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Coronado Junior Optimist Activities

Coronado's Junior Optimist Club, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Coronado, participated in group activities and team building with other Junior Optimist clubs from the San Diego/CALSOUTH  area.

A nice turnout of 18 enthusiastic Junior Optimists and three Junior Optimist Club Advisors met at the Mission Bay Santa Clara Recreation Center near the Sail Bay area of the Park on January 20, 2018.  Junior Optimists representing six California South (CALSO) District Junior Optimist Clubs shared a morning of fun activities led by Immediate Past President of Junior Optimist International, O'Hara Wickham, and current Junior Optimist International Director, and Coronado's own, Cole Mullins.

The group performed a team oriented, "ice breaker" activity searching the floor for answers to questions posed by the leaders.  New friendships were made, and a lot of fun was had by all.  The Club Members shared their recent and current Club activities and upcoming plans.  The leaders shared news from the CALSO JOI District and Junior Optimist International and upcoming Scholarship Contests, including Essay, Oratorical, and the Reel Optimism Video Contest.  A pizza luncheon was enjoyed by all before the teams headed out for the beach cleanup community service project.  Books were collected for the inner city school in the CALSO JOI District wide 'Joy of Reading' service project.  The event was concluded with a clean beach, happy Junior Optimists, and  thanks from the Park Ranger for a job well done!

Installation Dinner Sep 18, 2017

On Monday at Spiros we had our annual Installation of the new board with President Crawford and release of the old board with President Zoll.  Molly and Renee did a marvelous job setting up our party...food was delightful, and the company was superb.  Matt Heinecke was a great addition to the evening of friendship and lovely sunset on the San Diego Bay.  Again mission accomplished by Zoll and welcome Don and his team. Looking forward to another great year of Optimism.

Eagle Scout Candidate Jack Schiaffino

Jack Schiaffino, accompanied by his parents, came to share his completed Eagle Scout project at NASNI.  He thanked the Optimist Club of Coronado for helping him with expenses of the project.  Congratulations, Jack, on a job well done!

New Member Johnny Perez

The Optimist Club of Coronado welcomed a new member into our club.  Johnny Perez was a guest speaker and apparently liked what he saw, so he came back and decided to join!  Welcome to the club, Johnny!!!

Optimist Club of Coronado Oratorical Contest 2017

Optimist Club of Coronado to Sponsor Oratorical Contest

“To be, or not to be…” famously spoke Hamlet. Local Coronado students can earnestly speak their thoughts on the topic, What the World Gains from Optimism, as participants in the 2017 Optimist International Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Optimist Club of Coronado.

The Oratorical Contest gives students an opportunity to organize and present their ideas and opinions to an audience, a valuable life skill. The Optimist Club of Coronado has been sponsoring the Oratorical Contest each year since 1971 helping to bring out the best in our students.

This year’s contest will be held in the Winn Room at the Coronado Library on Wednesday, March 22nd at 3:30 p.m. Judges will assess the students’ 4 – 5 minute speeches based on content, presentation, poise, and overall effectiveness. The top three students receive medallions and cash awards. The top two students have the opportunity to compete at the zone level contest in April; the zone winners will then compete at the California-South District level for the opportunity to win college scholarships.

Coronado students, including home-schooled students, under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016 are eligible to participate and encouraged to apply. Application forms and contest rules are available online and from Gene Rathswohl, the contest coordinator, at erathswohl@san.rr.com. Completed application forms should be either emailed or mailed to Gene Rathswohl, 924 Eighth St., Coronado, CA 92118. Applications must be received by Tuesday, March 14th. A maximum of 20 students can participate, so the earlier an application is submitted the better. Contact Gene with any questions regarding the contest rules.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with over 75,000 adult and youth members in 2,600 clubs in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and throughout the world. Carrying the motto, “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about the Optimist Club of Coronado, visit our web site, come to a weekly Thursday morning meeting at 7:00 AM at the Community Center, or contact any member of the club.

Pennies for Pasta begins!

Optimists showed up in force to begin counting bags of change for the Pennies for Pasta drive at Coronado Middle School.  Our own Optimist, Jennifer Landry, is also the middle school teacher spearheading this fundraiser.

Optimist Club 46th Birthday!

September 23, 1970
from the archives of the Coronado Journal....

"Optimist Club to charter Sept. 23 - David Nash. Capt. USN Ret., acting president of Optimist Club of Coronado, will charter the new civic club on September 23. The signed charter members number seventeen to date. The club will undertake Youth Appreciation Week as their first community project. The local members of the newly formed Optimist Club will participate in Youth Appreciation Week during November 9-15. The objective of this week is to recognize the accomplishments of youth in the home, school, church, and community. And to encourage other civic organizations to publicly show their respect for youth. Finally, the Optimist club hopes to encourage greater interchange of ideas between adults and youth leaders.

The Optimist Club of Coronado meets on Thursday mornings at 7 at La Avenida Restaurant for breakfast. A program of public interest is presented at all club meetings. Capt Nash, and all club members invite men of the community who are not presently affiliated with a civic club to join them at any of their meetings. The object of the club is for good fellowship and the betterment of our youth."

Sports Fiesta 2016 Results

Another Sports Fiesta goes down in the record books!  Perfect weather, fun competition, and a bunch of people in yellow shirts aka the Optimists made for a great morning at Coronado's North Beach.   Here are the results for today's competitions.

5K Run Ocean Swim Triathlon Hardrock Paddle Board

Our Own Olympic Torch bearer

Coronado Optimist Club member Erin Downey shared her experience of carrying the torch for the Olympics in Atlanta, and she brought her big candle to prove it. Pretty neat! She told us all about the adventure and how she stayed close to a young Japanese woman who shared the load.

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