Friday, October 19th
Special Post: On Tuesday evening, October 16th, at the Point Loma Association (PLA) Annual Dinner, our very own, Optimist Club of Point Loma (PLO) was awarded the 2018 Lighthouse Award. This is the top award given by the PLA to recognize people who have made significant contributions to the Point Loma Community. Council Member Lorie Zapf, representing District 2 of the City of San Diego, introduced the award and announced the winner as the Optimist Club of Point Loma!
“There is just so much to tell you about the Optimist Club of Point Loma,” she began. “Here is just a sampling of what this group has done and is doing: Scholarships to PLHS seniors as they go off to college. Computers for Ocean Beach and Cabrillo Elementary Schools. A science and math lab for their STEAM Program at Dewey Elementary. Musical instruments for Correia Middle School. Annual Oratorical contests for middle school students. Annual Student Appreciation Awards for elementary school students. Improvements at the Peninsula YMCA. Support for all sorts of local children’s sports teams. And then, the flags! Over 150 flags displayed every Sunday and Holiday on Rosecrans Street from Talbot to Lytton. And, on those special days when a submarine is returning from deployment to Ballast Point. And, that’s just the beginning!”
Club President, Steve Doyle accepted the award from Council Member Zapf and PLA Chair Dave Martin. “I want to thank the Point Loma Association for this marvelous award and recognition of the Club’s efforts to support the youth of Point Loma and Ocean Beach. For 64 years the Optimist Club of Point Loma has been serving the peninsula communities. From our work with local schools, the YMCA, other youth organizations and our flag work, we are proud of our community and the services we can provide. For 54 years we have been placing the flags along Rosecrans Street. As Council Member Zapf said, it is a matter of patriotism, pride and recognition for the military’s role in the development and growth of the peninsula. Thank you, to each of you that wave and honk at our flag truck as we put up the flags in the morning and then take them down again in the late afternoon. I also want to point out the Optimist Club Members who are with us tonight and ask them to stand. I think we have 4 tables here this evening. Thank you again to the Point Loma Association for this award and if you want to learn more about our Club, please stop by for breakfast. Just about every Tuesday morning at 7:00 am at the San Diego Yacht Club. We welcome all guests to attend.”