The Cerritos Optimist Club is the local chapter of Optimist International, a worldwide organization made up of more than 2,500 clubs whose members are committed to creating a more "optimistic" future for young people. Since 1970, the Cerritos Optimist Club's goal is and will always be to support valuable programs that are intended to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children in our community and in ourselves.

Our Mission:

The Cerritos Optimist Club is

an all-volunteer service club in Cerritos, CA dedicated to helping our youth and is comprised

of community leaders, local business members and residents. We have no paid staff and are entirely supported by hard-working volunteers dedicated
to improving the quality of life
for our kids.



President's Message

For almost 50 years, the Cerritos Optimist Club has been passionately helping to serve the needs of children and youth in Cerritos, Artesia, Norwalk and surrounding communities. We are part of Optimist International, a group of volunteers that is over 100 years old, with 80,000 members and 3,000 clubs in 20 countries. Our goal is to bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves. We welcome and invite you to join us in

making a difference in the lives of youth and children.          As Optimists . . . Together We Can!

Desmond Thompson,  President 2019-20

2018-19 Club Officers:

President: Desmond Thompson

President-Elect: Paolo Quiroga
Vice President: Randy Hyatt

Secretary: Harold Bazarian

Treasurer: Gary McHatton

Historian: Jack Evans

Past President: David DeKriek

Board of Directors:

Alan Barkhordar

Marty Flax

Larry Good

David Jang

Sherman Kappe

Larry Lisses

Club Goals:


• To develop optimism as a philsophy of life using the tenets

of the Optimist Creed

•  To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs

•  To inspire respect for law, to promote  patriotism and to work for international accord and friendship among all people

•  To aid and encourage the development of youth in the belief that giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world

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Cerritos Optimist Club

PO Box 3191

Cerritos, CA  90703