Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach earns ‘Distinguished Club’ Award

The Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach received a “Distinguished Club” Award from Optimist International at a recent Optimist California South District Quarterly Meeting held in Mission Valley. The award is based on service to the youth in local communities through the various projects and programs sponsored by the club to help “Bring Out the Best in Kids” and an overall increase in Optimist Club membership.

Distinguished Club watches were presented to David Eller, club president; Jim Ferrara, treasurer; and Pat Tirona, secretary. Eller also recognized the club’s Board of Directors: Jon Vance, Warren Raps, Jim Parrotte, JoAnn Carlton, and Emy Schneider for their outstanding dedication, service and support to bring the Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club to a “Distinguished Club” level.

The Optimist Club is a service organization devoted to aiding and encouraging the development of youth, and the giving of one’s self in service to others. The many service projects of the Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach include a significant Childhood Cancer Campaign, Children’s Challenge Award Program, Dollars for Scholars, area Scouting programs, Essay and Oratorical Contests, the Miracle League, Solana Beach Library, Girls on the Run, the San Dieguito Heritage Museum Children’s Education program, and The Winston School. In addition, a very unique Mountain Boarding event for young foster children was held last year.

The club has also given individual monetary considerations for youth going to a different geographical area on a mission to be of service to youth.

Eller said “We welcome new members as they bring energy, enthusiasm, and new ideas to our club. We have been in the Del Mar-Solana Beach community for over 30 years, and our new members will provide the leadership, and direction for our club in the future.”

Twenty new members joined the Optimist Club during the past year: Tamara Jackson, Mojgan Amini, Richard Caterina, Gene Hancock, Jim Parrotte, Lana Gill, Tina Bruno, Lorine Wright, Jon Meinert, Kristin Eldridge, Joe Kellejian, Mary Kellejian, Marcy Singer, Ellie Topolavac, Hansen Djavaherian, Jennifer Beyer, Sara Vance, Beverly Parrotte, Elizabeth Parrotte, and Jay Haripriyan.

The club meets on the first, second, and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Denny’s Restaurant on Via De La Valle from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for a breakfast meeting, and at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on the third Wednesday of the month for a dinner meeting from 6-7 p.m., which also includes a “Speaker of Interest” to the members of the club and community.

Please contact David Eller at 858-755-2222 if you are interested in learning more about the Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club.