith and Jesse Cantu from the Sam Houston State University Optimist Club. Jack Hopkins was the O.I. Field Representative.

South Texas District Convention - Celebration and Motivation!

The beautiful Austin Airport Hilton is the site of the 2013-2014 South Texas District District Convention from August 15-17, 2014. Rooms at this four-star hotel are available to Optimists this weekend for $99! There will be no fee for self-parking, normally $12 per night, a great savings for us. When you pull into the parking lot, take a ticket and upon exit you will tell them you are on the South Texas Optimists complimentary parking list. !!

A Few Convention Highlights:
★ Friday afternoon 2014-2015 Lieutenant Governor Training
★ Friday Evening Hospitality with your fellow Optimists
★ Memorial Service to honor South Texas Optimists who have      passed since the 2013 August Convention. Please send name(s)      of those who have passed, including the name of the club they     belonged to, to Jack Hopkins at
★ Election of Governor-Elect for 2014-2015
★ The 2014 Essay Contest winner’s entry will be read
★ Lois Philbrick, Optimist International Representative, will join us      for training and fellowship.
★ Training for incoming Club Presidents and Secretary/Treasurers
★ PGI Module
★ Opportunity to hear about and share successful club projects
★ Installation Dinner of Incoming District officers !

Join us to prepare as an incoming officer, to learn more as a member and to motivate us for a final push to make this 2013 - 2014 Optimist year the best that it can be! !

See you all in Austin!

Yours in Optimism, !
Jan Oord Graves, Leadership Development Chair
269-873-1954 !!!!

South Texas District Convention
Austin, 15-17 August 2014 !

Friday, August 15th

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Lt. Gov Training (lunch provided)
4:15 - 4:45 p.m. - Governor-Elect Qualification Interview(s)
5:00 - 6:15 p.m. - Executive Board Meeting
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Registration
6:30 p.m. - Hospitality/Howdy Party !

Saturday, August 16th

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – EXPO
8:30 a.m. - First Timers Orientation
9:00 a.m. - Memorial Service
9:45 - 11:50 a.m.. – Business Sessions:
  1. Welcome, Introductions, Announcements - Gov. Jose Montoya
  2. Governor-Elect Candidates Qualifications Report & Nominations       from the Floor
  3. Governor-Elect Election
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Lieutenant Governor Reports
  6. Governor-Designate Comments
  7. Governor Comments
12:15 - 1:45 p.m. - Lunch:
  1. Essay Contest Winner
  2. Optimist International Representative Comments
  3. Optimist International Foundation - Comments and Raffle
2-5:30 p.m. - 2014 - 2015 Club Officer Training
  1. Club President Training with Lieutenant Governors
  2. Club Secretary/Treasurer Training
4:15 - Breakout Sessions:
  1. PGI Module - Effective Time Management
  2. Sharing Optimist Projects
6:00 p.m. Social with Photos of Incoming Board
7:00 p.m. - Dinner (Black Tie) - Governor’s Banquet with Installation !

Sunday, August 17th

8:00 a.m. - Devotion
8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Motivational Program

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