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.

 Read here  OPTIMIST CREED

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

Events

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

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

MARCH
OI Oratorical Contest
JOI of Reading

APRIL
Eggstravanzag at Coronado Community Center Club
Spring Social

MAY
Sports Fiesta Ad Sales/Fundraising Campaign

JUNE
CHS Scholarship presentations

JULY
Fourth of July parade
Sports Fiesta Event
Sports Fiesta Dinner

SEPTEMBER
Installation Dinner

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

NOVEMBER
(tba)

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

Officers

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

Weekly Optimist Meeting 11-21-2019

You are going to wear green, slide in the mud and get shot at!

Thanks to Renee for the -lovely -breakfast of pies, whip cream and other breakfast treats!

A cool morning with little dampness in the air brought out 44 Optimists but no guests. We had a prayer and the pledge...and President Doorman kicked the meeting off with history and announcements.

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS

John Watson and Bill Parry joined your President at the VFW last Friday for the annual Toys for Tots chili cook-off fundraiser sponsored by the local Marine Corp league. Former Optimist Michael Napolitano and his wife won a prize for their entry.

Jim Jamison is finalizing the Liaison positions for the coming year...please contact him if you need to follow up. james.f.jaminson.sr@yahoo.com.

As shown above the Lawn Bowling Trophy has returned to Coronado Optimist Club...it will be proudly displayed at the Lawn Bowling club room. CONGRATS again to the team and coach Bill Carinder.

Dec. 7th JOI kids garage sale to raise money for Childhood Cancer...drop off items to Erin's house corner of 2nd and D Avenue.

Snow Mountain has returned to the Ferry Landing on Dec 6th from 3pm to 5:30pm...Stacy at the recreation needs our help again. Contact Diana to sign up... 619-787-9592 or drummedge@att.net.

OPTIMIST CHRISTMAS PARTY
Contact Brenda Kracht
bmkracht@hotmail.com
to RSVP to the Christmas Party will be
Dec 19th at the Coronado Golf Course
Feast and Fareway
5 to 6 no host bar and 6 to 9 Dinner
$53 person for a marvelous dinner and fun with your Optimists friends!
Bring in TOYS FOR TOTS at the meetings...not the holiday party this year.....

Coronado Optimist Club Annual FREE Thanksgiving Movie is still in the planning....8-10 volunteers will be needed from 0830 to the end of the movie...as soon as Leslie and Don have the details another green sheet will be sent out for volunteers and final details.

HISTORY LESSON

Historical Info: The fact that today is the anniversary of the first human flight in a free balloon, back in 1783, is of only passing interest as we continue to explore the galaxy and send manned flights into space.

Also, little remembered, on this day in 1620, self-government began in the U.S. in deep water aboard the Mayflower off the New England coast when the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact for what they called “a civil body politic”. Today civility has suffered greatly since that grand beginning.

Finally few remember that on this date ,in 1694, Francois-Marie Arouet was born in Paris, France. His pen-name was Voltaire. Among his wise observations was a remark that “The way to be a bore is to say everything”. Since I do not want to bore you here today I will stop today’s history lessons.

BRAGS

  • Irish bragged on his daughter Liz as she completed a 50k in SF.
  • Lyman shared about his niece's birthday today.
  • Bob Kennelly's son is living in Fargo, ND and Bob recommends visiting the air museum when you are there.

ANNIVERSARIES

Paul Dudley celebrated 25 years with the club on Nov.17th. He was sponsored by Jack Davis.

Birthdays: Morgan Miller was born Nov. 16, in Yuma,AZ.; and, Bill Carinder was born Nov. 20th in Independence, KS.

$OPPORTUNITY DRAWING$

Marta Radcliffe was the big winner this week...don't spend it all in the same place! CONGRATS!

GUEST SPEAKER

Our guest speaker FTA'D (FAILED TO APPEAR...maybe he thought it was Turkey Day...so
Don "Crawdaddy" Crawford stepped in as an inspirational speaker and to share his path to becoming a SEAL.

Don's dad advised him there were three choices after high school: military, college or get a job. Don decided on college and started at Utah State, but things would take a turn as he talked to recruiters in the military.

Don took a few tests and scored so high the recruiting officers said Don could practically pick any job....He told he dad he was joining military and dad's response, " You are going to be wearing green sliding around in the mud and being shot at."

As the story continued and more tests taken by Don which he continued to score well in he was asked if he would be interested in being a Navy Frog. Now the tests were swimming, running and physical screening...again Don excelled in the tests. Yeah new recruit Don, but he was sent to Coronado and told now you will be a SEAL... his response "What happened to being a FROG, I don't want to be a SEAL."

In 1967 Don was assigned to SEAL Team 1 and told he was going to be running around in jungles and shooting people... A quick call to Dad with the news, "Well, Dad looks like I will be wearing green, sliding around in the mud and being shot at."

Don's class of '42 started with 171 recruits, graduated with 69 in July 1967.

Next Week's Speaker

NO MEETING... GOBBLE GOBBLE TURKEY DAY....ENJOY YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

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Weekly Optimist Meeting 11-14-2019

READY..SET..JUMP!

We had 39 members at the meeting and President Dennis settled them down with the ring of the bell. Irish led us in prayer and Lee started the pledge.

We welcomed JOI kids from Coronado Octagon Club-Cole, Kaylie and Olivia and they bragged on our Optimist Club for all the support we provide for them. JOI kids are having their annual garage sale to raise money for Childhood Cancer. The location is TBD, but date is Saturday Dec. 7th and drop off items can be dropped at Erin Downey's house the corner of 2nd and D Avenue.

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS

Round Table on Friday at the Winn Room at 10am... speaker is Mayor of Imperial Beach.

Contact Brenda Kracht bmkracht@hotmail.com to RSVP to the Christmas Party will be Dec 19th at the Coronado Golf Course...
5 to 6 no host bar and 6 to 9 Dinner.... more to come but mark your calendars! Bring in TOYS FOR TOTS at the meetings...not the holiday party this year.....

HISTORY LESSON

Historical Info: On this day, in 1889, a newspaper reporter who called herself Nellie Bly was sent off by The New York World (perhaps the predecessor to the Times) to try to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She made it in 72. One hundred thirty years later travel has sped up greatly but the same problems are present at the stops along the way. Also, Moby Dick was published in 1851 on this date.

BRAGS

Carla had a brag but forgot it...Dr. Mullins was in the house with his Homecoming King Cole...parents love to embarrass their kids.
Cynthia bragged on Leslie getting a journalism award at the SD Journalism conference.

Dan Henrickson's grandson came thru heart surgery with flying colors...Renee bragged and thank Caroline Lull and her co-workers for their presentation to 5th graders about banking.

Lee Cargill's grandson is playing Aussie Rule football and awarded Rookie of the Year....Al Aegerter praised the JOI kids for a great quarterly meeting and to Carla for having a road named after the Fargo's at Camp Surf.

$OPPORTUNITY DRAWING$

Golfer extraordinaire, Paul Dudley took home the winnings this week.

ANNIVERSARIES

Lee Pontes with 6 yrs. on Nov.11, 2013, sponsored by Matt Pontes; also on Nov.11, 2014, Kevin Schaeffer with 5 yrs. by Britt Cooper; and, today, in 1990, Linda Stanton by Ted Stearns with 29 years!!

BIRTHDAYS

Julia Turpit, Nov.8, from San Diego; John Watson Nov.11, from Seattle,WA; Mark Blumenthal Nov.13 from Albion,MI.; and, George Kunberger, Nov.13, from Philadelphia, PA.

GUEST SPEAKER

Our guest speaker Clint Russell... Doctor, parachute jumper, and Cross Fit Coronado owner.

Clint trained 98 yr old Tom Rice of the 101 Regiment...Clint helped get Tom ready to jump over Normandy for this year's 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Clint needed to get Tom in shape for the jump. Clint first tested Tom's skills of walking, getting up and down, and picking up small objects... for those getting older or more seasoned as I like to call it....these three areas are important to keep yourself in good shape and mobile.

We watched an amazing video of Tom's tandem jump and somewhat ungraceful landing... but he did an amazing job. Tom now wants to jump for the 101st when he turns 101.

Next Week's Speaker

Motivational “Coach G” aka Gerald Aldred

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Weekly Optimist Meeting 11-7-2019

Looks like our President Dorman is getting the hang of the Thursday morning meetings...his reign is in full swing. Cynthia shared a prayer and memory for Veterans Day on Monday. Richard Loomis led the pledge.

Lots of excitement in the room as President Doorman made the announcement:

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS..WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS and NO TIME FOR LOSERS!
 
The Lawn Bowling team took the crown and trophy back from the Rotarians... thanks to our ringer Charles Helspar
backed up by Gene Rathswohl, John Watson, and deadly Renee Cavanaugh as they steamrolled the despondent Rotarians. To be fair the Rotarians were gracious and less smug in their sudden devastating defeat by a one game margin.
 
Trophy is being engraved and will be on display at next week's meeting. CONGRATULATIONS TO A GREAT VICTORY!

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. BofD has adopted budget guideline not to exceed last years income.
  2. We have agreed to send $2000 requested by Coronado SAFE for a program geared to pre-school and kindergarten aged children in all public and private schools in Coronado to promote self reflection, empathy and skills for problem solving.
  3. We have granted a request to fund six students for sixth grade camp at $350/each whose families are unable to afford the expense.
  4. We have agreed to provide a monthly pizza party for all members of the Coronado High Junior Optimist Club in consideration of their many community activities on our behalf.

Brenda Kracht shared our Christmas Party will be
Dec 19th at the Coronado Golf Course...
5 to 6 no host bar and 6 to 9 Dinner....
more to come but mark your calendars!

HISTORY LESSON

  1. On this date in 1917 the Bolshevik party in Russia led a revolution against the provisional government to establish a communist dictatorship.
    The Russian Revolution did not begin as a Communist movement; the Tsar was overthrown and replaced by a democratic coalition. When a free election was held later on November 25,1917, the Communists lost; so they just threw out the election results. On this day in 1917 the Communists opted for armed force as the weapon of change.

BRAGS

Mayor Bailey bragged on the Lawn Bowling Team and Jim Jamison for Avenue of Heroes. As well and he and Karl Mueller attended a SAFE event where they were ID'D as OPTIMISTS! Then thanks to the Cargills for attending a council mtg.

Cynthia bragged about more writing opportunities for her.

Renee one of the lawn bowling team and praised Charles for being the anchor of the team.

Carla is going to be a grandmother again...#3.

HISTORY LESSON

  1. On this date in 1917 the Bolshevik party in Russia led a revolution against the provisional government to establish a communist dictatorship.
    The Russian Revolution did not begin as a Communist movement; the Tsar was overthrown and replaced by a democratic coalition. When a free election was held later on November 25,1917, the Communists lost; so they just threw out the election results. On this day in 1917 the Communists opted for armed force as the weapon of change.

$OPPORTUNITY DRAWING$

School board member, Lee Pontes took home the kitty.

ANNIVERSARIES

Kirk Henry,Nov.1,2001, 18 yrs.,by Eric Raiter; Julia Turpit, 1 yr., Nov.5 by Lyndsey Arendsee

BIRTHDAYS

Erin Downey Nov.6, in New Orleans

GUEST SPEAKER

Our speaker today was Chris Hoffman is the founder and CEO of VET Training and Coaching. The goal of Chris and his staff is to assist Vets in how to re-discover, re-equip, and re-engage with what matters most in their life after serving in the military for their country.

The C.O.R.E. Values of this program helps set the tone for assisting the VETS:
P.A.S.S.I.O.N.
Perseverance-Achievement-Service-Strength-Integrity-Obedience-kNowledge.

Chris is providing innovative and highly effective solutions for three needs 1) Discovering individuality 2) Finding a meaningful life 3) Gaining support needed to create momentum out of uniform.

For more information check out the webpage for Chris-Hoffmann-VET-Training-and-Coaching.

Next Week's Speaker

Tom Rice and Clint Russell, Normandy Jump.

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