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
Good Morning Optimists…it is summer again and we were light in Optimists due to vacations and summer breaks.
Governor Aegerter welcomed us with a prayer and B.J. Adelson lead us in the pledge.
Again always a wonderful moment when we induct a new member…Marta sponsored by her darling Dennis Doreman. Marta shared that her maiden name is Salazar and came to San Diego in 1970 when her father opened Salazar Restaurants. She has been making many meetings and knows so much about us and now reading to be involved as a member.
We had some presidential announcements but dear Brad Gerbel got so excited about the birthday cake he brought for birthday boy, Mayor Bailey he bragged during announcements…
Now back to announcements..Round Table Friday at 10am at the Winn Room…learn about homeless and solutions. Several checks written out to CHS softball, boys tennis, girls volleyball, and CMS PE totaling 1800 dollars… IT IS ALL FOR THE KIDS!!
Thanks again to Roy Mantz who has been working on the Avenue of Heroes nominations of our own Optimists Wynn Foster and Buck Rogers…hoping to see them up on the avenue in May 2018.
A past Optimist Dick Bey has passed away and no information at this time regarding services. Dick was always smiling and a hug when he would see you.
Numerous brags and lots of dings..apparently many people have lost the pins or forget them. HINT… pin it to your badge.
Congratulations to Matt Pontes who will be the Chairman for the Coronado Chamber Commerce with Brad Gerbel who is on the board.
We celebrated with cake..Mayor Bailey’s birthday who is of age…Gorgy B and Ken Ireland with our lovely serenading. Anniversaries… I think were none, but Mike Lavin is celebrating 47 yrs of marriage to his lovely bride as well as our Irish Flynn and his darling wife, Edie who are celebrating 54 years. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
Good to see Charlie Ahern at the meeting who also won the opportunity drawing with ticket number 962734…
A lovely card from DJ Faldowskiand his family who moved after only being with our club for a short time, but lucky us we made an impact on him. A lovely knitted Optimist sweater was sent their way for their new daughter.
President Zoll kicked off the SF meeting with a personal donation of $200 on behalf of the Zoll’s and $200 for United for Reading… he challenged all Optimists to do the same…the challenge raised $4,050 dollars this morning ….if we continue down this path…who knows how much we will can raise with our outside sponsors.
Today’s meeting was updates on the Sports Fiesta 2017:
Lots of moving parts but as an Optimist we love this event and it is a signature event. All Optimists are expected to participate as a volunteer for this year on Sunday September 10th.
Due to homeland security with NASNI and Labor impact on the city, the city asked if we could move the SF to another date… they are working closely with us and helpful as we move SF this year to Sept 10th Sunday.
The 5k is being run by KathyLoper Events as a run on the beach from the fence at NASNI to fenceline of NAB and return. Kathy has 30,000 on her email list who she will send out about our event. The run starts at 0700 to end about 0830. Above is the map of the 5k race route.
The Triathlon is set for north beach as it has before..but we are still working on the bike ride on NASNI…should it work this year…it will be our last time. Triathlon will start approximately 0900 followed again by the rough water swim and paddle board.
Next week at the Thursday meeting you all will receive your sponsorship packets and chairpersons for each section of SF will be working on getting their teams together. For the new members…if you have a specific interest talk to the chair and get on their team.
The committee will be meeting next Wednesday at President Zoll’s home to make sure we are getting all the moving parts locked together and to make this annual event such an amazing success.