Organizational Status

We currently hold status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This means all contributions are tax deductible. Please feel free to Contact us for more information.

Organizational Purpose

• To develop Optimist interest in good government and civic affairs.
• To inspire respect for the law.
• To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among people.
• To aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one's self in service will advance the well-being of man, his community and the world.

Optimist Creed

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


On April 26, 1972, thirty charter members of the Club were recognized as the "new" club on Maryland's Eastern Shore. On May 6, 1972 the Club was presented its charter at the Commander Hotel in Ocean City Maryland as the newest club in the Maryland District of Optimist International. Charter president John Lynch received the charter and the story began.

The Club grew quickly to 38 members as fund raisers and other programs began. The first major fund raiser was a dance featuring the Warren Covington Big Band. Our first oratorical contest was held in 1973 and has been held annually ever since. During the mid 1970s membership declined but the programs continued. In the 1980s membership grew back to around 35 participants. Participation in Springfest and Sunfest began and the popular boat show was also started during this period. The rest, as they say, is history.

Programs and fund raisers have grown dramatically over the past 41 years. Budgets now exceed $200,000. Membership in the Club has increased to over 115 members. The Scholarship Lotto proceeds have exceeded $1 million in scholarships for local high school students. The Club has attained Honor Club status 15 consecutive years, which is number one in Maryland. The Optimist Club of Ocean City-Berlin is truly a friend of youth and an asset to the local community!