Weekly Meeting 1-11-18

January 11, 2018

Our Speaker today was Jose L Cruz who told us a great story about the activity of the SD Council on Literacy:  www.literacysandiego.org.

What a powerful message he brought about those who pass through their school years without learning what most of us take for granted. Go to the website and watch their video.

Weekly Meeting 11-30-17

November 30, 2017

Today’s meeting was action packed.  Lots of our youth recipients came to share their projects successes.  President Crawford declared our Thanksgiving Movie event a roaring success with a completely packed house, and a lot of kudos from attendees.
Optimists did it again!

CHA Mens Basketball Team – The tall guys to the right between Don and Paul Lull came over from the CHS BB team to invite us to Saturday’s home opener. Next to Don is Michael Manning’s son Myles who was the team spokesman and thanked us for our support.

Eagle Scout Candidate Cole Mullins talked about his Eagle Scout Project at Coronado Middle School, bringing the CMS garden back to life. He has big plans that the scouts are already going to town on. Cole is a leading member of our Octagon organization and has risen to Lt. Gov of the San Diego Youth organization. Go get ’em, Cole!

The honorable Mayor Richard Bailey, Coronado Optimist, was on hand to introduce Rep. Todd Gloria who told us how the recent legislative session was the most progressive and productive in recent memory. Transportation, Climate Change and Homeless were all acted on. He answered questions on the bullet train, unfunded pensions, and student loan debt.

NEXT WEEK Don Crawford will discuss our Coronado Optimist Foundation.

We are fortunate to have a member who has a very talented son!  Ben Ruef documented our Sports Fiesta with a beautifully creative video.  Thanks, Ben!!!

Optimist Meeting 10-19-17

October 19, 2017

Optimist Meeting 10-19-17 – Our speaker this morning was Captain Scott Mulvehill who is Commanding Officer of Naval Base Coronado. Captain Mulvehill came with his public affairs officer Sandy DeMunnik.
The base is 100 years old this year and the captain told us of the planned events as well as the projects that are extending the life and influence of “the Quarterdeck of the Pacific”. The key building effort he noted was the ten year effort down in IB where the Special Warfare Community is getting a big upgrade. The impact on State 75 was the subject of questions as was sewage from the TJ river and all the critters and endangered stuff we coexist with.
Next week State Senator Ben Hueso will be our speaker.
Molly and Leslie checking in members A table of comraderie

Optimist Meeting 10-12-17

October 13, 2017

This week’s meeting featured our own Optimist member and past president, John Bowen, giving us an updated overview of the stock market and investing.  Thanks, John!

This weekend in Yuma, Arizona, Past Governor Al and Governor Elect Diana will be attending the district’s first quarterly meeting.



Optimist Meeting 9-21-17

September 21, 2017

Our new president, Don Crawford, has jumped into the presidency a few weeks early.  President Crawford always wanting to share a bit of history…told of our Optimist Creed was originally a poem penned in 1912 and then taken on as the creed in 1922.

We kicked off the meeting with a new member swearing in. Tom Catlin, sponsored by Past Pres. Mark Blumenthal (right) and inducted by Past Pres. Irish Flynn (left).

Our new president also stepped in and was our guest speaker again to bring us up to date on the SEALS during the Vietnam War.

Installation Dinner 9-18-17

September 19, 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.


The results for all Optimist Sports Fiesta events have been posted.

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!


Weekly Meeting 8-3-17

August 4, 2017

Optimist member, Irish Flynn, introduced his friend, author Betsy Jordan, who shared excerpts from her book, Going the Distance.  A book of love, struggles and laughter as she navigated her life as a care giver to her husband, Judge Peter Riddle.

Peter was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia a progressive neuro-degenerative disease.  Betsy said if not for family and friends who gave her breaks by caring for Pete…she might herself have not navigated this life experience so well.  As quoted on the back of her book, “….a love letter to my fellow caregivers.”

For many of the long time Optimists, Pete and Betsy are two of longest and devoted supporters of our Sports Fiesta events each year.  We thank Betsy for sharing her experiences so honestly with us.