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

Sports Fiesta Triathlon 2020

Every year on the last weekend in July, the Optimist Club of Coronado holds the annual Optimist Sports Fiesta.  One of the highlights of the event is the triathlon which holds the distinction of being the oldest continuous running triathlon in the world!

This year, of course, the Sports Fiesta was cancelled due to COVID-19.  Disappointing for the Optimists and competitors, one family in particular.  Three Coronado-grown brothers Dave, Al and Mark Hansen, have been staunch competitors in the Sports Fiesta for years.  Al says he’s only missed one over the years.  The thought of the Sports Fiesta triathlon losing its distinction of being oldest, continuous running triathlon in the world didn’t sit well with the family and they decided to do something about it.

A plan was hatched, bringing three generations of family together for the competition.  David and his wife, Mickey live on the bay so it was the perfect venue for all three events.  Sports Fiesta coordinator, Optimist Don Crawford, was called to officiate the activities.  Masks, social distancing, and safety were priorities.

First event in the competition was the swim out to a buoy with some swimmers and lots of kids on paddleboards.  Next up was the run down First Street with a variety of speeds, bare feet, a tutu, and lots of enthusiasm.  Lastly, the bike ride went along the same route on First Street in the bike lane.  In this competition everyone was a winner in their age group with Grandpa Dave handing out medals to all the kids from his collection, dating back to the 1980s.  It was truly competitive fun at its best.

Lunch was a celebration on the bay front to celebrate Dave and Mickey’s 50th wedding anniversary, surrounded by family.

After a lunch the family members dispersed.  It was overheard that a few Hansens were looking forward to their next event of the day, the annual Sports Siesta.

The Optimist Club of Coronado would like to thank the Hansen Family for keeping the Sports Fiesta Triathlon tradition and history alive.