Community Support

The Lexington Park-Saint Maries Optimist Club sponsors many local community organizations and activities, which include but are not limited to those listed on this page.

Respect For Law

Every year the Optimist clubs of St. Mary’s County hold a dinner and present the nominees for each of the Law Enforcement Agencies with an Award plaque. This year the Lexington Park/St. Maries club is hosting this event. The event scheduled to be held on May 17, 2017. We are currently in the process of getting all of the plans together and finalized for it.

Fire Truck Pull

In 2015 we joined together with the Southern Maryland Rugby and Bay District Volunteer Fire Department to put on a “Fire Truck Pull”.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowling

We have connected with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in regards to holding two bowling fundraiser events in St. Mary’s County. Hoping to have one at Patuxent River. More information to come shortly.

Boy Scout Troop 793

They meet every Sunday at SAIC building, starting at 6:30pm. Scoutmaster is Steve McDanal. The Troop now has 49 scouts. Chartered by the Lexington Park-Saint Maries Optimist Club.
We also would like to recognize Joshua Culver who was recently recognized in the winter edition of the Scouters digest magazine. The article is about Joshua’s remarkable accomplishment of earning all 137 Boy Scout merit badges.
Joshua is currently studying chemical engineering at the University of Delaware and one of his next goals is to be an astronaut !!

Cub Pack 793

They meet the last Friday of each month at the Lexington Park Methodist Church, 6:30-8:00 pm. The Cubmaster is Dave Howe and Tiger Den Leader Chris Maulden. Pack has grown with 33 Cub Scouts and 15 adults. Jack Culver is now COR, from our Club. All den meetings are held weekly.  We are the sponsors of our first Girls Boy Scout Troop.

Venturing Crew

This is a Coed Troop for ages 14-20, chartered by Lexington Park-Saint Maries Optimist Club, currently with 6 members (3 boys/3 girls). Youth are in charge and set agenda, adults just support.

HOBY Leadership Program

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students.

HOBY programs provide youth selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. HOBY also provides adults with opportunities to make a significant impact on the lives of youth by volunteering. Over 4,000 committed HOBY volunteers plan and execute the programs each year, serving both at the local HOBY affiliate level and on HOBY’s Board of Trustees. Due to the selfless efforts of volunteers and the contributions of generous donors, nearly 9,000 students participate in HOBY programs annually.

Our club sponsors a minimum of 2 youth from our local area to attend HOBY each year.

Christmas In April

We work with Christmas In April annually. Our club is partnered with another organization to work on a selected house. We work closely with the house captain ahead of time to help with any preparation work that can be done ahead of time which would help all scheduled project to be done and completed during the Christmas in April day. If the projects are completed on that day people from our club continue to go to the house the remainder of that weekend or even future visits until the projects are completed. We have been involved with projects from a wide variety that range from yard cleanup, back stairs, front door, porches, painting, replacing floors, fixing windows, siding and often we perform roof work.

Southern Maryland Vacations For Vets Program

Southern Maryland Vacations for Vets is a program created to give our wounded or sick service members, from local military hospitals and treatment centers, a chance to relax with their family in a quiet country setting. It is a chance for them to escape the hospital routine and/or forget about their traumatic experiences. The weekend retreat is completely free of charge for the guests. We have given donations and plan to volunteer on the future events in our area in various capacities.

Financial Donations

We give donations to multiple youth organizations, such as the ones listed below:

  • Parks and Recreation Programs
  • Youth Football
  • Youth Baseball
  • Starbase Atlantis
  • Respect for Law
  • Holiday Food Baskets and Food Banks

All Donations go towards the groups that we sponsor and are always welcome. Please contact us at