PRESIDENT

Mattie Henderson


Mattie Henderson

Brief History

The Optimist Club of Huntsville was chartered in 1947. Since then the Club has been a leader in supporting the youth in our community. In the early days, the Club ran concession stands at many events at the old coliseum. In the early 1950’s the Club purchased the baseball field and a lot adjacent to it from the old mills that had closed. For many years, the Club ran sporting events, horse shows, fishing derby’s and many other events on this property.

When Interstate 565 was being constructed, the City of Huntsville purchased the land from the Club for use with the highway project. In the deed the Club had a clause stating that if the land was not used for the highway, then it had to be used for youth purposes. The highway eventually was routed just North of the land. The City of Huntsville asked the Club to help in building a recreation center on the land adjacent to the ball field. The Club gave the City of Huntsville $100,000 to build the recreation center. Today it is called the Optimist Recreation Center and the City of Huntsville runs the facility.


SECRETARY

Vikki Moore

Vikki Moore


TREASURER

Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel


1st VICE
PRESIDENT

Juanita Lee

Juanita Lee


2nd VICE
PRESIDENT

Beverly Jones-Durr

Beverly Jones-Durr



BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Matt Clarke

Matt
Clarke

James King

James
King

Eureka Thompson

Eureka
Thompson


Bob Hirschbuehler

Bob
Hirschbuehler

Gay Pepper

Gay
Pepper

Vastell Williams

Vastell
Williams

Joseph Lee

Joseph
Lee