Who is This Year’s Big John Ware Optimist of the Year?


The time has come for nominations to be submitted for
a deserving member of our District to be recommended for
the Big John Ware Optimist of the Year. This should be
someone who goes over and above for their club, community and the GATEway District!
Attached is a nomination form to be completed for the
person you are nominating. A club in good standing can
also make a nomination. These nominations are due to me
by June 30, 2024. You may email them to me
at bpeace4@comcast.net, or you can mail them
to me at 1958 Little Texas Valley Rd, Rome, GA 30165.
Please give this some sincere thought and make your nomination NOW!
Click for details and form: Optimist of the Year Award
The Optimist of the Year will be announced during the 4th Quarter Convention on Saturday, August 6, 2024.
Thank you for all you continue to do for our wonderful District!
Bruce L Peace, Immediate Past Governor
1958 Little Texas Valley Rd
Rome GA 30165
(706) 676-4656

GATEway Optimist Governor Update

Greetings fellow Optimist!
I hope this message finds you well and Optimistic. You may be aware that our Gateway District Governor, Kathy Forster, passed away on January 31st. We are saddened by this loss. Over her many years as an Optimist, Kathy has made many great contributions to her club, our district, and Optimist International. Her service will be missed.

Following our District Policies, the Executive Board has asked me to fill the position of governor for the remainder of this term. It is my honor to serve in this role. As I fulfill the remaining term my intentions are, in honor of Kathy, to continue with the goals that she has set for our district.

If you were not in attendance at our conference last weekend, you missed a great opportunity for fun, fellowship, and information. At the banquet on Saturday night, we recognized the 2022-2023 Honor Clubs, Distinguished Clubs, and Distinguished Lt. Governors. Congratulations to Dianna Johnson for being named this year’s inductee to the Gateway District Hall of Fame. Thanks to our clubs in Zone 6 for hosting our Hospitality House on Friday Evening.

In addition, it was announced by Optimist International that the GATEway District earned recognition as a Distinguished District. Congratulations to you as a member of GATEway District for helping our district continue to be a flagship district in the Optimist International organization.

Over the next eight months, we have much to do to accomplish our goals. These goals are designed to support our communities and further spread optimism. I encourage you to track information from the District via email, website, and social media. For Facebook users, our public page is GATEway Optimist. In addition, members are encouraged to join our Facebook GATEway District Optimist International – Members Group.

Thank you for your continued support of your club, the district, and Optimist International. Your dedication and hard work will allow our organization to continue to make an impact on the lives of those we touch.

Fly Like an Eagle!
Bruce L Peace
Optimist International
Governor, GATEway District

GATEway Optimists