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

We understand that this year has impacted everyone in many different ways. Our mission to support the youth in the community and our services are needed more than ever. This year the Cerritos Optimist Club is celebrating 50 years of service to the community, and we have an optimistic view on the year ahead. As an all-volunteer service club, we invite you to join us in making a difference in the lives of our youth.

Paolo Quiroga, President 2020-21

2020-21 Club Officers:

President: Paolo Quiroga

President-Elect: Mani Fernando
Vice President: Robert Hensen

Secretary: Ron Glassman

Treasurer: Alex Perez

Historian: Jack Evans

Past President: Desmond Thompson

Board of Directors:

Marty Flax

David Jang

Gary McHatton

Victor Sanchez

Janet Beach

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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