Optimist Club of Coronado

C4 Foundation Speaks to the Optimist Club

About the C4 Foundation:

Chief Special Warfare Officer, Charles H. Keating, IV aka “Chuck” or “C4” was killed in action on May 3, 2016 in Iraq defending an attempt by 300 ISIS terrorists to breach Kurdish defensive positions in attempt to destroy to the Mosul Dam. One year after his death, C4’s family formed the C4 Foundation, a non-profit charity in Charlie’s honor to deliver family and marriage strengthening programs unique to the Navy SEAL’s and their families at the C4 Ranch located in northern San Diego county. The C4 Foundation was organized as a nonprofit charity in Charlie's honor and spirit on June 26, 2017.


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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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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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.

JOI in Coronado

This week Coronado Optimist JOI Advisor Erin Downey gathered several of Coronado High School Octagon students to make cards for kids at Children's Hospital. Every two weeks the Octagon JOI kids have been meeting to do a project that benefits Coronado or San Diego communities.  The kids met at Erin's house safely wore their masks and created this homemade cards.  In fact some of these cards found their way to several Coronado Optimists.
During this time of social distancing we Optimists are being creative keeping ourselves in the community and helping those in need. 

Coronado Optimists are meeting now weekly via Zoom

Coronado Optimists are meeting now weekly via Zoom...the club started a month ago and attendance is slowing creepy up. We have about 25 attendees a month and love the opportunity to see our Optimist friends and commiserate in this tough time we are all living.  BUT we also know we are OPTIMISTS and this is not forever.  
President Elect Rob Kracht of Coronado Optimists has been diligent with several other members planning weekly Optimist outings.   Businesses in Coronado have been marvelous supports to the annual Sports Fiesta and we are returning the favor.  Pres Elect Rob selects one of the supporting restaurants in town for a weekly breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.  All Optimist attendees are encouraged to wear their yellow shirts, masks and then photo is taken of the group.  Members can either stay at the location or do take out.  Coronado Optimists have had been able to support 15 restaurants in town so far.  Below are just a few of the photos of our Optimists donning their yellow shirts and supporting their Coronado community.

Optimists at MooTime Creamery

Pictured left to right: Rob Kracht, Floyd Humphreys, Jennifer Landry, Brad Gerbel, Brenda & Larry Kracht, Marta Radcliffe, Dennis Dorman, Cynthia Kosciuczyk, Marian Donahue.

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

1845 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118


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Souper Bowl of Caring 2020

Junior Optimist had their Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive today, Super Bowl Sunday.  The Junior Optimist Club of Coronado would like to thank all those who donated to help this collection be a great success!

Announcing the 2020 Oratorical Contest

Ever wonder what it would be like to live with no constraints? No limitations? No frustrations? Coronado school students have an opportunity to muse on these ideas and speak on the theme Just Imagine a World Without Boundaries in the 2020 Coronado Optimists Oratorical Contest.

This is the 49th year of the Coronado Optimists’ contest and will be held in the Winn Room at the Coronado Library on Monday, March 2nd at 3:30 – 6:00p.m. The contest is an enjoyable but serious public-speaking opportunity for Coronado students to explore why they are so confident and optimistic about their future. All are invited to attend the contest, especially the students’ families and friends, and be amazed with the students’ insights and the quality of their speeches.

All Coronado school students, including home-schooled students, under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2019 (there is no minimum age) are eligible to participate and encouraged to apply. Students are urged to work with his/her teacher to prepare their speech.

The students’ 4 – 5 minute speeches, delivered from memory, are judged on content, presentation, poise, and overall effectiveness. Each student receives a participation certificate and the top three students receive medallions and cash awards. The top two students can go on to compete at the Optimists zone and district level contests in April for college scholarships up to $2,500; the district level winner can participate in the regional contest and the Optimist Oratorical World Championship in July for a college scholarships up to $15,000.

The Application form, which includes all the contest rules, is below. It is also available from Gene Rathswohl, the contest coordinator, at

Completed application forms should be mailed to:

Gene Rathswohl
924 Eighth Street
Coronado, CA 92118

Applications must be received by Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

A maximum of 20 students can participate, so the earlier an application is submitted the better. Feel free to contact Gene with any questions you have regarding the contest.

2019 Winners

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