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
Stock Market Challenge!

 

Our Largest Fundraiser

Click here for details.
Click here for the brochure.
Click here for your invitation to participate.
   
More info: Please contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email djlane@juno.com
30 Years!

The GJOC Will Be 30 Years Old

The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club received its charter from Optimist International 29 years ago on September 19, 1984. Congratulations and thank you to all members who have served youth and our community over those years.  Your membership and commitment to the Optimist mission is appreciated.  We look forward to continuing "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" as we move into our club's 30th year.

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

  

Oratorical Contest

2014 Topic:

"How My Passions Impact the World"

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.

Click here for details and entry forms.

 

Interested?
Contact Dennis Lane 410-592-7067 or djlane@juno.com
Click here for more information
UPCOMING EVENTS
Feb 22,  2014 (Sat)

Bingo with the Kids at St. Vincent’s Villa: Arrive at 9:30 AM for Set up. Bingo—10:00 AM – 11:00 AM with about 70 kids and their staff members. Cleanup—11:00 AM -11:30 AM. This is always a fun activity with the kids. This is a joint activity with the Towson University Optimist Club. Contact Carol Porcher or leave a message at 410-592-7067

 
Feb 28, 2014 (Fri) Stock Market Challenge postmark deadline.  Contact Dennis Lane  or call 410-592-7067
Mar 3, 2014 (Mon) Stock Market Challenge begins.  Contact Dennis Lane  or call 410-592-7067
Mar 6, 2014 (Thu) Monthly Board Meeting  (NOW ON THURSDAYS)- All invited! 7:30 pm @ Future Home; Contact Barbara Crain  or call 410-592-7067
Mar 11, 2014 (Thu) Oratorical Contest: 2014 topic "How My Passions Impact the World" Click here for details.  The boy and girl winner of the GJOC Club Contest will compete in the Zone 6 Contest at Towson University on Sunday, March 30, 2014. The Zone 6 winners will compete in the MDSD District Contest on April 25-27, 2014, at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. The District Boy and Girl winner will each receive a $2,500 College Scholarship from the Optimist International Foundation. Contact Dennis Lane  or call 410-592-7067
Mar 15, 2014 (Sat) state competition on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Johns  Hopkins University. If you would like to assist at the state competition, contact Mike Borowitz or call 410-592-7067
Mar 31, 2014 (Mon) Stock Market Challenge midpoint.  Contact Dennis Lane  or call 410-592-7067
Apr 3, 2014 (Thu) Monthly Board Meeting  (NOW ON THURSDAYS)- All invited! 7:30 pm @ Future Home; Contact Barbara Crain  or call 410-592-7067
Apr 30, 2014 (Wed) Stock Market Challenge ends.  Contact Dennis Lane  or call 410-592-7067
May 1, 2014 (Thu) Monthly Board Meeting  (NOW ON THURSDAYS)- All invited! 7:30 pm @ Future Home; Contact Barbara Crain  or call 410-592-7067
Jun 5, 2014 (Thu) Monthly Board Meeting  (NOW ON THURSDAYS)- All invited! 7:30 pm @ Future Home; Contact Barbara Crain  or call 410-592-7067
Jun 28, 2014 (Sat) 38th annual Independence Day Celebration - mark your calendar!

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Jacksonville Jottings
(Our Newsletter)
November 29, 2013 Edition
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
410-592-7067
2013-14 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, March 6, 2014 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
29 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 

2014 Contest


2014 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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