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

Optimists add to the Luck of the Irish!

On Thursday March 18 the Coronado Optimists added some happiness to Mcp’s, long time supporter of the community! Remember to wear a cheerful countenance at all times!

14 Optimists/friends attended: Chris Ellinger, John Watson, Bill Parry, Lyman Green, Rob Kracht, Cynthia Kosciuczyk, Mike & Susie Croll, Lee & Sue Cargill, Dennis Dorman, Marta Radcliffe, Dan Hendrickson. Mike Lavin (won't be pictured, he did takeout). Also not pictured: James Joyce.

On the passing of Irish Flynn


Where have you been, Irish Flynn?

Your seat next to me is empty, my friend.
Has our weekly chat of Joyce’s’ Ulysses come to an end?
Thanks for sharing that your parents were buried in Dublin’s Glasnevin.

Without you at Coronado track meets, how can we determine who should win?
Your soft voice commanding: “form a cone so the long-distance runners don’t overextend.”

And what about our oratory contests?
The brave students on a quest
The warriors and their words battling
Their fears and anxieties quaking
While you guided them with courage
Without you, who will be the judge?

Don’t leave us Irish, our great supervisor overseeing
Super Seal Triathlons, Halloween Happenings,
Easter Eggstravaganzas, Sports Fiestas
Your leadership is which guided us.

Come back to us Irish, your sweet smile
A role model, for all to admire

“Don’t worry about me, Mike, me boy,
I have joined the angelic train
With Harshberger, Cooper, and the rest of the gang...
But most importantly, I am here with Him.”

Mike Lavin 3/4/21

Find Us

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

1845 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118


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