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

Weekly Optimist Meeting March 14, 2019


This morning Dick Loomis gave us a beautiful prayer asking for God's blessing on all those who selflessly serve our community and our nation. Buck's grandson lead off the Pledge of Allegiance.

Today, Sawyer Eade, accompanied by his Dad, was here to give us a briefing on his planned Eagle Scout project to build a Garden Path from the Special Ed classroom at CHS over to the garden area. First a little about Sawyer. He's been a Boy Scout and Cub Scout in Coronado for 10 years, he's currently the Sr Patrol Leader and a member of the Order of the Arrow. Sawyer plans to study Engineering in college.

The Garden Path project will provide wheel chair access form the Special Ed classroom to the Garden Area along a granite slab walkway. The project will also include additional wheel chair accessible planter boxes. Sawyer has received all necessary approvals from the school for the project and is now raising the $900 he estimates will be the final costs. I think Sawyer will make a great engineer someday, his computer generated drawings of the project, bill of material and over all planning was very professional. Well done Sawyer.


In addition to our guest speaker, Shelley Parker and Sawyer Eade our Eagle Scout candidate, we had Mike Croll with us today. Mike, a guest of John Bowen, was making his second visit. His application is in and we had unofficial word that its been accepted. So we should be welcoming Mike into the club at a future meeting.


Carla bragged that her Granddaughter just turned one.

Gooch bragged about the great job Renee has done improving the quality and tastiness y of our snacks each week. Better quality for a lower cost as well.

$$$ Opportunity Drawings $$$

John Watson won $42 in the opportunity drawing this week

DINGS: The Ding Master was missing in action this week, so we all got a pass.


Optimist Club Happy Hour: The next club Happy Hour will held at the VFW Hall at 5:30 PM on Thursday March 21. Ya'll come now, OK!

Super Seal Sunday: We'll be helping at the Super Seal Triathlon again this Sunday March 17. Our location will be at the South End of the Navy housing. Parking is available at the end of Attu Rd. Email or call (DON'T TEXT) Irish if you have any questions

CMS Track meets: The team needs help (about five people) with timing and other items. Meets are Wednesdays at 3:00 PM. Contact Irish if you can help out

CHS Swim Team: They also need help with timers. meets are on Fridays. Contact Julie Ruef if you can help out.

Coronado Flower Show: Volunteers are needed
for this years show.

Coronado Schools Telethon is tonight: This years theme is TV Game Shows. You can watch it on Ch 99 on AT&T or Ch 19 on Spectrum.

Our own Diana Drummey will be a guest on Illuminate this Saturday at 2pm on KCBQ AM 1170, FW 96.1. Illuminate is a financial variety show hosted by Jon Harris, LPL Financial.

Guest Speaker

This weeks speaker was Shelley Parker who gave an overview and tutorial on our own Coronado Optimist Website. www.OptimistclubofCoronado.org. Shelley developed the website and currently maintains it on a weekly basis. The Website has lots of information about the club and our activities. It's meant for club members, potential club members, the community, sponsors etc. There is a members only area that is password protected. The password for those interested will be sent out under a separate email. The best thing to do is to just go on the sight and explore. There are many drop down menus that will tell everything you ever wanted to know about the club and the activities we support.

Anniversaries and Birthdays

We had just one Anniversary this week. George Kunberger 3 years, sponsor Dennis Dorman

Weekly Optimist Meeting March 7, 2019


Too much to write about this morning, so we will just describe the pictures supplied by our prize winning photo collectors.

But first Charles Helsper provided prayer and the Madouse household started the pledge. We welcomed Mike Croll with John Bowen, Sean Rogers with Buck, and Linda Peters with our speaker Wendy Patrick who stands next to president Carla in the photo.

And the winners of the Oratorical Contest were..Bronze Winner Marietta Renison, 6th grader from Sacred Heart who talked about Helen Keller, Winston Churchill, and KT Rollins in convincing us of the difference between Optimism and Realism. A quote "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again".

Valeria Quiroga, also in the 6th grade at Sacred Heart, took the Silver Medal talking about her grandfather,as an eternal Optimist provide a course for her in trying to make a difference in many of the problems Valeria observes in our corner of the world.

Logan McKerring is and 8th grader in Sacred Heart and he took the Gold with a delightful talk about perceptions of reality, the unreality of the # world and the reality of life threatening health issues where Optimism and family love are the keys to hope.

Principal Peter Harris introduced teacher Courtnie Marshall (in the photo next to Gene) who acted at the guide for these young, accomplished speakers. The parents were justifiable proud of their flocks.

Wendy Patrick came from the County DA office where she leads the Sex Crimes & Human Trafficking Division. She told us about her book Red Flags--Separating the Dangerous from the Desirable. She held our attention with stories of prosecuting bad folks and sometime have a hard time convincing juries that the angel in front of them was posing.

Next week our website designer will show show us how we look to those who look. Take a look yourself and bring recommendations.

Jack Larison is recovering from a virus at Fredricka Mannor in Chula Vista.

$$$ Giving Away The Cash $$$

We gave $400 to the Boys Lacrosse team which was represented by Coach Alec Cade and his three captains. They come out of the chute Friday at 7 PM against a bruising team from Texas.


Matt Jordon is filling out the watch squad for the Flower Show Security. Email Matt at <mattj8001@gmail.com> to get on the list. The show is the weekend of April 13.

The CHS Cheer Squad took first place in the National Cheer Meet in Vegas. Here they are showing off the National Champion jackets.

Doctor Suess you say?

Can you see through the disguises? Everybody had a most catlike time!

Anniversaries and Birthdays

  • Anniversaries Dana Cavanaugh (8 years), Charles Helsper (9), Bill and Bobbie Howland (5 &3), Beau Blumenthal (5), Caroline
  • Williams (27), Jack Larison (29).
  • Birthdays Tom Catlin, Charlie Ahern, Caroline Williams

2019 Oratorical Contest Results

MeOptimism Declaimed, Wonderfully: Fourteen eager students, aged eleven to fourteen, from Sacred Heart Parish School and Coronado Middle School, spoke on the topic Is There A Fine Line Between Reality And Optimism? at the Coronado Optimists 48th Annual Oratorical Contest on February 27th in the Library’s Winn Room. All the students carried themselves well and dealt with this seemingly dry topic with winning charm, vivacity, and persuasive sincerity to the delight parents, siblings, and Optimists filling the Coronado Library’s Winn Room. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medallion winners were: Logan McKerring, Valeria Quiroga, and Marietta Renison. Bravos to all!

There were many memorable moments in the students’ 4 – 5 minute speeches. They quoted many historic optimists including Henry Ford, “…If you think you can or you can’t you are right,” “…Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently,” and added their own insightful aphorisms, “…Reality is life, optimism makes life better,” “…Reality is the facts of life that surround you, but optimism is a positive lens through which you view your reality,” “…Things happen because of our optimism in ourselves and in others,” “…If Jack can climb the beanstalk, you can get your job…,” “…it was through optimism and family love that we got through that reality…,” “….Optimism is a state of mind...that can steer you to accept any reality…,” and “I am optimistic that I have a chance of winning this contest today, and that is my way of showing optimism in reality.” Coronado

Optimist Club President Carla Fargo and President-elect Dennis Dorman presented each student a well-earned Certificate of Participation and thanked the parents and teachers for encouraging their students to enter the contest. All were very proud of their students, daughters and sons who are terrific young adults with bright futures

Judges for the contest were Mike Lavin, Paul Lull, and George Kunberger, with Sue Cargill serving as timekeeper; Marta Radcliffe, Julia Turpit, and Molly McKay as greeters/curators; Pat Kelly, Sergeant-At-Arms; Lee Cargill, photographer; Irish Flynn, contest scribe; and Gene Rathswohl, contest coordinator – Optimist Club members all.