The Optimist Club News

Covers With Love

The Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club, along with four other southern California Optimist Clubs, participates in the "Covers With Love" project to help children with cancer. Please read the article from the recent Optimist International Magazine for more details.


2017 CCA DFS Optimist Club Scholarships Awarded

It was a great honor to present the Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club Scholarships at the Canyon Crest Academy Dollars For Scholars Award Ceremony on Monday evening, May 15, 2017 at the school's Proscenium Theater on campus. This year there were 44 scholarships presented to winners from 178 applicants - less than 25% of applicants receiving awards. The two Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club Scholarships were presented to very deserving young men.

The first 2017 Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club Scholarship winner is Noah Jacobson. Noah joined the Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist Club in 2015 and is graduating in June 2017. He plans to attend Stanford University in Palo Alto in the Fall.

Noah has devoted himself to feeding the hungry. As the Chair of the Hands Up Food Pantry and Founder of the CCA Hunger Awareness club, he has helped to collect 5000 pounds of food and lobbied to alleviate hunger at the California legislature. His achievements in fighting hunger have been recognized with Certificates of Recognition from the City of San Diego and the California Legislative Assembly.

In addition to his work in fighting hunger, Noah conducts research and writes analytical software to study plasma physics at the Plasma Interaction Surface Component Experimental Station. He has also served as a leader for two of CCA’s robotics teams, sharing his expertise in marketing, documentation, outreach, and mechanical design.

Noah has earned his Gold Level Presidential Service Award for the past 3 years and is a National AP Scholar.

The second 2017 Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club Scholarship winner is Nathan Parikh. Nathan plans to attend Duke University in the Fall.

Nathan is an exemplary Boy Scout, serving as his troop’s senior patrol leader and earning his Eagle rank with a fence restoration project at the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

He is the founder and president of the CCA Sports Fanatics club where he has connected sports enthusiasts with philanthropy by combining athletic events with canned food collection for the San Diego Food Bank. The Sports Fanatics have also organized collection of used sports equipment.

Nathan plays tennis for a competitive club and at CCA. He has been recognized for his team leadership skills and serves as a member of the CCA Student Athlete council.

On the Varsity Public Forum Debate Team for 4 years, Nathan was an Octo-finalist at the Jack Howe Memorial Tournament in 2016, earned an 8th place at the 2016 National Qualifications, and 8th place at the 2015 State Qualifications.

He has served our community as a summer intern and school year volunteer for Assemblyman Brian Maienschein. Currently, he interns at UCSD, studying tissue remodeling in a type of allergic esophagitis.

The winner of a prestigious Canyon Crest Academy Dollars For Scholars Distinguished Scholar Award, presented by the school's Principal, is Aaron Tanaka. Aaron is the current Secretary of the Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist Club and has been a club member since ninth grade. Aaron was presented his award for being an outstanding student in academics and for his numerous and far reaching community service activities in the Junior Optimist Club, Teen Volunteers In Action, and his efforts for traffic safety improvements around the school area. Aaron also has reached out internationally with his efforts while maintaining an outstanding academic record. Aaron plans to attend Macalester College and major in Political Science.

We wish these three outstanding young men, and their fellow scholarship winners much success in their educational pursuits and in life.

Special Easter Delivery to Rady Children's Hospital

April 10, 2017

Optimists Clubs from across San Diego County contributed to delivering unique, colorful Treasure Bags, and warm, cuddly Pocket Blankets to children residing in Rady Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. Pictured are Kris Valentino - El Cajon Club, Dorothy Baker - Oceanside Club, Audrey and David Eller, Del Mar - Solana Beach Club.


2017 Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest Results

On Saturday, March 25, 2017 the Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club held its annual Oratorical Contest for students. Contest Chairman John Murphy, DTM, organized and conducted the contest at the Calvary Lutheran Church Hall in Solana Beach, CA.

Eleven students entered the contest and competed for medallions and cash awards. The contest winners are pictured with Club President, Gary Wilson, and John Murphy (right). The top contest winners now move on to the Zone level contest and will compete for the opportunity to advance to District level competition where they will have the chance to win college scholarships. The Zone and District level contests take place in April.

2017 Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

Information about the 2017 Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest is now available at the following link:

Optimists Make Special Holiday Deliveries to Rady Children's Hospital

December 18, 2016

Today was a wonderful sunny day for delivering Christmas gifts, and for creating Christmas smiles, and happiness for the children in Rady Children's Hospital, and for their siblings in the Ronald McDonald House.

We presented a check for $1,000 from the Del Mar - Solana Beach Childhood Cancer fund for the Rady Children's Hospital "Hopes" project.

Sincere thanks to all of attendees for their help and support!

The fun, colorful Pocket Blankets will provide comfort and warmth. The Treasure Bags will be filled with gifts for the children by the staff who will take them around the wards in red wagons to allow the children to select the Treasure Bag and the Pocket Blanket that appeals to them.


Junior Optimist Clubs Get Prominent Mentions in Regional Newsletter

The "Southernor" is the newsletter publication of the California South (CALSO) Optimist District of which our Club is a member. Our Club, and Junior Optimist Clubs, are featured in articles on pages 5, 8, and 9. Enjoy!

Optimist Club Essay Contest

The Optimist Club, Del Mar – Solana Beach
December 5, 2016

Essay Contest
- Topic: “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges”
- Awards: 1st Place $250, 2nd Place $150, 3rd Place $100

Essay must be at least 700 words, but no more than 800 words. The contest is open to students under 19 years of age who have not yet graduated from high school.

- District Scholarship: $2,500 College Scholarship
- Deadline: All essays due by January 31, 2017

Applications, essay submissions, and additional information available:
Contact: Victor Svistoonoff, Club Essay Contest Coordinator
- Phone Number: (254) 424-8470
- Email:

Junior Optimist Clubs Provide Lunches For The Needy

On Saturday, November 12th, 2016, members of the three Junior Optimist Clubs sponsored by the Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club prepared over 200 nutritious lunches for the needy. The Junior Optimists from Canyon Crest Academy, Torrey Pines High School, and Carmel Valley Middle School assembled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, washed fresh fruit, and packaged granola bars into lunch bags for distribution to those in need. Some 14 students, their advisors, and friends participated in the effort. This community service activity is one of many the clubs perform throughout the year. To learn more about Optimist Clubs, their mission, and their purposes please visit

President Gary Wilson - Newsletter, November 2016

Good morning and Happy November.

Where does the time go? According to my calendar, Christmas is 50 days from today. Do you have your shopping done yet? I don't!

October has been a great month for our club and November promises to be even more eventful. Here are the highlights from October and November:


Our 21st Annual Golf Tournament on October 7 was a smashing success this year. We are still collecting Silent Auction fees and should be totaled out by the middle of November. Thank you to all our members and friends who participated in this great event. With over 25 members assisting with the implementation of our Silent Auction, Tee sponsor donations, gift card donations, a delicious luncheon, and special snacks at the end of the Golf Tournament provided by Emy and Sid Schneider, the day went very well. I want to again thank everyone who helped make this event successful in raising needed funds to support our many projects for the year.

Our breakfast meetings were well attended with some great guest speakers and Mystery Guests. We heard new information from Shari Sapp, Board member from the Miracle League, Martha Cox from the League of Women Voters, and Terry Decker, Superintendent, of the Solana Beach School District. Last week, we heard from Angie Hawkins, past Zone Governor, now, our Zone Rep for Optimist International.

The monthly dinner meeting at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club featured guest speakers from the Encinitas Resource Center. This event was well attended and the dinner
was fantastic!

Our JOOI clubs are busy working on projects, feeding the homeless, and participating in their Quarterly Meeting and beach clean up on November 5. All three clubs at Torrey Pines CCA, and CVMS are flourishing due to the enthusiasm of our student members and the wonderful Optimist sponsors, Gwen Beren, and JIm Parrotte. Thank you both for your leadership every week with these fine young people. We are building the future, one week at a time.

Over 19 Optimists participated in the annual Miracle League Event last Saturday, October 29. We did a great job with set-up, clean-up, selling items out of the Snack Shack, and hosting the table for sales of Miracle League T-Shirts, and commemorative bricks. Thanks also to those who cooked hot dogs. I understand that not one was burned this year. I surely enjoyed helping out in the morning, and watching the kids have a great time running the bases. We also thank the 9 JOOI club members from Torrey Pines and Canyon Crest Academy High School, along with our club from Carmel Valley Middle School who helped us during the day.


Here are the dates for your calendar for the month of November:

Nov. 1 Angie Hawkins visits our club for breakfast
Nov. 5 Quarterly JOOI Club meeting followed by a beach clean-up party
Nov. 9 Nicole from Casa de Amistad will be our guest speaker on the annual Christmas gift giving party sponsored by our club
Nov. 16 No formal breakfast meeting today. We will have our Board meeting at 7:00am. All are welcome! No dinner meeting this month due to Thanksgiving
Nov. 23 No breakfast meeting today due to Thanksgiving.
Nov. 30 Breakfast meeting at Denny's at 7:00am. Why not join us?


Dec. 7 Morning Breakfast meeting at Denny's at 7:00am
Dec. 13 Casa de Amistad Christmas Gift giving party. ( Our gift wrapping party date will be sent to you soon )
Dec. 14 Annual Holiday Party at Loma Santa Fe Country Club ( entertainment, gifts, and proceeds going to St. Leo's Dental Clinic in Solana Beach)
Dec. 14 No breakfast meeting today due to our Holiday party
Dec. 21 No formal breakfast meeting due to Christmas week. (Come and have breakfast with a few of us anyway at Denny's at 7:00am)
Dec. 28 No formal breakfast meeting due to New Years (Come and have breakfast with a few of us anyway at Denny's at 7:00am)

I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, and lots of good times with your family and friends.


Gary Wilson, President
Del Mar / Solana Beach Optimist Club