The Annual Super Bowl-A-Thon will be held at Vista Entertainment Center, 435 W. Vista Way in Vista (off the 78 Highway).  The event is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Adult tickets are $25 / $15 for 18 yrs and younger.  Contact skip@optimistclubofcarlsbad.org to purchase tickets or for more information.

The Optimist Club of Carlsbad will host its annual oratorical contest this year at the New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State Street (near Grand Avenue and State Street intersection).  The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 12:00 noon.  Light refreshments will be served.  The following awards will be presented:  1st Place = $300; 2nd Place = $150; 3rd Place = $100.

Speech topic:  “What the World Gains from Optimism” (must be a minimum of 4 minutes, maximum of 5 minutes in length.)  For more information contact, irene@optimistclubofcarlsbad.org or see contest rules.

You can now shop at one of your favorite online shopping sites, Amazon.com, and help our club raise funds for our service projects for the year.

Just shop at Smile.Amazon.com using the following link, and a small donation (0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products, indicated in their product descriptions) will automatically be made to our club: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/68-0414602

A little goes a long way!  We appreciate you trying it out!

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Optimists Host Milestone House and Induct New Member

On October 22, the Optimist Club of Carlsbad hosted guest speaker Beverly Boone, Executive Director of Milestone House.  Milestone House, which is celebrating 25 years in operation next year, is a foster home for at-risk teen girls located in Oceanside, CA.  They are always looking for donations of:  gently-used clothing, shoes, and accessories for teen girls; sheet music; magazines; books; board games; musical instruments; and supermarket gift cards.  Please contact Beverly for more information:   beverly@milestonehouse.org  Beverly authored a booked titled Basic Training for Residential Childcare Workers:  A practical Guide for Improving Service to Children, published in 2012.

The club also inducted new member Paul Kelly, who divides his time between his homes in Oceanside, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  Paul is a retired real-estate attorney.

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Optimist Club of Carlsbad New Officers & Board of Directors

On Saturday, October 1, the Optimist Club of Carlsbad – “The Achievers”, formally inducted its new officers and Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year with the help of its CALSO District Zone 1 Lt. Governor, Bonnie Styles.  The officers are:  Karen Radzinski (President); Joe Tosto (Vice President/Membership Chair); and Skip Griffin (Secretary/Treasurer). Directors including the officers are:  Irene Chow Pong (Immediate Past President); Leo Fradelis; Kevin Radcliffe; and Porama Srijinda.  We welcome the new officers and Board of Directors to a great year of bringing out the best in the kids, their families, and our community — right here, right now!

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Optimists Donate $250 to Lukas Weaver’s Eagle Scout Project

On Saturday, September 10, The Optimist Club of Carlsbad presented Lukas Weaver, Boy Scout with Carlsbad Troop 784, a check for $250 towards his Eagle Scout project. Lukas will be installing cement anchors and benches in the lunch area at Calavera Hills Middle School.  He will also be planting drought-tolerant plants in the area, and will be working with the Environmental Science Club at the middle school. Lukas used to attend this middle school and the adjacent elementary school, and he wanted a way to give back to the school. Currently, Lukas is a junior at Sage Creek High School.

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