An Optimist Club is a group of volunteers, men and women, representing a cross section of the community who recognize their civic responsibilities and join together in thought and action in the belief that giving of one’s self in service to others for the development of youth and for the good of the community. An Optimist Club, although affiliated with Optimist International (OI), is a separate and independent organization that adopts its own by-laws consistent with the constitution and by-laws of OI; develops its own policies, programs and projects; and, conducts activities in its own community. An Optimist Club acquires stature and prestige through its affiliation with Optimist International, but in the final analysis the activity, image and destiny of each Optimist Club is molded by its members and leaders.
The Calvert-Prince Frederick Optimist Club is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a President, two Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, six elected Directors and the Club’s immediate Past President. The Board of Directors controls and manages the Club’s activities; generally supervises the affairs of the Club; and determines the number and purpose of all special and standing committees necessary to the achievement of the objectives of the Club. Much of the success of a club depends upon how well the Board functions and the direction it provides. An Optimist Club is a 501c (4) non-profit organization. All income received from fund-raising activities is applied to the non-profit purposes and objectives of the organization.
Conceived as a fundraising and community outreach event, the Calvert Optimist Youth Film Festival adopts the mission of encouraging students to explore their world through the creation and appreciation of film. It is about encouraging young people to make films in any genre they choose, using any equipment available from; I-Pods, mobile phones to DSLR video cameras. They can all compete together in the festival competition because in COYFF, story is king. A strong narrative well told can get a film across the line and into the winners circle. Young people have important and relevant stories to tell, older people and those in power can learn from the voice of tomorrow.
The Calvert Optimist Youth Film Festival is about encouraging and awarding tomorrow’s filmmakers, it is about education, empowerment and enlightenment. The whole community is invited to the screening and awards ceremony. The films are presented on a big screen
“Unlike all the other art forms, film is able to seize and render the passage of time, to stop it, almost to possess it in infinity. I’d say that film is the sculpting of time.”
– Andrei Tarkovsky