The St. Michaels Rotary Club Announces Groundbreaking

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels, MD and the Town of St. Michaels will have a groundbreaking on Wednesday, April 18 for the first of four bicycle racks donated by the Club to be erected throughout town over the next couple of months.  It will begin at 9:00am at Muskrat Park.  Speakers from the Rotary Club and Town officials are expected.

In addition to Muskrat Park, the Rotary Club is contributing bike racks to be erected by the town at St. Mary’s Square, and the town’s Fremont Street and Mill street parking lots.  The bases for the racks are composed of bricks carrying personalized individual messages that can be purchased by the public.  The bricks can be engraved with names of individuals, organizations, businesses, dedications or memorials.  They can be purchased online for $100.00 each at www.rotarystm.org.

Don Goodliffe, President and Bricks for Bike’s Chair, Aida Leisure

The St. Michaels Rotary Club has been active in the St. Michaels and greater Bay Hundred community for over 77 years.  The Club has long partnered with the Town and other organizations in the Bay Hundred area.  It founded and funded the St. Michaels Nature Trail on the west side of town.  Every year the Club provides significant college scholarships to graduating seniors from St. Michaels High School.  It regularly stuffs CarePacks full of foodstuffs to supplant school lunches and help sustain children in our area over weekends and during summer months. It provides opportunities  to kids who could not otherwise do so to attend summer camp.  It takes part in many other projects every year that support the community.

Every other summer, residents and tourists see Club members in the middle of town selling raffle tickets for a classic 1964 or ‘65 Ford Mustang, a major Club  fundraiser that involves the public in helping the community.  Buying “Bricks for Bikes” is another way those who live in, and those who visit, St. Michaels can participate with the Rotary in helping the community.

The St. Michaels Rotary Club is one of 34,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide as part of Rotary International, whose motto is “Service Above Self”. Like other Rotary Clubs, the Club’s areas of focus are promoting peace and conflict resolution, fighting disease, saving mothers and children, supporting education, providing clean water, and growing local economies.  The St. Michaels Club is part of the largest service organization in the world.

The St. Michaels Rotary Club is holding a “Get to Know Rotary” social for current Club members and those in the community who would like to learn more about becoming involved with the Club. The cocktail reception is Thursday, May 10 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in St. Michaels. Those interested should contact  K. Coale at 410-310-6703 or www.rotarystm.org. for more information.

The St. Michaels Rotary Club Announces Mustang Winner

Promptly at 9:00 am in the lot at the intersection of Talbot Street and Railroad Avenue, members of the St. Michaels Rotary Club gathered to draw the winning Mustang raffle ticket. The winning ticket was drawn by St. Michaels Police Department Officer Ben Taylor with Chief Tony Smith presiding. The lucky winner is Adam Stark of Easton, MD.

This year, the raffle winner had a choice between keeping the 1965 Mustang convertible or taking twenty thousand dollars in cash. Adam and his wife Heidi Stark have opted to take the vintage Mustang.

This year’s prize was a cherry red 1965 Ford Mustang convertible fitted with a 289 “A Code” V8 engine that packs 225 horsepower. Its matching red interior is accented by a wood grain steering wheel and topped with a white soft convertible roof. Power steering, fog lamps, power front disk brakes, a rally pack, and an automatic transmission complete this truly exceptional car.

Bill Shrieves, Co-Chair, pointed out that this year the club added raffle ticket sales online and it worked. “The online sales totaled over Five Thousand Dollars and the total sales increased by 16% even with a rainy summer.”

The St. Michaels Rotary Club is one of 34,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide and has been actively serving the St. Michaels and greater Bay Hundred community for 77 years. All proceeds from the Mustang raffle benefit the Club’s charitable programs, namely its College Scholarship Fund for graduates of St. Michaels High School. For more pictures and information visit www.rotarystm.org.

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels Celebrates Twenty Years Supporting Talbot Hospice

For the past twenty years, the Rotary Club of St. Michaels honors their tradition of support for the Talbot Hospice. The individual club members donate supplies that add up to approximately twenty-five hundred dollars.  Buying the much needed supplies for Hospice House demonstrates the heart of the club and the value of the care given at Hospice.

When Bob Holden joined the club he said they had been doing it for over three years. He saw the chair at that time, Bud Keiser’s commitment to the program and Bob promised to keep it going as long as possible. Twenty years later, both Bob and Bud were there unloading the multiple carloads of goods they collected in an effort to ease the bottom line for Hospice House. Bob said, “Hospice was the right recipient at the right time, and it’s still the right place and right time!”  Bud chimed in, “He said it.”

RotaryHospiceDonation20172

(Front L-R) Mary Ellen Mabe, Elizabeth Foulds, Kara Hope, Julie Andrews, Debbie Collison, Carol Armstrong, Liza Ledford (Back L-R) Sal Simoncini, Mike Mabe, Bud Keiser, Bob Holden, Bernie Grove (photo credit: Christina Friend)

The great comradery between the club members was visible as they loaded and stacked the enormous amount of supplies.  Kara Hope, clinical director of Hospice House, with her sleeves rolled up, welcomed the stock of goods.  The feeling of gratitude year after year from both organizations is a main reason the commitment continues. A true twenty-year friendship between organizations remains intact.

The current President of the St. Michaels Rotary Club, Debbie Collison commented, “The club saw an opportunity to serve the community in a more practical way. Hopefully these supplies will sustain them for a year and cut down on the operating costs so funds can be moved to more personal care.”

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels is one of 34,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide and has been active in the St. Michaels and greater Bay Hundred community for 77 years. Living by the motto “service above self,” St. Michaels Rotary works locally and globally to promote peace, fight disease, support education, provide clean water and grow economies. Learn more at www.rotarystm.org and facebook.com/rotarystm.

St. Michaels Rotary Club Lights New Support for Local Fireworks Tradition

When the well-established St. Michaels Fireworks Committee signaled a need for support by a well-established community organization, the St. Michaels Rotary Club raised its hand.

stmichaelsfwpicThe Fireworks Committee was formed by a small group of St. Michaels residents and business owners in 2009 after the Miles River Yacht Club announced that, for safety reasons, it could no longer host the annual Independence Day fireworks display on its grounds. For seven years now, the Committee has single-handedly raised the funds for and produced our community’s spectacular July 4th show—and most residents agree that each year has outshone the previous.

The Fireworks Committee recently expressed concern, though, around its ability to meet and exceed expectations over the long-term. In response, and after several months of discussions, the St. Michaels Rotary Club has designated five of its members to serve on the Committee and provide permanent organizational and administrative support.

“Can you imagine a Fourth of July weekend here in St. Michaels without fireworks?” asks St. Michaels Rotarian and Fireworks Committee Chairman Ted Doyle. “Neither could we, and now we won’t have to. Not for a long, long time.”

The St. Michaels Fireworks Committee will continue as a separate and independent organization. Its success will rely on Rotary volunteers and the continued and generous support of businesses and people in and around St. Michaels. The next Independence Day fireworks in St. Michaels will be held on the evening of Saturday, July 1, 2017. For more information, follow the Committee on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/St- Michaels-Fireworks-Fund- 129591967072325/.

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels is one of 34,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide and has been active in the St. Michaels and greater Bay Hundred community for 77 years. Living by the motto “service above self,” St. Michaels Rotary works locally and globally to promote peace, fight disease, support education, provide clean water and grow economies. Learn more at www.rotarystm.org.

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels Helps Talbot Hospice

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels dropped off supplies to Talbot Hospice as an annual program to help Talbot Hospice care for their growing population.  In the past year, the Talbot Hospice has become a fully certified medical facility, undergone a major renovation and doubled the capacity of its guest wing.  This year the St. Michaels Rotarians were given a tour of the new facility after the presentation by Director of Development, Kate Cox.

Rotarians are L-R, Don Challoner, Bob Holden, Cyndy Klinger, Sal Simoncini, President Mike Mabe and Julie Andrews) Photo credit: Christie Friend

Rotarians are L-R, Don Challoner, Bob Holden, Cyndy Klinger, Sal Simoncini, President Mike Mabe and Julie Andrews) Photo credit: Christie Friend

“It has become a traditional, annual club community service project to provide about three months of housekeeping and hospitality supplies for the guest wing and three new hospitality rooms where guests can meet privately with friends and family.  Hospice Guest Wing Manager Donna Stone provides a list of needed items and club Rotarians purchase the goods locally to fulfill the needs.” explains Bob Holden, Rotarian project chair. “We invite people to join the club and see for themselves the benefits of service.”

The Rotary club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the Commodore’s room at the Miles River Yacht Club, just north of the town of St. Michaels.

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels is one of 34,000 Rotary clubs that make up the largest service organization in the world. Rotary International is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. In addition to participating in national and international activities of Rotary, the St. Michaels club has 46 members and is involved in a variety of service activities in St. Michaels and greater Bay Hundred community. To find out more, visit rotarystm.org or Email:  info@rotarystm.org US mail: Rotary Club of St. Michaels,  P.O.  Box 394,  St. Michaels,  MD  21663.

 

..