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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.)

2019 Respect for Law Banquet

The Club, partnering with the Solomons Club held the 2019 Respect for Law Banquet recognizing and honoring local law enforcement professionals serving Calvert County on Thursday – May 16, 2019 at the Harriette E. Brown Community Center in Prince Frederick.  Master of Ceremonies (Committee Co-Chair) Philip Mohler welcomed all the recipients, guests and Club members to the event and was assisted in the presentation of the awards by Club President Krista Brezina and 2019/20 MDSD Zone 3 Lt. Governor Ford Cox.

The Calvert-Prince Frederick and Solomons Optimist Clubs are proud to join in this celebration to recognize and honor outstanding representatives from the law enforcement community serving the citizens of Calvert County.  The 2019 Respect for Law Award Recipients were: Ross Montgomery, Corrections Deputy 1st Class, Calvert County Detention Center; Melissa Decker, Senior Deputy State Fire Marshall, Office of the State Fire Marshall;  Samantha Crosby, Public Safety Dispatcher, Calvert Emergency Communications; Sarah Grice, Sergeant, Maryland Natural Resources Police; Montra Martin, Assistant State’s Attorney, Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office;  Richard Marsch, Trooper, Maryland State Police; and,  Josh Buck, Detective, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. 

Again this year the Clubs also recognized the outstanding student in each of the Calvert County High Schools’ Criminal Justice Program.  Optimist Dawn Lister, Lead Criminal Justice Teacher at Calvert High and Justin Koch, Criminal Justice Instructor at Huntingtown High introduced the four students to the assembled attendees.  Recognized and honored were: Ryan Wojciechowski from Calvert High; Shelby Stogdale from Huntingtown High; Sean Hale from Northern High; and Mackenzi Moran from Patuxent High.