Junior Optimist Clubs

The purposes of Junior Optimist International (JOI) is to provide opportunities for Members, individually and collectively, to participate in community-serving activities, develop leadership abilities and prepare for responsible roles in society. JOI clubs meet once or twice a month during lunch at their school.  JOI members elect officers and run their own meetings.  Members choose service projects to improve their community and they also assist their sponsor club with events

Junior Optimist Octagon Clubs were formed at both Calvert and Huntingtown High Schools in the Spring of 2018. Twenty students were inducted into the Calvert High Octagon Club and thirty students were inducted into the Huntingtown Octagon Club.

Projects completed since the clubs were formed include Easter Egg Hunts for local children, face-painting at the Celtic Festival, decorating/signing graduation cards for Kindergarten students, decorating/signing and delivering Valentine Cards to nursing home residents, volunteering at Project Echo’s Empty Bowl Supper, preparing and delivering Easter Baskets to Project Echo Shelter, signing and delivery Easter cards to nursing home residents, collected toys for Toys for Tots of Calvert County, and hosted a Senior Prom for senior citizens.

In the winter of 2019, the Junior Optimist Club of Calvert, a Junior Optimist club of middle schoolers was chartered. Club members completed several projects their first year including signing Christmas cards for Meals on Wheels recipients, making no-sew blankets for the local animal shelter, participating in Barstow Elementary School’s Trunk or Treat, signing and decorating cards for local Veterans and active duty service members and sponsoring a bingo game at the Calvert County Nursing Center.

Charter members of the Junior Optimist Club of Calvert County are (l-r): Emma Brezina, Alex Carson, Priscilla Falcao, Maggie Green, Lannah Hall, Hannah Hobbs, Jacob Trilli and Angelina Zannopoulos.  Not pictured: Audrey Ward.  

For more information about the Optimist Club of Calvert’s Junior Optimist Clubs, please contact our JOI Coordinator Krista Brezina: KristaBrezina@gmail.com

2019 Calvert High School Junior Optimist Club Easter Egg Hunt
The Huntingtown High School JOI club prepared and donated Easter baskets to the youngest residents at Project ECHO (2019)
Installation of CHS Junior Optimist Club Members, 2018
HHS Junior Optimists Hayleigh Strong and Ally Moan volunteer at the Optimist Club of Calvert Prince Frederick’s Christmas tree lot.
CHS Junior Optimists Kathleen Struhar, Erinn Diehl, Ashleigh Smith, and Jared Gott take a break from volunteering at the senior citizen Senior Prom (November 2018)