William H. Harrison Society

The Optimist International Foundations introduced the William H. Harrison Society in 2001. The organization is named after the first Optimist International President, William H. Harrison, whose drive and determination helped propel Optimist International into a premier service organization. The Foundations’ Boards of Directors created this Society as a special way to recognize the Major Donors of the Foundations.

To become a Member of the Society, life-to-date giving to the Optimist International Foundations must be $10,000 or more. Annual contributions of $1,000 are required to maintain Membership in the Society.

Members of the Society will be invited to attend a recognition dinner with the Foundations’ Boards of Directors at the International Convention. The Donor is automatically in the Society when meeting below criteria.


  1. Donor must have a life-to-date of $10000 and contribute $1000 annually to the Foundation.
  2. Not a pledge program; the Member must have contributed the actual dollars to become a Member.
  3. Members of the Society are invited to a recognition dinner with the OIF/OIFC Boards of Directors at the International Convention.
  4. Must continue to contribute $1000 annually to remain a Member.
  5. Members receive a ribbon noting their Membership in Society to be worn with Convention badge.

William H. Harrison Society Members

As of January 31, 2017
William and Shizuko Able
Gary W. Addison
Don L. Arnwine
Melvin D. Bannister
Melvin and Rita Betts
Ellen S. Brautigam
T. Don and Deborah Crall
Cecil B. Cunday
Teri L. Davis
Steven J. Duben
Billy and Janis Edgerton
Edwin and Jo-Ann Finn
David T. Fries
Theodore F. Gaffin
Kenneth and Patricia Garner
Janet Oord Graves
Ronald N. Graves
Eulas J. Hayes
Esthermarie Hillman
James and Sherry Hubbard
John C. Johnson
William H. Kastens
Marc D. Katz
Samuel and Mary Keiffer
Douglas G. Kirby
Susan Kranz
Robert and Alice Kuzniak
John and Sara Laurents
Charles and Norma Lehman
Michel D. Listenberger
Thomas and Janet Lloyd
Barbara Mabee
Harry J. Margo
William and Linda Meyers
Rebecca and Mike Mona
Kenneth and Stephanie Monschein
Karen E. Monville
Edward and Carol Murphy
Karen Pasternack
James M. Pekny
Richard J. Plocica
Richard F. Price
Frank P. Remillard
Jennifer Ruman and David Moffat
Frank and Susan Ruman
Thomas A. Shearer
Mark Shriver
Don and Anita Sievers
Charles and Suzi Snyder
William Stone
William H. Teague
Alma Vinson
Charles and Judy Wiles
Sandra E. Williams
Ruth Yates