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

Are you interested in joining our club so that you can Bring Out the Best in youth, in your community, and in yourself? MORE INFORMATION

Club News & Announcements

Optimist Day Brings Hope to Community

PO BOX 180251
CONTACT: ROB KRACHT (619) 347-1559

January 29, 2021

Optimist Day Brings Hope to Community

The Optimist Club of Coronado asks the community to choose optimism February 4, 2021

Coronado, California – The Optimist Club of Coronado invites community members to celebrate Optimist Day on February 4, 2021.

With the global pandemic continuing to affect the lives of people around the world, Optimists are choosing Optimism. “Now more than ever, we recognize the need to choose optimism,” Optimist Club President Rob Kracht explained, “Our number one priority is helping children in our community.”

Optimist members continue to find optimism by reciting the Optimist Creed. The Creed is nearly a century old but holds great importance. It is a promise that one makes to themselves to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind; to talk health, happiness, and prosperity to everyone you meet; and to press on to the greater achievements of the future, among other things.

The Optimist Club of Coronado has been supporting local youth since 1970. Programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include: the annual Sports Fiesta; essay and oratorical contests; youth volunteer groups and projects such as Junior Optimists, Pennies for Pasta, and the Super Bowl of Caring; financial support for leadership, academic and athletic youth activities; and local restaurant and business support.

For more information about the event, please call (619) 347-1559 or visit the Club’s website at www.optimistclubofcoronado.org.

Optimist International has nearly 70,000 adult and youth members in about 2,500 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Youth, in our Communities, and in Ourselves,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.

Introducing Tom Catlin

From Tom: I began in television in 1989 after graduating from San Diego State. I have worked as a reporter, producer, camera person and editor in Palm Springs, Nashville, Orange County, CA, Los Angeles, Boston and San Diego, twice. I have worked for Fox Sports San Diego since 2011 producing shows about the Padres. I recently won my 6th Emmy for a story we hope to show you today assuming screen sharing works.

More information about Tom: Producer of television documentaries and biographies, including writing, shooting and editing, for Fox Sports San Diego, the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. I have also managed Production and Advertising for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox.

Television biographies for the Boston Red Sox that aired on NESN include; Dave Roberts, Carl Yastrzemski, Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, Fred Lynn, Tim Wakefield, Jim Lonborg, Carlton Fisk, Dwight Evans, Joe Cronin, Terry Francona, Rick Burleson, Wade Boggs and more.

Television biographies for the San Diego Padres that aired on Fox Sports San Diego include; Tony Gwynn, Dick Enberg, Matt Kemp, Andrew Cashner, Jedd Gyorko, Derek Norris, The Padres Owners, Peter Seidler, Ron Fowler and Alfredo Harp Helú, Trevor Hoffman's Call to the Hall of Fame.

Find Us

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

1845 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118


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Message from Sharp Coronado Hospital

Dear Optimist Club Members:

We are writing to ask for your support in Sharp Coronado Hospital’s offsite COVID-19 vaccine clinic. As you may know the County of San Diego has authorized Healthcare Workers in Tier 1A to receive vaccine at this time. Sharp Coronado Hospital is now actively working to open an appointment only Tier 1A COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic using the County website appointment system. It is our hope that such efforts will assist in getting the vaccine process moving along. We are urgently in need of physicians, nurses and pharmacists who can assist in vaccinating individuals and in need of additional support to help with registration, greeting, outside monitor and runners to help the team.

Volunteers are needed beginning Wednesday, January 13 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center’s Nautilus Room. The clinic will be open by appointment only for Healthcare Workers - Tier 1A Monday – Friday 10am – 7pm except holidays.

Available shifts for volunteers include:

  • Morning: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Afternoon 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. or
  • 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. with a break for lunch (to be provided).

Volunteer roles include:

  • Vaccinators: Qualified individuals who can administer the vaccine are attached on the document titled Authorized + Potential Vaccinators. On-site training will be provided.
  • Greeter/Door Monitor: 2 needed per shift; ensure guests are wearing mask, keep their social distance and have necessary paperwork to validate their appointment
  • Registration: 5 needed per shift; validate guest’s appointment and direct them to vaccinator
  • Line Monitor: 1 needed per shift; answer questions and help guests maintain social distance
  • Runner: 2 needed per shift; help vaccinators with needs including but not limiting transporting items by car from Community Center to Sharp Coronado Hospital
  • Floater: 1 needed per shift; support needs of any volunteers or guests
  • Outside Monitor: 2 needed per shift; monitor individuals vaccinated for 15 minutes to ensure there is no allergic reaction

Sharp Coronado is working hard to be part of the County of San Diego effort to vaccinate the greatest number of people who qualify receive the vaccine. We are enthusiastic that this is the first step toward wider vaccine availability for the community.

Volunteers will be compliant with all COVID-19 prevention protocols to the best of our ability including social distancing of 6 feet, wearing a mask and having hand sanitizer available at every volunteer station. If you are uncomfortable or feel your health is at risk in any way, we would ask that you not volunteer.

If you are interested, please contact Shannon Pavell at shannon.pavell@sharp.com or 619-522-3758 with your name, contact information, role of interest and availability.

Thank you for helping us be a part of the solution to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We appreciate your gift of time.


Sharp Coronado Hospital