ABOUT THE FORT WORTH OPTIMIST CLUB
At the Optimist Club of Fort Worth we also strive to have fun in everything we do. Not only is it rewarding to give back to our community and make a difference in the youth's lives, but we also have great time doing it. We meet for lunch every Friday and do other community involved activities such as donating supplies to The Ronald McDonald House, teddy bears for children in the Hospital, and clothing and food drives for local shelters.
We look forward to seeing you and becoming part of our wonderful club.
Through the efforts of Solon Featherston, Governor of District 7, and the Optimist Club of Wichita Falls, a meeting was arranged at the Blackstone Hotel in downtown Fort Worth on April 4th, 1935 for the purpose of organizing a club.
The record reveals that among those present were Jesse E. Martin, Dr. Jerrell Bennet, and J. Warren Day.
It was decided by those present that an Optimist Club be organized and that application be made for a Charter. The Charter was granted, and was presented on May 15, 1935. There were 55 Charter Members.
When only three months it secured the Optimist International Convention for 1936. The Convention was a success, netting the Club a profit of $800.00. The boys work activity was begun in the fall of 1935, and has continued to date, with marvelous results.
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2016-2017 CLUB OFFICERS
Craig Verwers, Chairman of the Board
Tracy Allen, President
Tommy Janes, President-Elect
Judi Janes, Executive Secretary
Ron Gamill, Treasurer
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dick Fahy, Board Secretary
Paul Boudloche, Youth Activity Chair
Stephanie Sullivan, Youth Activity Chair-Elect
Peggy Hoffman, Program Chair
Ed Meinen, Fellowship/Membership/Attendance Chair
Steve McCoy, Community Service Chair
Bill Barkley, Chaplain
P.O. Box 101163
Fort Worth, Texas 76185
Our luncheon meetings are held on Friday at noon on the Mezzanine level of 4055 International Plaza. This is located near Hulen Street and I-20, directly behind the Home Depot. It is also next to Arborlawn United Methodist Church. The building is readily recognizable-- an aluminum-clad building about eight stories tall, with a cylindrical tower. Take the stairs in the middle of the lobby to the first floor. The club meets in the activity room very near the top of the stairs, directly across from the cafeteria.