Happening at Optimist International

Oratorical World Championships

100th Optimist International Convention July 8-10, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

A Message from O.I. President Nick Prillaman to Governor Gil

Dear Governor Gil,

Congratulations! You are awesome! Through your dedication and hard work, the 2017-2018 Team in on the verge of making Optimist International history! 

It appears we will meet, even exceed, our new club building goal of seventeen new clubs for the first quarter. Building this many clubs this early in the year has not been done since 2008. And that’s not all! Even more exciting is the fact we are on track to finish the first quarter of 2017-2018 positive in growth for the first time this century! Yes, you are reading it right – this century!

I am asking you to help our team achieve this historical first by contacting your clubs and encouraging them to give the gift of membership during this holiday season. Ask your club leaders to challenge their fellow club members to become more involved, to retain and renew their membership, and recommit themselves to making a positive difference in their community and the life of a child. Encourage them to challenge deletions! Don’t let someone walk out the door without asking why they're leaving! Have them emphasize how important each member is to the health and welfare of their club and our organization.  

In closing I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Very Happy Holidays during this season of joy!

Thank you for your leadership, hard work, and commitment to your District, Optimist International, and the 2017-2018 Team. Together we are Optimist Strong! 

Be Optimist Strong – Be the Difference!

All the best,


South Texas District




District Junior Golf Qualifiers

June 4-5 - Two Day Tournament
Lakecliff Golf Club - Spicewood, Texas

June 7
Panther Trail Golf Club
The Woodlands, TX

If you can assist in either of these tournaments, contact Kyle Cowand

Message from Governor Gil


Thanksgiving has come and gone and now we await Christmas and New Year.  We have much to be thankful as we conclude 2017.  On a personal note I’m grateful for having shared 52 years with my youngest daughter, Rosie.

This is the time to help our community and specially the youth that are seeking opportunities to better themselves. Quoting my Club President M. Benavides “there are an insurmountable ways that members cans spend their time, talent and treasure to help the community so take PRIDE in having chosen your Optimist Club to make that community contribution.” So as our Optimist Clubs are preparing and organizing programs that they will conducting during the Holiday Season lets display our PRIDE and show our reasons as to why we joined this wonderful organization of Optimist International.

The recent message from President Nick is simple, he encourages those volunteers that assist you conducting this Holiday programs be given the gift of membership during this holiday season.  Members make a positive difference in our community and more important they make a difference in the life of a child

This Holiday Season is my WISH that your club grow and prosper and that you continue to SERVE and provide opportunities to the YOUTH of in your community, and remember to have FUN.


Gil Ortiz, Governor

Club Happenings

The Bulverde Optimist Club announced Early Registration for their basketball program, a part of the Spurs Youth League.  For more than 30 years, the Club has been supporting kids is their area with this program.
They also announced their new website, which has onl;ine Registration and more.  Check it out bulverdeyouthbasketball.net

Second Quarter District Meeting

The Second Quarter District meeting will be in College Station February 2 to 4, 2018 at the Hilton College Station & Conference Center.  Call them at 979-693-7500 and ask for the South Texas Optimist rate of $110.00.

Registration Form



2017-2018 Governor Gil Ortiz

Our District includes 99 Texas Counties, 100,000 Square Miles, Population over 20,000,000, at least 5,000,000 Youth,
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