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., and will begin to be held in person again as soon as a new location can be secured by the club. (Meetings are not held in May, November, or December.) For more information about becoming a member, please visit our Membership page or call Club 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

Click here to access the 2021/22 Essay Contest Application Form

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).

2021 Essay Contest  Winners Announced

A Virtual Awards Ceremony for this year’s Essay Contest winners was held on Zoom May 10, 2021.  President Krista Brezina welcomed the winners and their family members and the club members in attendance.  Essay Chair Kimberly Imel then asked each student to introduce themselves and read their winning essay. The theme for this year’s Optimist International Essay Contests was “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.” To read the essays, click on each contestant’s name to read their winning essay.

High School Division: 1st Place: Loralei Osterhouse – Calvert High School, 2nd Place: Giuliano Guttadauro – Huntingtown High School, and 3rd Place: Kelly Coulby – Calvert High School

Middle School Division: 1st Place: Courtney R. Cox – Plum Point Middle School, 2nd Place: Ryan Zolfaghari – Northern Middle School, and 3rd Place: Jessica Luiru – Northern Middle School

Congratulations to our 2021 Essay Contest Winners!

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