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!...

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


Sat. July 1, 2017


The 42nd Independence Day Celebration took place in Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Elementary School athletic fields. 

Click for the 2016 Official Poster, including a Schedule of Events
More info: Please contact Carol Porcher
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.

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
Jan 19, 2017 (Thu) Stock Market Challenge: The Club's largest fundraiser kicks-off.  Stop by to help out.  Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Jan, 2017 Optimist Essay Contest: Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Feb, 2017 Math Counts: Contact Mike Borowitz  for details.
Jul 1, 2017 42nd Annual Jacksonville Independence Day Celebration - Contact Carol Porcher  at

Jacksonville Jottings
(Our Newsletter)

January, 2017
December, 2016
November 4, 2016
September 17, 2016
August 21, 2016

OBY Story 2015
Maryland Leadership Seminar May 2017

The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, Inc.
PO Box 442
Phoenix, MD 21131
2016-17 Board of Directors
Chairperson of the Board Barbara Crain
President Carol Applegate
Vice President Carol Porcher
Secretary Adam Drescher
Treasurer Pam McCollum
Director Dave Ward
Director Fred Figlewski
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.

Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month

The Greater Jacksonville
Optimist Club is
32 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.  

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