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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It's time again to vote for a Director of Optimist International Foundation. On line voting will begin on February 1 and will continue to March 1. To be eligible to vote you must have been a Dime-A-Day contributor during this past Optimist year, 2015-2016. If your club was a donor of at least an unrestricted donation of $365.00 during 2015-2016, your club is eligible for a club vote cast by your Club Foundation Representative. There are two candidates running for this position and one of them is our own Jan Oord Graves. We are all aware of Jan's dedication and we can be assured that she will handle this position with that continued dedication. Go on line at and follow the instructions. For those without internet access, you may call (800)500-8130 and ask for Shenita Taylor to arrange alternate balloting procedure. Thanks and let's get out the vote.

Ed Finn, Past O I F President.

Happy Optimist International Day!

As I am typing this I am reflecting on several special events – Optimist International Day, 116th birthday of the US Army Nurse Corps, and of course, Groundhog Day!  They all tie in with who I am and what matters to me.  I am proud to be an Optimist; I am proud to have served in the ANC; I am proud to trace my family roots back to Pennsylvania and its fun heritage with Punxsutawney Phil!  

I also realize that we are four months into the 2016-17 Optimist year and one month of 2017 is in the history books!  Which means this is a good time to review those goals you optimistically set for yourself and your club back in October 2016.  How are you doing on your PGI or PDP levels?  What community projects has your club done?  What are still in the planning stages? Have you invited someone to join your club?  Has your club held a NOW event or have one planned? Have you and your club donated to OIF?  Are you planning to attend the 2nd quarter meeting in San Antonio?  Are you making plans to attend the international convention in Albuquerque in July?  Hopefully these are things you already on your to-do-list.

And a big thanks to those individuals who have invited and been successful in getting someone to join OI this year.  

See you in San Antonio!  I have beads!  Optimist Strong!

Carol Hodges

Governor, South Texas District

Second Quarter District Meeting

San Antonio, Texas - February 24-25, 2017

Doubletree Downtown
502 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd
San Antonio, Texas 78207
Group Code South Texas OI

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