For those who would like to get involved in activities in St. Mary’s County, below is a partial list of the community groups and clubs available in the area. Groups that would like to be included in next year’s edition are invited to contact The Enterprise at 301-862-2111.


Feral Cat Rescue is a nonprofit organization that works to humanely reduce the feral and stray cat population in the county. Volunteers staff a public adoption event to place domesticated, fully vetted cats and kittens at the Petco in California every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and volunteers for trapping and transporting feral cats are welcome. Foster homes are also needed. Call 301-475-5059 or visit

Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland is an all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue group, serving Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. The group’s mission is to find permanent homes for golden retrievers in need. Volunteers to assist with the group’s free foster care services are welcome. Volunteers are needed to staff educational tables, do home visits for prospective adopters, provide temporary, loving homes until adoption and to help with fundraising. Group members gather at local dog parks monthly for play dates, host beach blasts, agility/training classes, picnics and other events for goldens and their humans. Call 1-855-477-3728 or visit

Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue assists greyhounds, putting about 100 of these retired racers in good homes each year. Visit or call George Nussberger of Mechanicsville at 866-975-4347 or 301-373-4820.

An Interscholastic Equestrian Association team is based at A Moment in Time farm in Leonardtown. The team is open to riders in both middle and high school. For more, visit the farm’s website at For more about IEA, see

Second Hope Rescue Inc. is a regional animal rescue group that seeks to give “second hope” to hard-to-place animals. The group has animals available for adoption that can be viewed at Foster homes are needed. Call 240-925-0628.

SMAWL, the St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League, is a 501(c)(3) animal rescue and welfare organization serving the people and pets of St. Mary’s County. SMAWL provides a low-cost rabies clinic monthly, March through November, at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds; animal rescue and adoptions; operation of the Cat Castle, a center for adoption of rescued cats and kittens in Callaway; educational programs at the annual Animal Fair held the Saturday before Mother’s Day each year at the fairgrounds. SMAWL is operated by 100 percent volunteer power. To join the SMAWL team, or for more information, call 301-373-5659 or visit

The Southern Maryland Kennel Club Inc. offers training classes at the Charles County Fairgrounds throughout the year. There are two AKC all-breed and obedience dog shows put on by the club each year and one match show. The club holds general membership meetings on the second Tuesday of January, March, June, September and November at 7:00 p.m. at the Brandywine Bible Church, 14120 Brandywine Road in Brandywine. Visit

The Tri-County Animal Shelter, located on Route 231 in Hughesville, supports and houses domestic stray animals for Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. The shelter takes domestic animals when their owners can no longer provide care for them and offers assistance and guidance to owners of pets with behavioral problems. The shelter offers pet adoptions. Call 800-903-1992 or 301-932-1713 or visit

Arts, music

The Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland, COSMIC, rehearses Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California. The orchestra is a community group open to accomplished professional, semi-professional, amateur and student musicians. For more, visit or call 240-561-9799.

The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society was formed in 1996 to provide an opportunity for residents of Southern Maryland to sing and perform complex choral compositions. Membership is by audition and is open to adults and college and high school students. New voices are welcome. For information, visit or call Carol Charnock at 301-642-0594.

The Chesapeake Spinners and Weavers, a group of fiber craft enthusiasts with members from the tri-county area, meets at 1 p.m. the third Sunday of each month at the Agriculture Center in Leonardtown by Dunkirk Supply. Persons interested in spinning, weaving, knitting, sheep raising and related crafts are invited. Call Sara Burbage at 301-475-3248.

The Crafts Guild of St. Mary’s County is a cooperative of local handcrafters and artisans. It organizes various craft shows held at the annual crab and oyster festivals and other events. The mission of the guild is to promote the appreciation of handcrafted items and original artwork in an atmosphere that fosters professional growth. For more, call 301-997-1644 or see

The Newtowne Players is a community acting troupe that works out of Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park. For information about upcoming performances and volunteer opportunities, call 301-737-5447, email or visit

The Pax River Quilt Guild meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lexington Park. Guest and new members are welcome. For additional information, email Janice Hummel at

The St. Mary’s County Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association meets periodically to hold critique sessions. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit either or

St. Maries Musica is a community choral group, comprised of 24 auditioned singers, open to accomplished choral singers, from students to senior citizens, all under professional leadership. Although we limit the group size to 24 singers, the group is always looking for good choral singers of any voice part. For more information about the group or to see its performance schedule, go to

The Shawl Ministry of St. Mary’s creates handmade shawls and lap blankets for hospice patients and those undergoing treatment at the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital cancer care and infusion services. The group meets the first Thursday of every other month starting in January at 4 p.m. at the Garvey Senior Activity Center in Leonardtown. Call Marianna Nystrom at 301-863-7484.

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters, the local chapter of the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters, meet regularly each month at 11:30 a.m., at the Charlotte Hall library. Please check the calendar for exact dates and times for meetings and paint-ins. Previous painting experience is necessary. Call 301-884-2835 or visit

The Southern Maryland Sound Tri-County Barbershop Chorus rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at the Leonardtown campus of the College of Southern Maryland in Building B, Room 214. Call Tommy Chedester at 301-904-9591.

The COSMIC Flute Choir meets Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Some proficiency is required. For more information, call Linda at 301-994-9688.

The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance sponsors HomeSpun CoffeeHouse open mics, concerts and contra dances throughout the year. The society of local residents is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of regional traditional and contemporary folk music and dance. The events are normally conducted at the Christ Church Social Hall on Zack Fowler Road in Chaptico. The group welcomes new members as spectators, performers or volunteers. Visit or email for more. For additional information call John Garner at 301-904-4987 or email at

The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir is a full orchestra and associated choir serving St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties. Young musician may audition. For more, visit


American Association of University Women, Patuxent River Branch, meets monthly from September through June. College and university graduates are welcome. For meeting times and location, go to

Business, Education and Community Alliance Inc. (BECA) of St. Mary’s County seeks volunteers for its scholarship application receipt, distribution, review and award process from January through May each year. A scholarship fair is held in late January. For more information, email, call 240-257-2322 or visit

Decoding Dyslexia Maryland is a nonprofit group that represents students, teachers and parents of students with dyslexia. For more, email or visit

FLOW Mentoring, a program in St. Mary’s public schools, matches responsible community members with students. Volunteer mentors meet at the student’s school one day a week throughout the academic year. The program is seeking volunteers to mentor students in public schools. Call Mark Smith at 301-475-0242, ext. 28125, email or visit

The Friends of St. Mary’s County Library is an organization of persons interested in libraries who advocate for and support the library as a group and individually. Call Laura Boonchaisri at 301-475-2846, ext. 1007, or visit (see link to Friends of the Library) for meeting times and locations.

The Learning Disabilities Association of St. Mary’s County is dedicated to promoting public awareness of learning disabilities and providing information and support to individuals with learning disablities and their families. Call 301-994-1329, 301-872-5039 or visit

The Literacy Council of St. Mary’s County recruits volunteers to tutor adults on a one-on-one basis. The council holds free tutor-training workshops several times a year. No previous teaching or tutoring experience is necessary. Call 301-863-4847 or email


A Community That Shares (ACTS) is a nonprofit organization providing St. Mary’s County residents with the temporary use of convalescent equipment at no charge. ACTS loans and distributes the convalescent equipment on an as-required basis. Equipment is normally loaned to individuals for a 90-day period. If the need persists, this time may be extended. Call 301-769-4199 and leave a message.

Alcoholics Anonymous sponsors several weekly meetings in Southern Maryland. For more, call 800-492-0209 or visit

The Tri-County of Southern Maryland Area of Narcotics Anonymous web link can be found online at, and the regional help line number is 800-543-4670.

The Arc of Southern Maryland is a nonprofit organization serving the residents of Southern Maryland. Arc promotes community involvement, independence and personal success for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Call 301-475-5652, email or visit

Bay Community Support Services is a full-service agency that provides support services for people with disabilities and their families, including residential support provided in agency group homes and also in privately owned homes, employment services, nursing care, transportation and more. Volunteers are needed for fundraising, marketing, yard care, office assistance and maintenance of agency group homes. Visit or call 301-863-8870.

A free cancer support group is offered by the American Cancer Society and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for cancer patients and their families on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Pavilion on second floor. Call 240-434-7247.

The Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland is a faith-based organization that offers, free of charge, education on pregnancy and child care issues, pregnancy tests, limited diagnostic sonograms, friendship and support. It operates out of three offices: 21562 Thames Ave., Lexington Park, 301-737-4604; 25482 Point Lookout Road, Unit 201A, Leonardtown, 301-475-5333; and 2196 Solomons Island Road, Suite 3, Prince Frederick, 410-326-6866. For more, visit

Celebrate Recovery, a free Christian-based 12-step program for adults 18 and up struggling with any hurt, hangup or habit, meets Fridays at Our Father’s House Assembly of God Church in California. A large group lesson will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and gender-specific small groups from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. are followed by refreshments. For more information call 301-862-9200, or email

The Center for Life Enrichment provides programs and support services that will increase the vocational and personal potential of individuals with disabilities. For more, call 301-373-8100 or visit

Health Share of St. Mary’s is a nonprofit program that provides access to primary health care for low-income adults. Health Share provides access to a primary care physician, co-pay on generic drugs and outpatient services at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Health Share is a joint effort of local physicians, pharmacies, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, the St. Mary’s County Health Department and the St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services. Health Share is a member of the United Way of St. Mary’s County. Call 240-895-7169.

Hospice of St. Mary’s helps terminally ill people live more comfortably during their final phases of life. The organization provides a wide variety of services to the terminally ill and their families. Call 301-994-3023 or visit An adult grief support group offered by Hospice of St. Mary’s meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital pavilion, and eight-week long groups for children, teens, men and surviving spouses are also available. Call 301-994-3078.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Maryland offers an array of programs for individuals who have a mental illness; to family members, caregivers and friends who love them; and to community stakeholders who need to know more about mental illness and their vital role in recovery. Call 240-254-2636 or 855-349-5986, email or visit for more.

Look Good, Feel Better will be offered on the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cancer Care and Infusion Services at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. The hospital partners with the National Cosmetology Association and the American Cancer Society to offer this free program for cancer patients that is designed to help female patients improve their appearance and self-image by learning beauty techniques to overcome side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Call 240-434-7247 to register.

The MOMS Club is a nonprofit support group for stay-at-home mothers. There are three chapters active in St. Mary’s County. For the southern end of the county, see or call Tina Stroh 602-885-2213. For the California and central section of the county, call Pamela Bradley at 253-267-3680. For the Mechanicsville chapter, call Greta Houser at 301-884-2927. For general information on the organization go to

On Our Own of St. Mary’s, a wellness and recovery center, is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 41665 Fenwick Street in Leonardtown. On Our Own offers advocacy, education, social and peer support and works to fight stigma for people with a mental illness. Call the center at 301-997-1066.

The Pastoral Counseling Center of St. Mary’s is a nonprofit, ecumenical organization that provides professional mental health services, regardless of ability to pay. The center is located at the Church of the Ascension in Lexington Park. For more information, call 301-863-9333, email or visit

The Southern Maryland Vegan and Vegetarian Group meets every other month and alternating sites. For more, call 301-290-1168 or see the group’s Facebook page.

St. Mary’s Bosom Pals, a breast cancer support group, holds educational meetings at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at various restaurants. Call Donna Bradburn at 301-863-7828.

The St. Mary’s Day Care Association meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at Leonardtown library at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Day care provider certification courses are offered. Call 301-290-1575.

St. Mary’s County Right to Life meets monthly. Call 301-475-5433 for more information.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, groups are active in the county. Members discuss sensible eating habits, exercise and other aids to weight loss and maintenance at the meetings. The Wildewood Chapter meets at 8:45 a.m. Thursdays at the Wildewood Community Center No. 1; call Linda at 301-475-8305. The California chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Tuesdays at Maximum Gym in California. Weigh-in is from 7 to 7:15 p.m., followed by a meeting. Call Jacqie Cooper at 301-872-5047. TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, MD 184, meets every Tuesday at the former Hollywood Elementary School building on Mervell Dean Road. Weigh-in is held from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting and group therapy. For more information, call Linda Faulstich at 301-994-3142. The Great Mills Chapter meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. For location or more information, call Carol Coombs at 301-862-1339. The Ridge chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Saturdays at First Friendship United Methodist Church in Ridge at 9 a.m. Call Jacqie Cooper at 301-872-5047 or Boyd Loflin at 301-872-0064. The MD-327 Chapter in Leonardtown, meets Wednesdays in the Garvey Senior Activity Center in Leonardtown. Weigh-in starts at 6 p.m., followed by a meeting and group therapy. Call Fran at 301-994-0529. The Mechanicsville chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Thursdays at Real Life Church in Mechanicsville at 6:30 p.m. Weigh-in starts at 5:45 to 6:25 p.m., followed by a meeting. Call Debbie at 301-481-5061.


Helping Hands food pantry is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 28291 Old Village Road in Mechanicsville, located in the old church hall next door to Immaculate Conception Church. For more, call 301-247-2785.

HOPE of Southern Maryland (Helpers Overcoming Problems Effectively) is an incorporated nonprofit charitable organization supported by local churches, community organizations, United Way and private donations, giving food and other help year round to those needing emergency assistance. If interested in receiving assistance or becoming a volunteer, call 301-737-2870.

Meals On Wheels, part of The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services, is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the community. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday for about two hours each midday. Call Monika Williams at 301-475-4200, ext. 1060, or email

St. Mary’s Caring serves breakfast and lunch to those in need Monday to Saturday from its facility next to Good Samaritan Lutheran Church on Langley Road, just off Great Mills Road near the Route 5 intersection. The St. Mary’s Caring soup kitchen is open Monday through Saturday. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 301-863-5700 or visit


The Democratic Club of St. Mary’s County meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. For location or more information, call 301-475-9308, or visit or email at

The Republican Club of St. Mary’s County meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Stoney’s at Clarke’s Landing. Contact Greg Sauter at 301-904-7292 or

The Republican Central Committee holds an open meeting the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the FOP Lodge in the general meeting room on Chancellor’s Run Road in Lexington Park. Call Mary Burk-Russell, chairman, at 240-925-1278.

Republican Women of St. Mary’s meets the fourth Monday of each month at 11 a.m. at The Front Porch in Leonardtown. New members and guests are welcome. For more, contact Beth Bonifant at or 301-861-6112.


The Association of Southern Maryland Beekeepers meets every other month at the Charlotte Hall library. For more, visit

CABS (Companions and Buddies), a single adult social group of friends of approximate age of 50 and older, meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at the Garvey center in Leonardtown. For more information, call 240-309-4336.

The Connection Cafe Dry Bar is open every Friday from 6:30 to 11 p.m., and features live music, open mic, stand-up comedy, pool table, foosball, table tennis, coffee, espresso, tea, non-alcohol blended drinks and food. The cafe is located at Hollywood Church of the Nazarene at 24710 Sotterley Road.

The Black-Eyed Susan Doll Club meets the first Monday of each month (except for January and February) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall library. Members either bring a bag lunch to the meeting or sometimes meet at restaurants.

The Southern Maryland Doll Club holds monthly meetings and sponsors an annual doll show and sale as a fundraiser to support local charitable donations. Call Lynn Buonviri at 301-475-3466.

The Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 478, meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The chapter’s mission is to provide educational programs on sport aviation and promote flying activities. For more information and meeting location, visit

The Friends of Myrtle Point Park meet every other month. For more information, including dates and times, contact Bob Boxwell at 443-404-5549 or visit

The Greenwell Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing accessible and inclusive programs, services and facilities at Greenwell State Park, a 600-acre property located along the lower Patuxent River in Hollywood. The foundation offers therapeutic and recreational horseback riding, summer camps, veterans programs and accessible site rentals. All programs are designed to be inclusive, allowing people with disabilities to fully participate. For more, call 301-373-9775 or see

The Maryland Saltwater Sport Fishing Association meets once a month at Solomon’s fire hall every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Guest speakers discuss boating, fishing and conservation issues. For more, contact President Phil Zalesak at 240-538-3626 or email or email Amy Widerman at

Paralympic Sport-Southern Maryland can be contacted at 301-475-4200, ext. 1802, or by email

The Patuxent Aeromodelers radio control club meets at Helwig Field in Hollywood. For more information, see

The Patuxent River Rugby Club practices at the Clarke’s Landing field, located at 24580 Clarke’s Landing Lane in Hollywood. Practices for men’s and women’s teams are at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. New players are always welcome and no experience is necessary. For more, call 410-474-9148 or visit

The Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron, a Southern Maryland boating club, is a nonprofit organization for boaters of sailboats and powerboats. To become a member, boaters must complete a boating safety course. The group meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The goal of the organization is to promote safe boating through public education. Call 301-475-3883 or visit

The Southern Maryland Sailing Association is a Solomons-based sailing organization dedicated to the promotion of sailing in Southern Maryland. SMSA has organized sailboat racing and cruising, as well as an active junior program. Call 443-684-7672 or visit

The Sierra Club of Southern Maryland maintains an executive committee. For the time and location and other general information on the committee’s meetings, email David Kanter at 301-274-9680 or email at or visit

The Sotterley Garden Guild maintains the gardens of Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood. The group meets each Wednesday and Saturday starting at 9 a.m. to noon. Call 301-373-2280 or email

The Southern Maryland Audubon Society meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. from September through June. Visit

The St. Mary’s County Camera Club meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California. Visit

The St. Mary’s County Garden Club is for those interested in both horticulture and flower design. The club sponsors an annual flower arrangement and horticulture show at the county fair, holds green therapy workshops at a local school, sponsors a student scholarship and provides holiday decorations for several sites. The group meets the third Monday of each month. To join, a current member must sponsor an application for membership. See

The St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society meets on the fourth Monday of each month, September through June, at 7 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Activities include workshops, classes and periodic bus trip to research centers in Washington, D.C. Membership is not limited to St. Mary’s County. The society maintains a genealogy collection at the Leonardtown library. For more information email or visit

The St. Mary’s Ski Club meets the second Wednesday of the month (except during the summer) at 6 p.m. at the Leonardtown Grille. Call Jeff Homewood at 301-904-9574.

Special Olympics St. Mary’s County offers comprehensive year-round sports training and competition to Special Olympics athletes. For more, email, call Mary Lu Bucci at 301-373-3469 or visit

Summerseat Farm in Mechanicsville has volunteer opportunities including general farm and household maintenance, gardening, landscaping, historical research and documentation, publicity, grant writing and assistance with special events. Call 301-373-6607, email or visit


The IC Angels, Ladies Auxiliary to the Knights of Columbus 8159, Immaculate Conception Council in Mechanicsville, supports the Knights in their goals and activities. Members share prayer, fraternity, fellowship and good works. In addition, the ladies donate, through various fundraising activities to worthwhile charities, such as Care Net, St. Vincent de Paul and the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Call 301-884-5697.

St. Vincent de Paul at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church offers a food pantry Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon, except on federal holidays. To donate, volunteer or receive assistance, call 301-863-8193.

Julia Halla Chapter No. 107, Order of the Eastern Star, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month in the Thomas Shyrock Masonic Lodge on 24410 Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood. Call Barbara Miller at 301-862-3683.

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization of Catholic men dedicated to the church. Knights work to make a difference in the community via service and charity. For the Knights of Columbus St. Mary’s Council 1470, established in 1910, call Mike Campieggio at 301-475-9060. Other Knights of Columbus councils in St. Mary’s include St. Michael’s Council 2065 in Ridge, which meets at its council home on the third Monday at 7:30 p.m.; call James Biscoe at 301-872-5140. The St. John Francis Regis Council 7914 in Hollywood meets at St. John’s in the basement of the rectory on the first and third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The first Wednesday meeting is for members. The third Wednesday meeting is for officers. Call 301-373-2281. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 9968 in Lexington Park meets holds a council meeting on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. and officers meet the Thursday before that meeting; call Jim McFillin at 301-863-3887. St. Francis Xavier, the Missionary, Council 10957 in Newtowne/Compton, meets at the St. Francis Xavier parish hall on the second and fourth Tuesday; call 301-769-2269 or visit Holy Face Council 3849 meets in the Holy Face Church parish hall in Great Mills the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.; call the Rev. Jerry Gamrot at 301-994-0525. The Father Sebastian DeRose Council 13091 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station meets at the religious program center, Building 401, on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.; call 301-342-3811.

The Knights of St. John International Commandery 386 is affiliated with Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville. This is a fraternal organization of Catholic men who must be recommended by their pastor. Knights of Columbus are also welcome to join. Call Thomas Dotson at 301-904-9614.

The Knights of St. Jerome in Dameron is the oldest Catholic fraternal organization in the Archdiocese of Washington. Membership is open to Catholics, 16 or older. The group contributes to charitable causes and works for the church, the community and other members. For more information call 301-872-5466.

Patuxent Friends, a religious society, meets Sundays at 10 a.m. monthly at 12175 Southern Connector Blvd. in Lusby. Call 410-394-1233 or go to

Young Life is a nonprofit, international and interdenominational mission community of Christ-centered adult volunteers and staff who walk alongside youth through the often turbulent years of adolescence and to share the Gospel with them. The group is looking for adult volunteer leaders to work directly with adolescents from middle school through college age in mentoring relationships for six or more hours a week. Training is provided. Local contact is Eleanor Duke at 804-658-8524 or email at Email or visit


The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, located off Chancellor’s Run Road in California, is a national fraternal organization that supports veterans and a variety of charities, including many youth activities such as Special Olympics, scholarships and drug awareness. Locally, the group supports the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home as well as other service based organizations within St. Mary’s County. To join, a current Elk must sponsor an application for membership. Call 301-863-7800 or visit

Christmas in April St. Mary’s County is a local chapter of Rebuilding Together, a national volunteer organization that rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled. The group is always looking for volunteers. To donate money or volunteer time, call 301-884-2905 or visit

Families Against Big Bullies is a nonprofit organization that meets to discuss ways of settling disputes with and dealing with those who target an individual, because of dissimilarity in religions, lifestyle, age, ethnicity or other forms of uniqueness. FABB is looking for more volunteers and materials to make the public aware how to peacefully cope with bullies’ attacks. For more, email or call Eve Taylor at 240-431-0710 or 301-737-1131.

Federally Employed Women, Patuxent River Chapter, is a national nonprofit professional organization made up of federal civilian and military personnel, both men and women, concerned with the quality of life in federal service. Email for Patuxent River Chapter is For information visit or email

The Fifth District Homemakers meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall. The group hosts special speakers and holds discussions on issues. Members also work on projects to benefit the community. Call 301-884-7071.

The Woman’s Club of St. Mary’s County focuses support to the community through scholarships for high-achieving, low-income students, as well as providing donations to several charities. It is dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. Call Joan Springer at 301-994-1228 or Noreen Neel at 301-994-1038.

The Kiwanis Club of St. Mary’s County works on community service initiatives to achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. The club mentors students, raises money for local youth programs, participates in local charity projects and more. The club meets at the Golden Corral in Lexington Park at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month and the board meets on the third Tuesday of the month. Call 301-872-4250.

The League of Women Voters of St. Mary’s County meets monthly at various locations. Formed in 1977, the non-partisan group works to educate the community on local, state and national issues. Call Miriam Klapka 301-373-2523 or visit

Lions Clubs are known for sight-related charities, collecting used eyeglasses and providing new glasses for low-income residents. They also help people in the community by assisting with medical bills, offering scholarships and support, aiding local charities and youth sports leagues. For general information about local Lions Clubs, call George Kirby at 240-577-0029. The Mechanicsville Lions meet at St. Mary’s Landing on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.; call Clarence Bowles 301-769-2630. The Leonardtown Lions meet at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Old Breton Inn in Leonardtown. Call Michael Payne 240-298-7179. The Ridge Lions meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ridge; call Addie McBride at 301-872-5924. The Hollywood Lions meet on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department’s Billy Huseman meeting hall; call John Wenke at 301-373-5420. The Lexington Park Lions meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the dining hall of the Church of the Ascension in Lexington Park; call Robert Hayward at 301-904-4710.

The Minority Business Alliance of St. Mary’s County meets on the third Thursday of each month at 22603 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park at 7 p.m. A nonprofit organization, the alliance is a network of business owners and other professionals. The group’s goal is to exchange information and develop economically, and to encourage and inspire youth toward entrepreneurship. For more info email

The NAACP St. Mary’s County chapter meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month. Call 301-863-3011 or visit for more information.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Chapter 969 is dedicated to protecting the earned retirement benefits of federal employees, retirees and their spouses. NARFE meets the third Friday of each month, except February and July, at Olde Breton Inn in Leonardtown. A luncheon starts at noon. Meeting starts at 1 p.m. Call Judy Loflin at 301-872-0064 for reservations.

Neighbors United Together To Serve, NUTTS, is a nonprofit organization that delegates volunteers to pick up and deliver food to other groups that help underprivileged persons, elderly and shut-ins. Also the group provides clothes and for other needs mostly to single parents with children. Volunteers and a storage site are needed. For more, email or call Eve Taylor, president, at 240-431-0710.

The Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Southern Maryland meets the third Wednesday of the month (September through May) at 10:30 a.m. for a program followed by lunch at The Ruddy Duck in Solomons. Nonmembers are welcome. Call Bonnie Baca at 410-394-0511 or visit or email

The Optimist Clubs, nonprofit community service organizations, sponsor various youth programs throughout St. Mary’s County. Chaptico/4th District Optimists meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m at St. Mary’s Landing. Call 301-884-8527. Mechanicsville Optimists meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Parlett farm social room off Route 6 in Mechanicsville. Visit The Seventh District Optimist Club meets on the first, second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Visit The St. Maries Optimist Club meets on the first and the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at The Lexington on Great Mills Road. Call Patrick Dale at 301-737-0707.

Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity that works in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties, has various volunteer opportunities that include participating in the construction of homes for disadvantaged families or working at its ReStore assisting with pickups and deliveries, cashier work or merchandising. Habitat’s headquarter office and ReStore are located in the St. Mary’s Square shopping center and are open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call Laurie Walker at 301-863-6227 or 410-326-9050.

PRISM (Public Relations Individuals in Southern Maryland) is an organization of public relations and marketing professionals in Southern Maryland. PRISM holds bi-monthly luncheon meetings. Lunch speakers and annual workshops foster professional development and networking opportunities. To join, download an application from or email

The Rotary Club of Leonardtown meets each Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the atrium of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown; call 301-373-8545. The Rotary Club of Charlotte Hall meets at St. Mary’s Landing at 7:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month; call Carrie Wood at 240-427-8533. The Rotary Club of Lexington Park meets on non-holiday Mondays at noon at the Elks Lodge 2092 in Great Mills; call 301-863-7800.

The St. Mary’s River Watershed Association works to protect, improve and promote the well-being of the St. Mary’s River Watershed through the collaborative efforts of economic, agricultural, environmental, social, cultural and political stakeholders in the community. For more information call 301-904-2387, go to to like them on Facebook.

The Scottish Rite Valley of Southern Maryland meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Masonic lodge on Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood at 7 p.m. There are no meetings during the summer months. Call Alfred Girard at 301-373-4765.

Southern Maryland Secular Humanists is a group focused on building a free-thought community through discussion groups, lectures, social activities and family-friendly events, as well as promoting a spirit of volunteerism and giving back to the community. Meetings are the first Saturday of each month. For more information go to,, or

The St. George Island Improvement Association meets every other month on the second Friday at 7 p.m. in the association building located on Thomas Road. Call Sam Jarboe at 301-994-0412.

The St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc. is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers that assist the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department in helping to solve crimes committed in St. Mary’s County by providing rewards for information that leads to the arrest of criminals. People can assist by anonymously reporting any crime they witness and/or report any tips of information they have on a crime by calling the Crime Solvers tip line 301-475-3333, or by texting information to CRIMES (274637) and entering “TIP239” (847239) before the tip. One can also help by volunteering to become a member of the St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc. or/or make a donation to the St. Mary’s Crime Solvers Inc. Donations should be mailed to St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc., P.O. Box 221, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. For more, call 301-247-4552.

The Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy focuses on legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and to low-income individuals in the area of family law. Call 301-373-4141 or visit

Three Oaks Center offers emergency transitional and permanent supportive housing services, which includes shelter, stabilization, assessment and referral to individuals and families in St. Mary’s County. Call 301-863-9535 or visit for more information.

Toastmasters is an international organization that teaches members speaking, listening and thinking skills in a mutually supportive, positive environment. Talk of the Town Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Lexington Park library. Call 301-342-9555 or email, The Patuxent River Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, South Engineering Building 2187, room 2150. Call Johnny L. Sipes at 301-995-1964. The Interesting People Talking Toastmasters Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at Building 2272, Room 154.1, at the Patuxent Naval Air Station from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., contact for more information Chris Rio at 301-757-6127.

The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland is the regional cooperative planning and economic development agency of the Southern Maryland region. The council also hosts a number of transportation programs, including the council’s Commuter Assistance Program, which gives information on alternatives to driving alone, such as carpools, vanpools, commuter bus services, telework options, public transit and the Guaranteed Ride Home Program. Call 301-870-2520 or 301-274-1922 or visit

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau provides a variety of services for area youth and their families. Call 301-645-1837 or visit

The United Way of St. Mary’s County is a locally controlled fundraising organization with members of the community serving as the all-volunteer board of directors. All funds raised remain in St. Mary’s County unless specifically directed elsewhere by the donor. Call 301-862-5577, email or visit

The Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions was established in 1995 to document, increase understanding of and foster African American contributions to the history and development of St. Mary’s County while advocating for improvements in health, education and community building for all county citizens. For more, email or visit


American Legion Post 255 and Auxiliary in Ridge meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at 13390 Point Lookout Road. Call 301-872-5349. Post 221 in Avenue meets on the first Thursday of the month at 8 p.m. at 21690 Colton Point Road. Call 301-769-4346. Post 298 in Charlotte Hall meets the third Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Call Carole Lewis at 301-884-8171, ext. 483.

Children of the American Revolution, the Mistress Margaret Brent Society, meets periodically. The CAR is a national organization of young people who are especially proud of their heritage. To join, a person must be younger than 18 and able to trace their ancestry to a man or woman who rendered aid to the cause of American independence. Call Mary Moran at 301-880-6252.

The local chapters of the Coast Guard Auxiliary educate the public through safe boating classes. Flotilla 23-02 meets at the Solomons Fire Department on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Call Douglas Yeckley at 410-326-4291. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 23-06 meets on the second Friday of each month at 7 p.m. at the County Services Plaza on 150 Main St. in Prince Frederick. Call 301-775-6666 or email

Daughters of the American Revolution, Major William Thomas Chapter, meets the third Saturday of each month, September through May, excluding December and January. Women eligible for membership must be 18 or older and be descended from someone who served during the Revolutionary War. Call Lorrie Wallace at 301-475-2205.

The Fleet and Family Support Center is a multi-service organization that meets the challenges and improve the quality of military life. Call 301-342-4911.

Fleet Reserve Unit 93, Ladies Auxiliary meets the first Monday of every month. Board of directors meeting is at 5:30 p.m. and the general meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve building, located on Route 235 south of Gate 2 to Patuxent River Naval Air Station. All Navy, Marine and Coast Guard personnel, retirees and their dependents are eligible to become members of the Fleet Reserve or the ladies auxiliary. Call 301-863-6117 or 301-863-8291.

The Marine Corps Aviation Association John Glenn Squadron is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and recognize professional excellence in Marine Corps aviation, support the fraternal bond of its membership, preserve Marine Corps aviation heritage and safeguard the future of Marine Corps aviation through awards programs, events and publications. The local squadron was chartered in January 2005 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station to foster and encourage the relationship among Marine Corps aviation, the Naval aviation acquisition and test communities, industry partners and the local community. For more, visit

Marine Corps League, Pax River Detachment 1305, is a military community and general community service oriented organization open to Marines, active or inactive, and FMF corpsmen. Besides the camaraderie, the group hosts functions at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home a couple times a year. It is also in charge of the St. Mary’s County Toys for Tots campaigns. The group is always looking for new members and meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW across from Wildewood Center in California. For more, visit

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2632 NAS Patuxent River supports veterans, active-duty military and their families. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 23282 Three Notch Road in California. Call 301-862-3247 or see


Basketball 4 Lyfe conducts workshops for children and adults, and participates in healthy living campaigns in St. Mary’s County with the help of its volunteers. For information, contact Jeff Burrell at 202-329-4233 or or visit

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of The Greater Chesapeake matches children, ages 7 to 14, with a trusted adult friend with the goal of impacting youth development. Call 301-290-0503, see or email

Boy Scouts of America scouting programs are offered for a variety of ages. A boy can be a Cub Scout if he is in the first through fifth grade or is 7 to 10 years old. A boy can be a Boy Scout if he has completed the fifth grade and is at least 10 years old, or is 11 years old, or has earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old but has not reached age 18. Venturing is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 13 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old. The program revolves around a special avocation or hobby interest. For more about Scouting in St. Mary’s, contact Don Durbin at or visit

4-H Clubs are organized by the University of Maryland Extension. Numerous 4-H Clubs meet in St. Mary’s County. Volunteers are needed to help lead clubs and support the program in a variety of activities. Contact Barbara Dobbins at 301-475-4478 or for a list of local clubs, or visit

Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital can refer St. Mary’s County residents to local troops. Call 800-532-7898 or 800-834-1702 or visit

Sea Scout Ship 548 and the Girl Scout Mariners meet Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Small Craft Guild at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. Youth and adults interested in sailing and water activities are invited. Call Doug at 410-326-4291.