The North Texas Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award – known as the "Silver Tray Award" was established and is funded by Dr. and Mrs. Dan McCauley, NTX Governor,1985-1986. This is the highest award presented by the North Texas District.  It is intended to recognize the sacrifice and commitment demonstrated by the honored individual(s) in their daily quest to live by the Optimist Creed and for their significant contributions to Optimist International. This honor is bestowed annually, with the winner chosen by the past winners, because the difference they have made as a "Friend of Youth" will continue on.

The award is presented by the previous year's winner at the (THIRD) OR Fourth Quarter District Convention and Board Meeting.





                      1987             Truman & Kay Evans

                      1988               Jim & Betty Welch

                      1989            James & Barbara Grove

                      1990            Calvin & Rochelle Lacey

                      1991              Ralph & Joyce Waller

                      1992               Joe & Ray Ann Zant

                      1993             Lynn & Susie Strickland

                      1994          Richard "Dick" & Martha Clark

                      1995                 Eldon & Billie Dean

                      1996                 Don & Betty Huston

                      1997                Rody & Beverly Ryon

                      1998               Wayne & LaVon Darville

                      1999*            --Carroll & Barbara Gant--

                       (This year a special award was made  to the

                             founders, Dr. Dan & Sandy McCauley.)

                       2000               Jack & Pauline Benson

                       2001                Tom & Julia Bohanan

                       2002                 Frank & Barbara Litt

                       2003                Patsy Hudson (Garner)

                       2004                 Danny & Jill Rodgers

                       2005                       Ken Garner

                       2006                       Kevin Ailara

                       2007                  Alton & Sue Carter

                       2008               Larry & Sarah O'Connor

                       2009                     Mike Cheves

                       2010                 Vance & Kendra Roper

                       2011                    Al & Diane Clark

                       2012                 Ardis & Roger Jensen

                       2013                    Mary Lou Curry

                       2014                 David & Jo Glazener

                       2015                 Ervin (Erv) Cogdell

                       2016              Cassie & John Ahearn


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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 that 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.