The Optimist Club of Coronado an affiliate of Optimist International, California South District, was chartered September 28, 1970 with 26 members at the La Avenida Restaurant on Orange Avenue. A breakfast of eggs, sausage, hash browns, toast and coffee cost $0.99.
President Jim Zoll, Immediate Past President Diana Drummey President Elect Don Crawford;Internal VP Cynthia K, External VP Rob Kracht Directors (2015-17) Renee Cavanaugh, Jim Callaway, George Bassola (2016-18) Matt Pontes, Erin Downey, Bill Parry Treasurer Clint Coneway, Secretary Cheryl Sylvester
Out of town–strange computer–fat fingers–so I’m a day late.
But Diana hit the bell on schedule yesterday. The Cargills were still counting the money when Jim Cooper gave us a thumbnail sketch of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and then a beautiful little prayer attributed to Mother.
We all owe a rousing cheer to Caroline Lull who will step into the big shoes of Clint Coneway as Treasurer. And Caroline led the pledge to Old Glory.
(Before we get to the details of the meeting Clint sends that it is past time to pay your dues or to let Clint know that you are done with us. Either way let him know, please.)
We had several guests yesterday. Dennis Dorman brought Marta Radcliffe who will be welcomed into membership as soon as we find where Jim Zoll has put her membership pin. Life member Susan Ryan was with us from Del Mar. Mo was with Gooch. And our guest speaker Pat Denson had several members of her documentary filming team on hand to film our goings on or to gather evidence.
Bye the time that you read this many of us will be joining hands and hearts to pray for our dear friend Charlie Ahern and Angela in the loss of that spark of our world, dear Susan. May she rest in peace.
Another sad note was carried in Wednesday’s paper we read of the death of RADM Paul Speer. Paul was our shipmate for many years until moving back to Pennsylvania where he passed away. Paul was one of the “Flying Midshipmen” who took a shortcut to fame and glory in Naval Aviation. And he was our good friend. God bless him.
Some notes on the Sports Fiesta. The city is bumping our intentions to use Labor Day for our annual event. The holidays are hard enough to manage without our event in the mix. So the city folks will give us the last weekend of July as in the past, and guarantee the next ten years. That is enough for me.
Diana will meet with city planners Monday to make the September 10 date FOR THIS YEAR a reality. Rob Kracht will soon get your assignments for ads sales out. More information is on the horizon.
If you want to know all about policing of our little burg Laz Waczek invites all to participate in the eight week long Citizen’s Academy running from September 28-November 15. The meetings are on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 so you won’t miss Wheel of Fortune. Get involved!
We serenaded John Brassant with HBTY, and looked for Mayor Bailey and Jenks Jenkins to give anniversary cake to. They be gone.
Pat Denson is a documentary film maker from Texas who lives down at Broadstone (Oakwood). She brought her team and her story to us this morning. The editor of the Fort Worth Telegram invited her to share her drawer full of stories as a columnist. That gig developed into TV journalism and documentary films.
We watched a trailer for one of her works. King of the Cannibals is about a missionary named John Patton who brought Christianity to a South Sea people. You can find her work on Amazon Prime.
Next week we have a gent who will tell us all about Solar Power.