February 1, 2018: Jessica Hartman, Naloxone Training
Jessica, Overdose Response Program Administrator for St Mary's County Health Department, visited give an update on the Opioid Crisis in St. Mary's County and offer Naloxone training to those who wished to have it. Naloxone, administered nasally to those suffering from an Opiod overdose, prevents recepters from responding to the drug and can save lives. Jessica's visit is part of our club's continuing invovlement in the Opiod ciris, promoting awareness to help alleviate the problem as a community by treating addcition as a disease and not a criminal problem.
January 18, 2018: George Matisick on Newtowne Neck Manor
Mr. Matisick visited to discuss, "where Catholicism too hold education in Maryland began, and commerce thrived." The manor was granted in 1640, just six years after Maryland was founded. it was purchased by the Jesuits in 1662,. 355 years ago--old by Colonial standards. The present Manor House was built in 1789 and modified over the years. Mr. Matisick gave an interesting overview of Catholic persecution in the Colonies, the history of the manor, and how it has become a state park. Thanks, George, for your visit!
December 21, 2017: Chopticon High School Peace Pipers
Once again, we are blessed with beautiful voices singing holiday songs, including one that is an original composition. Enjoy the video to see which one!
December 14, 2017: Leonardtown High School Chorus
Beautiful voices singing holiday favorites. Thanks to Ms. Kylie Osterink for arranging this visit to Rotary. Enjoy!
December 7, 2017: Christine Wray on Med-Star St. Mary's
Med-Star St Mary's Hospital's President Christine Wray presented to our Rotary Club on recent and upcoming developments at the Hospital. A county resident since 1992, Christine has overseen great growth in hospital services. Some areas of focus are neurology, orthopedics, and obstetrics. Watch her presentation to learn more. Thank you for your visit and your amazing generosity and commitment to Rotary, Christine!
November 30, 2017: Joanne Goldwater and Melissa Matthews from Relay for Life
"Cancer is something we simply cannot ignore. One in three women and one in two men will get cancer in their lifetimes," explained our guest speakers in introducing Relay for Life. The Relay is not a run. Rather, it is a team event. Teams do fundraising, which goes to the fight against cancer. The event will take place on June 2, 2018, at St. Mary's County Fairgrounds. The "relay" part is that each team will have somebody walking on a track from 4 to midnight that day. Walkers can go in shifgs or wak together. There is symbolism in the walking: we are fighting cancer one step at a time. The walk is preceded by a walk of survivors: people who are living with or in remission from cancer walk in an emotional victory lap over this dreaded disease. "Wouldn't it be wonderful to know that perahps our children might wake up to a world without cancer?," asked Joanne. Melissa added, "Nothing would please me more than to be out of a job--to pack up everything in my office knowing that cancer was cured." Leoanrdtown Rotarian is considering fielding a team, though we also have an invitation to join the Med-Star St. Mary's Hospital team. Either way, this event is yet another way Rotarians can tackle disease. Thanks, Joanne and Melissa, for your visit!
November 16, 2107: Jolanda Cambell from Greenwell Foundation
Jolanda, the Executive Director of Greenwell, gave us an update on the Foundations's mission and the many activities it sponsors in support of that mission. Greenwell's aid to disabled children and veterans is fairly well known to Leonardtown Rotarians, but their many other activities, including nature connection programs and simply opportunities for leisure in a beautiful natural setting, are perhaps less familliar. Thanks, Jolanda, for the informative presentation!
November 2, 2017: April Havens and Karen Stone of St Mary's County Museums
April Havens, Site Supervisor from Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum, and Historic Park, and Kaen Stone, our County Museum Director, presented on the many attractions at our local museums. These include Piney Point, whic offers exhibits on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, including watercraft; Clements Island, site of the first settlement in Maryland, with exhibits on Colonial and Native American History; Drayden School a preserved (and ow beign restored) school house for Affican-American children from the sad days of segregatin; and the U-1105 "Black Panther," a sunken World War II U-Boat and dive site. Upcoming exhibits include "Christmas in Maryland" and "Holidays in Uniform." The Museums preserve our heritage and promote learning. Thank you, April and Karen, for the informative presentation.
October 12, 2017: Dr. Janice Walthour of St. Mary's County NAACP
Dr. Walthour gave a good overview of the NAACP: how it is organized, why it exists, and how it , and how it has been making a differences nationally, in our state, and locally and continues to shape our society for the better. Dr. Walthour discussed a recent episode at a footbsll game at leonardtown High School that points out how the NAACP work is still not done and, indeed, is needed as much as ever. It is not necessary to be of color to be a member. One need only have a desire to help make our country and county a fairer, kinder, and better place for all. Thank you for your presentation and service, Janice!
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