Weekly Meeting 2-8-18

February 8, 2018

Lots of activity at this morning’s meeting.   DeeDee Deleo, President of Coronado High School’s Octagon Club came to tell us about how successful the SuperBowl of Caring event went down on Sunday. Over 650 cans of food to send to the needy. She also thanked everyone who came out to drive, collect and sort the food. A job well done.

To the left of DeeDee is Matt Smith, the Coronado Middle School JOI Advisor came to another meeting. Optimist member, Erin Downey, who advises both clubs is hanging out on the other side.

After a rousing first half of the meeting, the Honorable Mayor Richard Bailey gave us a brisk but thorough shakedown on what’s happening in our great city. Now the city can take care of things in Caltrans corridors without their prior approval, and they’ll pay for it! And we’re getting a traffic light at 4th and Alameda within the next two months. Those were just a couple of the highlights. Thanks, Mayor, for all the work you do for our city. And he’s an Optimist Club member!



CHS Girls Basketball

February 5, 2018

The CHS Girls Basketball Team came to update us on their season.  We give them a check to help with their expenses.  It’s always a pleasure to see the youth we support at our meetings!

Our guest speaker today was our own Optimist, Tom Catlin.  Tom works at Fox5 Sports now but has had a career that has taken him across the country and back.
Tom started his television career interviewing our own SD Padre Tony Gwynn. Tony’s best day at bat was a home run at Yankee Stadium in game 1 of the World Series Padres vs Yankees.
Tom career made a move to the Boston Red Soxs and was lucky to be a part of the staff when the team won the World Series in 2004. Tom brought in his World Series ring to share.
Tom, back on the west coast, interviewed Tommy LaSorda who shared how he got into the game of baseball. Shagging balls sent over a prison wall which landed in a cemetery. Tom said Tommy was wonderful to his son…taught him how to shake hands, look people in the eyes, to listen and respect your parents.
More interviews with Dick Enberg on how he got into being a sports announcer and the turning point of the Red Sox/Yankee World Series 2004 when Dave Roberts stole second base. Again Tom promises to come back with more baseball stories and history.  We hope so!

Coronado’s Junior Optimist Club, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Coronado, participated in group activities and team building with other Junior Optimist clubs from the San Diego/CALSOUTH  area.
A nice turnout of 18 enthusiastic Junior Optimists and three Junior Optimist Club Advisors met at the Mission Bay Santa Clara Recreation Center near the Sail Bay area of the Park on January 20, 2018.  Junior Optimists representing six California South (CALSO) District Junior Optimist Clubs shared a morning of fun activities led by Immediate Past President of Junior Optimist International, O’Hara Wickham, and current Junior Optimist International Director, and Coronado’s own, Cole Mullins.
The group performed a team oriented, “ice breaker” activity searching the floor for answers to questions posed by the leaders.  New friendships were made, and a lot of fun was had by all.  The Club Members shared their recent and current Club activities and upcoming plans.  The leaders shared news from the CALSO JOI District and Junior Optimist International and upcoming Scholarship Contests, including Essay, Oratorical, and the Reel Optimism Video Contest.  A pizza luncheon was enjoyed by all before the teams headed out for the beach cleanup community service project.  Books were collected for the inner city school in the CALSO JOI District wide ‘Joy of Reading’ service project.  The event was concluded with a clean beach, happy Junior Optimists, and  thanks from the Park Ranger for a job well done!
Application 2018 Oratorical Contest

Oratorical Contest 2018

January 16, 2018

Press release - Oratorical Contest 2018

Weekly Meeting 1-11-18

January 11, 2018

Our Speaker today was Jose L Cruz who told us a great story about the activity of the SD Council on Literacy:  www.literacysandiego.org.

What a powerful message he brought about those who pass through their school years without learning what most of us take for granted. Go to the website and watch their video.

Weekly Meeting 11-30-17

November 30, 2017

Today’s meeting was action packed.  Lots of our youth recipients came to share their projects successes.  President Crawford declared our Thanksgiving Movie event a roaring success with a completely packed house, and a lot of kudos from attendees.
Optimists did it again!

CHA Mens Basketball Team – The tall guys to the right between Don and Paul Lull came over from the CHS BB team to invite us to Saturday’s home opener. Next to Don is Michael Manning’s son Myles who was the team spokesman and thanked us for our support.

Eagle Scout Candidate Cole Mullins talked about his Eagle Scout Project at Coronado Middle School, bringing the CMS garden back to life. He has big plans that the scouts are already going to town on. Cole is a leading member of our Octagon organization and has risen to Lt. Gov of the San Diego Youth organization. Go get ’em, Cole!

The honorable Mayor Richard Bailey, Coronado Optimist, was on hand to introduce Rep. Todd Gloria who told us how the recent legislative session was the most progressive and productive in recent memory. Transportation, Climate Change and Homeless were all acted on. He answered questions on the bullet train, unfunded pensions, and student loan debt.

NEXT WEEK Don Crawford will discuss our Coronado Optimist Foundation.

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