Disney Movie Night by IWL Chapter

The Izaak Walton League’s Mid-Shore Chapter is having its first ever Family Movie Night on Saturday, May 20. Bring your children and join the chapter for this special evening. The meet-and-greet starts at 5:30. Dinner, from Roberto’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant in Easton, will be at 6 p.m. The “Earth” movie and popcorn will follow.  All of this will take place in the chapter’s covered, open-air pavilion situated on 55 beautiful wooded acres at 2665 Money Make Road in Trappe.

Produced by DisneyNature and narrated by James Earl Jones, “Earth” brings you a remarkable story of adventure, starring some of the most magnificent and courageous creatures alive. You will see animal families of polar bears, elephants, and humpback whales go on an epic journey across our planet. This is a film that truly will amaze children and adults alike.

A polar bear mother and two of her cubs set out across the icy sea at sunset.

The cost is $10 for each adult, $5 for children 5 and up, free for children 4 and under.  Reservations are required. To make a reservation, please send a check along with the names of the adults and your phone number to Joanne Hart, 3829 Marvel Drive, Trappe MD 21673. Reservations must be received by Monday, May 15. If you have questions, please contact Joanne at jlhart988@verizon.net or 410.476.3244.

The Izaak Walton League is a long-standing national organization dedicated to the conservation of our natural resources including soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife. The Mid-Shore Chapter offers scholarships to college-bound students who expect to work in the conservation field. The chapter promotes recycling; offers archery instruction; makes its facilities available to scout groups, nature organizations, and schools; performs road-side trash pick-up; has kayaks available to members for exploring Bolingbroke Creek; maintains marked walking trails on the property; holds monthly chapter events at the pavilion; and invites you to join us for some fun and to support our important mission.

“Bee George” To Meet With Izaak Walton League In Trappe

On Thursday, July 30, “Bee George,” also known as George Meyer, will talk to the local chapter of the Izaak Walton League about his beloved honeybees. This will take place at the Mid-Shore Chapter’s pavilion at Bolingbroke Park in Trappe at their monthly dinner meeting. If you’d like to attend this dinner meeting, and learn more about the benefits, the endangerment, and the rekindling of bee populations, please call Joan Kirby at 410.822.1605

George will tell you how much humans need bees and that the very existence of bees has been severely threatened in recent years.

Honeybees are not native to the U.S. They were brought here from Europe by early settlers and have become integral to the way we produce food. Without bees, we simply could not get the large fruit, nut and vegetable yields on which our modern food system depends, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

For example, at pollinating time, more than one million beehives are loaded into trucks for a cross-country trek to California, where they are let loose among flowering almond trees to pollinate them. Then, they are loaded up again and the process is repeated all over the country with other crops, such as apples, berries, cantaloupes and cucumbers, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. All told, bees pollinate more than $15 billion worth of crops a year.

In many places, feral bees are almost non-existent and any bees that you see probably belong to someone’s hive. Generally, bees have work to do so they’re not interested in humans.

A resident of Trappe, George has been keeping bees for 42 years. He manages about 150 hives, most of them located between Trappe and Oxford. And, he sells his honey locally under the Bee George Honey label.

He is the current president of Wye River Beekeepers, a group serving beekeepers in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot Counties, and adjoining areas.

National Officials Address Local Izaak Walton League Chapter

At the Izaak Walton League Mid-Shore Chapter’s monthly meeting on August 28 at Bolingbroke Park, officials of the parent organization provided an update on the programs and activities being discussed and implemented.

Ken Lefebvre, National Director, spoke about the importance of developing comprehensive programs for youth as they become the stewards of our natural resources and the environment. He also emphasized the need for the organization’s membership to communicate its opinions to elected officials, especially on issues like the Clean Water Act as it relates to marshlands. Lefebvre pointed out that the organization’s posture is to not criticize but, rather, to focus on solutions such as advocating double-walled pipe and sensors every 1000 feet on the Keystone Pipeline to detect crude oil spills quickly.

Leah Miller, Director for Clean Water Programs, spoke of her interest in having the Izaak Walton League become more involved with the issues of the Chesapeake Bay restoration and in programs that will assist local chapters to work with other similarly concerned organizations.

Mr. Lefebvre presented the chapter with the League’s Defenders Award for 2013, earned by chapters that meet criteria defining the breadth of programs such as awarding of scholarships and community involvement.

He also presented the Tobin Award to member Nancy Snyder for her ongoing commitment to publicity for the Chapter. This exposure has drawn new members and has led to rentals for the Chapter’s park-like setting and the well-appointed pavilion. This award lets a chapter honor one outstanding member each year.

Last, he installed the Chapter’s officers and directors for the 2014-2015 year. The officers are President Joan Kirby, Vice President Valorie Phelps, Secretary-Treasurer Calvin Yowell, Assistant Treasurer Janette Black, and Membership Chairman Ken Wheatley. The directors are WG Sutter, Guy Willey, Janet Wheatley, Bill Kirby, Don Sorrenti, and Dick Morton.

The Mid-Shore Chapter serves the counties of Queen Anne, Dorchester, Caroline and Talbot, and operates Bolingbroke Park on MoneyMake Road in Trappe. See IWLA.org/Mid-Shore and Facebook or call Calvin 410.820.8935.

Assistant Treasurer Janette Black, Director WG Sutter, President Joan Kirby, Director Don Sorrenti, Secretary-Treasurer Calvin Yowell, Director Guy Willey, Vice President Valorie Phelps, Membership Chairman Ken Wheatley, and Ken Lefevbre. Not shown are Janet Wheatley, Bill Kirby and Dick Morton.

Assistant Treasurer Janette Black, Director WG Sutter, President Joan Kirby, Director Don Sorrenti, Secretary-Treasurer Calvin Yowell, Director Guy Willey, Vice President Valorie Phelps, Membership Chairman Ken Wheatley, and Ken Lefevbre. Not shown are Janet Wheatley, Bill Kirby and Dick Morton.