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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OCFW OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2022-23
Front Row: Jeff Norman, Judi Janes, Rashad Alston | Row Two: Craig Verwers, Fred Antonini, Stephanie Sullivan, Ron Traver | Row Three: Larry Lewis, Steve McCoy | Row Four: Don Stegall, Jalen Moore | Row Five: Ron Gamill, Alex Clarke
2022-2023 CLUB OFFICERS
Chairman of the Board Rashad Alston
President Jeff Norman
President-Elect Fred Antonini
Executive Secretary Judi Janes
Treasurer Ron Gamill
P.O. Box 101163
Fort Worth, Texas 76185
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Secretary Connie Alston
Youth Activity Chair Steve McCoy
Youth Activity Chair-Elect Jalen Moore
Program Chair Ron Traver
Fellowship/Membership/Attendance Chair Craig Verwers
Community Service Chair Stephanie Sullivan
Social Media Chair Alex Clarke
Chaplain Don Stegall
Sergeant-at-Arms Larry Lewis
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.