The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, Inc.
PO Box 442, Phoenix, MD 21131        410-666-0086
...Essay Contest...Oratorical Contest....Youth Appreciation....Shop-With-A-Cop....Villa Maria Library...Holiday GiftWrap for Villa Maria...Inkjet/Toner Recycling Fund Raiser...Childhood Cancer Campaign...Towson University Club...Stock Market Challenge...Poker Run...Chinese Student Exchange...We have a lot going on!...

Become A Member! Become a member and join a local group who work with the local community!

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Contact: Dave Ward at 410-666-0086 or email Dave Ward



Click here for a short clip from the 2015 fireworks in Jacksonville.

The 41ST Independence Day Celebration took place in Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Elementary School athletic fields.  Click for details.
Click for the 2016 Official Poster, including a Schedule of Events
More info: Please contact Carol Porcher at 410-592-7067
We Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation

Wish List

Believe In Tomorrow provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families with clean, comfortable facilities that serve as a tool for families to rejuvenate and reconnect. The GJOC helps Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins. Currently we are helping to complete their wish list of food and other items for the house.  We will be coordinating a drop off point and day - perhaps around the Holidays. Click here for the wish list..

More info: Please contact Dave Ward at 410-666-0086 or email Dave Ward
Ink Cartridge Recycling


Recycle your empty printer ink cartridges!

Our club collects and brings the ink cartridges and laser cartridges to Staples for credit!  It's a great fundraiser because we use the credits for the club's printing and copying needs.


Contact: Barbara Crain
Jun 2, 2015 (Thu) Monthly Board meeting @ Future Home (12900 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix, MD 21131).  All club members and potential members are invited. For more info, contact Dave Ward 410-666-0086 or email
Jul 2, 2016 (Sat) 41st Annual Jacksonville Independence Day Celebration - Contact Carol Porcher  at
August 2016 Annual Planning Meeting: Date/time TBD.
September 2016 Crab Feast/Club Gathering: Date/Time/Place TBD
November 2016 Youth Appreciation Week - Date/time/Place TBD

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Jacksonville Jottings
(Our Newsletter)

November 28, 2014
November 3, 2014
September 29, 2014
November 29, 2013
September 19, 2013 Edition
May 18, 2013 Edition
November 30, 2012 Edition
October 10, 2012 Edition
August 31, 2012 Edition
June 24, 2012 Edition
March 20, 2012 Edition
February 17, 2012 Edition
December 30, 2011 Edition
November 10, 2011 Edition
September 12, 2011 Edition
March 11, 2011 Edition
January 12, 2011 Edition

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The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, Inc.
PO Box 442
Phoenix, MD 21131
2015-16 Board of Directors
Chairperson of the Board Barbara Crain
President OPEN
Internal VP OPEN
External VP Carol Porcher
Secretary Mike Borowitz
Treasurer Pam McCollum
Director Dave Ward
Director Fred Figlewski
Director Adam Drescher
Director Carol Applegate
Director OPEN
If you are interested in a director position or a committee chairperson position, contact Chairperson of the Board Barbara Crain.


Mission Statement
By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.

Vision Statement
Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Next Club Board Meeting


The next Club Board meeting is Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Future Home (12900 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix, MD 21131).  All club members and potential members are invited.


Our Club's "Birthday" was September 19, 1984.

Click here for our club's history.  

Our unofficial club house, Future Home is located at 12900 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix, MD 21131.   Click here for a map.

Youth Appreciation 

2015 Contest

2015 Contest

Children's House at John's Hopkins

Golf Balls Against Childhood Cancer

 Can Recycling

Villa Maria Continuum

Villa Fall Fair

Optimist Junior Golf

Towson University Club

 Relay For Life

Chinese Student Exchange

A Letter From The Chinese Students
Signed Poster from Chinese Students
Stock Market Challenge

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership


Dinner Meetings

Click for pictures from the 2008 and prior Club Crab Feasts

The way-back machine!

View the 25th anniversary slide show from 2009 Click here

View the 20th anniversary slide show from 2004 Click here