This morning started with a great roiling gold and orange sunrise for those who approached from the North. President Don struck six bells and Bobbi Howland prayed to the Lord with the much loved Psalm 100…Shout out to the Lord!!…Amen!!!
Pat Kelly started the pledge. President Don told us that Optimism is the sunshine of the soul. And then he told us about an Coronado Optimist named Glenn Curtiss who made the first successful seaplane flight from Spanish Bight on January 26, 1911. Does anybody know about the unsuccessful seaplane flights? There had to be more than a couple. The realtor who sold us our house on little bitty Alder Street told us we were sitting on a Museum of Naval Aviation. I thought she meant that just because John Bowen was once a teenager in the house. Maybe I should dig around in the backyard to see what went into filling up Spanish Bight.
Bill Carinder is getting all our OCC liaisons to brief the club on the teams or activities we sponsor. Today Irish Flynn told us about the CHS Track and Field and Cross Country Teams. Coach George Green is excited about the potential for records to be set by this year’s squad. Unfortunately all the meets are away from Coronado. As before we Optimists will help out with the meets, but this year we will be a traveling gaggle of Yellow Shirts. Let Irish know if you want to be included. The first meet is 19 April.
Our buddy Jim Perino has moved to the Coronado Royale (old name of the place across the street from the entrance to the hospital) in room 232. He would love visitors.
Christian Esquevin told us about some of the great things your library has for you. There is a beautiful Digital Media Lab where you can print posters, change your slides or photos into files on your DVDs or thumb drives, make flyers for your next event. He says that Software like Photoshop and Publisher are available to you.
The library website offers digitized and searchable newspapers from 1887 to 2013, and more coming. There is a Coronado photo atlas where you can see what houses used to cover your lot, or what any address in town might have looked like before you got here.
There are resources from notable folks from our past. Our own Dave Nash who kept a secret diary of his years as a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines, in Japan, and in Manchuria. You can see copies of Dave’s journal as well as stories of his life and times.
Our Library is a wonderful resource. Use it! Don gave Christian a check for the Teen Library as we have done every year. The kids have some Optimist Friends of the Library.
And Happy Birthday Sue Cargill.
Upcoming Events to Note
Tomorrow the Coronado Roundtable meets in the Winn Room at the Library. Mike Murphy, President and CEO of Sharp Health care at 10 AM.
On 28 February our Oratorical Contest. Plan on attending at Village Elementary.
On 4 February the Souperbowl of Sharing. Call Erin Downey (619) 675-1323 for a pick up of non-perishable goods.
Feb. 8, 15,and 23 Pasta for Pennies at the Middle School.
Those smiling faces belong to our Girls’ and Boys’ Golf Teams at CHS. The kids are flanked by Don Crawford and Golf Coach Stuart Gordon. The team told us about the designer clothes we send their way (warm them in the late afternoon and keep them extra dry in our frequent showers). Coach Gordon and the golfers thanked us and told of their successes against bigger rivals.
On the left we have the CHS Rugby Coach Santos Trujillo with star player Teddy Hendrikson and proud Dan Hendrickson. Santos talked about the motivational jerseys Teddy took away. We provided $250 to support the team. Note that among the things we help to buy for these tough youngsters are tractor tires and sleds to push around.
Saturday it is Rugby on the home pitch starting at 10 AM. There is more detail in your Eagle Journal.