Tuesday, December 12th

Announcements:  Holiday Party, December 13th, Gibbings residence, 6:00pm

December 18th, Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00pm, SDYC

January 9th, next Member’s Breakfast Meeting, 7:00am, SDYC

April 28, 2018, Golden OptimisTiki, 4:00pm, Bali Hai

Collectible Tiki Mugs and Committee Member Chuck Shedd

Tickets for the Golden OptimisTiki are on sale for members now!  General ticket sales will begin January 2, 2018.  Members are HIGHLY encouraged to get your tickets now, as the event will likely sell out quickly, once tickets are released to the general public.  The Event Committee is working hard to bring you a special event.  A unique and prized Tiki mug will be available with your ticket purchase.  Tiki mugs are collectible.  A selection of past Tiki mugs is shown on the picture to the left.  “Goof on the Roof” is the first mug on the left.  This unique mug is not to be confused with the “Goof on the Loose”, sitting behind the collection!  So buy your tickets today, or you may find yourself left out of the special event!


Program:  Summer Stephan is the serving District Attorney for San Diego County.  Summer is a 28 year veteran of the District Attorney’s office and was recently promoted from Chief Deputy to District Attorney.  Summer visited with the PL Optimist Club this morning to provide us with an update on the activities in her office and to let us know she will be running for the job in next year’s elections.  She outlined four key issues for the District Attorney’s office: 1) Human Trafficking, 2) Elder Abuse, 3) Opioid Addiction, and 4) Alternative Sentencing for Juveniles and Veterans.

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal activity in San Diego County (behind drug abuse and ahead of illegal guns).  80% of the victims of human trafficking are young girls, averaging 16 years of age and coming from Southern California homes.  The girls come from broken homes, foster care, households with minimal oversight of their children.  The girls tend to be socially insecure or outcasts who find the attention they desire from boyfriends they find on the internet (ie gang members).  They are psychologically manipulated and blackmailed into prostitution.  Many times, when they are rescued from these situations, they don’t even understand they are victims.

Member Larry Baumman, District Attorney Summer Stephan and Pres. Bill Bramley

Elder Abuse has increased 38% over the last 5 years.  The single best thing you can do for your elderly relatives is to get them caller id for their phones, and then convince them if they don’t know who is calling, don’t answer the phone.  On November 3rd, a new countywide protocol was initiated to bring all responsible government agencies into a coordinated program to work collectively on the issues of Elder Abuse.  Physical, emotional and financial abuse will be investigated through this collective effort.

The opioid addiction epidemic is the #1 drug killer in San Diego.  According to Summer, medical reports say that it takes 5 days to become addicted to opioids.  Once the prescription runs out, many users will turn to the streets for their fix.  The District Attorney’s office is focusing their attention on the street suppliers and raising their charges from supplying drugs to murder, when a dealer is arrested.  “We need to get a handle on opioid abuse and deal with medical issues with minimal levels of opioids,” she told us.

In 2007, the North County courts started a program to assist veterans with PTSD issues to steer them away from incarceration for minor offenses and get them into treatment programs.  This proved to be very successful.  The District Attorney’s office used a similar approach with juvenile offenders.  “We have seen a 48% decrease over the last 5 years in the incarceration rate for juvenile offenders,” Summer said.  “Diversion programs are the key.  We want to support kids with mental health, addiction or family issues.  If we can intercede at an early point in their lives, we can make a difference.”

Summer was given unanimous support from her San Diego County Deputy District Attorney’s Association for her run for District Attorney.  She has received the support of crime victims, Deputy Sheriffs, Probation Officers, Police Officers and Investigators.  Mayor Faulconer, City Attorney Elliot, Sheriff Gore and Congressman Vargas have also voiced their support for Summer Stephan as our next elected District Attorney.  The PL Optimists want to thank Summer for visiting with us this morning and sharing her perspectives on the issues and the upcoming election.

Tuesday, December 5th

Announcements:  Next meeting, Tuesday, December 12th, 7:00 am, SDYC

December 13th, Holiday Party, 6:00pm Gibbings residence

December 18th, Board of Directors meeting, 5:00 pm SDYC

Bert’s Special Punch!

Program:  The Point Loma Optimist Club held its annual “Steak and Eggs Breakfast” this morning.  This Holiday Event is held each December to provide members with an opportunity to network and catch up with friends in the Club.  Thirty members joined together for a wonderful breakfast prepared by the fine kitchen staff at the San Diego Yacht Club and regaled each other with stories from the past year and plans for the upcoming Holidays.  Special thanks go out to Bert Barclay and the Past Presidents committee for their assistance in brightening up the morning and keeping the festivities rolling.

Steak and Eggs for Breakfast


The Club also took this morning to award Dewey Elementary with the “Big Checks” from the proceeds of the Baja Chefs on the Point event.  Principal Tonya McMillin and teacher Kip Scalero joined our breakfast to accept the awards on behalf of the teachers and students of Dewey Elementary.  Over  $22,000 were raised through the event.  Special thanks go out to Member Colin Clifford and his associates at American Pacific Mortgage Company for their $2,500 sponsorship to benefit the students at Dewey.  Principal McMillin announced the money would be used to expand their STEAM curriculum by adding in engineering and math programs for the students.  “We will be buying a 3D printer to help our students with their engineering and math lessons.  It will provide our students with a more thorough understanding of the STEAM program that continues through Dana and Pt Loma High.”

Pres Bill Bramley, Principal McMillin , Teacher Scalero and Member Jim Seman

Pres Bill Bramley, Principal McMillin, Teacher Scalero amd Member Colin Clifford

A special thanks to the great people at Dewey Elementary, Member Jim Seman, the Chair of the Baja Chefs on the Point event and all the committee members who put together another fabulous day at Stone Brewery, Liberty Station.

Tuesday, November 28th

Announcements:  December 5, 2017 – Members Only Holiday Breakfast, Steak and Eggs at 7:00 am, SDYC

December 12, 2017 – Last breakfast meeting of 2017, 7:00 am, SDTC

December 13, 2017 – Optimists Club of Point Loma annual Holiday Party, 6:00 ish, Gibbings residence, see email flyer for specifics.

December 18, 2017 – Board Meeting, 5:00 pm, SDYC


President Bill Bramley and Battalion Chief Jeff Peter

Program:  Battalion Chief, Jeff Peter, from the Chula Vista Fire Department spoke with the Club this morning about his experiences as a first responder, search and rescue specialist and Incident Support Team leader.  Jeff has over 20 years of experience with the Chula Vista Fire Department and has expanded his duties to include Deputy Operation Chief for FEMA USAR Blue Incident Support Team and Taskforce Leader for FEMA CA-TF8 of San Diego County.  What all this means is Jeff is a really busy guy!

From the World Trade Center bombings of 9-11, and Hurricane Katrina of 2005 to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017, Jeff has seen them all, and been there to render aide and assistance to the residents.  “We have learned a lot about dealing with disasters over the past 20 years.  We are much better prepared today and much more organized,” he told us.  “Some of the most challenging issues we faced years ago dealt with local control of resources and chains of command.  We now have enough experience to better manage our resources and work cooperatively from the local, state and federal levels.  This has greatly increased our productivity and response effort.”

Jeff gave us specifics on his teams size, level of specialties, and organizational programs.  He outlined their current mission focus and discussed their training efforts.  “Terrorist Attacks.  Earthquakes.  Hurricanes.  Floods.  Mudslides, and Significant National Events.  These are all events that can trigger disaster response.  Depending on the severity of any of these events, the response could be just local, or grow to statewide assistance or even national level response.  We have plans and procedures designed for each of these events.  We have people trained in search and rescue, medical treatments, water rescue, etcetera.  And, when we have fore-warning … like a hurricane, we can pre-post our teams and supplies to effect an immediate response,” he shared.

Jeff shared many pictures from his 20+ years of experience.  And, gave us some specific insights into the recent Hurricane Harvey disaster for Texas.  Jeff said, “Harvey was a monster hurricane.  Not only did it hit Corpus Cristi as a Cat 4, it then changed course from our expected computer models.  It slowly spun its way north and then settled in over Houston, where it dumped almost 51″ of rain.”  There were 82 fatalities attributed to Harvey.  Over 10,000 rescues were made.  Over 13 million people were affected by Harvey’s winds, rain and storm surge.  And, just to cause as much damage as possible, Harvey made landfall three times, regaining strength each time it went back over water.

                Gives a whole new meaning to “DELTA” Airlines…

“Houston got the brunt of Harvey,” he said.  “The water came down so fast and the amount was so great.  And, the models all showed Harvey staying south of the City, so Houston was not prepared for the beating.  In some places, we had water over 14 feet deep!  The Houston Fire Department lost 16 Fire Trucks in the first 18 hours of Harvey, because the water rose so quickly.”  The trucks got trapped, when they made responses to calls for help, then were overwhelmed by the rising floodwaters.  The Houston Airport experienced flooding it could never have expected.  In the photo to the left  , you will notice 9 tail fins from Delta airliners.  The rest of the plane is below the waterline!

We are very proud to have first responders like Jeff Peter reside here in Point Loma.  Jeff’s enthusiasm for the job is very evident and his experiences are both chilling and heart warming.  Thank you, Jeff for visiting with us this morning and for all your service to the community.


Tuesday, November 14th

Announcements:  Board Meeting, Monday, November 20th at 5:00 pm, SDYC

Holiday Party, December 13th

OptimisTiki, April 28, 2018, Member tickets exclusively available online now!  General tickets sales begin January 2, 2018

Presentation:  James Whelan, member of the San Diego Planning Commission and owner of J. Whelan Associates, Inc. a full service land use consulting firm, joined the PL Optimists for breakfast and a little discussion on some major land use issues in San Diego County.  Jim graduated from the University of Notre Dame, with a degree in wildlife biology.  He came to San Diego in 1985 as an employee of Chevron Land and Development.  He started J. Whelan Associates in 1993 and has worked on some of the largest and most challenging land use projects in San Diego County.  Jim was appointed to the San Diego Planning Commission in 2014 by Mayor Kevin Faulkner.

Member John Ponder, Commissioner Jim Whelan and                                   1stVP Steve Doyle

Jim specializes in energy projects and large master planned communities.  He is currently involved with the Fanita Ranch master plan in Santee and the Warner Springs Ranch in the back country of San Diego County.  He also spends a considerable amount of his time working for the City of San Diego as a Planning Commissioner.  “I believe one of our biggest recent successes is the new ‘Granny Flat’ ordinance.  I think the granny flat can become a central piece in our housing supply picture.  And, a valuable addition of housing affordable to most residents of our City.”  The streamlining of the processing for a building permit to add a granny flat makes this addition much more palatable to the single family homeowner.  And, a fixed fee of $8,000 makes the process much more determinant in costs and timing.

Jim is also working on the new guidelines for vernal pools.  This environmental feature is prevalent on many mesa tops and flat lands in the County.  Avoiding these vernal pools is almost impossible and currently, this is a major slow down for any new project’s processing timeline.  “We need these guidelines now,” he said.  “It is not reasonable to move forward with a project in vernal pool territory without them.”  Our only hope, is that there will be something left to develop, after the guidelines go in place.

Jim gave us an overview of the Fanita Ranch and Warner Springs Ranch projects.  “I believe Fanita Ranch will get built.  We will know better what it will look like as we complete the current studies and continue our discussions with the City of Santee and the residents living around the property.  The real solution is a fix for SR 52 and I think that will be in the plan.”  Warner Springs Ranch is undergoing a Master Planning process.  “The golf course has been remodeled and reopened.  We also have a number of the oldest casitas remodeled.  They are 100% booked up!  The future plans for housing around the golf course are being reviewed.  What is really important for Warner Springs is the ground water.  The property sits on one of the largest ground water basins in the County!” according to Jim.

Jim answered a number of questions from our members and then stuck around after the meeting to answer some more!  We appreciate the time and insights Mr. Whelan provided us this morning.  Thank you, Jim!


Tuesday, November 7th

Announcements:  December 13th, Holiday Party

April 28th, 2018, Golden OptimisTiki, Bali Hai  (Member tickets now available online, general ticket sale starts 1/2/18)


Program:  Katherine Nesbit, from UCSD/SIO and SCOPE

Katherine (Kate) Nesbit, is a 2nd year Doctoral student at Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO).  Her area of study in focused on the Utility of Marine Organisms in Research, specifically marine invertebrates.  “Marine invertebrates have been model organisms for research into areas like memory processes, cellular functions, nerve functions and florescence”, according to Kate.  “I especially like working with sea urchins.  Their embryos are optimally clear, fast growing and easy to obtain.  This makes them great for studying.”

The focus of Kate’s current study is to DNA modifiers to help with the fight against cancer.  “Cellular defense is key.  So many of today’s treatments can do more damage to healthy cells, than they do to the cancer cells.  I am looking for ways to attack cancer cells while protecting the healthy cells.” Kate believes one answer may lay within the proteins of the DNA strand that regulate transporters of the drugs used to kill cancer cells.  “The proteins in the DNA transporters are the key.  If we can interrupt the existing DNA strand and repair it with new transporters, we can radically change the way we fight cancer.”

Kate’s studies are scheduled for 2.5 more years, but even with a positive result, it will only be the beginning of this new process.  She is looking for the link that invites more study and takes the work to another level of investigation.  “I’m optimistic this program could lead to further research,” she told us.

Meanwhile, Kate is also involved in teaching, as many grad students will do.  “I feel very protective of our oceans”, she said.  “And, it is important that we as consumers understand how the oceans’ environment affects the food that we eat.”  For example, UCSD published a recent study about the impacts of pollutants on the ocean’s larger fish, Blue Fin and Yellow Fin tuna.  “We found that Blue Fin tuna have fewer carcinogens because their habitat includes the whole ocean.  They are migratory fish that travel across the Pacific.  This gives them less pollution to deal with than the Yellow Fin tuna that tends to have a much small habitat, limited to a localized area.”

Pres Bill Bramley and Kate Nesbit

The study went on to suggest the carcinogenic levels found in the Yellow Fin tuna also vary by where their localized habitat is located.  “The Gulf of Mexico is one of the dangerous places to catch and eat Yellow Fin tuna.  First, Yellow Fin tuna is a leading predator fish.  It lives on eating smaller fish, so it consumes fish that are getting contaminated.  Second the Gulf of Mexico is surrounded by developed and developing countries.  These countries tend to pollute more and the Gulf tends to concentrate that pollution.”  She compared this habitat to the Blue Fin tuna cross Pacific habitat, where there are thousands of miles of open water.  “Open water is general less polluted.  Less pollution means cleaner fish.”

Kate’s presentation was fabulous and we thank her for stopping by and sharing her studies with us!



Tuesday, October 31st

Happy Halloween!

Announcements:    Holiday Party, December 13th

OptimisTiki, April 28, 2018, Bali Hai


Presentation:   Rose Mary Kelly and Jack Omstead, Docents with the San Diego Natural History Museum visited with the Optimists this morning to share some general information about the museum and some specifics about a recent announcement with international significance.  First, the general information…

Docents Jack Omstead and Mary Rose Kelly with President Bill Bramley

Rose Mary Kelly gave our members an overview of the museum and the natural flora and fauna of San Diego County.  The San Diego Society of Natural History was founded in 1874.  The first museum was opened in 1912, in the Hotel Cecil on 6th Street.  In 1917, the Society purchased a building in Balboa Park that was utilized for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.  Thus beginning the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.  The current building was dedicated in January of 1933.

Sean Smith and Friends

“San Diego is blessed with a variety of ecosystems, from the coastal environment, to the inland valleys, forested mountains and arid deserts,” according to Rose Mary.  “And, the flora and fauna are unique within each of these ecosystems.”  She talked to us about the Sea Star, the Horned Owl, the California Condor, the woodpecker and the Kangaroo Rat.  Mary shared stories about each animal and also skeletons or preserved animals.  Mary spends most of her time teaching elementary school children about the San Diego ecosystems through field trips to the museum or at school programs.

Jack Omstead presented a slide show on the Cerutti Mastodon discovery.  Initially, the December 1992 find during a grading operation for the extension of SR 54 was not a heralded event.  Mastodon and Mammoth fossil finds are not uncommon is San Diego County.  But, there was something special about this particular site and the fossils that were recovered.  The Cerutti Mastodon spent the next 24 years being poured over by paleontologists from San Diego and around the world.  Papers were written and peer reviews were performed that lead to a remarkable discovery.  But first, some history…

Jack Omstead and the Cerutti Mastodon

“Until recently, the oldest records of human activity in North America, general accepted by archaeologists, were about 15,000 years old.” (SDNHM web site).  This means previously discovered archaeological sites, had been carbon dated back 15,000 years.  It was believed that humans from that age, had made their way south into Southern California from Alaska, after crossing over the Bering Strait from Asia.  But, hold onto your hat!

The Cerutti Mastodon site was not a simple fossil find.  Tools were discovered at the site, along with bones, molars and tusks.  The manner in which the bones were broken, suggests a hammer and anvil approach was used to access the marrow in the bones.  And, on April 27, 2017, the prestigious peer-reviewed science journal Nature, published an article that dates the Cerutti Mastodon back 130,000 years ago.  Thus, suggesting that humans were inhabiting the Southern California coastline far earlier than previously believed.  This is a major announcement and a very significant find by the San Diego Natural History Museum!  This means the Cerutti Mastodon site is the “… oldest well-documented archaeological site in the Americas.” (SGNHM web site).

If you would like more information about the Cerutti Mastodon discovery, please refer to this link: http://www.sdnhm.org/exhibitions/the-cerutti-mastodon-discovery/. 

The PL Optimists thank Jack and Rose Mary for visiting with us this morning.



Tuesday, October 3rd

Announcements:   October 15th, 3rd Annual Baja Chefs on the Point,  2:00pm at Stone Brewery, Liberty Station; GET TICKETS @  http://bit.ly/Baja-Chefs-on-the-Point-2017-Event-Tickets

December 13th, Annual Holiday Party, watch your email for specifics

March 13th, Oratorical Contest, 7:00am at SDYC

April 28th, Golden OptimisTiki, at the Bali Hai

President Bill Bramley and Asst Fire Marshal Eddie Villavicecio

Presentation:  Assistant Fire Marshall, Eddie Villavicencio visited with the Optimist Club this morning to remind us of the merits of being prepared.  “Ready. Set. Go!  This is more than a catchy phrase.  It should be a practice we adopt and utilize,” according to Eddie V.  Disaster preparedness could be a life saving tool.  “Your home and your goods are insured.  If you lose them, they can be replaced.  If we lose you … you are gone forever.  Make a plan.  Share it with your family and those closest to you.  Because you never know when a disaster might strike.”

Eddie shared with us some of the strategies the San Diego Fire Department has utilized to help citizens get prepared for disasters.  “Wildfires are a factor of living in the dry conditions of Southern California.  We have over 500 miles of urban interface with native vegetation lands.  Houses next to canyons are common in San Diego.  So, we created a set of materials to help neighborhoods get prepared for a wildfire event,” he explained.  “Defensible spaces can make all the difference.  There are three things that determine the speed and intensity of a wildfire; space, height and density.  The spacing between dry, combustible plant material and the height and the density of that material, can make a fire burn hotter and faster, or slow it down and bring it down.”  The moral of the story, provide clearing and thinning of dry brush around your property.

Eddie also shared what the department is doing to prepare for disasters.  “We all know an earthquake is coming to San Diego.  The Carrol Canyon fault is an active fault running north-south through La Jolla and downtown.  The San Diego Fire Department has numerous contingency plans, developed in cooperation with other departments and agencies, for quick response.  These plans deal with traffic, utilities, search and rescue, and medical response teams.  We are ready.  We are set.  And, we will go, when the disaster hits.”

Eddie answered questions and left us with one simple thought.  “Smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors.  They are inexpensive.  They are easy to install.  And, most importantly, they work!  Lives will be saved if you install these devices in your home.  They keep you prepared!”

Thank you, Assistant Fire Marshall Eddie V.  We all need a little reminder now and then to stay safe and be prepared.


Tuesday, September 12th

Announcements:   Monday, September 18th, 63rd Annual Installation Dinner, 6:00 pm at Bali Hai

Monday, September 18th, Board Meeting and Steak Fry – CANCELLED

Tuesday, September 26th, Breakfast Meeting – CANCELLED

Tuesday, October 3rd, Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am at SDYC

Sunday, October 15th, 3rd Annual Baja Chefs on the Point, 2:00 pm at Stone Brewery, Liberty Station

President Roger Storer and Photographer Ernie Anderson

Presentation:  Mr. Ernie Anderson, the Official Photographer for the San Diego State University Aztecs, stopped by this morning to share some of his recent work and insider information about SDSU athletics.  Ernie has been the Official Photographer for Aztec football and basketball for over 50 years.  His library of work is quite spectacular.  The quality of his work is absolutely stunning!  When Ernie started with the Aztecs he was using the traditional 35mm film camera, boasting about the quality of his work using 400 ISO film with a 0.25 second shutter speed.  In 2002, Ernie changed to digital photography, and today’s equipment allows him to shoot at an equivalent of 5,000 ISO, with a 0.000125 second shutter speed.  Simply mind blowing!

Rashad Penny leaving ASU in the Dust!            by: Ernie Anderson, 9/9/17



Ernie travels with the Aztec football team.  He covers all home, away and bowl games from the sidelines.  “We experienced a big win this past weekend.  Beating Arizona State 30-20, at Arizona, in 95 degree heat, was a big statement for us.  And, Rashad Penny was simply fantastic!” he told us.  “I also cover the home games for Aztec basketball and travel with the team for playoff and tournament games.  I think there will be good things coming out of Aztec basketball this year.”  Ernie is in favor of a 40,000 seat stadium at the Mission Valley site.  He believes SDSU has the money to build such a facility and is planning to unveil more specific plans for the property later this year.


1967 National Small Colleges Football Champions Ring

      2016 Mountain West                 Conference Football                     Champions Ring

Ernie shared a unique piece of Aztec history with the Club.  He is the only individual awarded both a 1967 NCAA Small College Champions ring and a 2016 NCAA Mountain West Conference Champions ring.  The rings were given to him as a “member” of the staff for the football team.

                   Solar Eclipse Aug 2017
                      by: Ernie Anderson

When Ernie is not working for the Aztecs, he enjoys photographing nature.  He shared some amazing photos from his garden and a recent trip to Salem, Oregon to shoot the solar eclipse.  Ernie, we appreciate the visit and the glimpse at some of your work.  Thank you.


Tuesday, September 5th

Club Business:

September 18, 2017 – 63rd Annual Installation Dinner, Bali Hai, 6:00 pm

September 18, 2017 – Steak Fry and Board Meeting Cancelled

September 26, 2017 – Breakfast Meeting Cancelled

October 3, 2107 – Breakfast Meeting, San Diego Yacht Club, 7:00 am

October 15, 2017 – 3rd Annual Baja Chefs on the Point, Stone Brewery, Liberty Station, 2:00pm

December 13, 2017 – Holiday Party, Gibbings Home, 6:00 pm

Today:  New Member, Douglas Cleary

Pres. Roger Storer and New Member Douglas Cleary

Doug Cleary joined the Point Loma Optimist Club today.  Doug is a 14 year resident of the Point Loma community.  He works as a attorney in San Diego.  Doug was introduced to the Club by member Bob Bradbury.  He likes the youth serving philosophy of the Club and the flags along Rosecrans.  Welcome to the PL Optimists, Doug!




Club Presentation:

Adam Zack, General Manager and Owner of Jensen’s Market was the speaker for today’s breakfast meeting.  Jensen’s started in 1940 and was purchased by the Zack family in 1980.  Adam is a USD graduate who worked in the family business along with his brother and father.  Jensen’s has 9 stores in Southern California, 4 in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area), 3 in the Lake Arrowhead area (where the company began), 1 in Wrightwood and 1 in Point Loma.

The Point Loma store opened in 2016 in the Catalina, Canon and Talbot triangle.  The store was the previous home for several chain grocery stores.  When the Fresh and Easy store was lost, the community rallied to stop the sale of the property to the CVS drug store chain and urged the owners to find a new grocer.  Jensen’s took the opportunity and has quickly become a vital part of the community.

Jensen’s GM Adam Zack and Pres Roger Storer

“The grocery business is really changing,” Adam told us.  “At a recent conference for the industry, experts were telling us there could be 25-35% fewer grocery stores by 2021.”  He blamed this decline on the costs of opening a new store from the ground up, the cost of labor and the minimal returns grocery owners are achieving.  “To survive in this business, you have to differentiate yourself for the competition.  That is not easy.  You have to be willing to go above and beyond what is expected.”

So how does Jensen’s differentiate?  Have you tried the best tortilla chips in San Diego?  How about the fresh tri-tip?  The homemade mozzarella cheese?  Or the fresh pizza dough?  Jensen’s in-store deli is unique and their food is fabulous.  Looking for a new wine, old wine, or really good wine, check out the Jensen’s selection.  Convenience, selection and quality foods are offered by trained and friendly employees.  Put it all together and Adam and his staff have found a delicious way into the Point Loma Community.

Adam is pleased with the Jensen’s introduction into Point Loma.  “We are working with PLNU students and faculty, the military employees, the schools and many, many families  in the Community,” he said.  “The store is #2 in volume for our company and the activity is year-round.  Some of our other stores are very seasonal with winter visitors in the desert and summer visitors in the mountains.”  Jensen’s is looking forward to its first anniversary at year end and promising more innovation in the coming months.

Thank you Adam Zack for sharing the Jensen’s story.  We welcome you to the Point Loma community and wish you a very successful operation!

Tuesday, August 22nd

Alan Aegerter (Optimist District 41 Governor), Kimie Lochtefeld (SD Unified School District Area 3 Superintendent), with President Roger Storer


  • President Roger Storer reiterated the slate of 2017-2018 officers, including his relief, Bill Bramley.  The date for the Induction Dinner at the Bali Hai is moving up to Monday, September 18th.
  • Ticket sales are available online for this year’s Baja Chefs charity (Sunday, October 15th).  Members are encouraged to sign up now (click here), as well as to forward the ticket link to friends.
  • Thank you Tom and Elvira Gibbings for opening your home for our annual Christmas party, currently planned for December 13th.

At breakfast this morning, we were happy to welcome Alan Aegerter, our Optimist District 41 Governor and member of the Coronado Optimist Club.

Our guest speaker today was Kimie Lochtefeld, the San Diego Unified School District Area 3 Superintendent, responsible for overseeing our public schools in Point Loma.  She expressed profound gratitude on behalf of Superintendent Cindy Marten and district educators for all that our Optimist Club of Point Loma does for local students:  our investments in time, the resources we provide, and our commitment.  She appreciated experiencing this morning’s camaraderie and witnessing our two organizations’ shared focus on supporting our youth.  Some overall points about the District that she discussed:

  • This year’s focus is “literacy and math.”  (Sounds like the good, old-time basics of the 3 R’s:  reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic.)
  • The District goal is to get into the classrooms daily, observing teachers and students to insure their educational needs are met.
  • The District motto “building quality into the schools in our neighborhoods” is done by insuring curricula meet standards.
  • They use the local saying, “once a Pointer, always a Pointer” to reinforce the sense of community that has existed here for many generations.

When asked about resource needs, she acknowledged dwindling funding and reduced overall attendance numbers have challenged the District’s emphasis on quality teaching and learning.  The strategy of keeping up with technology to counter this has been helpful in striving for the best learning experience, such as providing middle school students their own netbooks to take home.  She said the support our Optimist Club has provided in this realm, for Dewey and Cabrillo Elementary schools in particular, has absolutely been very helpful.  “Thank you” Kimie for the work you do, and for joining us at breakfast this morning.

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