The Optimist Club of Calvert is a non-profit organization run by adult volunteers. Our mission is to help kids in the local community with service projects, scholarships, and support for other youth organizations.  The Optimist Club of Calvert has touched the lives of many youth and adults in our community through the projects and programs that we have sponsored over the last fifty years.  We are always eager to enhance and expand our efforts to be the ‘Friend of Youth’ and provide service to the community.

New Members Welcome !!!
Join us at one of our monthly dinner meetings! Meetings Dinner meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, starting at 7 pm., at O’Gannigan’s Irish Pub in Prince Frederick. (Meetings are not held in September, November, or December.) For more information about becoming a member, please visit our Membership page or call Club Vice President Krista Brezina, (410) 474-2707.

The Optimist Bingo Hall is open for old-fashioned paper Bingo and pull-tabs on Monday mornings and Thursday and Saturday evenings. For more details, please visit https://www.facebook.com/OptimistBingo

2022 Career and Technology Education Achievement Awards

Congratulations to the Career And Technology Academy’s 2021/22 Junior Students of the Year! They were recognized yesterday as part of our newest program, Career and Technology Education Achievement Awards.

Edward V. Dorsey (September 3, 1945- May 10, 2022)

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the news that our beloved friend and fellow optimist Ed Dorsey has passed away. On the evening of May 10, 2022, Ed succumbed to heart complications. https://rauschfuneralhomes.com/…/edward-vernon-dorsey-jr/

2022 Oratorical Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the Optimist Club of Calvert’s Oratorical contest!! 1st Place: Olivia Herrin (Northern High School)2nd Place: Olivia Ellison (Calvert High School)3rd Place: Samuel Zalfaghari (Northern High School) All received a monetary award and medallion. Our first-place winner, Olivia Herrin, will advance to the District level competition in Ocean City, Maryland on Saturday, April 30, where she will be competing for a $2,500 college scholarship. A special thanks to our contest Judges Caryn Fossile, Hope Sayles and Club President Christine White, and Timekeeper Ed Dorsey.Pictured (l-r) Olivia Ellison, Sam Zalghari, and Olivia Herrin.

Santa Night 2021

2021 Respect for Law Awards

The Optimist Club of Calvert and the Optimist Club of Solomons recently held their annual Respect for Law Awards Banquet.

Congratulations to Public Safety Dispatcher I Becca Haupt, Senior Corrections Officer Robert Scott, Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Natural Resources Police Officer 1st Class Benjamin Dorsey, Assistant State’s Attorney Tammy Lafferty, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Gary Shrawder, and Maryland State Police – Prince Frederick Barrack “U” Trooper Brendan White. (Pictured L-R)

2021 Scholarship Winners Announced

Each year the Calvert-Prince Frederick Optimist Club, through our Calvert Optimist Community Parks Foundation, Inc., awards three (3) scholarships providing financial assistance totaling $17,000 to students graduating from Calvert County Public Schools. 

Garrett W. Hurley of Huntingtown was selected as the winner of the 2021 Les Knapp Scholarship valued at $8,000. Garrett is a graduate of Huntingtown High School and will attend Towson University this fall majoring in Computer Science/Cybersecurity.

The 2021 Jim King Scholarship, valued at $6,000, was awarded to Dataya Resenois of Prince Frederick.  Dataya graduated from Calvert High School and will be attending HowardUniversity this fall, majoring in Nursing.

Pictured: Dataya Resenois (l) and Garrett Hurley (r).

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