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 pm., at O’Gannigan’s Irish Pub in Prince Frederick. (Meetings are not held in 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 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 College and Career Scholarships Awarded

Pictured (l-r): Madison Conner, Hutch Valentin, and McKenzie Conner

We are proud to announce our 2022 Scholarship Winners! Madison Conner, a recent Calvert High School graduate, was awarded the 2022 Les Knapp Scholarship, valued at $8,000. Madison will be attending the University of North Carolina, Wilmington this fall majoring in Exercise Science.

McKenzie Conner, a recent Calvert High School graduate, was awarded the 2022 Jim King Scholarship, valued at $6,000. McKenzie will be attending the University of North Carolina, Wilmington this fall majoring in Elementary Education.

Kobe “Hutch” Valentin, also a recent Calvert High School graduate, was awarded the 2022 Career/Vocational/Technical Scholarship, valued at $3,000. Hutch will be attending North Dakota State College of Science to earn an Associate Degree in Business and to complete the Diesel Technology – CASE International Program.

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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