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Saturday, October 23, 2010--Fall Fun Fest at St. Vincent's Villa. 

This is an activity where we work directly with the youth at St. Vincent's Villa, formerly Villa Maria.  Games, crafts, entertainment, food, etc. will be the order of the day.  This activity is another example of what being an Optimist is all about--Being a Friend of Youth, Bringing Out the Best in Kids. 



Click here for more information about St. Vincent's Villa



Was held Saturday, Oct 7, 2006  

The theme was "Cruising the Caribbean" (pirate theme).

It was a lot of fun and the Kids had a BALL!!!  Optimists also had a ball!

Optimist Carol Porcher (2nd from left) led this team project.




St. Vincent's Villa

St. Vincent's Villa provides education and treatment for emotionally disturbed children age 3-14.  Villa Maria is located in Timonium, MD.

Our Club volunteers for several activities at St. Vincent's Villa :

  • St. Vincent's Villa  Library

  • Easter Egg Hunt

  • Valentine's Activity

  • Bingo

  • Annual Fair/Fund raiser

  • Holiday Gift Wrap

Click here for more information about St. Vincent's Villa  

Carol Porcher is our Club Chairperson and you can help with this program.  Contact Carol at: H 410-357-4717, W 410-666-0008, or


St. Vincent's Villa  Annual Gift Wrap for Needy Families

Saturday, Dec 10, 2011

 The members of the Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club purchased Christmas gifts for needy families assigned by St. Vincent's Villa .  We wrapped the gifts at a wrapping party and bring them to St. Vincent's Villa .  This year's wrapping party was held on December 10, 2011.  Here are some pictures.






Villa Maria Annual 5k Walk/Run

Saturday, Sep 20, 2008


Let the race begin!

Post race: Dennis lane, Fred Figlewski and Madeline Figlewski with members of the Towson University Club (blue shirts)

Fred (red shirt) welcomes Dennis and Barbara and informs them that they still need to take a victory lap around the track...

Fred and Madeline Figlewski

Fred Figlewski approaching the finish line (27:32, if you're curious)




Many people donate gifts for the children at Villa Maria.  The gifts are dropped off at Villa Maria to be wrapped later.  Groups of volunteers are invited to spend an evening at Villa Maria wrapping the gifts. The Greater Jacksonville Optimists’ time to wrap gifts at Villa Maria is Thursday evening, December 20, 2007. We’ll meet at 5:00 PM and will work until about 8:00 PM wrapping gifts. You can stop by anytime during that time frame to assist with the wrapping.  Carol Porcher is coordinating this activity for our Club.  If you would like to join this fun wrapping party, please contact Carol at H 410-357-4717, W 410-666-0008, or We look forward to seeing you there!




Kevin Alban at the Basketball Game


Carol Porcher, Barbara Crain and Steve Porcher, making the goodies!

Dennis Lane is, for some reason, hugging a palm tree

Steve Porcher and Barbara Crain

Kevin Alban

Villa Maria Children's artwork

More artwork

Part of the Greater Jacksonville Optimist team that helped out at the Villa Maria Fair: (l-r) Dennis Lane, Carol Porcher, Steve Porcher, Ann Lane and Barbara Crain.  Not pictured: Carol Dunstan and Kevin Alban



Fall Fun Fair at St. Vincent's Villa in Timonium

Sat. Oct. 23, 2010 


2010 Event Summary by Dennis Lane:

We helped with games, crafts, entertainment, food with the kids from St. Vincent's Villa and their families.

Keep up the good work.


Thank you to everyone for helping "Bring out the Best in Kids."

Project contact: Dennis Lane at 410-592-2574, 410-592-7067,