The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, Inc.
PO Box 442, Phoenix, MD 21131 410-746-0150
...Essay Contest...Oratorical Contest....Youth Appreciation....Shop-With-A-Cop....Villa Maria Library...Holiday GiftWrap for Villa Maria...Childhood Cancer Campaign...Aluminum Recycling...Stock Market Challenge...We have a lot going on!...

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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 2024 Fundraiser is over!  Winners will be announced in the next newsletter.  New entries are not being accepted at this time - the deadline was 2/29/24.

Contact: Carol Applegate or call 410-746-0150
Stock Market Challenge   More info: Please contact Carol Applegate

Ask Carol Applegate how you can help!

Click for the SMC 2024 Entry Brochure and rules.

The monies raised support activities for the Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, which include Youth Activities and Community Activities

  Student Support Network


Click here for details

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
There were three local student winners in the 2024 GJOC Essay Contest:“Optimism: How It Connects Us” at our club’s Essay dessert night. Three Dulaney students and their parents attended.

 Sarah T. 1st Place $100 check
Maxine Y. 2nd Place $75 check
Andrew F. 3rd Place $50 check
They were within 4 points. All are 17 years old. Thank you to Judges Maria Barata, Barbara Crain, and Nancy Neal and for set up Adam and desserts Carol. We appreciate you!
  Click here for the Full Year Calendar
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 Aug 1, 2024 Members Meeting.  Virtual 7:00 pm  Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Sat Aug 17, 2024 MDSD Optimist meeting in Lancaster, PA.  Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Sat Aug 31, 2024 Zone 5 Meeting.  11 am @ Hereford  Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
September 2024 Recognition of elementary school teachers.  Date/time TBD  Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Mon September 30, 2024 2023-24 Optimist Year Ends
Tue October 1, 2024 2024-25 Optimist Year Begins
October 2024 GJOC Anniversary Dinner. Date/time TBD  Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Mon Oct 14, 2024 Jax Senior Center Golf Tournament Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Thu Oct 17, 2024 GJOC Anniversary Dinner Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Sat Nov 2, 2024 MDSD Meeting in Gettysburg  Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
December 2024 Shop-with-a-Cop  Date/time TBD  Contact Carol Applegate  for details.
Sat Jun 28, 2025

Jacksonville Jottings
(Our Newsletter)

The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club, Inc.
PO Box 442
Phoenix, MD 21131
2023-24 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

Jul/Aug 2024
Jun 2024
May 2024
Apr 2024
Mar 2023
Jan 2024
Dec 2023

Oct 2023
Sep 2023
May 2023
Apr 2023
Mar 2023

Jan/Feb 2023
Dec 2022
Nov 2022
Oct 2022
Aug/Sep 2022
June 2022
May 2022
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

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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
39 years old!

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

Click here for our club's history.  


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