South Texas District of Optimist International 2016-2017 Governor Carol Hodges

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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Happy May Day!

Congrats to the following district winners:  Essay – Clio Marjolein Holman sponsored by Austin, Oratorical – 1st – Sarah Bryant sponsored by Manchaca, 2nd – Christina Gayton sponsored by San Antonio, and Samhitha Kempaiah sponsored by Galveston Noon.  And many thanks to the chairs – Greg Lester (Essay) and Judy Karonika (Oratorical).

The district is still holding strong on the Leader Board at OI and I want all clubs to stay on track for Honor Club distinction.  So remember that Club Officer Election Report is due 20 May!  It is important that OI has this information and Governor Elect Gil Ortiz as well as he plans for next year.  Remember to include the name of the club foundation representative also.  You also need to take advantage of all the incentives OI has on the table for membership especially the “Educator for $30 for a year” that ends 30 June.  And add 7 members to your club or build a new club in May and be recognized at the OI Convention in Albuquerque in July!  Receive a road sign or pull down creed banner also.  

Plus OI election for president and board of directors starts 1 June.  Club presidents will receive instructions via email.  Information on the candidates are available or will soon be available at  Clubs must be current on dues to vote.  

Which leads to my next thought.  Please make sure the information for the club treasurer is current as invoices for OI dues are now being sent electronically.  And make sure Marcey Casey, District Secretary/Treasurer, has that same info as clubs who are more than 120 days behind in district dues are also at risk for charter revocation.  Her email is   

Finally, thanks to all who were in Corpus Christi this past weekend for the 3rd quarter conference and thanks to the members of the Corpus Christi club for hosting.  Details for the 4th quarter convention in Houston are being finalized but dates are 4-6 August 2017 and the hotel will be the Doubletree by Hilton at Houston Intercontinental Airport.  Our OI representative will be OI President Jim Kondrasuk!

Optimist Strong!

Carol Hodges

Governor,  South Texas

Come to the District Convention

August 4-6, 2017

Doubletree by Hilton IAH

Registration Form