Chapter 1917 - Serving Ocean City, Maryland since 1974
Goals and Objectives
The chapter’s mission is to represent AARP at the local level, providing a link between members, communities and the Association’s programs and services. The chapter’s leadership and commitment to volunteerism is an invaluable resource in strengthening the Association and making our communities better places to live and work for all people.
Community Service: Create and enhance opportunities for members to be involved in activities that address a platform of community needs.
Leadership: Develop members’ skills and potential to assume positions of increasing responsibility within their chapter, their community and the Association.
Communication : Facilitate the exchange of information between members and the Association.
Recruitment: Increase chapter and Association membership, ensuring continued growth with greater member diversity.
Fellowship: Conduct activities in a manner that fosters congeniality and friendship.
Advocacy: Participate actively in addressing issues that have an impact on members and their communities, in accordance with Association policies, practices and positions.
Education: Impart knowledge that is useful to individuals and the community through programming that may include Association materials.
At a meeting of senior citizens in Berlin, Maryland, a number of people spoke of the need for a local chapter of AARP. A committee of eight was chosen to contact state and national officials of AARP.
After achieving the required number to form a chapter (40), officers and a board of directors were elected in November 1974 and a charter was granted. Back then, our chapter was the only one in the county, so we were called "Worcester County Chapter 1917". Now we are the Ocean City chapter, but we still serve members throughout the area.
Since that time, Chapter 1917 has been an integral part of the Ocean City area, involving itself in all facets of community life. To view more documents and photos related to our history, just click here.
Activities and Community Service
Monthly Meeting – Knowledgeable speakers present topics of interest to AARP members, 10 am, 2nd Thursday of the month at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 99th street. (Meetings are not held in July and August.) Join us!
Annual Scholarship – An annual scholarship is given to a worthy student from Stephen Decatur High School.
Travel Opportunities – Daytrips and longer cruises and tours to exotic and exciting places.
Fall Fest – An annual Fest to bring together members in good fellowship, fun, food and entertainment.
Health Fair – Co-sponsored with The Town of Ocean City and Atlantic General Hospital, the annual Health Fair provides information on all aspects of medical and health services in the area.
Income Tax Preparation – Members provide free tax preparation for local residents.
National Day of Service – Members provide assistance to charitable organizations throughout the community.
Our chapter also provides financial support to local community activities and organizations, including, but not limited to the following: the OC MAC Center, the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation, and the AARP Tax Aide project.