Welcome

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 fourth Monday of each month, starting at 7 p.m. at O’Gannigan’s Irish Pub in Prince Frederick. (Meetings are not held in December.) For more information about becoming a member, please visit our Membership page or call Club President Krista Brezina, (410) 474-2707.

    2024 Youth Fishing Derby

    What great weather we had for our Youth Fishing Derby! Our youngest to fish was just two years old and our oldest was 15. The biggest fish caught were a 7.8 lb catfish and a 7.7 lb bass! Many thanks to the Scrivener family, our Optimist club members who helped, as well as Optimist Club of Solomons President Candace Naegele Milcarzyk and MDSD Optimist/District 33 Governor Colleen Teears-Coombs for their support and photographs.

    2024 “Rising Stars in CTE” Juniors of the Year Awards

    Congratulations to the“Rising Stars in CTE” Junior students of the year! These students are being celebrated for their outstanding achievement in their Career and Technology Academy, Career Technology Education (CTE) program courses this year as well as their other contributions in leadership, community service, and citizenship.

    Front row: Cosmetology – Addison Chapman (nominated by Mrs. Eckard), Culinary Arts – Nadia Safran (nominated by Mrs. O’Dell), Home Improvement – Alina Billups (nominated by Mr. Harvey), Academy of Health Professions – Noemi Navarro (nominated by Dr. Cutler), CISCO IT Networking/Cybersecurity – Alyssa Lane (nominated by Ms. Burns), and Welding – Colin Gribble (nominated by Mr. Bradford).

    Back row: Automotive – CASE Agriculture – Raleigh Sterling (nominated by Mrs. Graham), Interactive Media Production – Bella DeCesaris (nominated by Mrs. Clements), Graphics – Cory Moyer (nominated by Mrs. Miller), Automotive – Alexander Van Ness Ginn (nominated by Mr. Trigger), Plumbing/HVAC – Lia Donahue (nominated by Mr. Garrison), Electricity – Carson McCarthy (nominated by Mr. Villano) and Fire/EMT – Grant Neal (nominated by Mr. Smith).

    Congratulations & welcome to our newest member, Caroline Neal!

    Congratulations to the 2024 Essay Contest Winners

    This year’s Essay Contest topic was Optimism -How it Connects
    Us. Congratulations to Essay Winners: Emma Brezina (Calvert High)
    1st place, Carly Herrin (Sunderland Elementary) 2nd place, Kennedy
    Perry (Huntingtown High) 3rd place. Pictured are Emma Brezina and
    Carly Herrin. Unfortunately, Kennedy Perry was unable to join us
    at our March dinner meeting.
    Congratulations to Olivia Herrin, Northern High School Junior
    who won our 2024 Oratorical Contest.

    2023 Optimist Club of Calvert/Calvert Fair Board Christmas Parade

    We were pleased to be asked to be part of the Home for the Holidays event this year. And we were excited to work with the Calvert County Fair board to bring the Christmas Parade back to Prince Frederick!

    Youth Appreciation Week

    As part of the Optimist International (OI) program for youth appreciation, the Optimist Club of Calvert has been recognizing select high school seniors as the “outstanding youth” of the county for the last 54 years. Please join us and the Optimist Club of Solomons in congratulating the Seniors chosen by each Calvert County high school as their Outstanding Youth for 2023.

    Patxuent High School honorees (l-r) Elena Saucedo, Katelyn Tinsley, Victoria McCready, Makenza Kenner, Allison Gallaher, Eden Wainwright, Lillian Erickson, and Ivy Blackwell.  Not pictured: Honorees Hermes Johns and Dhiraj Patel.
    Calvert High School honorees (l-r) Trevor MacWilliams, Madison Epidendio, Faith Ramirez, Sophie Penix, Corben Brandner, and Sarah Davis. Photo credit: Marty Madden/Southern Maryland News.
    Not pictured Honorees Sophie Arness, Makayla Doe, Daniel Fuentes and Nhu Nguyen.
    Huntingtown High School honorees (l-r) Kennedy Perry, Andrew Zander, and Braeden Sawyer.
    Photo credit: Marty Madden/Southern Maryland News. Not pictured: Honorees Brietta Dalzell,
    Andrew Lamb, and Catherine Polo.
    Northern High School honorees (l-r) Cailee Cooper, Tory Noltemeyer, Hailey Jones, and Noelle Blackman. Photo credit: Marty Madden/Southern Maryland News. Not pictured: Honorees Yuchen Gao and Alexander Wilson.

    Robert (Bob) Merkle

    It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of friend and club member Robert (Bob) Merkle. Bob was a member of our club for 14 years and was a staple at our Christmas Tree lot for many years. We offer our condolences to the Merkle family.

    Congratulations to the 2023 Respect for Law Honorees!

    Seven honorees from various Calvert County law enforcement agencies were honored for their dedication to their professions and the community at the 54th Annual Respect for Law Awards Banquet on July 24, 2023, hosted by the Calvert-Prince Frederick and Solomons Optimist clubs. This year’s honorees were Corrections Deputy First Class James Strain, Assistant State’s Attorney Allison Walton, Calvert County Sheriff’s Master Deputy Robert W. Burggraff, Maryland State Trooper First Class Kevin Bauer, Animal Control Officer Kaitlin Sewell, Public Safety Dispatcher I Theresa Anderson and Maryland Natural Resources Police Officer First Class Allison Higgs.

    Pictured (l-r) Honorees Kevin Bauer, Kaitlin Sewell, James Strain, Allison Walton, and Robert W. Burggraff. Theresa Anderson and Allison Higgs were unable to attend the event.

    Congratulations to our 2023 Scholarship Winners!

    We are proud to announce the Optimist Club of Calvert‘s 2023 Scholarship Winners! A recent Huntingtown High School graduate, Isabella Rosasco was awarded the 2023 Les Knapp Scholarship, valued at $8,000. Isabella will be attending George Washington University this fall majoring in Political Communications.

    Nathan Coston, a recent Huntingtown High School graduate, was awarded the 2023 Jim King Scholarship, valued at $6,000. Nathan will attend George Mason University, majoring in Creative Writing.

    Michaela Graham, who is also a recent Huntingtown High School graduate, was awarded the 2023 Career/Vocational/Technical Scholarship, valued at $3,000. Michaela will attend Alleghany College of Maryland to earn an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Care. Congratulations Isabella, Nathan, and Michaela!

    Pictured (l-r): Nathan Coston, Michaela Graham, Isabella Rosasco, and Scholarship Committee Chair Betty Knapp.

    Calvert High School Project Graduation Party

    The Project Graduation party for Calvert High School seniors was held on June 8 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station Drill Hall. The Club supported the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Inc., sponsored event by providing food and drinks for the grads and their guests.

    Our newest member, Erik Thompson (r) is welcomed by his sponsor, Kurt Brezina (l) at our May Dinner Meeting.

    Our May Dinner Meeting Guest Speaker, Jack Woodford, shared his personal story that eventually led to his involvement with the Heartfelt of Calvert County and Calvert County Christmas Tree of Angels programs. Heart F.E.L.T., Filling Empty Little Tummies, is a Christian-based Outreach Ministry designed to feed children on the weekends when they can often go hungry.
    We welcomed our newest club member, Joe Endy (r), at our April Dinner Meeting. Joe is pictured with his sponsor Jack Brown.
    Congratulations to Olivia Herrin, our Oratorical Contest 1st Place Winner who went on to win 2nd Place at the Maryland South Delaware District Optimist Oratorical Contest! Olivia won a $2,500 scholarship along with her plaque.
    2023 Essay Contest Winners Recognized at March Dinner Meeting. The winners of this year’s contest are
    First Place – Olivia Sparks (Huntingtown High School)
    Second Place – Gayle Henderson (Northern High School)
    Charlotte Thon (Northern High School) our Third Place winner. 
    Pictured are Thon, Henderson, and Sparks (l-r)    
    Congratulations to the winners of the Optimist Club of Calvert’s Oratorical contest!!
    1st Place: Olivia Herrin (Northern High School)
    2nd Place: Samuel Zolfaghari (Northern High School)
    3rd Place: Ryan Zolfaghari (Mt. Harmony Elementary School)
    At our February Dinner Meeting, we welcomed our newest club members: David Mohler, Keisha Contee, and Glenn Knapp (l-r)

    2022 Santa Night

    On December 8, 2022, the club hosted its Fifth Annual Santa Night. Santa visited with 45 children who also had the opportunity to play games for prizes and make holiday crafts.

    New Members Inducted

    Our newest club members, Susan Fleming and Amanda Hauff were inducted by Club President Krista Brezina during our last dinner meeting. Welcome, Susan & Amanda!  Interested in becoming a member or have questions? Please visit our Membership page or call Club President Krista Brezina, (410) 474-2707. She will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

    2022 Halloween Trunk or Treat

    We held our Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 30, 2022, and welcomed 356 kiddos.

    2022 Respect for Law Awards

    Pictured are Honorees Buckler, Hart, Moorman, Loveless, Higgs, Bell, and Freeland.

    Congratulations to Animal Control Officer Blair Buckler, Corrections Deputy Alexandra Hart, Maryland State Police – Prince Frederick Barrack “U” Trooper First Class Matthew Moorman, Calvert County Emergency Communications Public Safety Dispatcher I Cynthia Loveless, Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Natural Resources Police Officer Allison Higgs, Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Lee Ann Bell, and Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Deputy First Class William Freeland.

    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

    Pictured (l-r) Olivia Ellison, Sam Zalghari, and Olivia Herrin.

    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), and 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.

    Santa Night 2021

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