We are fortunate to have a member who has a very talented son!  Ben Ruef documented our Sports Fiesta with a beautifully creative video.  Thanks, Ben!!!


Optimist Meeting 10-19-17

October 19, 2017

Optimist Meeting 10-19-17 – Our speaker this morning was Captain Scott Mulvehill who is Commanding Officer of Naval Base Coronado. Captain Mulvehill came with his public affairs officer Sandy DeMunnik.
The base is 100 years old this year and the captain told us of the planned events as well as the projects that are extending the life and influence of “the Quarterdeck of the Pacific”. The key building effort he noted was the ten year effort down in IB where the Special Warfare Community is getting a big upgrade. The impact on State 75 was the subject of questions as was sewage from the TJ river and all the critters and endangered stuff we coexist with.
Next week State Senator Ben Hueso will be our speaker.
Molly and Leslie checking in members A table of comraderie

Optimist Meeting 10-12-17

October 13, 2017

This week’s meeting featured our own Optimist member and past president, John Bowen, giving us an updated overview of the stock market and investing.  Thanks, John!

This weekend in Yuma, Arizona, Past Governor Al and Governor Elect Diana will be attending the district’s first quarterly meeting.



Optimist Meeting 9-21-17

September 21, 2017

Our new president, Don Crawford, has jumped into the presidency a few weeks early.  President Crawford always wanting to share a bit of history…told of our Optimist Creed was originally a poem penned in 1912 and then taken on as the creed in 1922.

We kicked off the meeting with a new member swearing in. Tom Catlin, sponsored by Past Pres. Mark Blumenthal (right) and inducted by Past Pres. Irish Flynn (left).

Our new president also stepped in and was our guest speaker again to bring us up to date on the SEALS during the Vietnam War.

Installation Dinner 9-18-17

September 19, 2017

On Monday at Spiros we had our annual Installation of the new board with President Crawford and release of the old board with President Zoll.  Molly and Renee did a marvelous job setting up our party…food was delightful, and the company was superb.  Matt Heinecke was a great addition to the evening of friendship and lovely sunset on the San Diego Bay.  Again mission accomplished by Zoll and welcome Don and his team. Looking forward to another great year of Optimism.


The results for all Optimist Sports Fiesta events have been posted.

Jack Schiaffino, accompanied by his parents, came to share his completed Eagle Scout project at NASNI.  He thanked the Optimist Club of Coronado for helping him with expenses of the project.  Congratulations, Jack, on a job well done!


Weekly Meeting 8-3-17

August 4, 2017

Optimist member, Irish Flynn, introduced his friend, author Betsy Jordan, who shared excerpts from her book, Going the Distance.  A book of love, struggles and laughter as she navigated her life as a care giver to her husband, Judge Peter Riddle.

Peter was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia a progressive neuro-degenerative disease.  Betsy said if not for family and friends who gave her breaks by caring for Pete…she might herself have not navigated this life experience so well.  As quoted on the back of her book, “….a love letter to my fellow caregivers.”

For many of the long time Optimists, Pete and Betsy are two of longest and devoted supporters of our Sports Fiesta events each year.  We thank Betsy for sharing her experiences so honestly with us.

Marya Ahmad (right) from the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve was our guest speaker this morning.  Marya told us about the wonderful programs they have for folks of every age. You can find out all about what goes on at their beautiful website www.trnerr.org


March 2, 2017

Jim and Sally Zoll

Sally Zoll was on handy to receive a check for the Everybody a Reader program. On the left that’s Sally, the check for $500, and her husband, Jim, who is also the President of the Optimist Club of Coronado.

JOOI news–on March 10 the young folk will honor Dr Seuss and reading for everyone. We can help by baking brownies or cookies or other sweet delights from grandma’s cookbook. Get them to Jennifer and she will get them wrapped.

Also JOOI is going to send the kids to muck out stables in a working farm in City Heights.
Don’t forget – the Optimist Oratorical Contest is on March 22!