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Salisbury

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 6:10 PM
Rotary Scout and Community Center
1715 Riverside Drive
P. O. Box 735 (ZIP 21803)
Salisbury, MD 21801
United States of America
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November 20, 2021
 
Members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury spent yesterday and today constructing a wheelchair ramp for the widow of a Vietnam War veteran.  Working with the Chesapeake Housing Mission, 16 club members and three guests demolished the front porch and built the ramp.  For years, club members have built ramps for persons in need.  Another example of our members being People of Action
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
November 18, 2021
 
As the Salvation Army begins its 2021 bell ringing campaign to raise money for its dozens of programs, The Rotary Club of Salisbury was acknowledged this week as one of the top civic organizations on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore for supplying bell ringing volunteers in 2019 and 2020.  At our club meeting tonight, bell ringing coordinator Barbara Leonard let members know of their accomplishments.  She also continued the effort to enlist volunteers for this year.  More examples of our members being People of Action
 
 
Club member Hugh Livingston brought the club up to date on the Rotary Club of Salisbury Foundation, Inc.'s project to install a peace labyrynth in downtown Salisbury.  The project started to commemorate the club's 100th anniversary in February 2020.
 
 
A highlight of our meeting was the induction of Luanne Dashield , left, as our newest member.  Pinning her was board member Stacey McMichael.
 
November 17, 2021
 
Just in time for cold weather, The Rotary Club of Salisbury and the Rotary Club of Wicomico County have started the purchase and distribution of new coats to more than 500 Wicomico County youngsters.  Using club money, money from Rotary District 7630, and donors through the national Operation Warm website, families living at or below the poverty level qualified for the free coats through Shore Up, Inc.’s Head Start program, the Salvation Army, and the Wicomico County Board of Education. 
 
At the first giveaway in the Salvation Army gymnasium in Salisbury, Rotarians helped the youngsters and their parents select the right size and style coat.  Additional distributions will take place in the coming weeks.
 
This is another example of Rotary club members being People of Action.
 
November 11, 2021
 
For the last few months, members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury have been raising money to help fund the club's many community service projects and programs.  Tonight, the raffle's top prize of $10,000 was awarded to retired Willards-area farmer and chicken grower Blair Ranneberger, on the right.  Club member Donnie Cooper, on the left, sold him the winning ticket.  Joe Stefursky chaired the raffle effort that raised $39,000. 
 
November 11, 2021
 
One of our club members, Chris Hardy, was our speaker tonight to talk about the US Kennels Incorporated program he heads that trains and provides service dogs to veterans with disabilities.  Chris brought with him his service dog Brodie, who shared the affections of club members Donnie Cooper and Cynthia Williams.
 
 
Thirty seven year club member Dave Orem was our Get Acquainted...Get Reacquainted presenter.  He spoke about his background in the heavy equipment sales industry, his interests in boating, and how he got involved with The Rotary Club of Salisbury.  
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
 
November 4, 2022
 
Piedmont Airlines, a part of American Airlines, was the topic of club speaker CEO Eric Morgan (second from right) at tonight’s meeting of The Rotary Club of Salisbury. Piedmont is a major local employer with about 400 of its companywide 10,000 employees working in Wicomico County.   Most of those local employees are airplanes mechanics, a skill in short supply locally. 
 
Raffle chairman Joe Stefursky unveiled the final amount raised...$38,120. This exceeded our goal of $35,000.  Proceeds will be used to fund the club’s many community projects. 
 
 
With 37 years of club membership, including serving as president in the 1995-1996 year, Mike Hickson was our Get Acquainted...Get Reacquainted speaker, part of the club’s effort to help all members learn about our veteran members. 
 

 
Upcoming club projects include the purchase and distribution of new coats to poor children, building a wheelchair ramp for the widow of a Vietnam War veteran, the purchase and distribution of dictionaries to 3rd and 4th grade students in Wicomico County,  Salvation Army bell ringing, and selecting non-profit groups as recipients of money for our 3-Point Initiative program to help build integrity, responsibility, and academic achievement among area youth. 
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
 
October 28, 2021
 
Tonight, the winners of The Rotary Club of Salisbury annual raffle with a top prize of $10,000 were selected by Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan.  With ticket sales exceeding the club's goal of 3,500 worth $35,000, money has been raised to help the club fund its many community service projects.  With a final accounting due next week, we expect to have a near record amount of proceeds from the raffle.
 
 
And now the winners:
$10,000    Blair Ranneberger of near Willards, Maryland sold by club member Donnie Cooper
$1,000      Debbie Cooper and L2 sold by Donnie Cooper
$500         Cindy Robinson in the Nevins Addition neighborhood near Salisbury sold by club member Ace Parker
 
By the way, Donnie sold about 10% of the tickets.  
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
 
 
October 25, 2021
 
The Rotary Club of Salisbury is seeking applications for its sixth annual 3-Point Initiative, a grant program with awards ranging from $1,000 to $7,000. Funds will be awarded to local non-profits in early 2022 that promote Responsibility, Integrity and Academic Achievement to area youth. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2021.
 
Funding for this grant comes from the Rotary Club of Salisbury and its partnering organizations that include: the Donnie Williams Foundation, the Richard and Patricia Hazel Charitable Fund, the Richard A. Henson Foundation, First Shore Federal Savings and Loan Charitable Fund, and the Wooten Community Fund, each of which made a generous donation. The Rotary Club of Salisbury's
3-Point Initiative has $40,000 available this year.  Last year the club donated more than $38,000 to 10 different organizations.
 
501(C)(3) organizations interested in applying must meet eligibility criteria that include being a government entity, faith-based organization, or a non-profit public charity that supports programs for youth on the Lower Eastern Shore.  A written description is required detailing how the organization promotes the three tenets of the grant: responsibility, integrity, and academic achievement and what they will use the grant for and then will provide a written follow up at the end of the program.
 
The grant application is available here on our website under the Download section.  Questions may be directed to 3-Point Initiative Chairman Gus Lebois at GLebois0271@gmail.com or 443-859-3968.
 
Annually, The Rotary Club of Salisbury channels tens of thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours back into our community through the support of agencies and causes. Planned and actual donations this year include: Meals of Hope to help feed families in need, Operation Warm to provide coats to children in need, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, scholarships for local high school and college students, Fruitland Fire Department, The Christian Shelter, dictionaries for Wicomico County third grade students, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Easter Seals Camp Fairlee, MAC Inc’s. Meals on Wheels, global polio eradication, The Salvation Army, Mission of Mercy, the construction of wheel chair ramps, and much more.  
 
October 21, 2021
 
Members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury tonight heard from another Rotarian about Mountaire Farms, the Delaware headquartered 4th largest chicken company in America, based upon weight of meat sold.  Zach Evans, a community relations manger for the 107 year old company, reviewed the company operations and its philosophy on being a good neighbor.  "Mountaire Cares" is the company's theme in giving back to the communities in which it operates.
 
 
Our raffle chairman Joe Stefursky said we were close to selling 3,500 tickets for this annual major money-raising event.  The drawing will be next Thursday night.  First prize...$10,000.
 
Using money raised by the raffle, the club learned of some of the upcoming service projects...the construction of a wheelchair ramp for the widow of a Vietnam War veteran; the giveaway of new winter coats to nearly 500 local youngsters; our 3-Point Initiative to help local non-profit groups that work with children instill in them the values of Integrity, Responsibility, and Academic Achievement; support for the worldwide program to eradicate polio; and help to improve the Easter Seals Camp Fairlee.
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 16, 2021
 
Rotary clubs from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware, with help from hundreds of community volunteers, spent today packaging food for poor people in their areas.  We worked with the National Meals of Hope organization. 
 
On the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, the six local Rotary clubs assembled the meals at the Emmanuel Church. In all, more than 125 volunteers accomplished their task of preparing 60,000 meals in about two hours.  Throughout Delmarva, 300,000 meals were prepared.
 
The Lower Eastern Shore effort was made possible by these generous donors:  Choptank Electric Trust, Inc., The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Salisbury Elks Lodge #817, American Legion Synepuxent Post #166, the M & T Charitable Trust, and the local Rotary clubs and their members.
 
Rotarians...People of Action. 
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
October 9. 2021
 
Among the approximately 4,000 bicyclists in today's Seagull Century event were members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury.  Thanks to their riding and money-raising prowess, nearly $12,000 were raised for the Christian Shelter, a temporary emergency shelter providing safe shelter, nutritious meals, and practical and spiritual direction. Thanks team for being People of Action and your efforts to benefit our community. 
 
 
Right to left are past club president David Downes, Dr. Liz Burke, past club president Dan Williams, Maureen Williams, and club member Gus Lebois.
 
And by the way, the shelter’s four-decade history is presented in a new book named, “Christian Shelter: Serving People in Crisis for 40 Years.” This colorful history book highlights the shelter’s founders, renovation projects, donors, challenges, and the triumphs rooted in God’s generosity.  Order your copy of this fundraiser book by clicking Christian Shelter 40th Anniversary Book Order Form.
October 7, 2021
 
Tonight's meeting of The Rotary Club of Salisbury featured writer Jim Duffy whose storytelling focus is the culture and character of the Delmarva Peninsula.  He is the founder of Secrets of the Eastern Shore, which celebrates the region in words, pictures, and products.  He shared some interesting stories about the Salisbury area; stories not generally taught in Maryland history classes.  
 
 
Our Get Acquainted...Get Reacquainted member was John Hall, a member since 1983.  John shared his life's story and Rotary involvement with club members as part of the club's effort to introduce or re-introduce veteran members to the club.  This has become a popular feature of our weekly meetings.
 
 
Along with the other Lower Eastern Shore Rotary clubs, our club is preparing for the October 16th Meals of Hope assembly project to prepare 60,000 meals for poor people on the Lower Eastern Shore.  Community members interested in volunteering alongside Rotarians for about three hours on the morning of October 16 can contact club president Bill Satterfield at billsatt@comcast.net.
 
October 1, 2021
 
Rotarians are “People of Action” and more than 1,300 members in Rotary clubs across Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore are uniting to fight hunger on the Delmarva Peninsula.  The 39 Rotary clubs in District 7630 are gearing up for an October 16, 2021 Day of Service through the Meals of Hope program.
 
The Lower Eastern Shore Rotary clubs are seeking 120 community and club volunteers to help with the packaging of 60,000 meals on the morning of Saturday, October 16 at the Emmanuel Church Salisbury.
 
 
On the Lower Eastern Shore, the Rotary Club of Salisbury, the Rotary Club of Wicomico County, the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Snow Hill, the Ocean City-Berlin Rotary Club, and the Pocomoke City Rotary Club have raised more than $15,000 to buy the food from the national Meals of Hope program, at a cost of approximately 25 cents per meal.  Now, the clubs are recruiting volunteers, Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike, to package the meals on October 16. The meals will be provided to The Maryland Food Bank for distribution through its network of partners.
 
Community members, businesses, religious organizations, and others that would like to support the effort are invited to contribute time as partners in this event. 
 
Volunteers will be needed on Saturday, October 16 from 8:30 a.m. through noon at the Emmanuel Church, 217 Beaglin Park Drive, near the corner of Business Route 50 and Beaglin Park Drive on the east side of Salisbury.  Volunteers will help package the meals, weigh the packages, seal them, label them, and transfer them to containers to ship them to The Maryland Food Bank.  To be part of this important civic event, community members should contact Rotary Club of Salisbury President Bill Satterfield billsatt@comcast.net with their names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers so the Rotary clubs can provide details.
 
Financial partners are the Choptank Electric Trust, Inc., The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Salisbury Elks Lodge #817, American Legion Synepuxent Post #166, the M & T Charitable Trust, and the local Rotary clubs and their members.
 
To see more about the national Meals of Hope program, visit www.mealsofhope.org.
 
September 29, 2021
 
Members and guests of The Rotary Club of Salisbury, the Rotary Club of Wicomico County, and the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club joined together tonight for a Happy Hour to enjoy the fellowship of their own club members and members in the other two clubs.  Nearly 40 persons gathered for what the three clubs hope will be future similar quarterly gatherings.  
 
Super salesman Donnie Cooper was there selling tickets for The Rotary Club of Salisbury's annual raffle that will award a top prize of $10,000 on October 28.  Interested in buying $10 tickets, with no more than 4,000 being sold?  Contact club president Bill Satterfield at billsatt@comcast.net.
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
 
 
September 23, 2021
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury had the pleasure of hearing from the relatively new Wicomico County Library Director Seth Hershberger at tonight's meeting.  He focused not on plans for the library system, but rather on books related to the Eastern Shore of Maryland that he read as he became familiar with his new home.  
 
 
Pete Reddish, a club member since 1973, gave his inspiring life story during his Get Acquainted...Get Reacquainted segment, the club's weekly program to allow veteran club members to introduce themselves for the first time to some club members or to reintroduce themselves to long time club members.
 
 
President Bill Satterfield began the process of enrolling club members to serve as volunteers at the October 16 Meals of Hope project to package at least 50,000 meals for poor families on the Lower Eastern Shore, a joint program of the six Lower Eastern Shore Rotary clubs.  Volunteers outside of Rotary are being sought to help with the packaging, weighing, labeling, sealing, and preparing the packages for distribution to the Maryland Food Bank.  To register as a volunteer for about three hours at a Salisbury site on the morning of October 16, contact President Satterfield at billsatt@comcast.net.
 
 
September 16, 2021
 
As plans are made for the 2022 elections in Maryland, members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury tonight heard from director Anthony Gutierrez about preparations being made by the Wicomico County Elections Department.  It was an informative presentation about the many laws the department is required to follow and how the department is preparing for legislative redistricting that will occur next year. 
 
 
Elections Director Anthony Gutierrez, on the right, shares information with club program chairman Phil Whitman.
 
Our more than 40-year club member Mike Abercrombie was the Get Acquainted...Get Reacquainted presenter tonight.  Mike shared a poster board about his service in the U.S. Navy.  Mike also was recognized for his Paul Harris Plus 7 award, meaning he has contributed over the years $7,000 to the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
And members continue to sell tickets for the club's annual raffle that awards a top prize of $10,000.  Tickets remain available from members through October 28.  Tonight, Stacey McMichael and Chris Peek took in the sold tickets and payments.
 
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
 
September 9, 2021
 
Rotary District 7630 Governor Hugh Dawkins made his official visit to The Rotary Club of Salisbury tonight and among other things challenged members to attract more members so the club can do more to Serve to Change Lives, the Rotary theme for this year.  
 
 
Governor Hugh visited with members during the meeting, including past president Marion Keenan.
 
The club continues to sell tickets for its annual raffle that awards a first prize of $10,000.  Chairman Joe Stefursky weekly accepts sold tickets and payments from club members, including George Whitehead and William Hall.  Each club member is able to sell you tickets until the October 28th drawing.
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
September 2, 2021
 
Members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury heard about services to blind and visually impaired persons tonight at their regular weekly meeting.  Amy Crouse with Blind Industries and Services of Maryland explained how she and colleagues teach and train blind persons to handle everyday activities.  One such tool is Braille books.
 
 
Additionally, we had our weekly Get Acquainted...Get Reacquainted segment to help members get to know better our long time members, such as 41-year member Freddy Mitchell.
 
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
 
August 28, 2021
 
Wonderful hosts. A beautiful waterside location. Great fellowship.  Tasty crabs, clams, corn, salad, potatoes, and desserts.
 
These were the highlights of today’s Rotary Club of Salisbury crab feast hosted by club members Tracy Fickett and Peter Shelbo at their Somerset County home bordering the Tangier Sound.
 
August 19, 2021
 
Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis was our speaker tonight and he talked about new projects in the Sheriff's office, the large number of vacancies in the deputies' ranks, and other matters.  Prior to and after the meeting he talked with club members.
 
 
Continuing our Get Acquainted...Get Reacquainted presentations by veteran club members, this week we heard from Bill Cropper, a club member since 1982 and president in 1993-1994.  This is our club's program to let our newer members know more about our more long-serving members.  This has been a well received weekly segment of our meetings.  
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
 
 
 
August 12, 2021
 
One new area of focus for Rotary International is The Environment and The Rotary Club of Salisbury had its first program or project about environmental issues at tonight's meeting.  
 
James Fisher, communications manger for the Delmarva Chicken Association, described the local multi billion dollar chicken industry and shared information on a recent computer app that allows chicken growers with excess poultry litter (a combination of wood bedding material, excreta, spilled feed, and water) to find crop farmers wishing that locally produced organic fertilizer for their farming operations.  By matching chicken growers with crop farmers, this valuable resource can be used properly. 
 
 
Mr. Fisher also described a fairly new air emissions measuring system that is operated by the Maryland Department of the Environment with support from the Delmarva Chicken Association and the Campbell Foundation for the Environment.  The idea is to monitor air emissions in two Lower Eastern Shore chicken growing areas and compare those data with similarly gathered data in a non-chicken area of Maryland and Baltimore City.
 
Our newest member, Chris Hardy, on the left, was inducted into the club by president Bill Satterfield and his sponsor BJ Summers.
 
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
 
 
August 6, 2021
 
Six Wicomico County students have been awarded college scholarships totaling $7,500 by the 101 year-old Rotary Club of Salisbury.  The club’s Scholarship Committee, chaired by Freddy Mitchell, reviewed scores of applicants before deciding upon these six outstanding students.

These awards are part of the club’s annual tens of thousands of dollars of donations to individuals and organizations.  Many of these community service projects are funded by the club’s annual raffle that awards a first prize of $10,000.  All club members can be contacted about buying raffle tickets before the October 28, 2021 drawing.
July 22, 2021
 
Our meeting tonight featured local state Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes, the Speaker Pro Tem of the Maryland House of Delegates.  She provided an update on the 2021 General Assembly session and some of the lesser-known bills that she considered important.  It was an informative presentation by a state leader who grew up in Wicomico County.
 
 
Club member Ashley Clevenger, chair of the Relay for Life Wicomico, informed the club about the upcoming cancer-related events.
 
 
Tonight also was pizza night for our nearly four dozen attendees, the largest number yet in this Covid era.
 
Interested in joining the growing number of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury and becoming one of our People of Action?  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com  The club meets Thursday nights at 6:10 at the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
 
 
July 16, 2021
 
The 101 year old Rotary Club of Salisbury was honored this evening as a recipient of the prestigious Salisbury Award.  Presented since 1926, the award recognizes organizations and individuals for their outstanding service to the Salisbury-area community.  For its 101 years, The Rotary Club of Salisbury has been a leader in community service.
 
 
Club president Bill Satterfield, on the left, received the award from The Salisbury Award trustees Vic Laws and Matt Tilghman.
July 15, 2021
 
The Rotary Club of Salisbury's annual $10,000 raffle is underway.  No more than 4,000 $10 tickets will be sold until October 28, 2021. 
 
At our July 15 meeting, club members received their tickets to sell.  
 
Sharing their experiences on how they used Facebook and other media to sell tickets last year were Amanda Brumfield, Kelly Aukward, and Ford Waggoner. 
 
July 14, 2021
 
Four organizations serving military veterans are the beneficiaries of money raised by the three Wicomico County, Maryland Rotary clubs through our Flags for Heroes program; a display of hundreds of American flags along U.S. Route 50 east of Salisbury, near the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Each organization received $1,000 today through donations from individuals and organizations that sought to honor their heroes during the display of flags from shortly before Memorial Day to just after Independence Day.  This was the sixth year of the Flags for Heroes project.
 
Helping members of the local Rotary clubs with the dismantling of the Wicomico County Flags for Heroes display are representatives of four veterans’ assistance programs, each of whom received $1,000 from money raised by the local Rotary clubs.  Shown are, left to right, Hank Wheatley with the Heroes Haven, Inc., Chris Hardy with the US Kennels, Inc., Marty Iarocci with the DAV Eastern Shore Chapter 34, and Jeff Merritt with the Operation We Care.