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!

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.

Optimists Present Most Improved Student Awards at Pro Kids / First Tee

The Optimist Club of Carlsbad — “The Achievers” and Program Director Katie Lynch recently awarded “Most Improved Student” awards at Pro Kids / First Tee to Loren Ishmael Guerra and Jasmyne Chavez. The club also fed about 40 kids, plus instructors and parents.  For many years, our club has supported the positive program Pro Kids / First Tee provides to its students to help them achieve good sportsmanship, accountability, and competency in golf. We congratulation Loren and Jasmyne for their recognition.

Optimists Donate to Boy Scout David Thorne’s Eagle Scout Project

The Optimist Club of Carlsbad — “The Achievers” were honored to receive guest David Thorne, a Boy Scout with Troop 748 of the Rancho Coastal District and a Carlsbad High School senior. David’s Eagle Scout project plan is to build succulent and desert cacti planters that would frame four displays of historical Carlsbad information for the inner courtyard of the Carlsbad Senior Center. The Optimist Club provided a $250 check and individual donations to sponsor his efforts.

Optimist Club of Carlsbad’s Hawaiian Summer Bowl-A-Thon Charity Fundraiser

On Sunday, July 10, the Optimist Club of Carlsbad — “The Achievers” held its second charity Bowl-A-Thon at Vista Entertainment Center this year.  The theme of this event was Hawaiian Summer and it brought in fifty bowlers and kids out of the heat and into the fun.  The event price included 3 games of bowling, shoe rentals and baked goods snacks.  Raffle tickets and door prizes were available, and the proceeds will go towards the charities and service organizations — focusing on helping the youth in our community — supported by the club.

Optimists Welcome Back Eagle Scout Nathan Pereira

On Saturday, July 2, Boy Scout Nathan Pereira of Carlsbad Troop 745 and his mother Joan revisited our club to provide an update on the completion of his Eagle Scout project. Nathan’s completed project is a tool and equipment shed for Agua Hedionda Lagoon — at the lagoon administrator’s request — to secure
their valuable tools. Nathan was kind enough to add a small plaque on the shed door thanking the Optimist Club of Carlsbad in addition to the friends who helped build the shed.  Congratulations to Nathan for achieving his Eagle Scout merit badge this  summer! We are very proud of you!

Sage Creek High School Junior Optimist Club’s Officers Inducted

On Saturday, April 30, the officers of the Sage Creek High School Junior Optimist Club were officially inducted by President Irene Chow Pong.  The officers are Lily Prince (Treasurer), Angelina Rocca (Secretary), William Maas (Vice President), and Brianna Bunchman (President, not pictured).  These officers are also members of the high school’s track and field team and are currently in their Junior year at the school.  There are currently 15 members that regularly attend their club meetings.  We look forward to supporting their efforts!

Optimist Club Inducts New Member Mr. Van So Chau

OTPIMIST CLUB OF CARLSBAD “The Achievers” recently inducted another new member, Van So Chau, sponsored by Russ Pong member of Optimist Club of Carlsbad “The Achievers”. (more…)

Connor’s Cause Founder as Guest Speaker


On Saturday, June 20, our guest speaker was the founder of the grassroots non-profit Connor’s Cause, John Champ, and executive director, Carol Del Signore. Connor’s Cause is a small non-profit 501(c)(3) helping families to take care of their sick kids. Examples of the help they provide through donations include:

* Helping to pay basic bills like utilities, car payments, gas, groceries.

* Helping the military families.


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