Not just your plain ol' motorcycle rally!

The Optimist Club of Fredericksburg Welcomes You!

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.

For more information on our club, click here to visit our website.

Our Members

Bill Harkleroad, President

Russell Immel, Vice-President

Larry Svatek , Vice-President

Jym Chenault, Treasurer/Secretary

Sam Aldrich, Director


Lyndon Immel, Director


Scott Immel, Director

Terry Owen, Director


Billy Pahl, Director

Barry Trautman, Director

B. Alston
Christopher Ayala
Mike Birdlebough
Garret Bonn
Michelle Bossert

Lance Chase
Shirley Chenault
Seth Crain
Nathan Crenwelge
Kirby Davis
Alfredo De La Garza
Dean Dietel
Laurie Dietel
Jarrid Dietert

Kin Evans
Tim Farnhof

Ed Finn

Jo-Ann Finn
Richard Florance
Jonathon Gillis
Melissa Gillis
Bernardo Gomez
John Graham
Garett Grobe
Renea Grobe

Katherine Halamicek
Marty Harkleroad
Bob Hartwig
Carolyn Hartwig

Kara Immel
Kandice Jost
Myron Jost

Joe Kammlah
Lindsay Kammlah
Kyle Kiehne
John Klein
Tony Klein

Logan Loth

Kenny McCarthy

Shirley McCarthy

Chris Meade
Todd Metzger

Dianne Munoz
Fernando Munoz

Raymond Munoz

Winnie Owen
Billy Pahl
Larry Pesek
Jorge Pinera
Debbie Reeh

Wade Reeh
Wendy Reeh
Eddie Rees

S. Ruiz
Broc Schulz

Cristen Schulz

Jacob Smith

Shawn Straker

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 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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