August 23, 2108: James Horstkamp on Energy Select
Energy Select is located right in downtown Leoanrdtown, and James discussed how it is helping to lower use of eletricty in our area through some innovative projects. Rich advocated the use of LED lights as energysaving and long-lasting alretntives to traditional incandescent or flourescent lights. He also gave lots of useful infrmaton on how and why to consier solar power. Systems that can easily last 20 years pay for themselves in ten, and after that one is often simply getting credits from electric companies for putting more energy back into the grid than is taken out. James expects most cars to be electric in 20 years, and power sources for such cars are already easy and inexpensive to install. Thanks, James, for advocating for a brighter future with less carbon burning!
August 16, 2018: Richard Glover, Rotary District Governor
Rich spoke on the importance of engaging new members, especially youunger ones, to help maintain Rotary's legacy of giving back to community adn fostering peace through understanding. Cljubs are encuraged to rry new stratetigies to hear what communityneeds are and meet people at point of need. Millenials are often attracted to projects not because they wish to socialize or conduct business but because they want to "do things." As an organziation that "does things,"a Toary cub has an opportunity to attract such members to remain vital. Thanks for your vision and leadership, Rich!
August 9, 2018: Dr. Stephen Godfrey of Calvert Marine Museum Center for Paleontogy
Dr. Godfrey gave a fascinating presentation on Calvert Marine Museum work with fossils and the famed Calvert Cliffs fossil grounds. Already one of the best destinations in the area when we locals have out-of-town guests, the Museum's collection is stil being enhanced. While many of the fossils collected are of whales and dolphins, in honor of the release of the movie "MEG" Dr. Godfey concentrated on the imposing Megalodon, a pre-historic (thankfully!) 60 foot shark that makes modern Great Whites seem like minnows. Nearly everyone loves big ancient creatures, perhaps especially those that existed locally and that go “crunch” on big prey like eating popcorn, so seeing a fossil dolphin vertebra with score marks on both sides was enjoyable but also a bit chilling. Only a few million years ago (the blink of an eye in geologic time!), residents swimmming over the spot where the musuem now stands could easily become mega-shark food. Visit the museum soon to see a newly aquired set of Meg “Jaws”!
August 2, 2018: Cathy Askey on the New Tax Laws
Cathy Askey again graciously visited our cub to update us on changes in the 2018 tax laws, with an emphasis on how businesses will be effected by the changes and some advice on how to be ready for and possibly take advanage of the changes. Cathy and other members of her firm will also be doing some public presentations on the topic, including some upcoming programs at St Mary's County Library. Thanks Cathy, for sharing your expertise with us and the county to help us all be ready for some big changes.
July 19, 2018: Denise Foster from Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM)
Denise has recently taken on the Executive Director gig at LSM and visited to tell us about her new role, how LSM can help participants, and how LSM participants help non-profits by taking on projects that expand capacity and foster engagement. Several of our Rotarians are LSM and vouch for the program's effectiveness in heping its participants leanr more and make community contacts. The class that is starting in September is full now, but next spring will bring a call for a new class. Thanks, Denise, for your presentation!
July 12, 2018: Liz Cooper: On Writing and Publishing
Reading Specialist for 19 years in St. Mary's County Schhols and Community spark Liz Cooper visited to tell us about her inspirations for wriitng, give some tips on the difficult busienss of getting published and the equally difficult paths to self-publishing, and to read us some stories. 600 books are published in the U.S. on an average day, but breakign into traditional publishing requires and agent, and even getting an agent without a successful track record is itself a challenge. Liz recommends perseverence, networking, and "shameless self-promotion." Liz's current work is Granny's Teeth: A Collection of Quirky Rhyming Tales. The title story alone is worth the price of the volume. Buy it on Amazon or from the iStore and Android stores, of read it at St mary's County Library. Thanks, Liz, for the great morning of story telling!
July 5: Sharon Stapf and Sky from Pets on Wheels
Pets on Wheels is a non-profit 501-C-3 that brings therapy animals of all kinds to hospitals, assited living homes, schools, libraries, and just about anywhere the might help a peson feel more conected and happy. They have had great success in the Charlottle Hall Veteran's Home: even people that the nursing staff think cannot talk will sometimes open up and say words to the dogs. In our libraries, we are scheduling visits from the dogs for reading. Children who are shy about reading to adults often like to practice reading with one of the therapy dogs. Thanks, Sharon, for what you do for our community. Volunteer opportunties are available. Visit the website to learn more.
June 21, 2018: Dave Taylor: St. Mary's and the Lincoln Assassination
As a former slave-holding state put under martial law after the Civil War began in order to ensure the safety of the Federal capital in Washington D.C., Maryland and perhaps most especially Southern Maryland was rife with Confederate sympathies. Union troops stationed in the county proclaimed it very unfriendly, with locals unwilling to help them and plainly abetting smuggling across the Potomac and other ways of supprting Virginia and the South. Perhaps not surprisingly in the wake of the Lincoln Assassination, then, suspicions that the killer John Wilkes Booth may well hve been headed to our county to escape. Booth never made it into the county, getting as close as Hughesville before working his way towards the Potomac in Charles County. He was reported as being here, however, and for decades it was widely believed that he had been trailed here and the residents of our county were the archest of traitors. Dave Taylor, a specialist in the history of the time, gave a lively presentation on our county's role in the tragedy. It is fortunate that we are no longer wrongly tarred with the a guilt that we did not earn (however much some residents may have sympathized with what General Grant the "worst cause ever fought for"). Learn more about the time, including how to take a historical tour, on Dave's website.
June 14, 2018: Giving Away Rotary Grants
Today our club presented $8,046 to 17 non-profit grant applicants. Some effective fundraising over the year allowed us to present more this year than we sometimes do. We were able to give all but one grant recipient the full amount requested. Our worthy grant recipients this years are as follows:
A Community That Shares (ACTS) - $500;
Christmas in April - $500
Foundation for Heroes - $500
Friends of Cedar Lane - $500
Friends of St. Clements Island - $500
Greenwell Foundation - $500
Habitat for Humanity - $500
Helpful Hooves - $500
Historic Sotterley - $500
Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad - $500
Literacy Council of St. Mary's - $396
St. Mary's County Adult Recovery Court - $500
St. John's Charitable Society - $500
St. Mary's Caring - $500
St. Mary's Historical Society - $400
Tri-County Council Foundation/Project Impact - $250
Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions - $500
The video link shows each organization receiving its grant and a bit of information about how the grants will be used.
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