February 2, 2023

Board Meeting

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“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.
An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

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Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.


By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.


Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
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When Alvie Wittifield was ill, an inquiry was made about his health. Sarah informed the club that Alvie was going in for an " autopsy" and we should know more after the results. This became known as a "Sarah-ism.

When Letty was being honored for an achievement, Sarah suggested we give her a letter in memory of her achievements. Another Sarah-ism?

The Fort Sam Houston Optimist Club was
Chartered on May 20, 1971.

We meet First and Third Thursdays at Noon
at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Club

President - Rick Coleman
Vice President - Letty Dietes
Vice President - Jack Kellmann
Secretary/Treasurer - Jack Hopkins

2 Year Director - Betty Gower
2 Year Director - Nancy Mason
1 Year Director - George Fisher
1 Year Director -Fay Hopkins

2017-2018 Honor Club
2016-2017 Honor Club
2014-2015 Honor & Distinquished Club
2013-2014 Honor & Distinquished Club
2012-2013 Honor Club
2011-2012 Honor Club

Sponsor of the Optimist Club of East Fort Bend County
Sponsor of the Gateway Optimist Club of Laredo
Sponsor of the Optimist Club of Pearland
Sponsor of the Tri County Optimist Club


South Texas District
Optimist International
Optimist Leaders Online

Karate Kids of America


IF you use to purchase things - use instead, and set the charity to
Ft Sam Optimist Youth Foundation.
We will receive 0.5% of all purchases made.