The Ocean City Gardens Civic Association will continue to sponsor scholarships for 2019 high school graduates.  In order to qualify for these awards, students must graduate from any of our area high schools – and reside in the Gardens year round. Applicants’ families must be members of the OCGCA, and seniors must have been accepted to a certified two- or four-year college, technical school, or certification program. The criteria the Committee uses are based on the merits of grade point average and overall contributions to the school and the community. Active participation in OCGCA events is strongly considered; therefore, it is recommended that underclassmen and their family members involve themselves with the Association well before senior year.

Scholarship is a major aspect of the Association’s fund raising efforts, and OCGCA prides itself with this worthy endeavor to recognize and reward local outstanding high school seniors. The 2019 scholarship packages will be due by May 1, 2019 and presented in June.  Additional information will be posted at a later date.

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Summer 2018 Newsletter!

President’s Message


Dear Neighbors, 

          We once again welcomed spring and opened the season with our Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Thanks to our Chairman, Jesse Schmeizer, who has also served as the Ocean City High School (OCHS) Student Volunteer Chair, and assistance from his Committee of students and his parents, Lisa and Marshal, we had another grand gathering of little ones joined by the Easter Bunny. There were happy faces and a thousand+ candy-filled eggs, cameras capturing wonderful memories, and sunshine that added to a beautiful morning.  Jesse and his crew did a great job as usual.  We thank everyone who helped make our 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt a success !!!

          This year, we aligned our Beach Cleanup with Earth Day on April 21 and welcomed a new Chair, Pam Gray.  Greg Donohue was joined by Mary Oves at the OC High School to conduct scholarship applicant interviews and we were able to provide three scholarship awards at the June awards ceremony.  The Mayor and other dignitaries joined us for our 3rd Flag Day ceremony on June 9 as we honored our OC Veterans.  We also collected worn flags for proper disposition.

Duane Sonneborn continued to collect donations for our Annual Yard Sale which we held on June 16, and our July 4th Bike Parade was as successful as always.  Pete Morrison continues to serve as Chair of the Volunteer Committee and he is looking forward to new additions to his Committee for this event in 2019.   

We extend our sincere thanks to our Committee Chairs and our members who help support these activities and make them profitable and enjoyable for all.  Our events are a great way to meet others in the community while raising funds to support our local scholarship awards and charities.  Our activities are open to all.  We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you soon – ongoing events and our success depends on you !


Pat Watts  

President, OCGCA    


                                                 THANK YOU Notes

Our Board members serve for limited terms and, this year, two long-term dedicated officers stepped down, Rich Bennett and Debbie McKenna.  Rich served as our Newsletter Editor, Recording and Corresponding Secretary, Beach Clean Up and Scholarship Chairman, and Co-Chair of our Yard Sale, in addition to helping with other important activities.  Supporting various activities as well, Debbie has also held the office of 1st Vice President on the Board, and Chair of our Membership and July 4th Bike Parade Committees.  We thank Rich and Debbie for their devotion and their leadership while they have selflessly served on the Board, and for their heartfelt generosity to the OCGCA and to our community.  They will be greatly missed on the Board, but we hope they will carve out time in their busy schedules to join us at future functions – as guests or as helpers – while we continue to commit to carrying on the legacy of their good work and of the OCGCA. 

As our treasured Board members move forward, we have big shoes to fill once more.  We hope you will seriously consider joining the Board, assuming Chairmanship of a Committee, joining a Committee, or planning a new event we can add to our schedule.                                           

                                                WHAT’S NEW ? 

The Civic Association expanded OCHS student involvement this year following our attendance at the OCHS Volunteer Fair.  As Jesse goes off to college this year, we are recruiting additional student volunteers to support our activities.  This year, we also welcome Mary Oves, Lucille Hagar and Pam Gray who are working with the Board and helping on various committees. 

It was suggested that we reach out to the South End Civic Association to determine if there might be interest in sponsoring city-wide activities or joint efforts.  Initial discussions have begun.  We hope to hold our Beach Cleanup events on the same dates and are exploring different joint activities.  We will post progress as plans begin to materialize.  Let us know what you think.

At this time, our upcoming 2018 and 2019 schedule includes the following activities and fund raisers.  Please contact Committee Chairs or Board Members noted for more information, if you have suggestions, or if you would like to volunteer.

OCGCA 2018-19 Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 20    Beach Cleanup

10:00 am                                   Longport Bridge Parking Lot    Trash bags will be provided


Saturday, December 1   Trim-a-Tree w Santa

3:00 pm                                     Flag area by Longport Bridge.  Please register w Pat in advance       


2019  Events

Saturday, April 20            Easter Egg Hunt

10:00 am                             North Street Playground                               Chair:  Lisa Hartman

May / June                       Scholarship Interview Seniors / Awards Ceremony

TBD                                            Ocean City High School      Chair:  

Saturday, June 8             Flag Day Celebration Honoring our Veterans                   

11:00 am                                        Flag area by Longport Bridge. Accepting worn Flags for proper



Saturday, June 22            Yard Sale

8:00 am                                          Donations are accepted by the Board throughout the year


Thursday, July 4              Bike Parade

10:00 am Start                            Longport Bridge Parking Lot 

      Volunteer Chair: 

                                                                                    Co-Chairs: Greg Donahue  Duane Sonneborn

Saturday, October 21       Fall Beach Cleanup

10:00 am                                      Longport Bridge Parking Lot




The Ocean City Gardens Civic Association Board (OCGCA) members  plan fund raising and community service events throughout the year, and we are looking forward to your active participation.  PlOur fun-filled schedule of activities support our City, student scholarships, and community service organizations.

As you join us for the upcoming activities and renew your membership, please consider serving with us on the Board or on a committee, invite a

new neighbor to join with you, and feel free to suggest new activities.

Membership and events are open to all!  We can serve, succeed and survive only with your strong support.  To volunteer or if you would like more information, please contact any Board Member or Committee Chair.



Pat Watts