President Elect Carla Fargo stood in for CrawDaddy who is doing well at home with the Mrs. C.
Prayer was given by Charles Helsper and the pledge by Renee Cavanaugh.
We welcomed guests from Coronado Little League at which time we also presented them with a check to support the kids with equipment and uniforms. If you happen to have a few minutes, Little League is always looking for more volunteers.
Thanks went out to Gene Rathswohl and his crew for the Oratorical contest went on without a hitch. We will have the top three speakers next week to hear “What are my roots in Optimism?”
Rob Kracht and his crew with Bill Parry are seeking volunteers to walk blocks of businesses in Coronado to create a data base for our SF fundraising efforts. Email Rob your time to volunteer at sportsfiestarob@gmail com.
We had a few dings… a few brags…sang HBTY, but the birthday song conductor was MISSING-so we sang anyways to Tom Caitlin, Buck Rogers and Karl Mueller. Anniversary celebrations were Leslie and Irish. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!
A confession from your green sheet writer… she lost her GREEN SHEET notes.. winging it and why the GREEN Sheet is late.
We had an amazing speaker, Jerry Noll. He is the author of the book DOWNHILLS DON’T COME FREE. He said he realized he was not living life as he thought he should. Raised a family, had a house, good career and wonderful wife, but was missing something. With a brief pillow talk with his wife, he decided to take a bike ride from Alaska to Mexico. Originally planned from Seattle to San Diego, but he was challenged to go bigger and he did.
Jerry was in fair shape and good health, but he did not own a bike, had not ridden one in years let alone one with toe clips. With this lack of knowledge but determination and adventure he headed south from Anchorage to Mexico.
Along the way met many amazing and wonderful people…animals and weather. A sign in Alaska said, “Do not feed the bears” Jerry was more concerned with being the feed for the bears. He had a chain break and did not know how to fix it let alone if he had the equipment to fix it. He had been given a tool kit and repair items, that he simply packed into the bottom of his gear bag—HE NEVER LOOKED AT IT. But lucky for him another biker, FEMALE happend along and between the two of them repaired the bike.
Jerry could have talked all day about his trip and I think we could have all listened. It was inspiring and great story telling. Check out his book and read about all the adventures.
Next week speakers Oratorical contest winners and Coronado Ballet.
A few wonderful photos of our Optimist workers at the Oratorical Contest and the birthday celebration for Dr. Suess with the JOI kids.
Upcoming Events to Note
Street walking for SPORTS FIESTA business information gathering.
Super Seal March 18th Volunteers contact Irish Flynn for details