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.

Marya Ahmad (right) from the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve was our guest speaker this morning.  Marya told us about the wonderful programs they have for folks of every age. You can find out all about what goes on at their beautiful website www.trnerr.org


March 2, 2017

Jim and Sally Zoll

Sally Zoll was on handy to receive a check for the Everybody a Reader program. On the left that’s Sally, the check for $500, and her husband, Jim, who is also the President of the Optimist Club of Coronado.

JOOI news–on March 10 the young folk will honor Dr Seuss and reading for everyone. We can help by baking brownies or cookies or other sweet delights from grandma’s cookbook. Get them to Jennifer and she will get them wrapped.

Also JOOI is going to send the kids to muck out stables in a working farm in City Heights.
Don’t forget – the Optimist Oratorical Contest is on March 22!



Pictured: Cynthia Kosciuczyk, Coronado Hospital’s Chris Walker, Optimist President Jim Zoll.
Chief Nursing Officer Chris Walker has been working for Sharp Hospital for 17 years and has been in Coronado for the last 15 months.
Coronado’s hospital opened in 1970 and has had many changes over the last 47 years with many more to come.  The Sharp Planetree mission is more humanistic approach to health care.
You can stop in for a tasty and healthy meal with their own food grown in their organic garden.  Or perhaps you would like to stay with you family member over night for comfort and support…a couch converts into a bed, or do you want to book your emergency department appointment.. just go online. Each morning patients receive a hot aroma towel to start the day with healing. 
Come stop in and see all the changes as well as the current valet and more convenient entrance to the hospital.


New Member Johnny Perez

February 23, 2017

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!!!

Cynthia Kosciuczyk, new member Johnny Perez, Irish Flynn inducting.


Coronado Historical Society Executive Director Janet Francis was this week’s guest speaker.

Brad Gerbel (left) introduced Katelynn Estrada and Janet Francis of CHA. President Jim Zoll on right.

Janet shared so much about Coronado’s lovely history and how the historical society is party of keeping records and sharing with the community. The city has had many changes …that have impacted life in Coronado and all preserved at the museum…the bridge, Hotel Del Coronado, tent city, train, and of course the military. The names synonymous with Coronado: Spreckels, Babcock and Story all creating the rich history of this little resort community.
CHA moved into the Marcos/Tent City building in 1999.  The museum is supported by the city and as part of that support and mission is their continuing “enhancing the essence of Coronado’s history.” The museum maintains a professional archive of many artifacts  from Coronado’s past.
Our own Optimist member, Katelynn Estrada, who also works at CHA handling membership and education, invited all to attend the museum’s Wine and Lecture series at the museum as well as going into all 3rd grade classrooms to teach the kids about Coronado History.


Coronado Police Det. Brian Wray stepped up to receive a check from Optimist President Jim Zoll for help in purchasing an AED for the Vernetti Baseball little league field.


Optimist Club of Coronado to Sponsor Oratorical Contest

Click Here: Oratorical Contest Application Form

“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 at www.optimistclubofcoronado.org 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.


SouperBowl of Caring 2017

February 6, 2017


Octagon Club had their SouperBowl of Caring Food Drive on February 5th…SuperBowl Sunday.  A total of 1,450 cans of food were collected from generous donors around Coronado.  The Octagon Club of Coronado would like to thank all those who donated to help this collection be a great success.


CHS Basketball Optimist Night was on Friday, February 3. Optimist Bob Kracht called the game.  Optimists came out in good numbers in their goldenrod shirts.