Talbot Optimist to Sponsor Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Harbourtowne Resort & Country Club

The Talbot Optimist Club will be sponsoring their Annual Golf Tournament to be held at the Harbourtowne Country Club on Friday, May 8, 2015.  “We are very excited to sponsor this annual event,” said John Mlynarski, PGA Professional of the Harbourtowne Country Club.  “Money raised from this event helps the Talbot Optimist provide funding to youth sponsored events in Talbot County.” 

Golfer registration starts at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.  Pricing is available for individual golfers or foursomes.  Player fees include golf, tee gift, prizes and on course refreshments.  The event will also feature a silent auction.    Dinner and awards will conclude the event at 6:00 p.m. that evening. 

Designed and built by the legendary golf course architect Pete Dye, playing to a par 70, the Harbourtowne Golf Course has many Pete Dye trademarks. Narrow fairways with target landing areas, carefully placed mounds in the rough, deep bunkers, high grass bunkers, neat little ponds, walls of railroad ties, and small protected greens are just a few of the highlights of this extraordinary course.  The golf course provides a great test of skills for players of all levels. 

For more information, contact the Harbourtowne Golf Pro Shop at 410-745-5183 or email:  golf@harbourtowne.com.

Talbot Optimist Club to Sponsor Oratorical Contest for Youth

Easton, Maryland – The Talbot Optimist Club is encouraging area youth to speak their minds about the topic “How My Optimism Will Help Me Press On to Greater Achievements of the Future,” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2014-2015 year.  This year’s contest will be held at the Avalon Theatre in Easton on April 15, 2015.  The Talbot Optimist is accepting entries from Talbot County youth and the surrounding counties as well.

The Optimist Club will judge the local youths’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine top winners.  The winning speeches will be sent to the zone level, and possibly the district level for the opportunity to win college scholarships.  Last year’s Talbot Optimist winner, Tyler Judd of Easton, went on to also win the district competition.

Students under the age of 19, who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent, are eligible to participate.

“As they prepare for their future, many of our local youth need experience expressing their thoughts and opinions to an audience,” Club President Rick VanEmburgh said.  “The Oratorical Contest challenges them to do just that and also offers an opportunity for scholarships.  In this way, our club hopes to bring out the best in each of them and help them to achieve their goals for the future.”

The deadline for submitting applications to participate is April 14th.  Youth wishing to participate in the oratorical contest can find out more about the contest by contacting Club President, Rick VanEmburgh at 410-253-8484 or emailing rick.vanemburgh@gmail.com.

The Talbot Optimist has been an active member of the Talbot County community since it was chartered in 1996.  Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include the annual Christmas tree sales and the Talbot Optimist Golf Tournament held each year in May at the Harbourtowne Golf Resort in St. Michaels.  The Talbot Optimist Club has raised over $200,000 to aid Talbot County youth activities since its charter.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 75,000 members in 2,600 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world.  The Optimist Oratorical Contest is one of the organization’s most popular programs, with more than 2,000 clubs participating annually.  Carrying the motto ”Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimist conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year.  To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.  For more information regarding the annual Talbot Optimist Golf Tournament to be held on May 8, 2015, contact the Harbourtowne Golf Resort Pro Shop at 410-745-5183 or email golf@harbourtowne.com.

Oratorical Contest

The Oratorical Contest is an annual event held at the historic Avalon Theater. Students under the age of 19 and who have not yet graduated from high school present a speech on a given topic. This year's topic was "Why My Voice is Important". Winners from our local contest compete in a "Zone" or regional contest in Salisbury against students from other Clubs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Winners from that competition compete in Ocean City against students from other winners around the State.

Shop with a Cop | Denton, MD

Shop with a Cop is a new program for the Talbot Optimist Club, but one that has been going on at other Clubs around the State for years. Police officers are paired up with local children to go Christmas shopping at our local Wal-Mart. The police officers let them drive in the front seat of their police cars. The police cars parade single file with their lights on to the Wal-Mart, then help the children do their Christmas shopping for their family. Money is donated by local businesses and individuals for the shopping. Then the gifts are taken to a local restaurant. The children and police officers are provided lunch while the Optimist members wrap the gifts. It is a great way to provide Christmas gifts as well as a chance for the police officers to bond with the children.

Golf Tournament || Harbourtowne Golf Resort

TOC Golf tournament raises $5000 for youth of Talbot County

The Talbot Optimist Club hosted its 2012 golf tournament at Harbourtowne Golf Resort  in St. Michaels, MD. 84 players participated in a 4 person  captains choice scramble. Closest to the pin contests were on holes # 4, 7, 11, 17 and long drive contest on #6 and #8 respectably. Aqua Pools of Easton supplies a spa to be given the first person to make a hole-in-one on #17. The beautiful  sunny , 75 degree temperatures  day provided great scoring for the event. The team of Scott Kakabar, Mark (KJ) Chew, Bill Holley, and Ricky Kline captured the gross division with a score of 56. The YMCA team of Jim Fodrie, Tony Short, Cedric Samuels and Adam Hollis shot a winning score of 39.5. All participants received lunch, dinner, refreshments and snacks on the course, a Cutter and Buck jacket, range balls, golf balls and much more. The TOC golf tournament is recognized as one out the best Charity golf tournaments in the Eastern part of the State of Maryland. All proceed go directly to the Youth of Talbot County. Many thanks to our patrons, sponsors, and supporters. We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 event.