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
Jacksonville's Independence Day Celebration


A Community Event
(that you don't want to miss)
See you next year on Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ the Jacksonville Elementary School Athletic fields
: Kids Bike & Pet Parade
Evening: Activities begin at 6 pm
Click here for details.
Click here for the 2014 poster..

More info: Please contact Dennis Lane at 410-592-7067 or email
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

Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser


Golf Balls Against Childhood Cancer


We raised money to support the Childhood Cancer Campaign.


Click here for details.  The 2014 fundraiser is over, but contact us about next year!


Contact Dennis Lane 410-592-7067 or
Aug 17, 2014 (Sun)

Summer Santa & Ice Cream Social at Future Home Annex (The barn) You will be receiving a list of items in the next couple of days that would be very helpful to the youth at St. Vincent's Villa.  You can review the list, decide what you would like to purchase for the kids, and then bring it to the barn and enjoy an ice cream social. Family members and guests are welcome. Contact Carol Porcher

Sep 19, 2014 (Fri) Happy Birthday Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club!
Sep 20, 2014 (Sat) 30th Anniversary Party @ The Towson Art Collective, 40 Chesapeake Ave, Towson, MD from 7 pm -10 pm.  Contact Dave Ward for more details.
Sep 30, 2014 End of 2013-14 Optimist Year
Oct 1, 2014 Beginning of 2014-15 Optimist Year
Nov 2014 Youth Appreciation Week - date/time TBD
Dec 2014 Shop-With-A-Cop - date/time TBD

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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

Click here for archived editions

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


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, September 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 

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


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