The Optimist Club of Fredericksburg ...

About Us

An Optimist Club is a voluntary organization of civic-minded men and women banded together to serve the community, to encourage personal development, and to adopt optimism as a philosophy of life. The majority of our programs are focused on the youth of the community. Our motto is "Friend of Youth".

We hope you will consider joining one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. Optimist International has 3,000 clubs that serve more than 6 million youth per year in over 65,000 community programs. The Optimist Club is an affiliate of Optimist International.

The Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally is the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg annual fund-raiser. With the Rally proceeds we currently sponsor T-ball for four-, five- and six-year olds; an essay contest and an oratorical contest for junior and senior high teens; scholarship awards; plus helping Gillespie County kids through such organizations as the Medallion Club and Gold Youth Seminar, and include a Respect for Law Enforcement Day, bike safety class, and a Punt-Pass-Kick contest for both boys and girls.

Belonging to an Optimist Club benefits the member in two ways. First, it is rewarding to give one’s self and time to better the community. Second, the member grows personally and professionally, while developing and improving leadership skills.

The Fredericksburg Optimist Club meets weekly for breakfast and a meeting, Tuesdays from 6:30 am - 7:30 am at Taqueria Altos de Jalisco. Come join us for some very interesting programs along with great fellowship.

Questions regarding membership in the Fredericksburg Optimist Club can be directed to any Optimist Club member listed above or drop a card to the Fredericksburg Optimist Club, PO Box 726, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, or send us an email.

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Our Members
Optimist Club

Bill Harkleroad, President - Email
Russell Immel, Vice-President - Email
Joe Kammlah, Vice-President - Email
Winnie Steinweg , Treasurer - Email
Jo-Ann Finn, Secretary - Email

Ed Finn, Director
Dianne Munoz, Director
Fernando Munoz, Director
Jim Rochin, Director
Larry Svatek, Director
Barry Trautman, Director

Sam Aldrich
Blake Ashley
Christopher Ayala
Mike Birdlebough
Garret Bonn
Michelle Bossert
Shirley Chenault
Seth Crain
Nathan Crenwelge
Kirby Davis
Alfredo De La Garza
Dean Dietel
Laurie Dietel
Jarrid Dietert
Maggie Dietert
Mark Duderstadt
Tim Farnhof
Debbie Farquhar
Richard Florance
Jonathon Gillis
Melissa Gillis
Bernardo Gomez
John Graham
Garett Grobe
Renea Grobe
Marty Harkleroad
Bob Hartwig
Carolyn Hartwig
Toni Holmes
Kara Immel
Lyndon Immel
Scott Immel
Jay Johnson
Kandice Jost
Myron Jost
Lindsay Kammlah
Kyle Kiehne
John Klein
Tony Klein
Todd Metzger
Emily Morales-Ball
Billy Pahl
Beverly Pesek
Larry Pesek
Jorge Pinera
Wade Reeh
Wendy Reeh
Eddie Rees
Tony Robles
Tommy Russell
Broc Schulz
Matthew Self
Larry Svatek
Larry Wegner


Local Club Programs

T-Ball Program
Optmist Club Scholarship Program
Pioneer Memorial Library Reading Hour Program
Local Punt, Pass & Kick Competition
Optimist Club Oratorical Contest
Gold Leadership Seminar
Bicycle Safety Week
Optimist Club Essay Contest
Respect for Law
Young Texan/TexAnne Program

The local club also provides funds to assist many of the local high school students who participate in national competitions.


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 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.

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