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

Submit Your Hall Of Fame Nomination Now!

It’s that time of year again to honor one of our own! The GATEway District Hall of Fame award recognizes GATEway Optimists who have served our District with honor and distinction while providing good and effective leadership. All past and current Optimists of the GATEway District can qualify and meet the established requirements.

 Serve ten (10) years as an Optimist as a member of an Optimist Club and be in good standing of an Optimist Club in the GATEway, the Georgia District, or Tennessee District, and is currently, and has been during the nominee’s term of membership, in good standing.
Shall have held the office of Governor, or
Shall have held the office of Lieutenant Governor and shall have attained the status of Distinguished President or Distinguished Lieutenant Governor.
Shall have served on one (1) or more GATEway District Committees as its chair.
Shall have served as a member, other than chairperson, on two (2) or more GATEway District committees.
Shall have demonstrated personal demeanor that is in keeping with the philosophy of Optimist International and the GATEway District.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE: All nominations must be submitted to the Committee Chairperson and on the official GATEway District Hall of Fame form. Click below for a copy of the form. An Optimist may nominate himself/herself, be nominated by other Optimists, be nominated by a Club President or be nominated by the selection committee.


 Deadline for nominations is December 31, 2023.
For more information or if you have questions, contact Albert Still, Chairman at or 770-939-1934.