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 May 31, 2019
William and Shizuko Able
Gary W. Addison
Don L. Arnwine
Melvin D. Bannister
Melvin and Rita Betts
Jim and Ellen Brautigam
Rebecca and Mike Mona
David X. Chavez
Don and Deborah Crall
William L. Davies
Teri L. Davis
Steven J. Duben
Billy and Janis Edgerton
Edwin and Jo-Ann Finn
David T. Fries
Theodore F. Gaffin
Joanne F. Ganske
Robert and Toni Garner
Ronald N. Graves
Mark W. Harris
Vi and Charles Hayworth
Lawson K. Headley
Esthermarie Hillman
Carol A. Hodges
Margaret V. Ingle
John C. Johnson
Jeffrey M. Johnson
Essie L. Johnson
Janet L. Jones
Marc D. Katz
Samuel and Mary Keiffer
Douglas G. Kirby
James W. Kondrasuk
Susan K. Kranz
Robert and Alice Kuzniak
Michel D. Listenberger n
Thomas and Janet Lloyd
Pamela Mabe
Barbara Mabee
Kathleen F. Manchec
Harry J. Margo
William and Linda Meyers
Obie L. Mills
Karen E. Monville
Edward and Carol Murphy
Janet D. Oord Graves
Karen Pasternack
James M. Pekny
Lois Philbrick
Richard J. Plocica
Bertha J. Price
Richard F. Price
Francis P. Remillard
Sallie E. Rizzo
J D. Rodgers
Jennifer Ruman and David Moffat
Frank and Susan Ruman
Stephen R. Saph
Josefa H. Schaper
Thomas A. Shearer
Mark O. Shriver
Don and Anita Sievers
Janet N. Smith
Stanley and Cindy Stewart
William Stone
Herbert Strather
Steve Sucher
William H. Teague
T G Thomas
Alma E. Vinson
Ronald L. Whitaker
Sandra E. Williams
Charles Wiles