Here is Nianza Delfin who was a Distinguished Scholar in 2014; she recently sent this photo to me. (I also really like this photo of Raleigh and Barbara) In 2020 Nianza won the Imperial Beach Optimists Essay Contest. When I met her (pre shutdown) to present the essay award, she said how grateful she was and this was the second time she won an Optimist award. She is now a student at UCSD, and she said she knows several other 2014 scholars who are attending major universities. This reminds me that what we do matters, even years later! Here’s hoping 2021 can bring us all good news!
- by Brooke Clifford, Coronado Eagle
- Dec 18, 2020 Updated Dec 18, 2020
Coronado has been home to a chapter of the Optimist International organization for 50 years. On Sept. 28, 1970 a group of 26 Coronadans, led by Dave Nash and the first president of the club, Tom Meadows, chartered the Optimist Club of Coronado to serve the community’s youth. Today the Optimist Club of Coronado continues in its mission with current president, Robert Kracht and current Club Representative to the District, Diana Drummey.
Coronado has been home to a chapter of the Optimist International organization for 50 years. On Sept. 28, 1970 a group of 26 Coronadans, led by Dave Nash and the first president of the club, Tom Meadows, chartered the Optimist Club of Coronado to serve the community’s youth.
Today the Optimist Club of Coronado continues in its mission with current president, Robert Kracht and current Club Representative to the District, Diana Drummey. Both longtime members of the chapter here in Coronado, Kracht and Drummey were drawn to club’s ideals and opportunities to serve in ways that bring people together. “The camaraderie; the fact that we are a community club that makes the children a priority. I believe that is what draws us together. Our Optimist Creed also inspires people and that is another draw for new members,” Drummey said.
Kacht was initially invited by his parents to join the Optimists, which he saw as a good fit then and has remained a good fit if his current position as president of the club is anything to go by. When it comes to his connection to the club, Kracht said of favorite part, “[it’s] helping our youth, but specifically having youth participants come in to our meetings to receive funding and/or make presentations to the Club.”
Since its inception, the Optimist Club of Coronado’s motto has been “Friend of Youth.” For decades members of the club have found ways to volunteer time and resources to youth events and causes. “The Optimist Clubs were established to help kids in need and over the years it has evolved into so many areas,” Drummey continued. “For example, childhood cancer; Scouts projects; sports, leadership, academic teams and groups; oratorical and essay contests.”
The Optimist Club of Coronado has ties with many of Coronado’s academic, athletic, and leadership programs for youth with liaisons for programs such as Sixth Grade Camp, Robotics clubs, sports teams, Boy and Girl Scout troops, annual essay contests, and more. “If you need people power to score, announce, handle a stop watch, or mark a track field,” Drummey told me, “we are your go to club!” This year also marked the 49th annual Oratory Contest held by the Optimist Club where ten students showcased their public speaking prowess imagining a world without borders. “I am always amazed at what great speakers these kids are. The topic changes each year, but the kids are so eloquent and professional when presenting their speech,” Drummey said of the competition.
Outside of such programs and organizations, the Optimist Club of Coronado also typically puts on a variety of events for the community throughout the year. “My favorite thing we do is the free Thanksgiving kids’ movie at Village [Theatre],” Kracht said. The event was one that had originally been started by the club in the 1950s and been picked back up by the club again in 2012 after the Village Theatre re-opened. Kids have been able to enjoy screenings of movies like “Frozen,” “The Grinch,” and “Arthur Christmas” on Thanksgiving morning. “[We were] not able to do it this past year, but are looking at outdoor alternatives when the weather warms up.”
As for Drummey, “I love the Sports Fiesta,” she told me. “It has also evolved over the years and has had different events different years.” Typically involving a 5K run, one mile swim, triathlon, and other sporting elements such as beach volleyball, the Sports Fiesta the club has organized is nationally recognized and is the longest, continuous running triathlon in the world. The club is hoping to be able to reinstate the event in 2021. In addition to these longtime favorite community activities are the Ciders & Snaps event at the Coronado Open House and Holiday Parade, an annual highway cleanup along the Strand, and volunteering with the Flower Show.
Despite the uncertainties provided by COVID-19 throughout the year, the Optimist Club of Coronado has remained true to their creed in retaining a strong and positive attitude in the face of hardships. According to Kracht, “The government’s response to COVID-19 has put substantial stress on service clubs. However, our District Governor informed me that our Club so far has handled things better than any other Club in our District.”
The members of the club have been able to maintain having weekly meetings with help from technology as well as find safe ways to support the community through these tough times. “We have weekly ZOOM meetings with guest speakers,” Kracht mentioned. “We have also adjusted by taking our gratitude for community support for our Club and turning that into a program to support local businesses with weekly dine in or take out. So far, we have done 28 such events.”
With four recent additions to the club’s members in Coronado and two more currently in the process of joining, the Optimists are looking to 2021 with hope and ever bigger numbers to achieve their goals of providing opportunities for youth to be their best and build community through positivity. To learn more about the Optimist Club of Coronado you can visit their website at https://www.optimistclubofcoronado.org/ or send an email about membership to Robert Kracht at email@example.com. The club is currently holding a special promotion for first responders, educators, and those under the age of 30 for a full year’s membership at 75% off when joining by Dec. 31.
So, Junior Optimists, Optimists, and Friends, school is “out” for the year-end break and it’s the first weekend without ‘homework’, studying, or the like. So, what are you going to do? Well, how about a little fun!! Join the Junior Optimist International (JOI) Board on Sunday afternoon, December 20th, for a “JOI Virtual Paint Night”. All of the details are in the forwarded message below. No age limits! You just have to be able to hold a paintbrush! Cheers and Happy Holidays!
|Join the Junior Optimist International Board for a JOI Virtual Paint Night! December 20, 20203:00pm (CST) The registration fee is $5.00 per household, a donation that will go towards the JOI Annual service project. Everyone across both the JOI and OI organizations are welcome to register for this fun activity! You will be responsible for purchasing your own materials. For this painting, the materials required include: paint, canvas, and paintbrush. List of Supplies To register visit https://www.optimist.org/joipaint or visit http://junioroptimist.org/|
Our California South (CALSO) Junior Optimist International (JOI) District Governor, Timothy Jordan, has identified a critical need of the homeless in our communities. Timothy has organized a GoFundMe campaign as a CALSO JOI Districtwide virtual community service project. All funds raised during this CALSO Junior Optimists Districtwide Winter Blanket Fundraising Drive will go to the local ‘Alpha Project’ nonprofit organization for the purchase of blankets for the homeless. Please read JOI Governor Timothy Jordan’s forwarded message below, and view his attachment to this message. All CALSO JOI Club members, Optimist Club members, friends, relatives, and others are invited to join in and participate in this worthy Optimist community service project by giving whatever you can contribute to this GoFundMe campaign. Please share this opportunity with everyone!
CALSO Optimist District Junior Optimist Clubs Committee Co-Chair
From Timothy Jordan
It’s CALSO JOI District Governor Timothy Jordan here! I hope each and every one of you is having a great holiday season and are staying safe amidst the current times.
Usually, we all would get together for a project and have our quarterly meeting in person, but due to the circumstances, we are unable to do that. However, we have the incredible opportunity to meet virtually and have a virtual service project. For this quarter we will be having a GoFundMe drive to raise money for the Alpha Project. Here are the basics of our project:
CALSO Junior Optimists Districtwide Winter Blanket Fundraising Drive
- Who: Anyone can donate! Share with your friends and family!
- When: December 10th – January 23rd
- Where: This GoFundMe link -> gf.me/u/zcbdws
- Why: Raise money for the Alpha Project in San Diego
- Goal: Raise 5000 dollars
The Alpha Project is a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless right here in San Diego. During the winter months and the pandemic, the people of the community need our help and optimism more than ever! I encourage you all to share this fundraiser and attached PDF with friends and family so they can donate to this worthy cause!
On the last day of our drive, we will be having our quarterly JOI district meeting over Zoom to discuss Optimists activities from the quarter. Zoom information will come in a later email.
Please reach out to me via email if you have any questions! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALSO JOI District Governor
Being connected is important. Being part of a community is particularly comforting, especially so during a pandemic. The newly formed Pacific Trails Middle School Junior Optimist Club offers its members the opportunity for both. Living up to their name, several members of the Club recently performed valuable community service while safely sharing some time together and developing comradery. The Junior Optimists safely cleaned up the Elizabeth Rabbitt Neighborhood Park and the Del Mar Mesa Preserve Trail. Junior Optimists continue to focus on finding ways to safely help the environment even during these challenging times.
The Pacific Trails Middle School Junior Optimist Club is sponsored by the Del Mar – Solana Beach Optimist Club in the California South Optimist District. For more information on Optimist and Junior Optimist Clubs visit theoptimist.org website.
California South Optimist District Junior Optimist Clubs Committee Co-Chair
Agatha Graney, the Lt. Governor for Zone 3 of Optimist International visited with our Pt. Loma Club this morning. She presented Bob Bradbury with his pin for bringing in new members. She spoke of the upcoming Oratorical Contests and Junior Golf Tournament. And, informed us of a new club being formed in Santee and two other clubs being formed in South Bay and East Palomar. Alan Ziter, the Executive Director of the NTC Foundation and his associate, Andrew Waltz, visited with the Club this morning to share an update on the Arts District at Liberty Station and other news from the Foundation. Alan stated with the Foundation in January of 2004. His responsibilities include the restoration of 26 historic buildings and opening them as a new Civic, Arts Cultural District. He has overseen the completion of 16 buildings at a cost of more than $82 million.
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On Saturday, November 14, 2020 nine members of the Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist International Club of San Diego, California helped “Green the Environment” in an activity that was accomplished safely and yet with shared comradery. The Junior Optimists joined San Diego County Park Rangers in the planting of trees in the County’s Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. The Club members split up into two groups and with Park Rangers each group spent the morning planting trees along the Preserve’s trails. Even through the masks, the smiles of accomplishment of their contribution to the planet and its inhabitants, can be felt, even if not seen. Creative ways to participate in constructive community service activities are being found by the Junior Optimists even in these most challenging times.