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Sports Fiesta Triathlon 2020

Every year on the last weekend in July, the Optimist Club of Coronado holds the annual Optimist Sports Fiesta.  One of the highlights of the event is the triathlon which holds the distinction of being the oldest continuous running triathlon in the world!

This year, of course, the Sports Fiesta was cancelled due to COVID-19.  Disappointing for the Optimists and competitors, one family in particular.  Three Coronado-grown brothers Dave, Al and Mark Hansen, have been staunch competitors in the Sports Fiesta for years.  Al says he’s only missed one over the years.  The thought of the Sports Fiesta triathlon losing its distinction of being oldest, continuous running triathlon in the world didn’t sit well with the family and they decided to do something about it.

A plan was hatched, bringing three generations of family together for the competition.  David and his wife, Mickey live on the bay so it was the perfect venue for all three events.  Sports Fiesta coordinator, Optimist Don Crawford, was called to officiate the activities.  Masks, social distancing, and safety were priorities.

First event in the competition was the swim out to a buoy with some swimmers and lots of kids on paddleboards.  Next up was the run down First Street with a variety of speeds, bare feet, a tutu, and lots of enthusiasm.  Lastly, the bike ride went along the same route on First Street in the bike lane.  In this competition everyone was a winner in their age group with Grandpa Dave handing out medals to all the kids from his collection, dating back to the 1980s.  It was truly competitive fun at its best.

Lunch was a celebration on the bay front to celebrate Dave and Mickey’s 50th wedding anniversary, surrounded by family.

After a lunch the family members dispersed.  It was overheard that a few Hansens were looking forward to their next event of the day, the annual Sports Siesta.

The Optimist Club of Coronado would like to thank the Hansen Family for keeping the Sports Fiesta Triathlon tradition and history alive.

JOI in Coronado

This week Coronado Optimist JOI Advisor Erin Downey gathered several of Coronado High School Octagon students to make cards for kids at Children's Hospital. Every two weeks the Octagon JOI kids have been meeting to do a project that benefits Coronado or San Diego communities.  The kids met at Erin's house safely wore their masks and created this homemade cards.  In fact some of these cards found their way to several Coronado Optimists.
 
During this time of social distancing we Optimists are being creative keeping ourselves in the community and helping those in need. 

Coronado Optimists are meeting now weekly via Zoom

Coronado Optimists are meeting now weekly via Zoom...the club started a month ago and attendance is slowing creepy up. We have about 25 attendees a month and love the opportunity to see our Optimist friends and commiserate in this tough time we are all living.  BUT we also know we are OPTIMISTS and this is not forever.  
 
President Elect Rob Kracht of Coronado Optimists has been diligent with several other members planning weekly Optimist outings.   Businesses in Coronado have been marvelous supports to the annual Sports Fiesta and we are returning the favor.  Pres Elect Rob selects one of the supporting restaurants in town for a weekly breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.  All Optimist attendees are encouraged to wear their yellow shirts, masks and then photo is taken of the group.  Members can either stay at the location or do take out.  Coronado Optimists have had been able to support 15 restaurants in town so far.  Below are just a few of the photos of our Optimists donning their yellow shirts and supporting their Coronado community.

Optimists at MooTime Creamery

Pictured left to right: Rob Kracht, Floyd Humphreys, Jennifer Landry, Brad Gerbel, Brenda & Larry Kracht, Marta Radcliffe, Dennis Dorman, Cynthia Kosciuczyk, Marian Donahue.

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1845 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118

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2020 Oratorical Contest Results

Many people rank public speaking just above the fear of heights and pit viper bites. That was not the case for the ten students who participated in the 49th Coronado Optimist’s Oratory Contest on March 2nd in the Coronado Library Winn Room. The rhetorical topic, which all thought quite challenging, was Just Imagine a World Without Boundaries.

The room quieted as the student addressed the boundary theme. The judges reviewed content, poise, presentation, confidence, and speech quality. Pride and enthusiasm hovered over the presenter’s family and friends.

Indeed, there were rhetorical differences between contestants, but the speaker’s confidence blended across all participants. Angst and crowd-fears were carefully managed and overshadowed by their self-assuredness.
One thought to themself what an enjoyable learning experience this contest provides and how speaking skills would be so essential in their future in academic, career, and informal settings.

The contest ended; judges left the room to score the individual presentations. Parents gave hugs to their son or daughter and congratulations were shared with families and contestants. When the judges returned the Coronado Optimist Club President Dennis Dorman and President-elect Robert Kracht presented each student a well-earned Certificate of Participation and then presented the Gold Medallion to Fatima Morfin, the Silver Medallion to Aidan McKerring, and the Bronze Medallions to Valeria Lopez. Fatima and Aidan now move on to the district Zone 2 contest. Congratulations to all!

Judges for the contest were Paul Lull, George Kunberger and Mike Croll, with Sue Cargill serving as timekeeper; Marta Radcliffe and Jon Jacobson as greeters/curators; Pat Kelly, Sergeant-At-Arms; Lee Cargill, photographer; Mike Lavin, contest scribe; and Gene Rathswohl, contest coordinator – Optimist Club members all. And special thanks goes to Courtnie Marshall, Sacred Heart’s Language Arts teacher who worked so diligently to prepare the students.

Announcing the 2020 Oratorical Contest

Ever wonder what it would be like to live with no constraints? No limitations? No frustrations? Coronado school students have an opportunity to muse on these ideas and speak on the theme Just Imagine a World Without Boundaries in the 2020 Coronado Optimists Oratorical Contest.

This is the 49th year of the Coronado Optimists’ contest and will be held in the Winn Room at the Coronado Library on Monday, March 2nd at 3:30 – 6:00p.m. The contest is an enjoyable but serious public-speaking opportunity for Coronado students to explore why they are so confident and optimistic about their future. All are invited to attend the contest, especially the students’ families and friends, and be amazed with the students’ insights and the quality of their speeches.

All Coronado school students, including home-schooled students, under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2019 (there is no minimum age) are eligible to participate and encouraged to apply. Students are urged to work with his/her teacher to prepare their speech.

The students’ 4 – 5 minute speeches, delivered from memory, are judged on content, presentation, poise, and overall effectiveness. Each student receives a participation certificate and the top three students receive medallions and cash awards. The top two students can go on to compete at the Optimists zone and district level contests in April for college scholarships up to $2,500; the district level winner can participate in the regional contest and the Optimist Oratorical World Championship in July for a college scholarships up to $15,000.

The Application form, which includes all the contest rules, is below. It is also available from Gene Rathswohl, the contest coordinator, at erathswohl@san.rr.com.

Completed application forms should be mailed to:

Gene Rathswohl
924 Eighth Street
Coronado, CA 92118

Applications must be received by Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

A maximum of 20 students can participate, so the earlier an application is submitted the better. Feel free to contact Gene with any questions you have regarding the contest.

2019 Winners

2019 Oratorical Contest Results

MeOptimism Declaimed, Wonderfully: Fourteen eager students, aged eleven to fourteen, from Sacred Heart Parish School and Coronado Middle School, spoke on the topic Is There A Fine Line Between Reality And Optimism? at the Coronado Optimists 48th Annual Oratorical Contest on February 27th in the Library’s Winn Room. All the students carried themselves well and dealt with this seemingly dry topic with winning charm, vivacity, and persuasive sincerity to the delight parents, siblings, and Optimists filling the Coronado Library’s Winn Room. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medallion winners were: Logan McKerring, Valeria Quiroga, and Marietta Renison. Bravos to all!

There were many memorable moments in the students’ 4 – 5 minute speeches. They quoted many historic optimists including Henry Ford, “…If you think you can or you can’t you are right,” “…Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently,” and added their own insightful aphorisms, “…Reality is life, optimism makes life better,” “…Reality is the facts of life that surround you, but optimism is a positive lens through which you view your reality,” “…Things happen because of our optimism in ourselves and in others,” “…If Jack can climb the beanstalk, you can get your job…,” “…it was through optimism and family love that we got through that reality…,” “….Optimism is a state of mind...that can steer you to accept any reality…,” and “I am optimistic that I have a chance of winning this contest today, and that is my way of showing optimism in reality.” Coronado

Optimist Club President Carla Fargo and President-elect Dennis Dorman presented each student a well-earned Certificate of Participation and thanked the parents and teachers for encouraging their students to enter the contest. All were very proud of their students, daughters and sons who are terrific young adults with bright futures

Judges for the contest were Mike Lavin, Paul Lull, and George Kunberger, with Sue Cargill serving as timekeeper; Marta Radcliffe, Julia Turpit, and Molly McKay as greeters/curators; Pat Kelly, Sergeant-At-Arms; Lee Cargill, photographer; Irish Flynn, contest scribe; and Gene Rathswohl, contest coordinator – Optimist Club members all.

Announcing the 2019 Oratorical Contest

The Wall! Immigrants!! Climate Change!! Violence and conflicts!! Poverty!! Security!! The list of human concerns goes on and on. What is the reality of these issues? Can we be optimistic about the future? Coronado school students are urged to express their own thoughts and concerns in the 2019 Coronado Optimists Oratorical Contest on the topic Is There A Fine Line Between Optimism And Reality?

This is the 48th year of the Coronado Optimists’ contest and will be held in the Winn Room at the Coronado Library on Wednesday, February 27th at 3:30 – 6:00p.m. The contest is an enjoyable but serious public-speaking opportunity for Coronado students to explore why they are so confident and optimistic about their future. All are invited to attend the contest, especially the students’ families and friends, and be amazed with the students’ insights and the quality of their speeches.

All Coronado school students, including home-schooled students, under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2018 (there is no minimum age) are eligible to participate and encouraged to apply. Students are urged to work with his/her teacher to prepare their speech.

The students’ 4 – 5 minute speeches are judged on content, presentation, poise, and overall effectiveness. All the students receive participation certificates and the top three students receive medallions and cash awards. The top two students can go on to compete at the Optimists zone and district level contests in April for college scholarships up to $2,500; the district level winner can participate in the Optimist Oratorical World Championship in July for a college scholarship up to $22,500.

The Application form, which includes all the contest rules, is below. It is also available from Gene Rathswohl, the contest coordinator, at erathswohl@san.rr.com.

Completed application forms should be mailed to:

Gene Rathswohl
924 Eighth Street
Coronado, CA 92118

Applications must be received by Friday, February 22, 2019.

A maximum of 20 students can participate, so the earlier an application is submitted the better. Feel free to contact Gene with any questions you have regarding the contest.

(image above is from the 2018 Oratorical Contest)

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