Monday, Nov 18th, 5:00 PM, Board of Directors Meeting, Lafayette Hotel lobby
Monday, Nov 18th, 6:00 PM, Monthly Monday Evening Event, Red Fox Room at the Lafayette Hotel
Tuesday, Nov 25th, 7:00 AM, Breakfast Meeting at SDYC. Speaker: Adam Zack, Jensen’s Foods
Tuesday, Dec 3rd, 7:00 AM, Breakfast Meeting at SDYC. Speaker: Kayla Wilson, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Saturday, Dec 7th, 6:00 to 8:30 PM, Holiday Party (Mark your calendar!)
It was a real treat listening to our guest speaker today delve into the challenges of protecting endangered species around the world. Dagmar Midcap, the evening weather anchor for NBC 7, started out by explaining how our local weather is really a product of weather elsewhere in the world, and drew the parallel with worldwide animal populations on the decline affecting us locally. She has taken up an impassioned quest to bring the story to the public through quarterly half-hour TV specials of her trips all over the globe, the next one airing on Thanksgiving. Excerpts from her video “The Extinction Crisis” showed how Southeast Asian cartels are killing rhinos for their horns to the point where only 80 Sumatran and 50 Java rhinos remain as of her January trip to Africa. She has participated in airlifting elephants (not an easy task!) to new eco-environments to save them from poachers and encroaching civilization. Collar-tagging giraffes might seem easy with their “XLT+” neck size, but becomes a dangerous evolution for both the animal (which doesn’t normally lay down) and the humans sitting on their necks while the giraffe is only semi-sedated. As Dagmar pointed out, the tags are actually placed in their ossicones (horns) for safety reasons. And who would have guessed the most endangered predator species, and the hardest to track with tags, is the fascinating wild Painted Dogs of South Africa? Something Dagmar mentioned, that we might consider sponsoring in our mission of supporting Peninsula Youth, is an educational program being developed where schools can be connected via satellite to specific South African “bore holes” where the students can interact with these endangered species real time and first hand. These water resources were once used by poachers to attract and exploit wild animals, and are now used to draw animals to protected areas to save them. We thank Dagmar for making all of us aware of the crisis at hand, and particularly for getting up so early after the 11 PM news to be with us this morning!
Nov 12th, 7:00 AM, Breakfast Meeting at SDYC. Speaker: Dagmar Midcap, NBC 7
Nov 18th, 5:00 PM, Board of Directors Meeting, Lafayette Hotel
Nov 18th, 6:00 PM, Monthly Monday Evening Event, Red Fox Room at the Lafayette Hotel
Nov 25th, 7:00 AM, Breakfast Meeting at SDYC. Speaker: Adam Zack, Jensen’s Foods
Dec 3rd, 7:00 AM, Breakfast Meeting at SDYC. Speaker: Kayla Wilson, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Dec 7th, Holiday Party (details to be announced)
We were treated at breakfast this morning to a terrific presentation by Dr. Ray Ashley, President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. He shared the details of his extensive research on schooners … what they are, where the name came from, their development over time, uses over their fairly recent history, and the many variations that exist. Additional information was presented regarding the resounding success of the museum’s replica of explorer Juan Cabrillo’s ship, San Salvador, which in 1542 landed the first Europeans to set foot in what is now the West Coast of the United States, right here in Point Loma at Ballast Point. We thanked Dr. Ashley and hope he will return for future updates of the Museum’s many achievements.
November 5th, 7:00 AM, Breakfast Meeting at SDYC. Speaker: Dr. Ray Ashley, President/CEO, Maritime Museum of San Diego
November 12th, 7:00 AM, Breakfast Meeting at SDYC. Speaker: TBD
November 18th, 5:00 PM, Board of Directors Meeting, Lafayette Hotel
November 18th, 6:00 PM, Monthly Monday Evening Event, Red Fox Room at the Lafayette Hotel
November 25th, 7:00 AM, Breakfast Meeting at SDYC. Speaker: Adam Zack, Jensen’s Foods
December 7th, Holiday Party (details to be announced)
“Welcome Aboard” to Pete Swain, our newest member! Pete is a longtime yachtsman, now retired from his construction business and is looking forward to participating in our club’s activities.
We were treated to a repeat visit by Captain Brien Dickson, USN, the Commanding Officer of Naval Base Point Loma. He updated us on his responsibilities, his vision and his team’s accomplishments since his previous engagement with us over a year ago. What many of us don’t realize is the base commander’s job encompasses not only the Submarine Base (as it was formerly known), but 3 campuses, covering almost 2000 acres, with 60 tennant commands, and over 17,000 employees (only a third of which are active duty military and reservists). His “look ahead” includes better use of the Old Town campus as a future transportation hub and multi-use urban center, including innovative solutions to local transportation challenges. We wish him continued success in his stated vision of communicating with our community in positively impacting San Diego. Thank you, Captain Dickson!
Now that our 2019-2020 budget has been approved, our Youth Work and Special Projects Committee is hard at work to spend our funds on supporting Peninsula youth under the leadership of its Chair, Randy Rolfe.
October 21st, 5:00 pm Board Meeting at SDYC; 6:00 pm Steak Fry at SDYC
October 29th, 7:00 am, Breakfast Meeting at SDYC, speaker: CAPT Brien Dickson, USN, CO Naval Base Point Loma
November 18th, 6:00 PM, Monthly Evening Event (location to be announced)
December 7th, Holiday Party (details to be announced)
Who could ask for a better program than today’s? Member Larry Baumann not only arranged a dynamic speaker, but donated samples of the presentation topic to raffle off to breakfast attendees as door prizes. Thank you, Larry! We were delighted to listen to Earl Kight, the National Distribution Manager for Cutwater Spirits, as he talked about the history of one of the most successful entrepreneurial enterprises in our area. Earl worked with Point Loma native Jack White Jr. as the Ballast Point Brewing Company went to unbelievable heights and then with Cutwater Spirits as they opened to nationwide markets. It was a story of innate business savvy, great products, ups and downs, and in some cases pure luck.
Earl described the organization’s amazing milestones and successes:
1992 — Expansion of Jack Jr’s home brewed “kick butt” Yellow Tail Pale Ale to the local marketplace as Ballast Point beer and establishment of the Home Brew Mart in Linda Vista.
1996 — Establishment of a commercial brewery for Ballast Point. Still distributing beer in Jack’s mini-van, though.
2007 — Took the business to the next level, thanks to investors. Up to 8,000 barrels/year now. Started Ballast Point Spirits and effectively created the canned cocktails market.
2008 — Earl expanded distribution for Ballast Point, working for free for 2 years. (But it sure paid off!)
2012 — Hired a CEO from the Harvard Business School.
2015 — Creation of Ballast Point’s Miramar production and restaurant facility. Sculpin outsells Coors Light in San Diego.
Dec 2015 — Sold the company for over $1 Billion! (… but wisely kept the Ballast Point Spirits line.)
Aug 2016 — Started Cutwater Spirits, named after the aquatic bird, a ship’s bow and distillery terminology.
Mar 2019 — Sold Cutwater Spirits to Anheuser-Busch, where 400 cans/minute of canned cocktails are produced.
For those so inclined, Earl suggested looking up Ballast Point’s SEC Form S-1 for some amazing history, facts and figures. We thanked Earl for his history tour and insights, and hope to perhaps one day have an Optimist event at the Miramar facility.
October 15th, 7:00 am, Breakfast Meeting at SDYC, speaker to be announced
October 21st, 5:00 pm Board Meeting at SDYC; 6:00 pm Steak Fry at SDYC
Happy Birthdays to Larry Baumann, John Benya and Gary Correia
December 7th, Holiday Party, details to be announced
Congratulations! Larry Baumann celebrated his 50th anniversary of his return from Viet Nam today!
Hail: Jeff Fischbeck, 2019-20 Club President (his 1st official meeting!)
Program: Today’s guest speaker is Kevin Hardy, retired from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in June 2011 as a senior development engineer after a career than spanned 40 years. Kevin was involved in a number of fascinating deep ocean adventures, but turns his thoughts these days to those amazing people and events that made San Diego an important spot on the map!
Nestled on the sandy shores of southern California, San Diego is renowned as a laid-back place with easy-going people. Yet somehow between the margaritas and surfboards, this sleepy little beach town, born in 1769, has been a powerhouse of invention and activity. From the first European settlement in the state of California, to building famous flying machines that first flew across the Atlantic and first put an American into orbit. Other breakthroughs came in undersea manned habitats, developing technology to dive the deepest ocean trench, the science to predict surf conditions at Normandy for the WWII’s D-Day landing, advancing basic understanding of the human genome, to designing cameras that presently orbit Mars and the moon. San Diego has made important contributions to the modern world, and continues to do so.
1769 – San Diego is “discovered” by Juan Cabrillo and becomes the first settlement/town in California.
1893 – John J Montgomery made the man’s first controlled flight in a heavier-than-air craft right here in Sand Diego! He is known as the father of basic flying.
1903 – San Diego buys a laboratory from the University of California Berkeley, and brings it to Coronado. The lab relocates to La Jolla and becomes the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
1908 – Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet sailed into San Diego Harbor. Many people cite this arrival as the beginning of the US Navy Base, San Diego.
1908 – Lt. T.G. Ellyson, USN becomes the Naval Aviator #1 here at North Island, San Diego.
1911 – Glen Curtiss became known at the Father of Naval Aviation, training pilots for the Navy at North Island. He also designed the first float plane for the Navy.
1912 – The Spreckels Theater opens in San Diego, it is the only playhouse west of the Mississippi at this time.
1915 – Balboa Stadium dedicated as a 15,000 seat facility, the biggest in the United States, at the time.
1915 – The Panama California Exposition opens in what is now called Balboa Park. The Exposition highlighted the completion of the Panama Canal and the fact San Diego was the first US port of call for ships coming out of the canal on the Pacific side.
1916 – The San Diego Zoo is born. Utilizing animals brought to the Panama California Exposition, Dr. Harry Wegeforth starts a world famous and innovative zoo.
1917 – US Navy builds the Chollas Heights radio antennas, capable of a 3,000 mile range during the day and a 17,000 mile range at night. The most powerful antennas in the world at that time.
1927 – A new company, Magnovox, develops an outdoor speaker system for President Woodrow Wilson’s speech at the Balboa Stadium. The first speaker system of its kind.
1927 – Charles Lindbergh designs and flies the Spirit of Saint Louis in San Diego. Then takes his plane across the country to Newfoundland and flies non-stop to Paris. He returns to San Diego to find 60,000 people at Balboa Stadium to welcome him home!
1928 – Cal Tech build the Palomar Observatory, the largest telescope ever constructed.
1936 – Ruben H. Fleet designs and builds the still popular PBY Catalina, the American Flying Boat.
1939 – Consolidated Aircraft (founded by Ruben H Fleet) designs and builds the WWII workhorse, B-24 Liberator.
And, he was only getting started! Kevin went on to discuss the history of rockets and space craft, underwater vehicles, ocean tides, waves and weather charting. His newest hobbies include working with young people and getting them excited about science, innovation, and the earth we live on. The PLOC wants to thank Kevin for a wonderful presentation and welcomes him to join us again, anytime!
Monday, September 30th, 6:00 pm, 65th Annual Installation Dinner, Bali Hai, Hawaiian attire requested. The installation of the 2019-20 Board of Directors, Officers and new Club President Jeff Fischbeck
NO BREAKFAST MEETING on October 1st
Tuesday, October 8th, Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am, SDYC, Speaker to be announced
Tuesday, October 15th, Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am, SDYC, Speaker to be announced
Matt Griffith was officially welcomed into the Optimist Club of Point Loma today. Matt is a Point Loma resident and works for Centura Wealth Advisory. He is excited to be an Optimist and is a strong believer of giving back to the community and providing for the youth of our community. Welcome Matt! We are glad to have you as a member of our Club!
Sea Breeze Vacation Rentals was founded in 2002, and it started with just one home, the company’s owner’s home! Today they are one of the largest vacation rental management companies in the industry with over 400 properties under management. They specialize in Southern California beach homes and offer properties in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Costa Rica for international travelers. “Our success has been predicated on our ability to provide an exceptional guest experience while building a trusting relationship with each property owner. We do this by treating each home as if it was our own,” this according to Lucas Murdock, the company’s Vice President and General Manager.
“We like to spend some time getting to know our prospective properties and their owners. We will provide the owners with income projections from vacation rentals and compare the income to that of a more traditional long term rental. The difference can be startling,” he told us. Most of their new owners are considering vacation rental benefits for the first time. But, these benefits also come with some risk and costs that do not occur with the longer, traditional rental program. Properly preparing the home for vacation rentals in important. Whether the home is currently furnished or in need of furnishing, Sea Breeze can help owners select the appropriate pieces, materials and required accessories. Lucas believes the best owner/vacation renter experience occurs when both parties enter into a short term lease with equal expectations.
Sea Breeze Vacation Rentals manages the property for the owner. Sea Breeze will find the renter, qualify the renter, collect the rent, provide housecleaning services, 24 hour security for the home, and ensure all house rules are followed. “We have a “no second chance policy”. If a guest is not following the rules, they will be contacted immediately and told to cease or be required to vacate. We will even involve local law enforcement, if necessary. Luckily, we have not had to go to that extent yet,” he shared. Sea Breeze believes in a “good neighbor” policy and will work with local residents to provide them with a 24 hour phone number to report any “bad behavior”.
Sea Breeze is also very involved in the local and state politics surrounding the vacation rental business. A recent San Diego ordinance was recalled and may be up for consideration again later this year. At the state level, a new “rent stabilization” law was recently passed by both legislative houses and sent to the governor. As of 9/24/19, the governor has not acted on the bill (AB-1482). How this new law may impact vacation rentals is not yet determined. Lucas told us, “We will be watching this bill closely to see what impact it may have on short term rentals.” But, the language in the bill exempts single family residences unless owned by a real estate trust or a corporation. That leaves the issue of vacation rentals for attached units undefined. If you have interests in the vacation rental business model contact Sea Breeze Vacation Rentals through this link. Thank you Lucas, for the interesting presentation.
Sept 16th, 5:00 pm Board Meeting, SDYC; 6:00 pm Steak Fry, SDYC
Sept 24th, 7:00 am, Breakfast Meeting, SDYC, Speaker to be announced
Sept 30th, 6:00 pm, Annual Installation Dinner, Bali Hai, Hawaiian attire, $20pp (see Tom Lewis for reservations)
In 1941, six service agencies got together to create and support the launch of the United Service Organization (USO). This new group was formed to provide morale support and recreational services to the members of the US military services. The founding partners, YMCA, YWCA, Catholic Community Charities, Jewish Welfare Board, Salvation Army and Travelers Aid Society, provided financial support and partnership relations to the new USO. They continue to provide partnering opportunities and support volunteerism, two critical roles in the USO success.
September 10, 2018 was the opening date of the new Headquarters office of USO San Diego. This facility can be found at 2790 Truxton Road, Suite 110, in Liberty Station (right here in Point Loma!). The facility is open 365 days a year and provides services to 8,000 military personnel and their dependents EVERY MONTH! Ashley Camac is the Executive Director of USO San Diego. She came to the USO with an extensive background in military family programming. “According to the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), there are 140,000 active duty personnel in San Diego County. That means over 300,000 potential customers for USO San Diego services, when you add in dependents!” Ashley told us. “In the last year, USO San Diego documented 282,000 unique instances of services, we served over 32,000 meals, we booked over 52,000 hours of volunteer service and provided over 7,200 toys to dependents of military personnel during the holidays.”
But, that is just the beginning! Every Monday, USO San Diego welcomes 700-900 new recruits to the airport heading to MCRD, the Marine Boot Camp in San Diego. USO San Diego is first introduced to the incoming recruits for all branches joining out of San Diego at their location inside the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Kearney Mesa, where they are processed for enlistment or induction into the armed services. Then, just to keep things interesting, on Tuesday, USO San Diego welcomes back 700-900 recently graduated recruits at the airport, back from leave and on to Camp Pendelton for their infantry training programs. “Tuesday nights we serve a free dinner to military personnel and their dependents at Liberty Station Park. We average around 500 people, adults and children, for dinner, every week. Local service groups and individual volunteer to serve the dinners. It is a great event and very welcomed by our clients,” Ashley said. “Thanksgiving dinner is another very busy day. We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Peninsula YMCA for this Thanksgiving.” USO San Diego also offers a free food pantry for service members and their families. Food products are donated by local providers on a regular basis. These products are displayed in the Pantry at the Liberty Station office. They are available to their clients, free of charge.
Military families live in many communities throughout San Diego County. To make sure they are meeting the needs of these families, USO San Diego has a mobile service program. “We have one USO office on wheels right now. We hope to add a second vehicle in the near future,” according to Ashley. “The mobile office can bring services to our clients. It is important for us to reach out and let military families know we are here to assist them.” Programs are another big part of USO San Diego. Reaching out to teen dependents, military spouses, and Military Kids Club are but a few of the programs offered. “We offer programs for the service members, their spouses and their children. We help them find their way into the military, help manage their lives while they are in the military and then offer them assistance as they transition out of the military. We feel the service they provide to our country, should be met with the services we can provide to assist them and their families with the challenges of the military life.” We could not agree more! Thank you Ashley for sharing with us the work of the USO. We are grateful for all you do.
Sept 3, 2019; Members Only Breakfast Meeting; 7:00 am SDYC
Sept 10, 2019; Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC; Speaker to be announced
Sept 16, 2019; Board Meeting, 5:00 pm SDYC, Steak Fry, 6:00 pm, SDYC
Sept 24, 2019; Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC, Speaker to be announced
Sept 30, 2019: 65th Annual Installation Dinner; 6:00 pm at Bali Hai, $20pp
“Do you know the #1 cause of death in the United States, for adults under the age of 50?” asked William (Bill) Perno, a retired San Diego County Deputy Sheriff and Community Organizer for Social Advocates for Youth (SAY). “Drug overdose. Drug overdoses are killing approximately 192 people per day and the majority of those deaths are caused by Opioid overdoses. That is one lethal drug overdose every 7 1/2 minutes!” Bill Perno is also the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Specialist for SAY. SAY San Diego is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the whole child, whole family and whole community. Their goal is to provide healthier and safer communities. Established in 1971, SAY touches the lives of more than 50,000 individuals annually. SAY works with school districts, county health services, law enforcement, foster care and juvenile detention facilities. For more information on SAY and their programs, please visit their website HERE.
Bill Perno was visiting with the Optimist Club this morning to share some startling facts about the synthetic Opioid crisis. Mexican drug cartels are the leading source of synthetic Opioids. “Follow the money,” Bill told us. “One kilogram of Fentanyl costs the drug cartels $32,000. It is regularly available from foreign chemical manufacturers. One kilogram of Fentanyl will make one million pressed pills. Each pill sells for $20 or more. Making that kilogram of drugs worth $20 million in pills. Follow the money.” Readily available on the internet are press pill machines and fake die stamps. So with $1,000 investment in equipment and $32,000 for the kilogram of Fentanyl, you can create $20 million in profit.
Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. It is 100 times stronger than morphine. But with a little different process in the lab, you can create Carfentanil, a synthetic Opioid that is 10,000 times stronger than morphine. On average, 50 mg of heroin will cause a fatal overdose, and 1 to 2 mg of Fentanyl can cause a fatal overdose. While only 20 micrograms of Carfentanil can be fatal. Your are playing Russian Roulette every time you take a pill laced with Carfentanil or even Fentanyl, because the cutting or mixing process of making the pressed pills is so imprecise, there is no way of knowing how much of the synthetic Opioid you are ingesting. Fentanyl has been added to many drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, counterfeit pain medications, “spice” (synthetic cannabinoids), counterfeit Xanax, Ritalin and Adderall pills, MDMA (Ecstasy) and others.
Bill shares these facts with anyone who will listen. He has given more than 350 presentations to community groups, school districts, students, teachers, parents, health care providers and policy makers. He also provides synthetic drug training to law enforcement agencies and organizations throughout California and many other states. “Please, manage the safety and security of your prescription drugs. Do not share prescription drugs. Do not take a prescription drug if you do not know for certain that the source is from an actual pharmacy. The counterfeit pills with Fentanyl can look like a pharmaceutical drug. If you are finished with your prescription drugs and have pills left over, take them back. The DEA organizes regular drop off days for left over prescription drugs. The police and sheriff stations have safe drop off boxes. Do not leave them around your home.” Bill also told us about Narcan, the Opioid reversal medication, available at local pharmacies. “This is a special treatment for an overdosing individual. It is good for 90 minutes. So make sure the individual gets medical treatment after the administering of Narcan, because the effects do wear off.”
Well Bill, I can tell you that your presentation will not be wearing off on any of us! Thank you for a terrifying look at today’s biggest killer and arming us with enough information to alert our friends and neighbors to the grave dangers we all face. And, thank you to SAY for taking this message to our youth and their families. The Point Loma Optimist Club joins with SAY to serve and protect our local youth.
August 19th, 5:00 pm, Board Meeting at the SDYC, 6:00 pm Steak Fry at the SDYC
August 27th, 7:00 am, Breakfast Meeting at the SDYC
With many of our expert joke tellers off on summer trips, we encouraged one of our guests in attendance, CAPT Charlie MacVean, USN (Ret), to tell some submarine related sea stories in the “Entertainment” portion of today’s program. He got some great laughs AND a strong round of applause. We will have to get him back for more.
Some additional help retrieving flags was rendered this past weekend by the son of Optimist J. C. Agajanian. He dutifully tallied the count of 144 flags, and was rewarded with a pit stop at Baskin-Robbins for his hard work.
We received a very nice thank you letter from “Outside the Lens” for our club’s recent donation in support of their “Cameras in the Classroom” program at Dewey Elementary, and for their “Youth Council Photo Workshops” for local high school students.
Thanks to member Doug Cleary inviting an esteemed legal colleague, Anne Rudolph, to be our guest speaker today, we were educated in many of the do’s and don’ts of estate planning. Ms. Rudolph delivered a terrific, concise, easily understood, and very helpful discussion that emphasized three major points: Prepare, Communicate, and be Realistic (especially with family members). As she pointed out, Preparation is not only important for beneficiaries, but also for the person who wants to know how their wishes will be implemented while they still have their full faculties. Communications with those to be making future decisions are best if they are clear and specific, especially when dividing tangible property or when specifying Advanced Healthcare Directives to one’s doctor. Realistic approaches are needed in establishing/reviewing estates for law changes, family situations, trustee/executor selections, health care solutions, and a minefield of many other challenges. It’s obvious that it’s best to call in an expert (and early) when it comes to estate planning. Many of us left the meeting with “homework” from the many lessons learned today. Thank you, Ms. Rudolph!
August 13th, 7:00 am, Breakfast Meeting at the SDYC
August 19th, 5:00 pm, Board Meeting at the SDYC, 6:00 pm Steak Fry at the SDYC
August 27th, 7:00 am, Breakfast Meeting at the SDYC
We officially said “Welcome Aboard!” today to new member Jason Milosh, Executive Director of the Peninsula YMCA.
The slate of next year’s Board of Directors was announced at the meeting. Thank you to everyone previously serving in these positions, and congratulations to the following Optimists who will be guiding our club in the upcoming fiscal year starting in October:
- President: Jeff Fischbeck
- 1st Vice President: Chris Jacobs
- 2nd Vice President: Gary Correia
- 3rd Vice President: Randy Rolfe
- Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Dennison
- 2nd Year Board Members: Collin Clifford, Jesse Sikorski
- 1st Year Board Members: Barry Rogers, Art Curran, Doug Cleary, J.C. Agajanian
- Immediate Past President: Steve Doyle
- Senior Past President: Jim Seman
Member Doug Cleary volunteered himself as this week’s guest speaker, on a very difficult topic. His presentation was “Sexual Harassment Law in California After the #MeToo Movement — The Law Has Changed.” He explained some of the differences between relevant Federal and California law as well as some recent changes, using an actual case study (with fictitious names) to make his points. We were left with the reaffirmation that this is a complex legal area and one that we should all strive to avoid. Thank you, Doug, for your presentation.