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The Optimist Club of Calvert-Prince Frederick has elected and installed Darryl Mansfield to serve as club president for the 2012-2013 year. President Mansfield began his term Oct. 1 and has held a variety of positions in the club since joining Calvert Optimist Club in 1992, a press release states.

Serving with Mansfield on the club’s board of directors for the 2012-2013 year are internal vice president Forrest Moore, external vice president Jack Boswell, treasurer Bunk Horsmon and secretary Ed Dorsey. Serving as directors for the club will be Jack Brown, John Horsmon, Kelly McConkey, Bob Merkle, Tom Parran III, Cliff Savoy and past president Pearl Miller.

“I am proud to have been chosen as the leader of such a dedicated group for the coming year,” Mansfield said in the release. “I am always happy to see the work the Calvert Optimist Club accomplishes each year for the youth of the County and hope that we can continue to grow in our service, programs and membership in the year ahead.”

The Optimist Club of Calvert-Prince Frederick has supported the youth of Calvert County since its founding in 1968. Programs and service projects include: Youth Appreciation Week, Calvert County Fair, a Halloween contest, a hunter safety course, oratorical and essay contests, Respect for Law, an Easter Egg hunt, a fishing tournament, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for the needy, Calvert Christmas Parade, Calvert Shop with a Cop, Books for Babies, the Calvert High Junior Optimist Club, a scholarship program, HOBY Leadership Conference and the Calvert Community Bulletin Board. These programs and services are provided by funding raised through the club’s food trailer, which visits many local activities, Optimist bingo and the club’s annual Christmas tree sales adjacent to the Prince Frederick Safeway.

For more information, go to www.optimistclubofcalvert.org, or call 410-257-3305.