Oratorical Contest – 3/24/15

3/24/2015 Oratorical Contest

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an Optimist sees the
opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill.

The 2015 Optimist Oratorical Contest for students from Correia Middle School was held this morning. Eight students, chosen by the school, were invited to the Tuesday morning breakfast to present their speech on the topic: “How my optimism will help me press on to greater achievements in the future.”

The judges had a tremendously difficult time in selecting a winner from the four girls and four boys presenting. The parents, family, teachers and Club members there to hear the speeches were amazed by the poise and quality public speaking of
these inspiring young people.

The first place winner for the girls was Hailey Schmidt. She spoke of here challenges in coming to terms with being adopted. She said that her optimistic view on life, being a “chosen” child, helped her overcome her anxiety and self-doubts. While the boys first place winner, Oscar Bouris, shared his optimistic philosophy of “Just be Awesome!” which helped hime deal with family strife and personal frustrations.

The other presenters for the girls, Ava Bunn, Princess Labrador and Katie Power, all provided personal insights into their lives and how staying positive and having an optimistic perspective helped them focus on seeing opportunities in their difficulties.

The other boy presenters, Caleb Kim, Geoffrey Bocaya and Andrew Garland, were equally positive and focused on their futures in the worlds of science, family health and personal development. Their motto is: believe in yourself and be happy. That is
the life of an optimist.

We also want to express special thanks to Ken Stimeling, our Master of Ceremonies and Dan Williams, the Chair of the Oratorical Committee, for providing such a wonderful and optimistic event!

Ed Harris – 3/10/15

How would you legislate? Today we got a chance to hear firsthand from one of our own, former Councilmember and current Optimist, Ed Harris. Ed recently completed a 9 month stay on the San Diego City Council. Appointed to fill the remaining term of Kevin Faulkner, after he won the special election for mayor. Ed provided an honest and frank perspective on the internal operations of the City Council.

“I think everyone should have an opportunity to spend 9 months on the San Diego City Council,” he told us. “I think it is an eye opening experience. My biggest surprise, and maybe my biggest disappointment, is that decisions are often based on how it will impact politicians’ next election.”

As Councilmember, Ed spent his time focused on issues impacting District 2. A pedestrian crossing light here, a code enforcement issue there, and then a land use issue down the street, getting things done is difficult because of bureaucracy. “In the City of San Diego, if you don’t have leverage, you don’t get anything done,” he said, shaking his head. “We really need to be dealing with taking care of the tax payer, getting the cross walk, streets and infrastructure done.”

Ed pointed to the City’s handling of their 500 ground leases. “We seem to drill down and audit to death the surf shop on the beach, while letting some of our largest lease holders go unchecked.” He believes the 500 leases should all be treated with the same consideration and scrutiny.

On his future in politics, Ed told us, “I am interested in the State Assembly. Toni Atkins seat, specifically. But, it is too soon to tell. We need to let it shake out a bit, before I will firmly commit.” The District has a40% Democratic voter registration. The most likely winner will come from the Democratic party. Who will run? Sarah Boot … Todd Gloria … Ed Harris??? Stay tuned!

Barbara Tourtellott, President of Fit to Work – 3/3/15

Are you experiencing neck and shoulder pain? Do your arms and elbows hurt? Or, are you bending over backwards at work to get things done? These are all symptoms of industrial ergonomic issues, and now we know what to do about them and who to call when we need professional help!

Barbara Tourtellott, President of Fit to Work, is right here in Point Loma. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has spent her entire career in occupational health. After 5 years with the Grossmont Hospital and 22 years with the Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, Barbara took her experience and started her own business, Fit to Work. For the last 9 years she has provided ergonomic consultation services for individuals and employers.

“Our bodies were designed to be hunters and gathers,” she said. “Sitting in a chair for 8 hours a day, banging on a keyboard and pushing around a mouse can create muscle strains and repetitive injuries our bodies were not designed to endure.” Her goal is to help people create a more effective and injury preventative workplace. “Do you know the average head weighs 12 pounds? When you lean too far forward or too far backward, you can increase the force on your neck and shoulder muscles to an effective weight of 36 pounds!”

Barbara provided some helpful hints for reducing stress on our bodies while working in an office environment. She suggests:

 Sit in a proper chair. “Chairs are like shoes. They need to fit your body.”
 Sit with proper posture. “Butt to the back of your chair, feet on the floor, minimal recline.”
 Proper monitor height. “The top of the monitor should be at eye level.”
 Proper monitor placement. “It should be close enough to read clearly.”
 Proper keyboard height. “Your fingertips should be slightly below your relaxed elbow.”
 Proper keyboard placement. “A relaxed distance from your body. Don’t reach.”
 Move it. “Don’t stay seated too long. Get up and move at least once per hour.”
 Use appropriate force. “On your keyboard, with your mouse, use only the force needed.”
 Poor mouse fit. “Use the mouse or trackball that fits your hand comfortably.”
 Look up. “Keep mobile devices at a comfortable eye level to reduce strain on your neck.”

If you want more suggestions or need specific ergonomic help. Give Barbara a call at Fit to Work!

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman – 2/24/15

2/24/2015

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, provided the Point Loma Optimist Club with a review of her first year on the job and her goals for the Police Department in the coming years. “America’s Finest!” It is not just a slogan, but a higher standard for which all members of the department are held accountable. “We want to create a culture of excellence,” the Chief proclaimed. “Where excellence is expected in everything we do and every interaction we have with the community.”

There are lots of interactions. Over 1.2 million calls from San Diego residents and visitors are made to the Police Department every year! Over 140 Community Meetings are held every month! And, countless interactions occur every day by officers, staff and volunteers of the department with the general public. Many of those interactions are now recorded on video!

Over 600 sworn officers are now equipped with “body cameras”. These small video recording devices have had a tremendous impact on promoting a culture of excellence. “Interactions have been ‘de-escalated’ by the presence of a body camera,” Chief Zimmerman reported. “Claims of officer harassment have been dramatically cut back and the workload of the Internal Affairs division has reduced significantly.” Over 95% of the officers have come to agreement on the policies surrounding the use of body cameras!

Chief Zimmerman joined the San Diego Police Department in 1982. During her 34 year history with SDPD she has worked numerous commands and received extensive experience throughout the department. She has received numerous awards for her undercover work, community involvement and commitment to San Diego. The Chief stated her vision in the simplest of terms, “I want us all to work together.” This vision starts with the law enforcement community, extends to all the departments within the City of San Diego, and is focused on the San Diego Community as a whole. “We can do so much more good for each other, if we all work together!”

Chief Zimmerman is a strong supporter of her Alma Mater, Ohio State University, and an avid sports fan. She expounds on the strength of Social Media and encourages the use of FaceBook, Twitter and Nextdoor.com. A woman of strength, vision, compassion and courage, we are all proud to call Shelly Zimmerman … Chief!