Shop With A Cop

The Optimist Club of Frederick




32nd Youth Talent Competition





Auditions:  03/03/2018                               Finals:  03/24/2018

Governor Thomas Johnson High               Governor Thomas Johnson High

1501 North Market Street                          1501 North Market Street

Frederick, MD  21701                                Frederick, MD  21701

Starting at 9:00 AM                                   Curtain Time:  2:00 PM


Important dates to remember:

  • Application Postmark Deadline:  02/23/2018
  • Auditions will be scheduled via email in the week prior to 3/18/2018


We are proud to continue the new Instrumental Category we announced two years ago.  The first category is String (includes piano, violin, viola, cello, harp, bass, etc.); the second category is called Other Instruments (includes brass, woodwinds, percussion, guitar, etc.); by incorporating all instruments will allow more students to compete as well as expand our final show to highlight twenty (20) finalists instead of sixteen (16).

 Again we are encouraging students who could qualify for our Dramatic Monologue category to apply.




  • Grand Prize Winner:  $750.00
  • Remaining Category Winners:  $400.00
  • All Remaining Competitors:  $125.00
  • People’s Choice Award:  Trophy



For Further Information Contact:  Marcha Gamber (301) 662-8760 or

Mary Ellen Hoffman (301) 845-2611


Click on the links below for Talent Show rules, application and flier:
Talent Show Rules 2018
Application for 32nd Annual Talent Show 2018
Talent Show Flier 2018

Frederick Optimist Club - Shop with a Cop



On Saturday December 3, 2016 the Optimist Club of Frederick, held their tenth annual “Shop with a Cop” program. This event took place at Wal-Mart, 1811 Monocacy Blvd in Frederick.  A big “thank you” to the manger of Wal-Mart,  Ijaz Ahmad. Thirty-three children from Frederick County were given an opportunity to “Shop with a Cop” and buy Christmas gifts for their families.

Police officers from the Frederick City Police, Maryland State Troopers, Thurmont and Brunswick Police Departments accompanied these children on their Christmas adventure.The Officers picked the children up at their home and transported them to Wal-Mart. The children were given $100 gift cards to purchase gifts for loved ones in their lives. This gave the children an opportunity to be “gift givers.” The Optimist club members wrapped all the gifts purchased by the children. The police officers then drove the children to Frederick Outback Steakhouse, who through the generosity of owner Debra Larson, provided lunch for the officers and children. Eating lunch together gave the Officers and their paired children time to get to know each other better and build a bond of respect. It was a fun and exciting day for all those involved.



Pictured front row left to right: Gabriel Parks, Josiah Budd, Jessie Lowe, Darrick Newman, Logan Burroughs, Patrick Terrebone, Christopher Stely, Aidyn Tomalewski, Chritian Reinhardt, Jayla Huskey, Brian Knott, Tyshawn Anderson, David Boss and Jason Boss.
Second row left to right: Faith Parks, Connor Graham, Marie Dao, Menelik Bekure, Madison Wade, Jaydin Wilbrun, Chris Fisher, Allen Lane, Raymond Best, Alexis Duah, Josh Monath, Drea Harding, Reece Veselitza, Tavion Kelly, Ariel England, Jaylyn Lowe and Jahan Gasemy.
Third Row left to right: Senior Trooper Everett Green, Sgt. Angela Waechter, Officer Chris Herman, Detective Sgt. Scott Robertson, Master Trooper David Greenwood, Trooper Joshua D. Sorenson, TFC David Peterson, Trooper Kyle Knowels, Cpl Adam Matthai, 1st. Sgt Robert Lantz, Jade Harding, Trooper Cory Mills, Officer Stephen Radtke, Officer John Meyer, Trooper John Reever and Levi Salami
 Fourth row left to right: Lt. Michael Lee, Cpl.. Jerimy Tindal, Cpl. Josh A. White, Officer Jestin Joseph, Officer Jacki Druktenis, TFC Christopher Plumadore, Cpl. Christopher Handler, Senior Trooper Richard Kulina, Detective Jeff Putman, Officer Laura Albrecht from DNR, Cpl Testa, Lt Wayne Wachsmuth,  Trooper Jonathon Deater, OFC Sara Evans, Trooper Amanda Voggenreiter and Sgt. Detective Brian Smith.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mr. Earl Gamber, President of the Frederick Optimist Club at 301-662-8760 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please send all correspondence to:

Frederick Optimist Club
PO Box 1398
Frederick, Maryland 21702

From an Optimist Club member to another, promise yourself the following:

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 in them.  To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.  To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to 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.

To join the Frederick Optimist Club, please click on the Membership Application link below and complete the membership application; and if you have any questions, just call or send an email to our Membership Chairman Craig Taliaferro at 301-663-8116 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership Application

To develop Optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed:

  1. To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs
  2. To inspire respect for law
  3. To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people
  4. To aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that giving of one's self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world