The DMM District Governor took a chance on sending an editorial to papers across the DMM District. She sent the editorial on Monday Dec 30. The Brookings Registrar published the editorial on Tuesday Dec 31. Watch the local papers across the DMM for the article. It will be interesting to know how many papers publish the editorial and what interest it generates in the community.
By: Sally Damm Norby, governor of Optimist DMM District – Updated: 2 days ago
Addictions, loneliness, suicide and depression affect all economic, social, gender, age and geographical identification markers. Immediate actions that support, empower and develop skills to manage mental health may be found within Optimist. Optimist International (https://www.optimist.org/) has introduced new programs that spark creativity and involve community. Your community can come together in a positive manner using these tools to combat the negative outcomes.
Promoting optimist competencies that cultivate personal growth, self-confidenceand personal and professional skills may be tools that provide opportunities that result in positive outcomes. Since each club, in the Dakota, Manitoba, and Minnesota District (DMM) is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. Optimist Clubs see a need in their community and react to it.
It will take courage, from all of us. Courage to embrace transformation. Courage to walk away from the routine. Courage to make choices today to secure a better future for youth and community. As governor of the DMM Optimist International (OI) District it is with pleasure that I introduce creative alternatives that may be used as a tool to enhance educational lesson plans, build a resume and develop life skills:
• Optimist Visual Arts Competition: Students age 11 and younger can participate in painting or drawing with the theme “iMagine Being an Optimist.” Competition will take place at both the club and international levels with International winners receiving scholarships of $250, $150 and $100.
• Optimist Photography Competition: Students will submit photos that best exemplify the Optimist Creed. This competition will be based at the club level and will be open to all students who have not yet started post-secondary education.
• Kids Speak Out: This is an old favorite with fresh, new energy. Students age 11 and younger can practice for the Optimist Oratorical competition while clubs can foster a pool of future Oratorical participants. This year’s theme is “iMagine Being an Optimist.”
• iMagine: A Kaleidoscope of the Performing Arts: Create your own performing arts showcase to highlight the talent in your community! Our new guide to help you make your event a success from auditions to encore.
• Optimists Spark Fun in the Park: Work with JOI, College Optimist clubs and other adult Optimists to create a fun day in a local park for children of all ability levels. Our new guide will offer activity ideas, promotion ideas, practical advice and more.
• Optimist International officially sponsors several International Programs: Childhood Health and Wellness, Optimist International Junior Golf Championships and the organization’s scholarship contests (Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest and Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) Respect for Law and Youth and Government.
People sometimes ask, “Why now?” The answer, because we can’t wait to bring the best out in youth, in ourselves, and in our communities. Find an Optimist club in your area or to start a club in your service area https://www.optimist.org/join.cfm
Become an Optimist.
Name: The Winter Princess Ball
Open to: All ages, target age: 4 – 10 years old
Ticket Prices: $10 if purchased in advance, $20 on the day of the event at the door
Date: Saturday, February 22nd
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Corpus Christi Catholic Church
450 Corral Canyon Rd. Bonita, CA 91902
I have also attached a flyer for this event. If either of you are able to share the information I have included here with other Optimist members, I would really appreciate it! Thanks again!
CALSO District # 41
Optimist International President’s Reception
President Adrian M. Elcock
2019 – 2020
Where: The Home of Jim and Sally Ann Zoll, 550 Alameda Blvd, Coronado,
Date: Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Refreshments and heavy hors d ‘oeuvres
Cost: $ 25 per person
rsvp: Secretary Bonnie Styles ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
December 5th, 2019 – Bonita Optimist Christmas Dinner:
We enjoyed listening to the children sing many Christmas carols. What a delight to listen to these kids!! This children are sponsored by the La Maestra Foundation.
To reach out to this Foundation, you can contact Chris Ewald at 619/550-6549 or e-mail: email@example.com
December 12, 2019 – Bonita Optimist morning meeting:
Lori Pfeiler and Anthony Flores from the SD Habitat for Humanity joined us sharing their experience in helping families through San Diego providing a place to live. Please see attached flier. If you need additional information, or want to help, please contact Anthony Flores at 858-449-0701 or e-mail: Anthony.firstname.lastname@example.org
Habitat for Humanity takes good usable clean furniture, appliances 7 years or newer, and home improvement materials for their ReStore Operation. They do not take clothing, beds, or thrift items. Primarily home improvement items and/or materials.
This Wednesday, December 18th at 4:00 pm, Optimist Board Meeting at Vicki’s home – Please RSVP (Thank you)
This Thursday, December 19th at 6:00 am, Chuck & Carol Hamilton along with Tim Jeffries will be meeting at Ralph’s to pick up the food items for our Military Baskets. The rest of us will meet at the Provence House at 7:00 am to help assemble the baskets (boxes). Coffee & donuts will be provided. RSVP will be appreciated. 😉
Thursday, December 26th, we will not have a morning meeting due to the Christmas Holidays. Merry Christmas everyone!!
January 1, 2020, Past President Breakfast!!: Debi Munoz, Immediate Past President, has offered to organize the committee to make this a successful celebration!
Committees: Shoppers, Cooks, Bartenders, Set Up Crew, Clean Up Crew. Sign up now! Debi would love for your to volunteer.
Past Presidents: Better start looking for your yellow Optimist aprons! 😉 If you don’t know who you are, please see attached photo (ha ha)
January 2, 2020, the event at Jim Zoll’s home is to meet & greet the President of Optimist International, Adrian M. Elcock. There will be“heavy appetizers”& wine. Price is $25 per person. 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 550 Alameda Blvd., Coronado, CA 92118. Please RSVP to Bonny Styles at email@example.com.
January 2, 2020: No Night Meeting for the Bonita Optimists. However, Jim Zoll from the Coronado Optimists has extended an invitation to join him at his home from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm to meet and greet Adrian, Optimist International President. What a fabulous opportunity!! Jim Zoll’s address is 550 Alameda Blvd., Coronado, CA 92118. Please RSVP to Jim at 619/435-1398. If he doesn’t answer, please leave him a message that you are attending.
Services & Celebration of Life for 2 of our Optimist Members:
January 3, 2020: Bob Jones – 11:00 am El Camino Cemetery – Celebration of Life at the Bonita Golf Course – 2:00 pm
January 24, 2020: Roger Tibbetts – 12:15 pm in line at the Miramar National Cemetery – Celebration of Life to follow at the Provence House.
The loss of these 2 fine gentlemen has been a real loss for our Community.
Bonita Optimist Co-Secretary: Vicki Garcia-Golden & Sally Gonzalez
Joint Junior Optimist Clubs Support “Breakfast with Santa”
On Saturday, December 7th, members from the Carmel Valley Middle School Junior Optimist Club, and the Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist Club, both sponsored by the Del Mar – Solana Beach Optimist Club helped with the setup, serving, and cleanup at the San Dieguito County Park’s “Breakfast With Santa” event. They prepared the stage for Santa’s arrival and photo opportunities, helped with food service, and cleaned up after the event.
Left to right: Pavan C, Priya C, & Hari W, Sophia C, Hana O, Julianne S, & Eric L
Thanks to Ranger Alejandro and Ranger Gaby for inviting our Junior Optimist Clubs to help at the San Dieguito County Park events. And thanks to all the JOI Club members who showed up to help out.
Write up – Baking Project at Ronald McDonald House
On Sunday December 8th, nine members of the Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist Club went to the Ronald McDonald House to make holiday treats for the families of kids being treated in Rady Children’s Hospital. With some efficient teamwork, the group was able to complete their menu of baked treats that comprised gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, blueberry muffins, vanilla and chocolate frosted cupcakes and triple chocolate brownies.
Attendees (from left to right): Hannah W, Ryan C, Priya C, Rohan A, Hari W, Aanika D, Madison S, Sydney S, & Kaylin H
Thanks to Mrs Wentworth & Mrs Cressy for chaperoning, driving and helping gather supplies & equipment.
Congratulations to Pack 734, and Thank You to our Optimist Club Scout Master, Corwyn Nycholat.
We appreciate your efforts.
Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach
1/17Scoutmaster April Wurster, guest speaker Major Nate Green, den leader Caryn McCall, den leader Tracey Block (Jon Clark)
2/17Paige Wurster writes a letter to the soldiers (Jon Clark)
3/17Eoin and Micayla McCall (Jon Clark)
At Cub Scout Pack 734’s November gathering at Solana Ranch Elementary School, the Scouts honored Veterans Day by preparing 96 holiday packages and making cards for the troops. The care packages will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project by way of the USS Midway Museum.
The featured speaker, Nate Green, is a Major in the US Marine Corps Reserves. He is currently flying the Marine Corps’ latest attack helicopter, the AH-1Z Viper at Camp Pendleton. Green was a member of the Order of the Arrow and Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 561 in Lexington Park, Md.
Green spoke to the rapt audience about his deployments and work in the military, connecting it to his experiences as a Scout. Green also brought some of his flight gear to show the kids.
Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach, Pack 734 is composed of kindergarten through fifth grade boys and girls from Carmel Valley, Del Mar and Solana Beach.
Photos by Jon Clark Online: delmartimes.net