About Us

We are The Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation

Public Charity

The Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation is a Charitable Organization, and is a registered 501(3)(c) with the IRS –– Tax ID #46-4800950.  You can find us in the State of California’s Registry of Charitable Trusts–– CT0215964.

 

Affiliation with Optimist International

The Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation is associated with Optimist International, which is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves. Visit http://www.optimist.org/ for more information.

 

Canyon Country Optimist Club

The fund-raising efforts of the Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation, a public charity tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, support programs of the Canyon Country Optimist Club, which help youth in need. The Canyon Country Optimist Club is affiliated with Optimist International. www.canyoncountryoptimists.org

 

About our Board of Directors

The Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation (SCOF) is composed of elected members from the Canyon Country Optimist Club, which has been a service club for 7 years in the Santa Clarita Valley. in 2014, the SCOF was recognized as a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization by the IRS and by the State of California Charitable Trust. Our mission is to bring our the best in Santa Clarita’s kids, today and tomorrow by providing support for youth in need. Our Board Members are elected to a three year term.

 

Affiliation

Affiliated with Optimist International – Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves.

Purpose

Our mission is to “to help bring out the best in Santa Clarita’s kids today and tomorrow, by providing support for youth in need.”

Norbert Moniz, Sr.

Norbert Moniz, Sr.

President

Norbert has been a member of an Optimist Club for 35 years. During that time, "I have served the Optimist International as Vice President, the Pacific Southwest District as Governor, the Canyon Country Optimist Club for two terms, and now I am fortunate to be President of the Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation, a public charity. I am currently retired from the retail furniture industry, and enjoy living in the Santa Clarita Valley. I enjoy painting, cooking, spending time with my family, and serving our community."

Dianne Hardway

Dianne Hardway

Secretary

Dianne has been a member of the Canyon Country Optimist Club since 2014. I have served on the Board of Directors for the club and the Board of the Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation, in a variety of capacities for the last several years. I have served as Secretary for the Foundation for the past 3 years. I was recently elected to serve as Vice-President for the club for the year 2017-2018. " Professionally, Dianne has worked in the Information Technology sector, both as a Project Manager and as a Project Coordinator for the last twenty-five years, mostly with IBM. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, literature and traveling.

Steve Duben

Steve Duben

Treasurer

Founder of Duben and Associates, Certified Public Accountants, Steve received his Bachelor's Degree from Woodbury College. His extensive background includes many years with the Internal Revenue Service and over 30 years' experience in public accounting. Steve has been with the Greater Santa Clarita Optimist Club, serving with his wife Pam and currently serves as their Secretary/Treasurer. Annually, they organize the Festival of Trees for the Optimist Youth home and Family Services agency.

Linda Celaya

Linda Celaya

Director

Linda has served the children of Santa Clarita for many years as powerful advocate for disabled and disadvantaged children. She volunteered to serve as a member of the Foundation Board of Directors. She has worked as an Instructional Assistant for the William S. Hart School District, at Valencia High School's program for Special Education. She is a patient, enthusiastic volunteer who is ready to volunteer for all tasks, She loves all of her many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and finds time to attend their weekly baseball and skating practices and games! She is a devoted LA Dodgers' fan. Linda is a very special woman to have with our Foundation!

Adelaide Moniz

Adelaide Moniz

Director

Adelaide has many facets to her life. She is a retired comptroller of 4 M Corporation. She adores her family; she is the mother of four and has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Adelaide has contributed more than 40 years of community service to our Valley. She is a past Governor of the Junior Womens Club, Past Distinguished President of the Canyon Country Optimist Club and Past President of the Tehachapi Optimist Club."I enjoy volunteering to help those in need"

Bryan Steiner

Bryan Steiner

Director

Bryan is Financial Associate for Thrivent Financial in Santa Clarita. He has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for 25 years. "When I am not not working or spending time with family and friends, I enjoy giving back and helping support the community. What is great about the Optimist Foundation is what we are able to do to help support the youth of our community and seeing the impact it has on the lives of children." On behalf of Thrivent Financial, he volunteers to provide free child fingerprinting with ID cards to the children of Santa Clarita at many local events. At the 2016 and 2017 Safety Town camps, he and his volunteers issued ID cars for 150 children - little campers, their siblings, friends and CITS (youth volunteers)!

Vivian Lawrence

Vivian Lawrence

Director

Vivian is a long time resident of Santa Clarita, and is married to Steve, a retired Captain for the LA County Fire Department. "I studied at Los Angeles Valley College, worked at Sierra Vista Junior High School and was a Bilingual Instructional Assistant for the William S. Hart Union High School District." Vivian was recently elected as the President of the Canyon Country Optimist Club (2017-2018). Because she does not have enough to do with her family and with community service, for fun, she serves as Chairperson of the 8th Annual Canyon Country Club Charity Auction, sponsored by the SCOF.

Let’s take the next step towards supporting our community’s youth