Irish led off the meeting with a prayer for our Sports Fiesta. God is said to help those who help themselves so come on out to the goings on at Sunset Park Sunday morning and help. Donuts await those who are early (0500).
Our first order of business was for Mark B to induct Dr. Joe Moore. He is a retired Navy Doc who came from the Mountaineer state and attended the Charlottesville school that Mr. Jefferson listed on his tombstone. Dr Joe continues to practice sports medicine, is a deacon downtown at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and is already selling our 50/50 raffle tickets. Julie Ruef stood in for Joe’s sponsor George Kunberger who is in Philie trying to bring back the glory days to the Eagles.
Next up was Coronado Middle School Athletic Director Meredith Hines who brought two bright young faces from the teams we support at CMS. Alicia and Linen (pictured on the right) take advantage of a unique program that rotates the kids through a number a sports to let them try everything. We learned from Joe Mullins that CMS has one of only two athletic programs for middle schools in the county. Meredith told us that the money we gives buys equipment like the big goldenrod ball.
A couple of events you need to remember:
After the Sports Fiesta come to the Cavanaughs’ at 620 Country Club Lane. That’s Sunday at 3PM. Bring a chair.
The Service for our twentieth President Bill McClue will take place on Sunday, September 24 at 2 PM. The location is the Nautilus Room (our meeting room) and the service will be followed by a reception. Bill’s family wishes that in lieu of flowers donations might be made to the Optimist Club of Coronado to continue their support of the youth of the community.
Nathan Fletcher who is running for County Supervisor gave us a wonderful talk about his efforts in the California Assembly and in private life to help the veterans who have been engaged in our nation’s longest war. He told us that 20 vets give up on life and kill themselves each day, many of these folks are older men and women. The VA is not his answer. Medications are not the answer. Connection with these troubled men and women and their healthy brothers and sisters seems to be a key. But how to establish those ties is a tough issue. We owe a debt and we ought to figure out how to pay it.