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Congratulations to the winners in our Virtual Costume Contest!


For over 50 years, our Club has honored some of the most hardworking personnel from local law enforcement agencies during our annual Respect for Law awards banquet. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s honorees were recognized during a virtual ceremony. The 2020 Respect for Law Award Recipients were: Ben Dorsey, Officer First Class, Maryland Natural Resources Police; Theresa Anderson, Public Safety Dispatcher, Calvert Emergency Communications; Kelsey Stull, Trooper First Class, Maryland State Police; Chip Ward, Detective, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office; Rebecca Cordero Assistant State’s Attorney, Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office; Michael Lanier, Corrections Deputy First Class, Calvert County Detention Center; and Katy Rosche, Animal Control Officer from the Calvert County Animal Control Unit. 

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

A Virtual Awards Ceremony for this year’s Essay Contest winners was held on Zoom May 26, 2020.  President Kathryn Marsh 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 “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” The students received their certificates, medallions, and award money via Priority Mail.

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)

Junior Optimist Club News

The last project this school year for our middle school-aged Junior Optimists was preparing 20 Blessing Bags for clients of On Our Own of Calvert.

2019 Children’s Christmas Party

92 guests join us at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center in Prince Frederick to celebrate the upcoming holiday. The children played games, made Christmas-themed crafts, enjoyed snacks and had an opportunity to visit with Santa himself.

Youth Appreciation Week

The Club’s 50th celebration of Optimist International’s Youth Appreciation Week began on October 29, 2019, with the Board of County Commissioner’s Proclamation declaring ‘Youth Appreciation Week in Calvert County October 28 – November 4, 2019’.  The Club, partnering with the Solomons Club, recognizes forty (40) high school seniors as the County’s Outstanding Youth and provides them with a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the County government and courts and a tour of the Maryland State Police Barrack in Prince Frederick.  This year 33 of the 40 Outstanding Youth were able to attend and participate in the tour and Proclamation ceremony.

This year’s honorees are: from Calvert High School – Noah Breske, Michael Deffinbaugh, Kayla Dehetre, Angelique Gingras, Johnathan Gomez, Andrew Mason, Sydney Serena; Emily Shrieves, Vincent Sullens and Megan Williams; from Huntingtown High School – Jackson Blackburn, Brandi Bohrer, Marge Boleyn, Sarah Fox, Suzanne Fox, Abbey Galdieri, Blake  Lehan, Sam Parrish, Dylan Pearman and Akhil Patel; from Northern High School – Courtney Anderson, Lauren Butz, Michaela Dorsett, Justin Evans, Tia Jackson, Diamond Lewis, Abigail Nguyen, Aaliyah Roach, Tiffany Taylor and Tyler Will; and from Patuxent High School – Bri Corbin, Mike Costas, Jacob Goedeke, Aidan Iberg, Cammy Izdepski, Niya Lancaster, Marissa Moseley, Kouassi Pone, Rachel Saenz and Garrett Witte.

2019 Outstanding Youth of Calvert and the Board of County Commissioners at Proclamation Ceremony for Youth Appreciation Week in Calvert County October 28-November 4, 2019. 
Photo Courtesy of Calvert County Government  

2019 Halloween Party & Costume Parade

Education Appreciation Week

The Optimist Club of Calvert, partnering with the Solomons Optimist Club, sponsored the 3rd Annual Education Appreciation Week recognizing and honoring the teacher and support staff nominees of the year from each of the twenty-four (24) Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS).  The activities included a Proclamation by the Board of County Commissioners on August 27, 2019, naming ‘August 26 – September 2, 2019, as Education Appreciation Week in Calvert County’ and a luncheon for the honored teachers and support staff on August 28, 2019, at the CCPS Brooks Administration Building. Teacher and Support Staff attendees at the Education Appreciation Week luncheon.  Photo credit: Calvert County Public Schools

Project Graduation

The Club provided the food, drinks, and snacks for the 153 Calvert High graduates who attended the Project Graduation event at Patuxent River Naval Air Station on the evening of June 5, 2019.  As has become a tradition for Club members when traveling to Pax River, there were early evening showers, but fortunately, there was no thunderstorm or wind to contend with and the rain stopped just as the work of grilling hamburgers and hotdogs began.  Many thanks to the Optimists and Club friends who helped with the preparation and serving of the hamburgers/cheeseburgers and hotdogs – Carol and Bob Young, Tom Parran, Natalie Moore, Debbie Horsmon, Larry Brown, Jack Brown, Krista and Kurt Brezina, Penny and Ed Dorsey and special thanks to Bunk Horsmon for getting the provisions needed to feed the new graduates.  (Photos provided by Natalie Moore and Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse.)