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 05-16-2019

The Middle School Fav Students, Track, Robotics

The Room was full of young folks, parents, and finally Optimists.

John Bowen had orchestrated another of our special days to celebrate the youth of Coronado, and we also had on hand school activities leaders to take home our Big Checks. But first President Fargo hit the bell, Irish Flynn gave us prayer, and Karl Mueller led the pledge.

At the top left we see Coach George Green and four of his champion league track folk taking home a check for $500. The athletes are all bound for college track teams. Nick Dunn, Madden Hundley, Teresa Perez, and Sofia van Arsdale all hold school records and have been participating in invitational meets.

Coach Green said that the money we donate is used to help fund their travel. George thanked us for our help with the meets, and drew our applause for his long 25 years as his coaching career winds down with a fine team.  In the picture over to the right Don Crawford hands a check for $795 to CMS Principal Karin Mellina and Coach Todd Thielman who thanked us for funding among other items a Lap Tracker that lets the kids log the miles and miles that they run. No more pencil notes on a bulletin board. Finally, Jack Miller, next year's president of the Robotics Club takes a check for $400 from Lee Cargill and President Carla. Jack told us that this year's robot stacked plates and climbed a wall because, well, why not? Yeh!

The Coronado Middle School Student Achievement Awards were next up. We had a glowing introduction by John Bowen to cap off this third week of the Awards. Counselor Mike Crooker, Assistant Principal Brooke Falar, and Principal Karin Mellina told us all about these wonderful young people. The students were all chosen by their peers which make the award very special.Sixth graders Salma Ali and Jack Harvey were introduced by Mike Crooker. She loves dance, tennis, and is pleased to have given the speech at her elementary school graduation. This your lady wants to be a general surgeon. Jack Harvey is in advanced band, has a black belt and is into robotics. Jack want to become a cyberwarrior in the Navy.

Brooke Falar presented 7th grader Susana Pate who is a lover of softball. Susana has earned academic prizes and was awarded a special rank in the Safety Patrol. She hopes to play Division One Softball in college. Her classmate Wyatt Riebe is a Boy Scout who wants to be an eagle. After he lives a great life as a Navy pilot he would like to discover a new land species.Karin Mollina said that she loves the time that 8th grader Olivia Karnas spends in her office. Oliva is very active in Junior Optimist International as the Treasurer. She is also the local President. Olivia has a optimistic goal of empowering others. And she has a wonderful smile. Classmate Ryan Kennedy has been to school all over the country and all over the world. He loves water polo and works hard at it above his grade level. He hopes to go to the Naval Academy and fly Navy aircraft.

We sent all these youngsters back to school with blessings and smiles for them and for Mike, Brooke, and Karin as well as Matt Smith and Kevin Perez who are advisors for the Junior Optimists. Just look at all those happy faces of the youngsters and their proud parents in the picture below.

Don't forget the Ad Sales Effort. Open that manila envelope and please get busy.


Bragging: Thirty Sevey Years of Wedded Bliss and Joe Moore gives Laura dinner at the Boat House. That's how they do it in West Virginia.
Bo Blumenthal tell stories from Augusta next week.

Weekly Optimist Meeting 04-18-2019


Much to do this morning and so we start with potpourri, to wit: bread baked sans leaven and brought annually to our meeting by BJ Adleson to mark the Passover. This morning somebody got all the cream cheese and jam before I arrived at the table.

Next, everybody gets to be "inked" on her 60th birthday, right? Our master gardener chose leaves for her ankle to answer a family challenge.

And our betters wuss out before the furrowed brow of Big Brother. The club is suspending our opportunity drawings because the IRS is watching. If Lyman Green were not in Sick Bay he would cry out Patrick Henry-like, "This shall not stand!" What happened to the spirit of Lexington and Concord?

Meanwhile the board of directors meet to give stuff away legally on Monday next at 6PM in the library boardroom. You are welcome to come and watch.

And--drum roll please-- we have a slate of officers to vote for pretty soon. Here be it.
For President Elect Rob Kracht; For VPs Paul Lull and Jim Jamison; for Directors (2019-20) Richard Loomis, Mike Croll, and Tom Catlin. We will have the slate read one more time and then a vote. If you have another candidate be ready next Thursday.

$$$$ Giving Away The Cash $$$$

No big checks this week, but a couple of letters of thanks from the Middle School for the sixth grade camp donations and from United Everybody A Reader.

Cheri Aegerter who gave our prayer also bragged with joy that her 20 year old daughter has graduated and flown from the nest.

Irish Flynn told us that our able helpers at the Middle School Track Meet Wednesday met the challenge of many heats of many runners. Don Crawford and Lee Cargill were up to the task.

The fine story in the paper about the HS Surf team taking home all the bacon must have Stan dancing up in the stars.

The Eggstravganza was a hit with all the little folk last Sunday. Thanks to our crew of helpers for Easter Bunny.

Spring Fling is right around the corner

There is still time to join us at the new old Mexican Village on Tuesday, April 30. Renee is taking reservations. Give her a call to join us.


Thirty-three years ago Lance Massey found his table and he has kept his spot.


We hosted the zone Oratorical Contest Wednesday at the Winn Room. The speakers all did their clubs proud. At the left above is 2nd place finisher Faith Talamantez from the Bonita Club; next is Logan McKerring who was third representing our club. In the green dress was the winner Deanie Woodruff from the Point Loma Club, and our alternate is Ian Sturak also representing Point Loma.
The photo on the right shows all the family and friends who came to the show. Look at all the smiles. And thanks to the Optimists and Rotarians who put shoulders to the wheel to bring this off.

Below we have our speaker from the Writing Den. Christian Michael started the project when he found a treasuer chest of cards, stationary, and postage in his mother's things after she died. Christian found a wonderful way to use tihis material while honoring his mother by connecting homeless people with friends and family though writing. Read his story at writingden.org. You will love it.