Our first meeting of the new year. Guests and money to give away. A fascinating story featuring Petula Clark, Nancy Sinatra, and the all time ace of German Aviation. Let us get started!
Bang! The balloon has fallen and the New Year is ahead of us.
ALERT ALERT ALERT Go to the basketball game that the CHS team plays against Scripps Ranch tomorrow at 7PM. Wear Yellow and Sing Out with gusto.
Guests–Rosy-cheeked Angela Ahern from the frigid East with proud Dad. Becky Lull with Paul and our treasurered Treasurer Caroline. Young Gina with very pleased dad Georgie Bassola, Jon Jacobson with Bill Carinder.
Charles Helsper and Jim Cartwright made change and small talk at the desk. Crawdad struck da bell, Megan Pontes gave a mighty prayer (reproduced below).
CMS Principal Karin Mellina brought students Bella Loisella and Hannah Cohen to help carry off a really big check. The kids talked about the upcoming week in the woods known as sixth grade camp. We Optimists send a half dozen youngsters to this highlight, and in time for the snow this year.
Don Crawford announced that the new and improved club directory is sitting on the back table waiting to be picked up. If you want the electric version you can send Don a request to his email address. Of course you have to have access to Don’s address, so you should pick up a hard copy to get that bit of data. Or you could read all the way to the end of this newsletter where Don’s address will be hidden in the last paragraph.
There is a reason why the editor is out of sorts. He/She received a message that by now 75% of our loyal readers have deleted this newsletter because They/them don’t like the layout on his/her smartest of phones. I guess we will all just have to suck it up and hope for the best.
Don Crawford told us that he and the Mrs. celebrated 37 years of wedded bliss on New Years Eve. Yay!
There was some sort of announcement from Mr. Mayor (I think) that a 6 mph speed limits has been enacted for the city, and discharging of firearms is authorized only in the case of felons in flight or noisy aviators.
The Mayor’s younger sister bought a house and got engaged. Good start to the year.
Mark Blumenthal’s New Mexico U won a bowl game after 57 years of futility. Go You AGGIES!!!
Richard Owens celebrated 6 years as a Optimist. Gooch was the sponsor. Lyman won the drawing that will make him a semi-rich man.
This week Diana Drummey entertained the supreme ruler of Optimism, Dick Pearlman, and promises to get him back next year to meet each of you.
Carol Head introduced her husband Brigadier R G Head, USAF to tell us all about the air war in WWI. Carol told us that as a young Captain RG appeared via video on the Really Big Show of Ed Sullivan with Petula Clark (Downtown) and Nancy Sinatra (These Boots Are Made for Walkin’). Now that I’ve got Tom Bernitt’s attention, I’ll finish the story of RG landing his A1 Skyraider wheels up and tailhook down–standard USAF procedure I guess. Carol fell in love with the brave airman and the rest is history.
RG got into building models of old German planes that you can see in museums and the Coronado Library. He also stumbled into the fascinating story of Oswald Boecke, Germany’s first ace–before the Red Baron. Before he was killed in a air to air collision in October 1916, Boecke had shot down 26 British and French airplanes. He had been awarded the nation’s highest military award, had a funeral attended by his enemies and friends, was praised in newspapers all over the US. Quite some story. If you missed your chance to buy General Head’s book on Boecke, you can find it on Amazon where everybody gives it 5 stars.
Next week we will have either Tom Bernitt , the curmudgeon of the Cays, showing up to speak to us cudgel in hand, or some recovering flu sufferer advising us on the right remedy, or perhaps none of the above.
And now Megan’s Prayer:
Our gracious God and Father, as we begin this new year, help us to leave a lasting legacy for our families and our community. We want to invest our lives in a way that will make a difference.
Father, we ask you to not allow us to cling to what is comfortable. Help us to forget the mistakes of the past. Keep us from shrinking back from the challenges and opportunities you have placed before us. We want to let go of all that will hold us back, as we press on to the greater achievements of the future.
Father, would you lead us? Would you make use of us to make an impact in our community, for your glory and the good of many, many people? We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen