Downtown Optimist Club Of Houston

 

 

The Downtown Optimist Club of Houston, Texas was founded in 1924, making it the oldest club in Houston.  The club has a long history of community service, including many Optimist International programs, charities and founding Boys and Girls Harbor in nearby La Porte, Texas.

Members of the Downtown Optimist Club have the opportunity to share in a special fellowship in an atmosphere of hopefulness, enthusiasm and confidence.  You will be welcomed into a friendly, fun environment where viewpoints and solutions are exchanged with other concerned professionals, business men and women, educators and folks from all walks of life who care to give of themselves to better our communities. 

Please join us at our meetings every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 12 Noon at

THEO'S (formerly One's a Meal), 812 Westheimer, Houston

     713 521-2308                                  interface.buck@logixonline.com

 

Call:  Bill Young 713 686 3826,  George Ross 713 686 2106,

 Melvin Buck  713 521 2308 or Mike Brown 713 802 1274


 

Houston Downtown Optimist Club Projects:

Since the founding of BOYS AND GIRLS HARBOR at nearby Morgans Point, Texas by our club in 1947, our primary club project has been the support and benefit of dependent or neglected children.  Downtown Optimist Mose M. Feld was the Harbor’s first President and Board Chairman.  We encourage visits to the home and support by the club’s Charitable Foundation, (a 501©3) deductible charity.
                                      VISIT: http://www.boysandgirlsharbor.org/

Other YOUTH CHARITIES supported by our Foundation are:  Boy and Girl Scouts, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Junior Achievement, Houston READ Commission, School anti-drug and leadership programs, Essay contests, Scholarships, Awards and others.  Our annual holiday season FUND DRIVE rewards contributors by giving them bags of shelled or cracked TEXAS PECANS.

Our annual RESPECT FOR LAW DAY LUNCHEON draws a large crowd to honor HEROIC LAW MEN AND WOMEN and spouses from six major local and state enforcement agencies and to learn of their heroism.

            Essay                                   Respect for Law


     PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO BE A SPEAKER
Our speakers are successful, entertaining BUSINESS, PROFESSIONAL, SPORTS, GOVERNMENT, ENTERTAINMENT, RELIGION, EDUCATION, NEWS and other LEADERS, SHAKERS AND MOVERS.
  Speakers are WARNED that laughs every five minutes may awaken our elders.
 Speakers may speak as long as they wish, but everyone leaves at 1:15 pm.

Officers and Directors
Position
Name
Phone
E-mail
President Alan Buck
713 825 8061
Bd. Mbr. Jim Bailey
713 699 8875
Treasurer Melvin Buck 
713 521 2308
Bd. Mbr.  Floyd Guest
713 249 3908
Secretary  Jim Kepner 
713 526 4861
Bd. Mbr. Hershel Rich
713 682 7424

Downtown Optimist Club Charitable Foundation
Position
Name
Phone
E-mail
Chairperson Hershel Rich
713 682 7424
Secretary    Melvin Buck
713 521 2308
Treasurer Tom Mack
281 501 7477
Director Jim Bailey
713 699 8875
Director James Kepner
713 526 4861
Director Jim Marrs
713 782 8324


 

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER


THE OPTIMIST CREED

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.

Many have found inspiration in The Optimist Creed. In hospitals, the creed has been used to help patients recover from illness. In locker rooms, coaches have used it to motivate their players. Optimist International adopted this creed in 1922. It was originally published in 1912 in a book titled: "Your Forces and How to Use Them." The author was Christian D. Larson, a prolific writer and lecturer who believed that people have tremendous latent powers, which could be harnessed for success with the proper attitude.


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