Tidewater Easton Rotary Club Ready for Bingo Bonanza February 21

The Tidewater Easton Rotary Club is proud to welcome the Mid Shore community to its Third Annual Bingo Bonanza Fundraiser on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department located on Aurora Park Drive from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

For $25, participants will be able to play in 20 Bingo games with chances to win local fine dining and retail gift certificates, hunting and fishing trips, wine baskets, and more. In addition, there will be several additional $5.00 “quickie” games for special prizes. Food concessions will also be available, including beer and Bloody Marys.

“We’re looking forward to a fun and exciting event,” said Garrett Thrift, event organizer. “We hope folks will come out and shake off the winter blues for a great cause. We’d also like to extend a special thank you to the Easton Volunteer Fire Department for hosting the event and local merchants and business owners for donating some great prizes.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the local, national and international service work of the Tidewater Rotary Club. In the past year the Club has supported Talbot County Care Packs, Camp Fairlee Manor, Junior Achievement of Talbot County, the Talbot County Senior Center, Talbot Hospice, the Neighborhood Service Center, the Brighter Christmas Fund, Blasting for the Brave, CASA of Talbot County, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and the Rotary International Foundation.

Good Stuff: Rotary Club of Easton Presents Donations to Community Organizations

The Rotary Club of Easton recently presented donations totaling approximately $30,000 from their Youth and Community Fund to community organizations. The funds were from the club’s fourth annual “Flags for Heroes” project completed in May, 2015.

The “Flags for Heroes” project provides community members an opportunity to honor their personal heroes, including family members, friends, veterans, active members of the armed forces, police officers and firefighters, by sponsoring an American flag in their honor or memory.  Sponsored flags were seen throughout the Town of Easton during this past Memorial Day weekend.

 Pictured are Rosemary Fasolo, Pixel Print & Post; Jackie Wilson, Flags for Heroes co-chair; Julie Fickes, First Media Radio, LLC; Dan Bridges, The Aqua Company; Mayor Robert Willey, The Town of Easton; John Flohr, Flags for Heroes co-chair; Betsie Griffin, Star Democrat; Geoff Oxnam, Easton Utilities Commission; and Lisa Wachter, Flags for Heroes committee member.

Flags for Heroes Committee co-chairs, John Flohr and Jackie Wilson pictured with the recipients of the Rotary Club of Easton’s fourth annual “Flags for Heroes” event which raised $30,000 for local veterans’ and heroes’ organizations.

Donations were made to 15 organizations, many of which provide services to veterans.  Those organizations who received funds from the Rotary Club of Easton were Spring Hill Cemetery; Historic Cemeteries of Easton, Inc.; Easton Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer organization and an official auxiliary of the United States Air Force that follows a military style program for cadets ages 12-21 who are interested in entering, enlisted or if they pursue military academy or ROTC scholarship opportunities; Easton High School NJROTC; the Chesapeake College Foundation, who received funding to assist with veterans’ education; Easton Volunteer Fire Department; Easton Police Department; Talbot Hospice, who received specific funding for veterans spending their last days at Talbot Hospice House;  Talbot County Mental Health Association and For All Seasons, Inc., both of which received funding to assists Eastern Shore veterans in need; Mid-Shore Recovering Veterans Group; Operation Open Arms, an organization that provides service men and women suffering from PTSD with vacations to Talbot County; the Talbot County Paramedic Foundation; American Legion Caroline Post 79; and Bay Hundred Community Volunteers, Inc., for its efforts to provide veterans with home repairs and modifications.

During the presentation, the Rotary Club of Easton recognized various community partners who assisted with the Flags for Heroes project including  The Town of Easton; Easton Utilities Commission; First Media Radio, LLC – WCEI Radio; the Star Democrat; Pixel Print & Post; The Aqua Company; Spider Web Connections; Nagel Farm Services; and Provident State Bank.

To learn more about the Rotary Club of Easton, visit www.eastonrotary.org or the Flags for Heroes project at www.flagsforheroes.org

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“Flags for Heroes” Committee Gearing Up for Memorial Day Weekend

The Rotary Club of Easton’s “Flags for Heroes” committee is gearing up for the Club’s third annual event to be held over Memorial Day Weekend. This event serves as a fundraiser for Easton Rotary’s Youth and Community Fund as well as for various veteran and hero-related organizations within the local community.

The “Flags for Heroes” event provides members of the local community with an opportunity to honor their personal heroes including family members, friends, veterans, active members of the armed forces, teachers, firefighters, police officers or any other individuals who have made a positive impact on their lives. American flags, which stand at 8’ tall, are still available for $50.00 each in honor or in memory of personal heroes. Over Memorial Day weekend all sponsored flags will be displayed at multiple locations in the Easton area including the Talbot County Community Center, Idlewild Park and the Talbot County Court House. The deadline for flag sponsorships is May 16th.

Additional information about “Flags for Heroes” or flag sponsorship can be obtained online by visiting eastonrotary.org, by phone at 410-310-5664 or by e-mail at wachter0823@gmail.com.

Pictured are “Flags for Heroes” committee members (from left to right) Geoff Oxnam, also representing Easton Utilities, a partner of the event; Patti Tibbitt, also representing First Media Radio (WCEI/WINX), a partner of the event; David Fike, also representing the Star Democrat, a partner of the event; Stacie Monz, general manager, First Media Radio;  Mary Wheeler; George Corey; Connie Loveland; Albert Pritchett, president, Rotary Club of Easton; Jackie Wilson; and Lisa Wachter.

Pictured are “Flags for Heroes” committee members (from left to right) Geoff Oxnam, also representing Easton Utilities, a partner of the event; Patti Tibbitt, also representing First Media Radio (WCEI/WINX), a partner of the event; David Fike, also representing the Star Democrat, a partner of the event; Stacie Monz, general manager, First Media Radio; Mary Wheeler; George Corey; Connie Loveland; Albert Pritchett, president, Rotary Club of Easton; Jackie Wilson; and Lisa Wachter.

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Rotary Club “Flags for Heroes” Sponsorship Deadline Approaches

Volunteers, including Easton Rotarians and local members of our armed forces, assisted with the placement of American flags throughout Easton for the Rotary Club of Easton’s second annual “Flags for Heroes” event, held in 2013.

Volunteers, including Easton Rotarians and local members of our armed forces, assisted with the placement of American flags throughout Easton for the Rotary Club of Easton’s second annual “Flags for Heroes” event, held in 2013.

The Rotary Club of Easton will be holding its third annual “Flags for Heroes” over Memorial Day Weekend. This event serves as a fundraiser for Easton Rotary’s Youth and Community Fund as well as for various veteran and hero-related organizations within the local community.

The “Flags for Heroes” event provides members of the local community with an opportunity to honor their personal heroes including family members, friends, veterans, active members of the armed forces, teachers, firefighters, police officers or any other individuals who have made a positive impact on their lives.

American flags, which stand at 8’ tall, can be sponsored for $50.00 each in honor or in memory of personal heroes and over Memorial Day weekend will be displayed at multiple locations in the Easton area including the Talbot County Community Center, Idlewild Park and the Talbot County Court House. The deadline for flag sponsorships is May 7th.

As a result of last year’s “Flags for Heroes” event, the Rotary Club of Easton presented donations totaling $23,450 from their Youth and Community Fund to various community organizations. Donations were made to 11 organizations, many of which provide services to veterans. Those organizations who received funds from the Rotary Club of Easton were:

Easton Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer organization and an official auxiliary of the United States Air Force that follows a military style program for cadets ages 12-21 who are interested in entering, enlisted or if they pursue military academy or ROTC scholarship opportunities; Easton High School NJROTC; Chesapeake College, a participant in the Veteran’s Educational Benefits Program; Easton Volunteer Fire Department; Easton Police Department; Marine Moms – Bethesda, a locally based organization who provides homemade lunches for the patients and their families at the Walter Reed/Bethesda Hospital at least once per month; Talbot Hospice, who received specific funding for veterans, who comprise 20% of the patients spending their last days at Talbot Hospice House and half of whom are in the low to no income category;  Talbot County Mental Health Association, who received funding for their Veterans Fund which assists Eastern Shore veterans in need; Operation Open Arms, an organization that provides service men and women suffering from PTSD with vacations to Talbot County; the Talbot County Paramedic Foundation, who received funding toward the purchase life-saving equipment; and Operation Second Chance, an organization that supports veterans and their families while they recover in military hospitals by providing wounded warriors with retreats at multiple locations, including a location on Tilghman Island.

Founded and chartered in 1921, The Rotary Club of Easton is part of Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members in greater than 200 countries volunteer their time and talents to promote the motto of “Service Above Self”. Additional information about “Flags for Heroes” or flag sponsorship can be obtained online by visiting eastonrotary.org, by phone at 410-310-5664 or by e-mail at wachter0823@gmail.com.

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