South Texas District of Optimist International
Governor Irvin G. Williams

A Message from the Governor
Hello South Texas District Optimists!

What a great Second Quarter Conference! The South Texas Team is into a rhythm. The training was meaningful. The Career Path within OI presentation was well received. When the team communicates and keeps it ongoing is a key factor in ensuring our success. Most people in attendance expressed their appreciation for the training and the opportunity to meet with other Optimists within the District. Just before the Conference convened, two new Optimist Clubs were chartered. The Pearland Optimist Club in Pearland, TX was chartered on February 12th with 34 members. Fort Sam Houston Optimist Club and East Fort Bend County Optimist Club were the sponsoring Clubs. The Hill Country Optimist Club in Boerne was chartered on February 18th with 18 members. San Antonio and Metrocom-Live Oak Optimist Clubs were the sponsoring Clubs. We are proud to have these two Clubs join our great team.

During the Conference, several Clubs and individuals were recognized for outstanding contribution to their respective Clubs, Communities, Zones, and Optimist International during the First Quarter. The District Goals are: 3 new members per Club, 3 new Dime-a-Day members per Club, and 3 new Clubs to be chartered. Plaques were given to the following Clubs and individual for superior performances. East Fort Bend County won the Achievements and Awards, East Fort Bend County and Fort Sam Houston for sponsoring the Gateway-Laredo Optimist Club, Fredericksburg Optimist Club for being the best Club and conducting a successful New Optimist Welcome (NOW) Program, Gateway-Laredo Optimist Club for Outstanding New Club, East Fort Bend County Optimist Club for having the most pre-registered members for the Second Quarter Conference, Fort Sam Houston Optimist Club for recruiting the most Dime-a-Day members, and Jack Hopkins for having the largest Zone and the overall Outstanding Lt. Governor. A Governor’s Performer’s Reception was held Saturday evening where several individuals were recognized with the Governor’s Cup of Excellence! Congratulations to all recipients!

We are currently NUMBER ONE in Optimist International for membership with over a 100 new members. We have achieved this honor because of you, our teamwork, and being focused and motivated. We cannot slow down now! As a team, we can surpass our District Goals. We have already met our New Club goal, so let’s continue with the movement and continue to promote and share our organization in new communities where the children need us. I NEED EVERY CLUB AND MEMBER to continue to add new members to our Clubs and to our Dime-a-Day Program.

Together, let’s continue to forge ahead and Stay the Course and stay #1 for the remainder of our year!

Proud to Be Your Governor,

Irvin G. Williams
Third Quarter District Meeting
The next District meeting is at the Houston Westchase on May 15-17. You can click on the link below to reserve a room at the $89.00 per night rate. You MUST book your room by April 30th.

Book your room at the Houston Westchase
District Meeting Agenda
Meeting Registration Form

Some District Meeting Pictures
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.
Council of Presidents
The San Antonio Council of Presidents met Saturday morning February 14th with 9 Optimists representing 7 Optimist Clubs present. Our goals is to work more closely together and to assist each other in various Club projects. More information will follow.

Students participating the in the Laredo Noon Optimist Club Oratorical Contest. From the Laredo Morning Times
Towne & Country Social
Towne & Country Optimist Club of San Antonio is having its annual Spring Social on May 9th at 6:30 pm. The event will be held at Christopher Columbus Hall, 201 Piazza Italia, San Antonio.
The fun will include spaghetti dinner, a desert booth, door prizes, both live and silent auctions. The cash bar will open at 6:00 PM.
             CLICK HERE to read the flyer.
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.
International Convention
Plan to attend the 97th Optimist International Convention in New Orleans July 9th to 11th.
For hotel reservations at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Click Here
To view the current schedule of events, click here.
To register with O.I. online click here.
Season of Greeting
Optimist International President Ken Garner has extended his Season of Greeting to the end of March. That means any new member who joins an existing Optimist Club will have the initiation fee waived. Any new club chartered with 15 members will receive $100 toward a project and any new club that is chartered with 25 or more members will receive $200 toward their project.
International Nominees
The Optimist International Candidate Qualifications Committee has announced its nominations for International Office in 2015-2016. The deadline for additional nominations is April 1.
President-Elect Nominee - Jim Kondrasuk (Southern Wisconsin)
Southwest Region Vice President-Elect Nominee - Venus Sanford (New Mexico-West Texas)
Board Director At Large Nominees:
Rebecca Butler-Mona (Iowa)
Adrian Elcock (Caribbean)

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....