On Friday, March 5, 2022 the Coronado Junior Optimist Club held its annual carnival to promote literacy. During this free event, the community was invited to bring new or gently used books to be provided to a local organization for pregnant and young mothers. There were a total of 270 books donated! Additionally, the Coronado Junior Optimist Club members participated in Dr. Suess Birthday Party activities with the young participants. Some Junior Optimists were customed as Dr. Suess characters. JOI Advisor Erin Downey, and sponsoring Coronado Optimist Club members also participated in the annual event.
SOLANA BEACH, CA.—The Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club conducted its annual Essay Contest based on a theme of “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” represents the organization’s theme for 2021-2022.
A panel of three judges evaluated the local students’ essays using strict Optimist International rules to determine the winners. First, second, and third place winners will receive cash prizes, medallions, and certificates for their accomplishments.
First Place went to Roha Rupareliya, a student at Pacific Trails Middle School. Roha will be awarded a check for $250.00, gold medallion, and certificate. Roha’s essay advanced to the District contest for a chance at even greater prizes including a college scholarship.
Second Place went to Sachin Wijay, a student at Torrey Pines High School. Sachin will be awarded a check for $150.00, silver medallion, and certificate.
Third Place went to Riya Sharma, a student at Farmington High School. Riya will be awarded a check for $100.00, bronze medallion, and certificate.
“These students all did a wonderful job of articulating this year’s theme among some tough competition. They expressed themselves well through the essay and deserve the honors they received,” Club Vice-President Don LaVigne said.
The Optimist Club of Del Mar – Solana Beach, CA has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for many years and has been active in the community since 1981. Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include the Optimist Oratorical Contest, Miracle League of San Diego, Junior Optimist Clubs, Scouts, Children’s Challenge Awards, Casa de Amistad, Ronald McDonald House, Rady Children’s Hospital, Community Resource Center, and High School Scholarship programs.
Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with over 80,000 adult and youth members in almost 3,000 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Youth, in our Communities, and in Ourselves,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.
Junior Optimists, Optimists, and Friends,
On November 21st, the California South (CALSO) Junior Optimist International (JOI) District, consisting of Junior Optimist Clubs in the Greater San Diego Area, held its first Districtwide Meeting of the 2021-2022 Optimist Year. During the meeting discussions it was decided that there would be a Districtwide Community Service Project. The project decided upon is to make “We Care” Packages for Meals on Wheels of San Diego County to be given to elderly and disabled meal recipients on special occasions and during the holidays. CALSO JOI District Governor, Sydney Mafong, contacted Meals on Wheels and obtained information regarding our District JOI Clubs participating in making “We Care” packages. Governor Sydney has provided the below information and general instructions on how our JOI Clubs can proceed with this project.
Information from CALSO JOI District Governor Sydney Mafong:
Meals on Wheels serves thousands of elderly and disabled clients in San Diego County by delivering meals daily. During holidays or special occasions, they also deliver “We Care” packages as a special treat to their clients. There is always a great need for these packages.
Each “We Care” package will typically contain 5-7 items from the suggested list (see attached). The items should not be gender specific. In addition to the items in the bag/package, we will also include a homemade card with an inspiring message. The handwritten card should not contain any political, religious, or specific holiday messages.
There are 4 locations throughout San Diego County to drop off the bags. It would be easiest if each club could drop off their own packages to the location that is closest to them. Here are the 4 service centers (see attached) in the county, with their locations and contact information. The person making arrangements for dropping off the packages just has to call the specific service center ahead of time to make sure they are open and can arrange to receive the drop off of your JOI Club’s “We Care” packages.
JOI Club members can get together outdoors at a park, or another location, and assemble the packages working together like an assembly line. Another possibility is for JOI Club members to make individual packages at home and then the club could collect them and deliver them to the designated service center. Smaller clubs, clubs with fewer resources or less members can make less packages. Our goal is for as many JOI Clubs in the district as possible to participate. Each JOI Club should only provide the number of packages they are able to make given available resources. JOI Clubs may ask their Sponsoring adult Optimist Club for assistance in obtaining resources for the project.
The CALSO JOI District Lt. Governors will be in contact with each of their assigned JOI Clubs to determine how many “We Care” packages each JOI Club will be making and to which service center they will be donating. A goal would be that we can distribute “We Care” packages to each of the Meals on Wheels Service Centers in the county. The Lt. Governors will assist their assigned JOI Clubs with the project and answer questions that may arise in planning and executing the project. A list of the Lt. Governor JOI Club Assignments is attached. The list provides contact information to reach the Lt. Governors for assistance.
The goal is for all of the CALSO JOI District JOI Clubs to complete and deliver their “We Care” packages before the next JOI District meeting scheduled for January 29, 2022.
Please contact Governor Sydney Mafong, firstname.lastname@example.org or your assigned Lt. Governor if you have any questions regarding the project.
Governor, CALSO JOI District
Junior Optimists, JOI Club Advisors, Club JOI Chairs, and CALSO Optimists,
The Junior Optimists of the California South (CALSO) JOI Districts plan to hold their first Districtwide JOI Meeting of the 2021-2022 Optimist Year on the USS Midway Museum in San Diego on Sunday, November 21, 2021. The attached Flyer is a reminder for you to put the event into your calendar and “SAVE THE DATE”! This will be the first JOI Districtwide meeting in person since February 2020, and should be an opportunity for JOI Clubs to exchange ideas, project successes, and plan this JOI Year. It should be FUN, so “SAVE THE DATE” now. Please share with your Clubs, Club Members, Sponsor Clubs, and parents/guardians.
Further details will be coming forth shortly from the CALSO JOI District Officers with plans and the Agenda for the event.
CALSO Optimist District JOI Clubs Committee and CALSO JOI District Officers
Thank you for your support! All money raised supports youth activities!
Bonnie Styles, President
Carlsbad Village Optimist Club
Dear Optimist members and friends of the Del Mar /Solana Beach Optimist Club,
We are excited to invite you to celebrate our 25th Annual Youth Fund Golf Tournament dedicated to Dave Eller.
For the past 25 years, Dave was the chairman of this tournament. Dave passed away last year. And due to Covid, we canceled our tournament. LET’S MAKE THIS TOURNAMENT SPECIAL AND SUCCESSFUL IN DAVE’S HONOR!
There is nothing like going out and golfing with your friends while helping the youth of San Diego County. The Golf Tournament is our only fundraiser of the year to support our youth, and we usually raise the needed funds to meet our needs for the year.
This year the schedule is as follows:
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021, at the Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course
1560 Sun Valley Road
Solana Beach, Ca. 92075
1:00 pm Bar-B-Que at Pool Side
2:00 pm Shotgun Start (Four Person Scramble Format), Mulligans, Long Drive,
and Closest to the Pin Contests, 10 raffle tickets included
5:30-6:30pm Reception, Snacks, Sandwiches, No Host Bar, Golf Awards, Grand Prize
Drawing, Silent Auction Final Bids, and Close.
Cost: $100.00 Per Player Entry Fee. (Golf Cart not included). ($20.00 worth of Raffle Tickets included)
Please join us in our campaign to raise needed funds to support the many service projects throughout the year. Come and play golf, enjoy great food, participate in our Silent Auction, and support our youth through organizations such as: Childhood Cancer Campaign, Christmas Charities, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, CCA Dollars For Scholars, Local Essay and Oratorical Contests, Miracle League, of San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital, The Ronald McDonald House, Torrey Pines HS Scholarship Fund, Vic Kops, Children’s Challenge Awards, and the Winston School.
Cash, Credit Cards, and Checks welcome
For more information please contact our chairpersons, Judy Trendel (760 518-0322) or Gary Wilson
We appreciate your support and participation.
Judy Trendel – President, Gary Wilson – Past President and Jeff Mattfolk-Treasurer
Dear Optimist members, family, and friends,
The Del Mar / Solana Beach Optimist club is conducting a “Pop Up Auction on August 13-16 on line. Note the link attached. Our Optimist Club supports many activities around San Diego County including Rady Children’s Hospital, the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Little League, Casa de Amistad, Jr. Optimist Clubs at 5 local schools, The Miracle League, Our annual Golf Tournament, Children’s Hospital, and many more. Our club also supports other Optimist Clubs throughout San Diego County and their fundraisers.
We are asking you to support our club through this “Pop Up Auction” as we raise needed funds to keep our club thriving to support all the worthwhile activities. During these challenging times, we need to continue to sustain our worthwhile programs and assist each other to maintain the Optimist spirit. We thank you in advance for your willingness to participate in our auction.
Click here to go to our PopUp Auction site: www.32auctions.com/DMSBPopUp
If you have any questions or would like to make a cash donation to our club, please call me at 858 864-3491, or email me at GWilson872@aol.com.
Gary Wilson, Past President of the Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club
Hello Fellow Optimists!
As you may know, this Saturday is the Sandcastle Fiesta! Our Club, in partnership with the South Bay Kiwanis, is hosting the annual Sandcastle party at The Ranch on Sunset Avenue off Hollister. We stand to make THOUSANDS of dollars that we will redistribute to the children we serve. I strongly encourage you to purchase tickets and attend! Bring your friends and family! There will be a Taquero, two live bands, dancing, raffles, and delicious, cheap drinks!! A good time will be had by all! If you plan to attend, please buy tickets from me or another Optimist Club member and not at the door, as our Club will receive more funds based on the tickets we sell. Please email me or text me for tickets.