he Optimist Club of Pt. Loma was founded in 1954 and presently has 43 members. It functions to support the youth and the community of the Peninsula area of San Diego. This includes the Peninsula Family YMCA, annual scholarships to graduating seniors from Pt. Loma High School, various sports teams, Oratorical & Essay contests, recognition of outstanding students from schools in the area and the summer Sailing Program in partnership with the San Diego Yacht Club and the Peninsula YMCA for those deserving youngsters who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to learn and enjoy sailing. This latter program involves 40 youngsters for a 2 week period every summer.
Additionally, the club places 150 U. S. flags along 2 miles of Rosecrans St. every Sunday and national holiday. This program together with the Sailing Program have received recognition from the President of Optimist International.
The Point Loma Optimist Club visit with David Wells.
On the 28th of September, 1954, the Point Loma Optimist Club received its charter. The sponsoring club was the Uptown Optimist Club. The first president was Leonard L. Bonham who owned the Bonham Pharmacy which was located in the 1200 block of Rosecrans Street. It was Bonham who was mainly responsible for soliciting members for the new club. Among the 28 members of this newly commissioned club were Vice-Presidents Eugene DeFalco, Jack H. Bryce and “Doc” Schoen. The Master-at-arms was Neil Butler.
The Club met at 7:00am Tuesday mornings at the Fishermans Wharf Cafe in 1954 and 1955. George Zarkos was the owner – the restaurant has long since been torn down. Breakfast was served in the upstairs room for $2.00 per person. Fines were paid in the amounts of .10 and .25.
Fund raisers included a drawing in which the grand prize was a new Thunderbird automobile. $1.00 tickets were sold by members at various locations in the area, including the parking lots of the DeFalco markets. One year the Club hired a booth at the Del Mar Fair in order to sell tickets.
One of the first major projects of the Club was to build a Little League field on Harbor Drive where the Holiday Inn now stands. The cost was $4,700 plus a lot of hard manual labor. The labor consisted of clearing the area of rocks, bringing in top soil, laying the necessary plumbing, building dug outs, planting grass and building fences. The Point Loma Optimist Little League Field existed until the Port Authority needed the land for commercial development.
When the Harbor Authority took over the Little League Field, the Club went ahead again to build a new Point Loma Optimist Little League Baseball Field. This time it was built on property just behind the fire station on Catalina Boulevard. Again the Club expended $2,500 and lots of hard labor to complete the field.
The club meets weekly at 7:00 AM, Tuesday mornings at the San Diego Yacht Club. Every meeting includes a guest speaker on topics of interest in the San Diego area. During the summer a monthly steak fry is held at the San Diego Yacht Club on a Monday evening at 5:30 PM in lieu of that week’s breakfast meeting.
By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.
Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
The Optimist Creed
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to
expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed;
To promote as active interest in good government and civic affairs;
To inspire respect for the law;
To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people;
To ad and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life, and the world
The Point Loma Optimist Club 2010 Golf Challenge.