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
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
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!


Carol Applegate 410-426-8287 or
Nov 10, 2014 (Mon) Shop-With-A-Cop Fundraiser @ Jason's Deli, 2159 York Rd., Timonium, MD from 5 pm - 10 pm.  15% of your bill will benefit the Baltimore County Shop-With-A-Cop project to be held on Sat. Dec 13, 2014.  Sponsored by the Towson University Optimist Club.  For more info, contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email
Nov 20, 2014 (Thu) Club Dinner Meeting @ Future Home Annex (The Barn) 6:30 pm. Topic: HOBY--Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. Some of the students from our area who attended the Maryland Leadership Seminar last Spring as High School Sophomores will attend and share their experiences with us.  GJOC's participation in the HOBY program is a good example of Optimists "Bringing Out the Best in Kids!"  It's always interesting to meet them and to learn how their HOBY experience has affected their lives. Members, family, friends, and guests are welcome - Contact Carol Applegate 410-426-8287 or
Nov 2014 Youth Appreciation Week - date/time TBD
Dec 4, 2014 (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
Dec 13, 2014 (Sat) Shop-With-A-Cop @ Wal Mart in Cockeysville beginning at 7:30 am.  The project involves 100+ Baltimore county Police officers and 100+ youth from around Baltimore County.  Each cild will be given a $100 gift card for shopping and the group will go to brunch at Outback Steakhouse in Hunt Valley following the shopping.  The projec tis sponsored by the Cockeysville, Greater Jacksonville, Hereford, Timonium and Towson University Optimist Clubs. For more info, contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email
Dec 2014 Holiday Party & Project: Final plans are being developed for an acitivty in December and will be announced shortly.  For more info, contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email
Jan 23, 2015 Essay Contest Deadline (Club Level)  Contact Carol Applegate 410-426-8287 or
May 1-3, 2015 Oratorical Contest (District Level) Contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email
Jun 27, 2015 (Sat) 40th Annual Jacksonville Independence Day Celebration - Contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email

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Jacksonville Jottings
(Our Newsletter)

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

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The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, Inc.
PO Box 442
Phoenix, MD 21131
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.


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


The next Club Board meeting is Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Future Home (12900 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix, MD 21131).  All club members and potential members are invited.


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


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