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 are held at the O’Gannigan’s Irish Pub Restaurant in Prince Frederick on the second Monday of each month, starting at 7 pm. (Meetings are not held in May, November, or December.)

COVID-19 Updates:
Monthly dinner meetings
are currently canceled until further notice.

Optimist Bingo has reopened and will follow the guidelines of the CDC and Maryland’s Ruling: 50% seating capacity, 6 ft. social distancing and need to wear a mask. The Hall has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The entrance to our hall will be the SIDE door. In order to maintain the 6 ft social distancing the floors will be marked accordingly. The staff will assist players in seating in order to comply with the 6 ft social distancing requirement. For more information, please visit the Optimist Bingo FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/OptimistBingo

Essay Contest

The Optimist Club of Calvert is pleased to announce it’s 2020-2021 Essay Contest is now open for entries. The topic this year is “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimismand entries are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 5, 2021.

The contest is designed to give young people an opportunity to express their own opinions regarding the world in which they live.  In addition to developing skills for critical thinking and written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a post-secondary scholarship.

The contest is open to students under age 19 (as of October 1, 2020) who have not yet graduated from high school.  Entries should be between 700 and 800 words in the format specified in the contest rules.  Please click here for an official application that must accompany the essay.

Congratulations to the winners in our Virtual Costume Contest!

2020 Scholarship Winners Announced

Brandi E. Bohrer of Huntingtown was selected as the winner of the Les Knapp Scholarship valued at $8,000. Brandi is a graduate of Huntingtown High School and will attend the College of Southern Maryland this fall majoring in Special Education.

The Jim King Scholarship, valued at $6,000, was awarded to Natalie C. Flanders of Prince Frederick.  Natalie graduated from Calvert High School and will be attending Towson University this fall, majoring in Secondary Education and Mathematics beginning in the fall.  

Emily Peterson of Dunkirk was chosen as the recipient of the Career/Vocational/Technological Scholarship valued at $3,000. graduated from Northern High School.  Emily is majoring in Baking, Pastry and Culinary Arts at Anne Arundel Community College this fall.

Essay Contest  Virtual  Award Ceremony

Essay contest winners: Sydney Serena (1st Place, Calvert High),  Linnea Creer (2nd Place, Northern Middle), Amelia Twining (3rd Place, Northern Middle), Alyssa Mazzone (3rd Place, Patuxent High), Sam Zolfaghari (1st Place, Northern Middle)  and Tyler Will (2nd Place, Northern High)

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