About the Talbot Optimist Club
The Talbot Optimist Club (TOC), of Easton, Maryland, has been meeting the needs of Talbot County youth by "bringing out the best in kids" since 1996. The club is a member of the Maryland/South Delaware District (www.mdsdoptimist.org) of Optimist International (www.optimist.org) and was founded under Charter president Richie Wheatley of Easton, who currently co-chairs the annual Christmas Tree & Greenery sale with Treasurer Geoff Bernstein.
Now in its 20th year, the Talbot Optimist Club has raised more than $225,000 supporting local youth, including the sponsorship of the Optimist Field at the A. James Clark North Easton Sports Complex, and much needed annual support to organizations like the Talbot YMCA, Talbot Mentors, Boy Scouts, Easton Little League, as well as art programs, public and private school initiatives, leadership camps, sport activities and more.
Most people know the Talbot Optimist Club through the month-long Christmas Tree and Greenery Sale at the Talbot YMCA each December, which has become a community event through a cadre of volunteers extending beyond the club's members. Other fundraising projects include partnering with the Easton Ruritans for concessions at the Talbot County Fair, Pit Beef fundraisers at Easton's Blockbuster; sponsorship of the Homerun Baker Field in Trappe, and past participation in Talbot's Relay.
Each spring the club helps sponsor the Kids Fun Run at North Easton Park/Rail to Trails, and hosts an Oratorical Contest, where youth 15 and younger brave the stage of the historic Avalon Theatre to deliver an inspiring speech for a chance at an Optimist International $2,500 scholarship. And in the spring, the Optimist host a Golf Tournament fundraiser, a Jr. Golf Tournament, an invitational qualifying event for Optimist International's Jr. Golf Championships held in Florida each summer.
• To develop Optimist interest in good government and civic affairs.
• To inspire respect for the law.
• To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among people.
• To aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one's self in service will advance the well-being of man, his community and the world.
• To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
• To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
• To make all your friends feel that there is something special in them.
• To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
• To think only the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
• To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
• To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
• To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
• To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
• To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Below are the organizations we have funded in the history of TOC:
Avalon Foundation (Books in the Park, Concerts in the Park,Elem Students' Trip to Theatre)
Aviation Career Explorer: "Stay on Course"
Bayside Breeze Girls' Travel Softball
Boy Scout Troop 190
Boy Scout Troop 264
Boy Scout Troop 532
Boy Scout Troop 741
Boy Scout-Cub Pack 190
Brownie Troop 528
Brownie Troop 536
CAPA (Art Camp)
Care Packs of Talbot County
Chapel District Elem
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Festival
Chesapeake College Kids on Campus
Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center
Chesapeake Spirit Swim Club
Christ Church Day Care
Critchlow Adkins Day Care/Easton Day Care
Eagle Scout Project @ North Easton Park
Eastern Shore Athletic Association
Eastern Shore Travel Baseball
Eastern Shore Hockey Association
Easton AAU Soccer Team
Easton Bayhawks U-11 Travel Baseball
Easton Elem Moton
Easton Elem School Rdg Book Prog
Easton High School After Grad Party
Easton High School -APEX
Easton High School FFA-Greenhouse
Easton High School Music Dept/Musical
Easton High School SOS
Easton High School Women's Varsity Lacrosse
Easton Little League
Easton Memorial Hospital Pediatrics Unit-TV
Easton Middle School After School Theatre Program
Easton Middle School Band(Risers)
Easton Skate Park Assoc **
Easton Welcome Resource Center
First Night Talbot
For All Seasons
Girl Scouts of Talbot County (Service Unit 4)
Habitat for Humanity
Homerun Baker Park **
Imagination Library of Talbot County
Junior Achievement of Talbot County
Mid Shore Young Life
Mid-Shore Council of Family Violence
MLK Basketball Classic
Musical Theater-New Friends AroundtheWorld
NJROTC at Easton High School
North Easton Park **
Operation Military Kids of MD
Pickering Creek Environment/Audubon Center
QACPS Volunteer Fire Cadets Program
Radcliffe Learning Center
Shore Field Hockey
Shore Five Lacrosse Club
SSPP Mission Trip
SSPP Post Prom Party
St Lukes United Methodist Youth Fellowship&Pres
St. Marks Pre School
St Michaels Community Center
St Michaels High School Post Prom Party
St Michaels Housing Authority
Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Walk
Talbot Community Connections
Talbot BRAVES Pop Warner Cheerleaders-National Competition
Talbot BRAVES Pop Warner Football/Cheer Programs
Talbot County 4H
Talbot County Family Support Center
Talbot County Mental Health Association
Talbot County Public Schools CHOICES
Talbot County Public Schools PASS
Talbot County Public Schools-One-to-One Lap Top Iniative
Talbot County Teen Drug Court
Talbot County Youth Field Hockey
Talbot Hospice-Rainy Days
Talbot Lacrosse Association
Talbot Paramedics Foundation
Talbot Swim Club
Talbot County Health Dept-Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention
Theodore Henson Career&Technology Scholarship Fund
TOC Endowment Fund
Trinity Cathedral Youth Family Ministries
Warrior Lacrosse Club-Easton Middle School
White Marsh Elem School PTA
Wye River Upper School
YMCA (Camp Lazy Days/Strong Kids Campaign...)
YMCA Capital Campaign **