We celebrated Paul Dudley’s 90th Birthday today with a beautiful carrot cake. Paul also reluctantly participated in a spontaneous rendition of “This is Your Life”


This years contest will be held March 2 in the Winn Room. See Gene Rathswohl if you’de like to get involved, or just plan on coming to the event and cheer the kids on. They really are a bunch of tallented young people.

2018-2019 Optimists Centennial Awards
This year we had three honorees:

  • Distinguished Governor-CALSO Diana Drummey
  • Distinguished Vice Governor-CALSO Mark Blumenthal
  • Honor Club- Coronado California

Thursday’s in the Coronado Middle School Conference room.
First week, however, CMS is on a different schedule which will affect the timing. Therefore the first count will be on Thursday, January 30th at 11:24-12:46.

JOI Liaison is CMS Teacher Matt Smith if you have any questions: matthew.smith@coronadousd.net

Super Bowl of Caring is here again the weekend of Super Bowl Sunday

February 2, 2020….The KC Chiefs vs SF 49ers….

Super Bowl of Caring
January 15th thru February 2nd
The JOI kids will be picking up between 10am and 1pm
contact Erin Downey 619-675-1323


none this week.


Paul Dudley on Jan.24 in Seattle. WA., and Sue Cargill on Jan.25 in Saint Joseph, Michigan. Paul is ninety years old and celebrates 24 years with the club next Nov.17th.



Brags...so many...



 On this date in 1933 Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany, launching the nation on a suicidal path of hate and war. Also, on this date the greatest apostle of non-violence of modern times, Mahatma Gandhi of India, the father of modern non-violent civil disobedience, was assassinated in 1948 in New Delhi.

Lastly, one of the giants of American history was born in Hyde Park, New York, on this date in 1882. His name , of course, was Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose greatest triumph was probably not as President but as one who overcame a great physical handicap after he was stricken with paralysis in his early 20’s. His courage should inspire Optimists everywhere.

Guest Speaker:

Cdr. Chuck Lucas

Our Guest speaker today was Cdr. Chuck Lucas from our local VFW Post. Chuck was originally from Mass. where both his Father and Grandfather were members of the VFW. Once Chuck became eligible to become a member himself (based on his own assignment to an active foreign war area), his dad made sure he got signed up as well at the post in National City. The year was 1982. Eventually Chuck was introduced the Coronado VFW, it was love at first sight. He transferred his membership to Coronado, met his wife to be and made his home in Coronado in 1999. He has been the Post Commander here in Coronado since 2000.

Chuck gave us a great overiew of what the VFW is all about. He started by telling us about the mission and vision of the VFW

Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
Vision: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.

 The VFW roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service.
Some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations that would eventually band together and become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. Today, membership stands at more than 1.6 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.

Their voice was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, development of the national cemetery system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, they won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America’s active duty service members, and members of the guard and reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were the driving force behind the Veterans Access and Accountability Act of 2014, and continually fight for improved VA medical centers services for women veterans.
Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, in 2005 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010. And in 2015, we became the first supporter of the National Desert Storm War Memorial which is planned for construction at our nation’s capital.

Locally the VFW actively support many community activities, such as:
-Memorial Day Service
-Avenue of Heros
-Vets to school day

We want to thank Chuck for coming to speak with us today. Most of us are either members of the local posts or have enjoyed dinners and other events hosted at the hall. Its a very important part of our Coronado Community

Next Week’s Speaker

Shannon Pavell and Nora Bosewell, Sharp Memorial Hospital Updates

Find Us

Every Thursday Morning at 7:00 am in the Coronado Community Center.

1845 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118

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