To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

Club Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 5th General Meeting, American Legion, 5:30pm

Thursday, January 12th Board meeting, Ocean Pines Library, 6pm

Thursday, February 2nd General Meeting, American Legion, 5:30pm

Thursday, February 9th Board meeting, Ocean Pines Library, 6pm

Friday, February 10th WCAC Art Contest Display & Awards, 5—7pm

Wednesday, February 15th Boat Show Setup

Thursday, February 16th Boat Show Setup

Friday, February 17th Annual Seaside Boat Show

Saturday, February 18th Annual Seaside Boat Show

Sunday, February 19th Annual Seaside Boat Show

Tuesday, February 28th Essay Contest District Entry Deadline

Thursday, March 2nd General Meeting, American Legion, 5:30pm

Thursday, March 9th Board meeting, Ocean Pines Library, 6pm

Tuesday, March 28th Preliminary Oratorical Contest

Thursday, March 20th Oratorical Contest Finals, SDMS, 6pm


This month the Club signed a memo of understanding with WorWic Community College to provide scholarship funding. We will provide financial support for tuition, fees and/or books for students whose primary residence is Worcester County, Maryland. Total funding will be $40,000.00, for this current school year.

Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • A resident of Worcester County, Maryland 17-20 years of age
  • Enrolled in a credit program taking 6 or more credits OR Enrolled in one or more non-credit courses including continuing education or workforce development
  • Cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.5 or higher This is a need-based scholarship with preference given to students with the greatest financial need. An effort will be made to award at least one student from each high school in Worcester County (presently Pocomoke High School, Snow Hill High School and Stephen Decatur High School).

The recipients of this scholarship and the amount of each scholarship shall be selected by representatives of Wor-Wic Community College Foundation.

Special thanks for the members of our Scholarship Committee who worked this past Summer to develop this program. Thanks to Larry Campbell, Roger Pacella, Kathy Yates, Robert Grimm, Ron Ferger and George Balunis.



The Delmarva Titans Organization were provided $500 for equipment. The funding will go towards a program of travel ball including softball and baseball for sixteen girls from Worcester County. Thanks to member Don Fentress for bringing this request to the Club.

Ocean Pines Children’s Theatre. The Board approved $500 toward their next production.

Believe in Tomorrow. Funds were requested for a Be- lieve in Santa Breakfast. This organization is approved in the annual budget for a total amount of $3,000.

Worcester Youth & Family Counselling. $1000 was approved.

Worcester County Public Schools Counselors. Club member and SDMS Counsellor Cherie Townsend is organizing bring 22 counsellors from Worcester County to a conference in Cambridge in March. The Club approved $3,500 for travel cost and fees.


After many years of being Committee Chair of the Essay Contest Fran Pilarski has handed the reigns over to Kathy Cater. Our special thanks to Fran for all her work.

Kathy has contacted and sent information regarding the contest and the applications for submission to all area school grades 6-

  1. The official topic this year is “Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?”.

The contest is divided into two levels of competition: Club (preliminary contest/$500) and District (scholarship competi- tion/$2500). Winners at the Club level will be submitted to the District level for judging. Deadline for Club submission is Wednesday, December 21, 2022. Deadline for District Sub-mission is February 28, 2023 (To be submitted by Club Chair-person).

The suggested positions for this committee are Project Chair, Contest Coordinator, and Judging Coordinator. Kathy is already Project Chair and has taken care of disseminating information to schools.

What is needed are judges (3 judges + 1 back up in case of emer- gency).

If you are interested in participating on this committee please contact Kathy at or call 410-713-2083

Foundation Endowment Golf Outing 2023

We have been notified that he golf course will be under repair in early August! So this year our golf outing will be August 30, 2023. Please mark your calendar and be sure to spread the word. The more players the better fundraising results.


Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club High School Art Exhibit/Competition

The Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club’s High School Art Exhibit/ Competition will be held at the Worcester County Arts Council’s Exhibit Room at 6 Jefferson Street, Berlin, MD throughout the month of February. An email containing the guidelines was sent to the art teachers and principals at the three (3) Worcester County high schools as well at Worcester Preparatory School. A local artist will judge the entries and the awards presentations will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2023 at the Arts Council. Everyone is welcome to view what will be a wondrous example of the artwork created by Worcester County art students.

We look forward to meeting the winners at our March dinner meeting.




The Club donated $2,000 to the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation to assist in fees for transportation of the children to the annual field trip. The information below is a summary as provided by the Veterans Memorial Foundation Vice President Susan Pantone.

Through the cooperative efforts of the Worcester County Board of Education and the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation, every fifth grade student in Worcester County participates in a field trip to The Veterans Memorial. Volunteer docents teach the children about the sacrifices of our veterans, the founding of each branch of service, US participation in various conflicts, flag history and etiquette. The JROTC cadets from Stephen Decatur High School, Snow Hill High School and Pocomoke assist in teaching the 5th graders proper flag handling and flag folding. Prior to the field trip, the students are given an opportunity to view our new documentary “Heroes All”. The video gives an overview of the Memorial, it touches on Maryland and military history, and various conflicts in which the United States has participated It also highlights “The Wall That Heals”, which The Memorial had the honor of hosting in the Spring of 2021. The students are also given a colorful and interactive Student Activity Booklet. The students are encouraged to share the booklet with their families and thus learn of their family’s contributions and military service. We are proud of this award winning program and thank all who support The Worcester County Veterans Memorial.



The following funding requests were passed by the Board without any objections as they support our goals to help the kids of our Community.

Art Contest. Sharon has invited Seaside Academy to participate in this years contest. We will also be adding a digital art category. This brings us to four categories. The Board approved a revised budget of $2500 to cover additional awards.

Veterans Memorial Fund. Money was provided last year towards an educational documentation video for fifth grade students in the County. This year they are requesting funding to update their bro- chure, and other items. The Board approved $2000 to go towards their transportation cost for bringing the children to the event. Toys for Tots. Additional $2,000 funding from last month was approved to bring this years total to $5000.

Coats for Kids. Bill Hickey met with the School Board and estab- lished a line of contact for the identification of kids in need of winter coats. The Board approved an additional $6500 to the existing $2500 previously approved. This brings our total purchases for kids this year to $9,000.

Library Books for SDMS. Club member and Media Specialist from the Steven Decatur Middle School requested funding for Kind- ness Books for the school. The Board approved $2000 towards their requirements. Thanks to Cheryl Lynn Brown for bringing these needs to our attention.


The Club provided $3500 toward expenses for 22 Counselors from Worcester County to attend the National Center for Youth Issues. The event will take place in Cambridge this coming March.
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front row left to right.. Linda McGean, Denne Bowen, Tammy Funk, Stephanie Zanowic back row left to right.. Lauren Williams, Val Riley, Staci Aperance, Michelle Bankert, Marcea Redden, Josh Horsman, Ari Johnson, Veronica Hayes, Stephanie Covington, and Erica Hensley


Last year the Club donated $25,000 to the BOE for creation of their Imagination Studios. Due to Covid restrictions the ribbon cutting ceremony was postponed and this past November the Club was presented with a plaque from BOE during their Board meeting.

The space is a state-of-the-art professional development center.

Board of Education President Elena McComas, Roger Pacella, Cristina Dolomount Brown and Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor


Ocean City Berlin Optimist Club presents a check for $5,000 to Toys for Tots in Worcester County. Bill Hickey, Past President, Dena Holloway, Coordinator, Maryland Lower Eastern Shore, Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, Christina Dolomount Brown, President.
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