Tuesday, April 9th


April 15th, Board Meeting at 5:00 pm at the SDYC, Steak Fry at 6:00 pm, also at SDYC

April 26th, 5:00 pm at the Bali Hai, 2nd Annual OptimisTiki Luau!  Fun, food and tropical drinks.  Silent Auction, Polynesian Entertainment, Market and good times for all.  Get you tickets NOW!  Simply go to: OptimisTiki Luau and order your tickets.

May 28th, Youth Appreciation Breakfast at 7:00 am, at the SDYC.  Get this on your calendar now!


Gary “the Woodworker” Correia

Gary Nelson Correia is the CEO and CCO (Chief Creative Officer) for GNC Woodworks. Gary is a Point Loma native, a graduate of Point Loma High School and SDSU. While more publicly known for his CPA Tax Planning business, Gary is really a closet tree hugger. He has been found hoarding exotic wood species in his yard and work shop. Gary is also a Tree Whisperer. He discovers the inner beauty and strength of his wood selections and brings out their amazing character in his creations. Gary is a member of the Point Loma Optimist Club.  He gave us some insights into his secret passion of woodworking this morning and shared with us his latest creation, an original Correia Ukulele.

Gary spent 12 years with Taylor Guitars as their finance officer.  During this time, he discovered his interest in woodworking and musical instruments.  He would spend all his extra time walking the different departments of Taylor Guitar’s manufacturing facility in El Cajon.  He would talk with the craftsmen about their specific jobs and how, when they all worked together, they created some of the best guitars made in the world.  Gary started collecting Taylor Guitars and after retiring from the daily grind, decided he wanted to do more … he wanted to build an instrument.

Pres. Steve Doyle and Member Gary Correia

“I started taking woodworking classes at Palomar College.  They actually have one of the best woodworking programs in all of Southern California,” he told us.  “The more classes I took, the more interested I got!”  He caught the bug!  He was hooked.  He decided to take the next step and build his own Ukulele.  “It is truly a labor of love.  The work is very time consuming, detailed, and intricate.  It requires a lot of patience and practice, practice, practice.”  When all the jigs were used, and all the sand was worn off the sandpaper, the end result was this beautiful piece of art.

I’m not sure too many others have the time, patience or talent that Gary has exhibited.  But, I can say, we all marveled at his final product and greatly appreciated the time he shared with us this morning to explain the process of building an instrument.  Thanks Gary!

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