The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, Inc.
PO Box 442, Phoenix, MD 21131 410-426-8287
...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...Stock Market Challenge...We have a lot going on!...

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

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Contact: Carol Applegate or call 410-426-8287
Stock Market Challenge
Help raise funds for the GJOC!
The club raises funds when a player contributes $25 to play the game.  In short, the $25 lets the player "purchase" a fictitious portfolio of five stocks from a list of selected stocks.  The portfolio is worth $10,000 at the start.  At the end of the first month and at the end of the second month, prizes are awarded for various levels of achievement.
The 2023 Contest has concluded and is no longer accepting entries for 2023.

How do I get involved: 

Ask Carol Applegate how you can help!

Click here for the SMC 2023 Entry Brochure

The monies raised support activities for the Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, which include Youth Activities and Community Activities. 
More info: Please contact Carol Applegate Essay Contest Topic for the 2022-2023 school year is: "Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?”

The contest is open to contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1st of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1 – September 30) and who have not yet completed secondary school or its equivalent. There is no minimum age. Students must enter in the District in which they reside. U.S. students attending school on military installations outside the U.S. are eligible to enter in their last home of record.

How To Enter: Interested students must contact their local Optimist Club.  Click here for the Essay Contest application for the Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club.

Mail or email by 1/23/2023!
The entry deadline has passed for 2023 - stay tuned for the 2024 contest!
Contact: Carol Applegate or call 410-426-8287
  Student Support Network


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More info: Please contact Carol Applegate
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: Carol Applegate
Ongoing Children's Cancer Coin Banks - located in Jacksonville businesses. Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Ongoing St. Vincents Villa - sign up to help on a variety of projects Carol Porcher  for details.
Thu June 1, 2023 Members Meeting: Join us Thursday June 1, 2023 @7 pm.  Virtual meeting on Zoom.  Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Jul & Aug 2023 No Members Meeting for July & August: Join us in September. Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Thu Sep 7, 2023 Members Meeting: Join us Thursday Sep 7, 2023 @7 pm.  Virtual meeting on Zoom.  Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Sat Sep 30, 2023 End of 2022-23 Optimist year
Sun Oct 1, 2023 Beginning of 2023-24 Optimist year
Thu Oct 5, 2023 Members Meeting: Join us Thursday Oct 5, 2023 @7 pm.  Virtual meeting on Zoom.  Contact Carol Applegate  for details.

Jacksonville Jottings
(Our Newsletter)

The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, Inc.
PO Box 442
Phoenix, MD 21131
2022-23 Board of Directors
Chairperson of the Board Barbara Crain
President Carol Applegate
Vice President Carol Porcher
Secretary Adam Drescher
Treasurer Pam McCollum
Director Fred Figlewski
If you are interested in a director position or a committee chairperson position, contact President  Carol Applegate

Meeting Site:

St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church

3911 Sweet Air Rd.

Phoenix, 21131

Member meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm

May 2023
Apr 2023
Mar 2023

Jan/Feb 2023
Dec 2022
Nov 2022
Oct 2022
Aug/Sep 2022
June 2022
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April 2022
March 2022
February 2022

December 2021
November 2021
September/October 2021
August 2021
May 2021
April 2021
January 2021

December 2020
October 2020
 September 2020
Summer 2020
April 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
July/August, 2019
June, 2019
May, 2019
April, 2019
March, 2019
February, 2019
January, 2019

December, 2018
November, 2018
October, 2018
September, 2018

August, 2018
July, 2018
June, 2018
May, 2018
April, 2018
March, 2018
February, 2018
January, 2018
December, 2017
November, 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August, 2017
July, 2017
May, 2017
April, 2017
March, 2017
February, 2017
January, 2017
December, 2016
November 4, 2016
September 17, 2016
August 21, 2016

HOBY - Aug 2020
HOBY Story 2017


Mission Statement
By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves.

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.

Fact Sheet

The Greater Jacksonville
Optimist Club is
38 years old!

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

Click here for our club's history.  


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