Optimist Club Hosts Prospective Eagle Scout – Nate Nash

On Saturday, August 19, we welcomed Nate Nash from a local Boy Scout troop today to discuss his Eagle Scout project.  He plans on building a gaga ball pit at St. Patrick’s School.  His estimated cost for the project is $1600 with a completion date of Sept. 4th, so the students will be able to enjoy this on their 1st day of school.

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.

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 Help Boy Scout with Eagle Scout Project

On Saturday, August 6, a few members of our club and members of the Sage Creek High School Junior
Optimist Club assisted Boy Scout Colton Dister and other scouts from Troop 750 with installing nine Solar Walk sign posts along the trail of Calavera Hills near Lake Calavera.  Expected completion of Colton Dister’s Eagle Scout Project is end of August 2016.

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!

Optimists Learn about Fred Finch Youth Center

Guest speaker Dr. Tara DeRosa (to my left) and her colleague (to my far left) John Hartman from the Fred Finch Youth Center joined the Optimist Club of Carlsbad on Saturday, June 11, for a thoughtful discussion about ways our club could help increase awareness about the programs offered by the youth center.

For more information on how you can help, please contact:
John Hartman, Regional Development Manager.
Email: johnhartman@fredfinch.org

Optimists Feed Special Olympics Athletes at San Diego Regional Games

On May 14, our Junior Optimists from Sage Creek High School (pictured left to right with thumbs
up: Brianna Bunchman (President), Angelina Rocca (Secretary), Lily Prince (Treasurer) and Beau
Prince) along with twelve members of our Optimist Club fed about 850 Special Olympics athletes
at the San Diego Regional Games held at Carlsbad High School. A special “thank you” goes out to
our club members, especially Ginny Unanue, Joe Tosto, and Val Amaya for helping to organize and
manage our involvement with the event.

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