Junior Optimist Club

2018 Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

Please find below a flyer and application form for the 2018 Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest.


Who May Enter: Any girls and boys under the age of 18 who have not yet graduated from high school, or the equivalent, and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018

Contest Date and Location:
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 9:00 am
Check in for all students begins at 8:00 am
The Winston School
215 9th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014

Questions and Application Submission Address:
John Murphy, DTM
Phone: 619-886-2212; Email: jrmmt@cox.net
Address: 3720 Kingsley Street, San Diego, CA 92106


Torrey Pines Friendly Falcons

On October 30, 2013 a new Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI) Club was chartered at Torrey Pines High School. The new JOOI Club, the Torrey Pines Friendly Falcons, is sponsored by the Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club. The initial charter membership of this JOOI Club was 24 students.

The Torrey Pines Friendly Falcons JOOI Club Adviser is Gwen Robinson, a newer member of the sponsoring Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club. Gwen has been meeting regularly with the Torrey Pines Friendly Falcons to help with their organizational and club planning activities. JOOI Club Members participated in Avielle's Carnival during October. The Carnival was a fund raising activity benefiting the Avielle Foundation for brain health research.

The Club is planning community service activities focusing on helping the needy during the holiday seasons and beyond.

Gwen Robinson, Adviser - 858-232-1661


Canyon Crest Academy Ravens JOOI Club

The Ravens Octagon Club, sponsored by the Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club had a busy first year of Optimism.

Ravens members demonstrated significant community service mindedness and carried out several projects during the year. In service to the needy, Ravens members prepared and distributed lunches of peanut butter sandwiches and fresh fruit for 250 hungry homeless people. They also participated in the Shamu Walk fundraiser benefiting Rady Children's Hospital. Early on, they collected and donated stuffed animals during the holiday season. Canyon Crest Academy Ravens members also collected and donated gently used books in a book drive for needy readers. In an effort to make it easier for parents of child patients at Rady Children's Hospital, Ravens Octagon Club members prepared 50 snack packs for parents to pick up at Ronald McDonald House to allow more time for parents to spend with their sick children.

Club members participated in two Mission Bay beach cleanup projects associated with CALSO JOOI District Meeting events. Ravens members performed a joint service project with their sponsoring adult Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club by supporting the Glenn Pudick Musical Recital held at the Museum of Making Music, in a fundraiser supporting Optimist International's dedicated Childhood Cancer Campaign effort to eradicate childhood cancer.

Club Member Briana Kaler serves as the 2013/2014 CALSO JOOI District Governor, and Adrienne Rozells is the JOOI District Secretary-Treasurer. Both will lead the CALSO JOOI District as it hosts the annual JOOI International Convention in San Diego during the summer of 2014.

Jim Parrotte, Advisor - 858-755-6224