South Texas District of Optimist International
Governor Irvin G. Williams

From the Governor
South Texas District, Thank you for leading the way and Staying the Course for Optimist International! The last 9 months found our District living up to the hype and expectations of a top-notched organization. We started the year off strong and as we head into the last quarter, we remain on top. All of the hard work, enthusiasm, and motivation are paying off. These are the characteristics of our dedication. Our drive is strong and steady. The slogan of ‘Stay the Course’ has never been more prominent.

Each quarter has seen a steady improvement from the previous one. The first quarter laid out the foundation which set the tone for the year. It was characterized by membership drives, NOW Programs, and community service projects. This set the pace for the year. The second quarter saw continued membership growth. Two new clubs were established and they are already having a positive impact on their communities. The South Texas District really started blossoming. The drive and motivation took off and the District grew stronger. During the Third Quarter the District had membership programs that resulted in incentives being given out to individuals and clubs. Scholarships were awarded to our Oratorical and Essay winners. South Texas had the top awardees overall in the Texan/Texanne Scholarships, and half the awardees in the monthly category.

I am excited to continue our journey during the 4th quarter. The South Texas District is part of the Southwest Region’s MVPs (Most Valuable Players) Team, led by Jan Oord Graves. Jan recently had an accident that is going to take some time for her to recover. Her only request was that we Stay the Course and continue on the path that we have started, to finish strong for her. During our 4th quarter, we will be rallying for Jan with a new membership incentive that will be directed at the club level.

As we bring closure to our year we must continue our movement into Governor-Elect Blackwell’s first quarter. I want to thank everyone, in advance, for the support and positive affirmations of wanting to ‘Stay the Course.’ Our District and Club goals were obtainable and achievable. I am happy to say that the District’s goal achievement was well enough to make The South Texas District recognized throughout Optimist International.

I am proud of The South Texas District and I am proud that we ‘Stayed the Course’ and look forward to ‘Aiming High’ in 2015-2016!

Governor Irvin
District Convention

The Fourth Quarter District Meeting - our annual District Convention takes place August 7-9 in Kerrville at the Y.O. Ranch Hotel and Conference Center. Training for 2015-2016 Club and District Officers will be available, and there will be an election of the 2015-2016 Governor-Elect. Saturday night's banquet will include the installation of the 2015-2016 Executive Board.

Download the VOICE
Download the Registration Form
Download the Schedule (Room revision 7/27)

Lt. Governor-Elects - President-Elects, Secretary/Treasurer-Elects - be sure to come to Officer Training at the Convention. Past Optimist International President Danny Rogers will participate in the training - DON'T MISS IT.
Special Request From the Governor
I would like photos from each Club’s Community Service Projects that were conducted this year. There were many projects done and I would like to have a current history of what South Texas District’s Optimist Clubs have done this year. We have ‘Stayed the Course’ and now it is time to show others the myriad and diverse projects we have completed in the communities. Email the pictures to me at:
Governor Irvin
Canyon Lake 5th Anniversary
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 Alpha Club currently being formed. The Club has added 15 new members so far this year, and one new member was installed at the event.

The Towne & Country Optimist Club of San Antonio is once again selling Fredericksburg Peaches. Details
2014-2015 Essay Contest Winner
Winner of the Essay Contest is Kristina Correa, sponsored by the Corpus Christ - Downtown Optimist Club.
Updated District Meeting Pictures
Pictures from the Third Quarter Conference in Houston by Richard Bolling. 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
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.

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....