Tuesday, April 30th

Announcements:

May 7th, Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC, speaker will be Bob Lawrence the former tv journalist and community activist

May 28th, Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC, Youth Appreciation Day!

Program:

Pres. Steve Doyle with Gail and Bruce Denham

Bruce and Gail Denham started San Diego Bay Adventures eight years ago.  Located at 1880 Harbor Island Drive, near the Marina Cortez Dock, SD Bay Adventures offers jet ski, paddle board, kayak and other marine equipment for rent.  They also offer an amazing 2 hour tour of historic and military sites located along the bay.  Their tour became so popular with the young sailors assigned to the carrier fleet that a formal relationship with the Navy developed.  Bob offered these words about his first adventure on a carrier, “In 2015, the USS Ronald Reagan was in port.  They were offering a ship tour and cruise to a large number of local VIP’s.  I was approached by the Navy and asked if I would like to partake in the cruise and offer my tour observations during the trip.  We were invited up to the flight operations center and I was given the microphone.  I was able to tell the 4,000 guests and the 5,000 crew members all I had learned about the historic and military sites in San Diego Bay.  It was a real thrill for me.”

Bruce has also arranged for a fleet of special designed jet skis (red, white and blue coloring and flag carrying) to act as escorts for the carriers as they return from deployment.  “It is just another way we can salute our servicemen and women.  We even got a chance to be on the evening news with our adventures!”  SD Bay Adventures also offers special bay rides/parade on Memorial Day and the 4th of July to celebrate our service people and to recognize our fallen heroes.  Bruce and Gail are proud to support the active service and veteran military service people in San Diego.

Patriots Half-Marathon

Their newest venture is the Patriots Half-Marathon.  Bruce is seeking City approval of a route to hold the first annual Patriots Half-Marathon.  He is working with the City planners to create a route that would start at the Cabrillo Monument and work its way through Point Loma to Harbor Island and then finish in Liberty Station.  “There are lots of hoops and hurdles to work through, but I am pushing hard to get this done,” he told us.  “I want to support the Warrior Foundation, Freedom Station project.  The first project, a series of apartments for wounded warriors transitioning into civilian lives, has been a great success.  Now it is time for a second facility!”  Bruce has received support from the Boy Scouts to assist with volunteers.  He has a number of local supporters, from the Peninsula Community Planning Board to radio station AM 760.  “I just need to find the right date and the right route to get everyone on board!”  If you are interested in volunteering, supporting or sponsoring part of this venture with Bruce, please contact him at bruce@PatriotsHalf.com.

The Point Loma Optimist Club salutes Bruce and Gail for all their efforts and thanks them for stopping by this morning to share their story!

 

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