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 08-08-2019


President Elect Dennis was at the helm and the mic was not working... USE YOUR PLAYGROUND VOICE we all called out. Brenda used her teacher voice and shared a prayer and Dick Loomis led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Our attendance was low 38 summer vacations I guess and we welcomed 5 guests... Kyle Riley was a guest of Paul Lull, but Paul was UTL(Unable to locate), and our other guests were our speakers and support, Stephen, Brady, Dominic and Jonathan.

Medical Report

Sue Cargill is home healing from a new knee and Joan Larison took a tumble breaking her hip, but she and Jack are tag team nursing each other to better health.

SF wrap up down and dirty...big thanks to Rob Kracht for all he did with his team of Cynthia, Al and Dick. Funds look like we will finish out this year's SF with between 49k to 50k.

If anyone needs SF t-shirts for sponsors or wants to buy a shirt...call or email Drummey 619-787-9592 or drummedge@att.net.

Some numbers Triathlon-70, 5k-74, Ocean swim-26, Volleyball-14 and Lawn Bowling-16. And again amazing party at the Krohne's...margaritas were the best!


  • August 10 - Laz Waczek born in National City, CA
  • August 11 . Christian Esquevin born in Marseilles, France
  • August 13 - Matt Smith born in Chula Vista, CA
  • August 13 - Sara Stillman born in Boston, Mass
  • August 14 - Floyd Humphreys born in Memphis, TN

Super Frog is coming up on September 15th at 0600 to 1300 hours... sign ups with Irish Flynn: duties are assistance at SR75 and Rainbow and inside the VIP Tent.

Some brags, dings and 50/50 went to Crawdaddy again who donated back to the kids.. If you need to store any equipment etc for our club, we have a storage unit...contact Erin, Bill Barry or Don who have the keys and can assist you.

Stephan Dela Cruz was our speaker, and a surprising and engaging fellow is he. Stephan began in Karaoke mode singing "I Believe I Can Fly" and quickly gave us reason to believe that his life has been, and continues to be, an amazing one. From time in a juvenile hall cell charged with attempted murder of his father to heading a business with 600 employees today, Stephan has led first a misdirected and then a directed life. Stephan found a mentor--or rather he worked at finding the right person and convincing that person that he should take on the young man who called for help.

Through his own success Stephan decided to become a Superhero by passing on his VISION to others. His vision is in the power of words--and Stephen certainly demonstrated to us that power.

Further he talked of making an IMPRESSION of INFLUENCE. He advised us to live so young folk will want to want to copy our actions. And Stephan asked us to be aware of the POWER, Authority, and Responsibility we all hold in our lives and to use our time to mentor the next generation which is yearning for teachers of life.

Throwback Thursday

DUES IS STILL DUE...send checks to Treasurer Dr. Moore or at the meeting Don Crawford will take credit cards.

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Weekly Optimist Meeting 08-01-2019

United Through Reading And Eagle Scout Presentations

President Carla rang the bell and we settled in for our morning meeting. Lyman gave the prayer and our breakfast host, Renee lead the pledge.

If you missed today's meeting you missed chicken sausage biscuits, fruit, and hard boiled eggs. Renee only has a few weeks more off from school to spoil us with great meeting breakfasts. Renee also supplied table favors this week...Coors, Coke, Modelo and La Croix soda...left overs from SF BBQ party. Don't miss the meetings - who knows what she will cook up next week.

We had 44 members at the meeting and five guests, two with applications in hand. John Watson brought in Shannon Pavell from the Coronado Hospital Foundation. Doug Grossman had his Navy buddy, Morgan Miller come and take home an application. Dick Madouse was home do PT, but Joan was escorted by her son, Scott Baylock. Gooch's chauffeur, Mo was in the house and our meeting speaker, Perry Yee.

President Carla welcomed back into the fold, Laura Lynn with her new name-tag and her guest, Coco Channel her companion dog. Laura was a member from 2001 to 2016, and prior to her and the family moving, the entire Meek family was part of our club. Now that is a first! We are thrilled to have her home, but she is looking for a place to live ASAP.

Another successful SF finished up on Saturday with a fun dinner and music at Ted Krohne's house. A debrief of the numbers etc will be shared at next week's meeting. If anyone needs tshirts for sponsors $400 and above, let Diana know and she will get your a shirt for the sponsor.. call or email her...619-787-9592 drummedge@att.net.

Board of Directors had a meeting on Monday and awarded $1,000 to CHS Sailing Team.

  • Anniversary: Doug Grossman
  • Birthdays: Dr. Moor and Mo Gooch!

A cards was sent around for member John Bassert, who just had knee surgery...Dan Hendrickson has additional info.

50/50 went to Governor Elect Jim Zoll..total of $42.

Bragging: Carla bragged on all volunteers for SF.
Zoll bragged on son in law, who's mother is Cheryl Sylvester as he participated in the SF
Gooch bragged on Renee for a great meeting breakfast
Cynthia bragged on her ongoing business adventures
Laura Lynn bragged on Justin High 5 and surviving a weekend with 30 young adults celebrating Victoria Rose's 21st Birthday.
Mark bragged on Bill Carrinder saving a ferry ticket from the rocks-you had to be there to hear the full story.

A few dings from the ding master, but he really hammered our educators... Renee, Karl, and Lee....BE KIND TO OUR TEACHERS!

Our guest speaker, Perry Lee retired as a Navy Seal and started a non profit called Active Valor. Retired military become mentors for Gold Star Families kids. The original mission was to have a mentor to one kid, but as the moms dropped off the kids, the moms became another entity of this amazing group.

The organization takes the kids on adventures with their mentors such as Capture the Flag, Zombie Hunt, and Treasurer Hunts. Together, they get to participate in mission-based adventures that promote problem solving, community building, self confidence, critical thinking, and hands-on fun.

For more info check out their webpage at: https://activevalor.com.

Throwback Thursday Sports Fiesta

DUES IS STILL DUE...send checks to Treasurer Dr. Moore or at the meeting Don Crawford will take credit cards.

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Weekly Optimist Meeting 07-18-2019

United Through Reading And Eagle Scout Presentations

The back up editor is at the helm for healing George K. in PA and Bob Sheridan who needs a break and replacement. Yes, we are looking for another green sheet editor...it is an simple job do not be intimidated by the writing...add your own flare.

Pat Kelly led us in a prayer and Jim Callaway started the pledge. The room was full of guests for a busy summer day in Coronado...for those who missed it retiree Christian Esquevin slipped in for a visit too. Guests were Shannon and Rajin from Coronado Hospital, Glenda: BJ's Comfort Keeper support, John Cook Eagle Scout, Sally Zoll with Gov Elect Jim Zoll, and Mo...the top 50/50 winner.

First up John Cook presented his Eagle Project proposal: a storage shed at CHS for a cost of just under $500. We presented John with a check for $250.

Sally Zoll presented a touching video and update of the United thru Reading program which is in its 30th year...an amazing program for our military families.

A surprise new member induction, Dave Hoppe who has some history with our club as his father was a member in the 70's and 80's. Dave is sponsored by President Carla and inducted by Past President Linda Stanton. Dave is a CHS and SDSU grad as well as participating in our annual SF. Like many families of SD his father was transferred here for work and the family stayed to be a part of the community.

Birthdays for missing members John Bassort and Julie Ruef... Anniversaries for Mayor Bailey and Matt Pontes.

Mayor Bailey also made a presentation of a city proclamation for our annual SF Week... this following week it is SF Week in Coronado as declared by the City of Coronado.

Our guest speaker, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. Serge was here as the executive director of Wildcoast. WILDCOAST is an international team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife.

Serge and his wife studied whales in Baja California and wrote about those experiences as well as two other books about the sea. With Wildcoast the organization is working with Mexico, Coronado and SD with representatives in Washington, D. C. to resolve the ongoing sewage issues from TJ river.

As well as his work with Wildcoast, Serge is busy upgrading Imperial Beach city services, such as out door fitness courts and work out court. Future plans is a recreation dept and pool for the citizens of IB.

For more information about about Wildcoast check out the webpage: https://wildcoast.org.


Also surprise video of Landing on the Moon....


ALSO, dues is due...send checks to Treasurer Dr. Moore or at the meeting Don Crawford will take credit cards.

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