Newsletter September 2019


Greetings COA family and friends!

The 3rd quarter has flown by us and the 4th is here! I am very excited to report that our recent 3rd Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser was successful. I would like to thank Stephanie Gretzema and her Golf Committee for organizing and working with Bella Collina for another successful event.  Also, we are very appreciative of the support from our sponsors as well as our community for our silent auction items. This event was preceded by the Hardman Classic one week prior thanks to Mike Russell as well as over 100 cyclists and several volunteers from various collaborating organizations.

Your support this past year has yielded many accomplishments within and outside our community. Our relationships within the San Clemente community have grown tremendously. Joining COA this year is: Foundation Fitness, Sunrise Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, The SC Baha’i Center, The Arts Project of OC, Foundation Fitness, The Exchange Club, The San Clemente Boys & Girls Club, The Downtown Business Association, along with our past partners, San Clemente Junior Women’s Club, Wellness & Prevention Coalition, The Noble Path Foundation, The Chamber of Commerce, Dish, SC Times & San Clemente Journal who make sure the community knows about COA events and activities. A special thank you to Stego Industries, our Founding Sponsor.

We’d like to welcome Taylor Reichelt, Fitness & Recovery and Sylvia Barron, Treasurer/CFO to the board. Both bring expertise and knowledge that will help take COA to the next level.

Because of the generous commitment from our community we achieved the following:

Multiple Thrive Alive Series thanks to the coordination from our Executive Director Teri Steel

Endless phenomenal entertainment by the COA Outreach Performers thanks to Joanie Angeli

The Food Connection continues to thrive, thanks to Molly Flores & her team of volunteers serving approximately 1,000 the past 9 consecutive months

Mike Russel our cycling pro just raised over $5,000 at the Hardman Invitational and continues to get more kids on mountain bikes

Gary Greenberg continues to coach COA Tennis with great success

Teen yoga has a new home at Sweat Sanctuary thanks to Shelly Thomas

Piano, Guitar & Improv is thriving at The SC Baha’i Center under the direction of Luke Giannelli

We now have a surf fishing program thanks to Chad Schiel who we met from the Exchange Club

John Stephens at SCHS stepped up as COA Club adviser for another year to help its 45+ current members

and COA Art is gearing up to begin again at The SC Boys & Girls Club.

We believe 2020 will be a pivotal year not only for COA but for our community.

On behalf of the COA Board, we thank you for your continued support and for being part of our continued growth.

Ed Molina

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The 4th annual Hardman for COA was a great success and continues to grow in popularity each year.  We’ve raised over $25K through this event since it’s inception for COA.  We had over 100 riders take on the 90 mile course including 8K feet of elevation gain, 100+ degree temperatures, covering both dirt and paved roads.  A huge thank you to our community sponsors including Baja Fresh, Pure Rides Bicycles, Fullerton Bikes, Global Origins Coffee, Hyperice, Pedal Industries, Ice Sportswear, Bike Legal, Two Hubs Cycling Boutique, Sejuiced, Velofix, Forze, Lululemon, Spark Wheel Works, and Rock & Road Cyclery.  We had amazing COA musicians Aubrie Reichert, Primo, and Splash perform throughout the day and all our amazing volunteers who made the day possible.

As we head towards winter the cycling program continues to ride every Wednesday night at 5pm and we are happy to welcome Kadon back to the group.  We’ll have 4 more Wednesday night rides before taking our winter break due to the shortened daylight and winter weather.  We’re looking forward to seeing more kids ride in 2020 with us, we’ve got bikes/helmets available and welcome all skills to join us.


September was another music-filled month of events with COA performers!

September 14 The 2019 Hardman Classic, hosted by COA and started off with Aubrie Reichert beautifully singing the National Anthem. After the cyclists completed their riding goals of 30 or 60 miles, they got to relax and enjoy entertainment by 2 COA bands! Also that day, at the Coastal Relay for Life in Laguna Niguel, Sage Escalante a cancer survivor performed.

September 21, COA performers were on a big stage at the San Clemente Fall Festival held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Performer Gabby Leigh, and bands Splash! and Primo provided amazing entertainment at this fun-filled community event!

September 23rd at the 3rd annual Charity Golf Classic, Avery Brostrom and Liva Victoria, provided background acoustic music during the social hour/silent auction.

October 13th COA Performers, Molly Bergman and Ethan Danto entertained the crowd at The Coast Vintage Market

October 24th look for COA Performers at the 4th Annual Light up the Future of the Pier.

For links to the upcoming events with COA Performers scheduled! Also on this link are photos/social media links of COA Performers and collages of some past events with COA Outreach Performers.

Please check out:

Mark your calendar on November 15th for Open Mic Night at The Baha’i Center! Be in the audience and/or sign up to perform one song at the door. To perform more than one song please email Joanie by November 8th at


Thank you Foundation Fitness for providing the COA Food Connection a spacious, enclosed pantry. During our transition, we were able to continue helping senior citizens and Cotton’s Point and residents throughout our community without skipping a beat. We value this new alliance and highly recommend checking out their facility.

COMING IN NOVEMBER (alternating weeks)!
Mondays at the San Clemente Baha’i Center
Tuesdays at Las Palmas Elementary School
Volunteers & Donations Needed

Please contact Corrie Melcher, Programs Director, at for more information.

Molly & Sylvia made sure some of our friends from Cotton’s had a chance to celebrate at the Golf Tournament. Building relationships is at the root of the COA Food Connection and on that note…

Shout out to Christian McCleary, from BSA Troop 719 for contacting COA for his Eagle Scout Project. We’re super honored and proud he chose to raise funds to provide emergency preparedness kits for every senior citizen at Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments where we provide our Food Connection.


“Leadership training was excellent! Learning education, responsibilities, and having leadership is key to change”, Nicole De Santos, SCHS COA Club President


Learning leadership and gaining confidence through volunteering. Thanks, Waymakers for helping the COA Club at the Extravaganza where we raised $375 for activities.

Thrive Alive Mission Viejo is off to a great start. We made many wonderful connections at the Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Expo.