2014 Installation Dinner


The Sunrise Optimist Club held its 53rd Annual Installation Banquet on September 12th at Luby’s Cafeteria. The Club is a 501 c4 non-profit organized in 1959 that is dedicated to supporting the youth of the community. 2014 Officers & Directors pictured below from left to right are: C.D. “ Skip” Brown – director, John Johnston – Director, Karl Komatz – Director, Donna Franklin – Director, Gayle Goodman – Immediate Past President/ Vice President – Tim Bryant – President, Jimmy Price – Secretary/Treasurer. 2014 Officers not pictured Mike Brown – Director, Crosby Marks – Director. The Club is active in community with its Young Texan-Texanne Program, High School Essay Contest, High School Oratorical Contest, Club 95 Youth Appreciation Banquet, Annual Under-privileged Youth Christmas Party , and sponsors the Sunrise Optimist Girls Softball Program administered by the Sunrise Optimist Girls Softball, a 501 C3 non-profit. The Club meets every Thursday at 6:30 AM except for the 2nd Thursday of each month at its new meeting room located at the Sunrise Optimist Softball Complex behind Memorial Stadium off Southwest Parkway. Each 2nd Thursday of the month the clubs meets at Luby’s Cafeteria at 6:30 PM. The club invites anyone interested in helping the youth of our community to attend and join. Anyone needing further information may visit the club’s website at www.sunriseoptimistclub.org or email the club at sunrisesoftball@sbcglobal.net.

Who We Are

 The Sunrise Optimist Club of Wichita Falls is is a non-profit voluntary organization made up of civic minded men and women banded together for progressive thought and action in community service. Membership is by invitation and is composed of citizens drawn from business, industry, agriculture, and the professions. Members are motivated by the desire to contribute to the community from which they and their families draw daily benefits. There is no greater opportunity for participation in community affairs and service than in an Optimist Club. We take pride in supporting our youth and thus the slogan “Friend of Youth”.

Purposes of The Optimist Club

  • To develop optimism as a philosophy of life;
  • To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs;
  • To inspire respect for law;
  • To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people;
  • To aid and encourage the development of youth;

We do this in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance our well-being, our community, and the world.

Our club has weekly morning meetings with one night meeting.  We frequently have guest speakers from the community and once a month have students join our Young Texan / Tex-Anne program where they compete for college scholarships.  We are involved in the community in a number of ways and hope that as you tour our website you’ll see our commitment to the youth of the area.  We would welcome you to attend one of our meetings and find out how you can help to in serving our community.