South Texas District of Optimist International

Governor JoSe Montoya
The Greater Southwest Austin Optimist Club is having its annual golf tournament on Sunday September 21st. CLICK HERE FOR THE SIGN UP SHEET
Proceeds go to scholarships - the picture below shows last year's winners.
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 East Fort Bend County Optimist Club received their Club Banner and Bell and Gavel at the District Convention Banquet on Saturday August 16th. Nine members were present including Governor-Designate Irvin Williams.
View the slideshow of pictures from the recent 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 First Quarter 2014-2015 District Meeting will be in Laredo on October 24-24, 2014 at the Ramada Plaza - Laredo (formerly the Holiday Inn Civic Center). View the VOICE, Schedule and Registration Form below.

At the District Convention in Austin on August 15-17th, John Blackwell, from the San Antonio Valley Hi Optimist Club was elected to be Governor-Elect for 2014-2015. John is currently Lt. Governor for Zone 6.
Optimist International is soliciting thoughts about how to streamline our structure. Read the script from a presentation made at the International Convention by Immediate Past President J.C. St-Onge and President-Designate Ken Garner. CLICK HERE...

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