The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, Inc.
PO Box 442, Phoenix, MD 21131        410-592-7067
...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!...

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 or call 410-592-7067

 Oratorical Contest

"How My Optimism Will Help Me Press on to Greater Achievements of the Future"

First conducted in 1928, this is the second most popular Optimist International Program. Nearly 2,000 clubs participate in this program each year. The winners at the Club level receive medallions and Zone winners receive a plaque. Districts have the opportunity to provide two $2,500 scholarships.

 
More info: Please contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
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 Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
Essay Contest

 

Scholarship Opportunity!

 

The Essay contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live.  In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity win a college scholarship of $2,500!

 

Interested?
Carol Applegate 410-426-8287 or
capplegate@jhmi.edu
UPCOMING EVENTS
Jan 22, 2015 (Thu) Stock Market Challenge 2015 Kickoff  @ The Barn 6:30 pm Contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
Jan 23, 2015 (Fri) Essay Contest Deadline (Club Level)  Contact Carol Applegate 410-426-8287 or capplegate@jhmi.edu
Jan 24, 2015 (Sat)  

Special Invitation--GJOC's newest member, Pastor Rob Pierson, has invited us to a Blue Grass concert at Fairview United Methodist Church on Jarrettsville Pike in Phoenix, at 7:00 PM on Saturday, January 24, 2015.  All are welcome.  Admission is free.  See attached flyer.

Contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
Feb 5, 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 Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
Feb 7, 2015 (Sat) MATHCOUNTS - We once again have the opportunity to participate as volunteers at the Baltimore/Chesapeake Chapter Mathcounts competition to be held from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Registration: 8:15 am to 8:45 am), at McDonogh School in Owings Mills.  You do not need to stay the entire time.  Volunteers are needed to assist with the administration of the competition in the morning and also scoring later at the students complete the competition.   Contact Mike Borowitz
Feb 6-8, 2015 District Board Meeting/Conference @ Turf Valley Resort, Ellicott City, MD.  Meet Optimists from other clubs, share ideas, learn and have fun! 2013-14 awards will be presented. Contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
Feb 2015 Valentine's Day Activity - Do you have an idea for a club social activity to celebrate Valentine's Day? Contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
Feb 21, 2015 (Sat) Bingo with the kids @ St. Vincent's Villa  We'll set up from 9:30 - 10:00.  The kids will play bingo from 10:00 - 11:00 and we'll clean up from 11:00 - 11:30.  We provide bingo equipment, prizes, snacks, and beverages for the event.  Members of the Towson University Optimist Club will be working with us.  This is always a fun activity with the kids at the Villa Contact Carol Porcher
Mar 5, 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 Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
Mar 14, 2015 (Sat) MATHCOUNTS - Regional competition: time & location TBD.   Contact Mike Borowitz
Mar 26, 2015 (Thu) Oratorical Contest (Club Level) Contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
Apr 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 Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
May 1-3, 2015 Oratorical Contest (District Level) Contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
Jun 27, 2015 (Sat) 40th Annual Jacksonville Independence Day Celebration - Contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com

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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


Click here for archived editions


The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, Inc.
PO Box 442
Phoenix, MD 21131
410-592-7067
2014-15 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 Dennis Lane
 
If you are interested in a director position or a committee chairperson position, contact Chairperson of the Board Barbara Crain.

OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL

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

STARTING IN JANUARY 2014, BOARD MEETINGS ARE NOW ON THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH

The next Club Board meeting is Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm at Future Home (12900 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix, MD 21131).  All club members and potential members are invited.

THE GREATER JACKSONVILLE
OPTIMIST CLUB IS
30 YEARS OLD!

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 2013

 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


Shop-With-A-Cop

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

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