We are a local service organization dedicated to bringing out the best in youth through the empowerment of postive attitude

A California non-profit organization
Affiliate of Optimist International, California Southern District
Club number 41022 | Chartered September 28, 1970

Our Purpose

To develop Optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed;

To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs;

To inspire respect for the law;

To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people;

To aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of human-kind, community life and the world.


How We Help

Through volunteerism and distribution of funds, we support over 50 activities that advance the education, leadership, and moral values of youth. SEE ALL YOUTH PROJECTS


JOI Jr. Optimist Club Pasta for Pennies Jan 28-Feb 15

JOI Octagon Club SouperBowl of Caring (Super Bowl Sunday) February 3
Valentine’s Day Roses Feb 14
OI Essay Contest

OI Oratorical Contest
JOI of Reading

Eggstravanzag at Coronado Community Center Club
Spring Social

Sports Fiesta Ad Sales/Fundraising Campaign

CHS Scholarship presentations

Fourth of July parade
Sports Fiesta Event
Sports Fiesta Dinner

Installation Dinner

Halloween Happening Oct 26, 3:00-6:00 pm Coronado Community Center


Holiday Parade with JOI Cider and Snaps Tent Dec 7 from 5:00-7:00 pm


President – Carla Fargo
Vice President (Internal) – Renee Cavanaugh
Vice President (External) – Gene Rathswohl
Secretary – Paul Demke
Treasurer – Joe Moore

100 Years of Optimism

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Club News & Announcements

Announcing the 2020 Oratorical Contest

Ever wonder what it would be like to live with no constraints? No limitations? No frustrations? Coronado school students have an opportunity to muse on these ideas and speak on the theme Just Imagine a World Without Boundaries in the 2020 Coronado Optimists Oratorical Contest.

This is the 49th year of the Coronado Optimists’ contest and will be held in the Winn Room at the Coronado Library on Monday, March 2nd at 3:30 – 6:00p.m. The contest is an enjoyable but serious public-speaking opportunity for Coronado students to explore why they are so confident and optimistic about their future. All are invited to attend the contest, especially the students’ families and friends, and be amazed with the students’ insights and the quality of their speeches.

All Coronado school students, including home-schooled students, under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2019 (there is no minimum age) are eligible to participate and encouraged to apply. Students are urged to work with his/her teacher to prepare their speech.

The students’ 4 – 5 minute speeches, delivered from memory, are judged on content, presentation, poise, and overall effectiveness. Each student receives a participation certificate and the top three students receive medallions and cash awards. The top two students can go on to compete at the Optimists zone and district level contests in April for college scholarships up to $2,500; the district level winner can participate in the regional contest and the Optimist Oratorical World Championship in July for a college scholarships up to $15,000.

The Application form, which includes all the contest rules, is below. It is also available from Gene Rathswohl, the contest coordinator, at erathswohl@san.rr.com.

Completed application forms should be mailed to:

Gene Rathswohl
924 Eighth Street
Coronado, CA 92118

Applications must be received by Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

A maximum of 20 students can participate, so the earlier an application is submitted the better. Feel free to contact Gene with any questions you have regarding the contest.

2019 Winners

Weekly Optimist Meeting 01-16-2020

The meeting kicked off promptly at 0700 with a prayer from Charles Ahren and pledge lead by Bill Carinder.

Our speaker needed to postpone but Optimist member, Roy Mantz stepped up to be our speaker.

If you have been approached regarding Coronado Optimist making donations to various clubs, groups and school activities we now have an application process with criteria. The application is on our webpage..questions please contact Liaison Chair: Jim Jamison

January 15th thru February 2nd
The JOI kids will be picking up between 10am and 1pm
contact Erin Downey 619-675-1323

No ding master today...Mark is absent

Richard Owens, Al Aegerter, Roy Mantz, and Laura Lynn Meek.

Roy Mantz, Larry Kracht, Tom Kane, and Leslie Crawford.

Don Crawford father in law Don Hubbard turned 94 and Don Crawford master gardener class student where Optimist Diana Drummey stated she optimist at the intro class of 2020

George Kunberger home.. mother in law turned 100…brag about his wife and sister who did a Great Gatsby part

Cynthia writing again and published in a friends book

Laura Lynn meek bragged for Justin who will be receiving a valor award posthumously...Victoria Rose last semester at school and going into US Navy, and Coco Channel is all certified as a support dog.

Zoll son re deployed praying for his safety.

Jim Callaway brag Drummey doing ½ marathon on Sunday-Thanks Jim!

City fix property in front of Jim Cooper's house.. he is thrilled.

Guest Speaker:

Roy Mantz

Our guest speaker our own Roy Mantz who is celebrating his 92 birthday and 39 years in the club.

Kirk Henry met Roy thru Optimist Club and Coronado Round Table. Roy handled all computer documents and data entry the Round Table Assc.

But if you want to really get to know Roy, read his book which is on sale on Amazon...Once a Jock Always a Jock...Recollections of The Flying Midshipmen. A book of fun and interesting stories.

Roy wanted to be a pilot and took a battery of tests to get into college and become a pilot under the ROTC program. His official day of enlistment was January 1, 1946, which gave him the status of WWII Veteran without out seeing combat.

He started his early life attending USC when Admiral Holloway instituted a program in 1946 to bea apprentice seaman. Roy was part of this program called The Flying Midshipmen at USC. He completed two years of school while doing active duty flying too.

There were Lots of restrictions with this program... for example you could not get married.

Roy after his first two yrs aviation midshipman program he was sent to first squad and the co did not know what to do with them and his fellow pilots. Administration did not see them as qualified to be officers yet too they were not enlisted. These midshipmen were surely.not trusted to fly on and off of aircraft. Base gate guards stopped the midshipmen as they thought they were impersonating officers.

Significant names that will be recognized as part of this program from 1946 and 1950 Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell, our own Leslie Crawford's dad, Don Hubbard.

And from our own Optimist Club members who too were midshipman: Admiral Paul Speer, Casey Reynolds, Ed Crown, and Larry Reisick,

Roys favorite plane was the Cougar and it sounds like the time he was flying a seaplane...not so great. He was able to finish his school studies and expected to return to USC, but there was no longer the ROTC program at USC. He was sent to Kansas University...some of the best time of his life.

Roy met his lovely wife, Kathleen down in Florida with friends. During their time of getting to know each other it was found that Kathleen's only relatives who lived in North Hollywood were Roy's neighbors... what a small world.

Roy and Kathleen settle in Coronado after a marvelous 28 yrs of Navy life..with three boys who have married lovely ladies giving them 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

After the Navy, Roy and other Flying Midshipmen were not represented appropriately by the Navy. The Flying Midshipmen Association was created to make sure those still active could receive equity pay and representation with the Navy. The association was a success and decommissioned in 2011 ...the same year of 100 years of Aviation History was celebrated.

I have know Roy for my 26 yrs as an Optimist with our club...he is an amazing person...we have so many in our club...with wonderful stories...I say let's have more Coronado Optimist tell their stories...

Thank you Roy for your service to our country, our community and to Optimist.!

Find Us

Every Thursday Morning at 7:00 am in the Coronado Community Center.

1845 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118


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Weekly Optimist Meeting 12-19-2019

Well, here we are at the end of an Optimist Year. There will be much to discuss at the Christmas party tonight. Cocktails at 5 and dinner served up at 6. Brenda promises great fun and fellowship--Lord knows that our world is in need of fellowship and humor. Andy Hendrickson will provide the humor. Al Aegerter and his band of merry men with have the music. The rest of us will be the Spirits of Christmas Present.

We had a fine prayer from Brenda Kracht, and a Jim (Zoll or Jamison) started the pledge.

President Dennis told us of other times that tried men's souls--in particular, Valley Forge in 1777.

More about the New Year--There will be a Last Supper of 2019 at the VFW Hall on New Years eve from four to six. Bring a dish or a donation for the Optimist Foundation.

And the hard charging JOI clubs sold all the stuff you left in Erin Downey's front yard on Saturday. With the sale of Bill Parry's refrigerator complete, the net was $461 for the effort against childhood cancer. BZ

The latest goldenrod Handbook and Directory is out. Pick up your copy on Jan 2 which will be our next meeting date.

Now what in the world is going on here? Past President John Bowen, Incumbent President Dennis Dorman, and SAFE President Georgia Ferrell are giving us a demonstration of turtles. John hasn't quite got his head where it ought to be. But you get the idea.

Here are Dennis, Lauren, and Georgia taking a big check from us so they can teach the turtle to little kids. It is a way that children can learn to respond when facing strong feelings. Sort of like a time out.

Georgia told us all about the SAFE programs helping parents to learn new skills to become more effective in raising their children. SAFE works in the schools to make our very fluid student population a more friendly community for the new student.
The sixth grade Drug Prevention Program has been institued to show children the downside of involvement with drugs.

All this made possible by you Optimists!

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