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Salisbury

Service Above Self

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Thursdays at 6:10 p.m.
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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July 15, 2024
 
Time is running out to be a sponsor or participant in the Rotary Club of Salisbury's second A Round for the Community golf outing to raise money to support local non-profit organizations.  Our September 6th event at Green Hill Country Club seven miles west of Salisbury has attracted a variety of sponsors as shown below.  You can join them.
 
Presenting Sponsor
Meuse Post 194 VFW
 
Platinum Sponsors
Elks Lodge BPOE 817
Perdue Family Fund
 
Silver Sponsors
Bluewater Development
Delmarva Veteran Builders
Granger & Magee
Keller Construction
M & T Bank
PB Packaging, Inc.
Perdue Farms
Pohanka of Salisbury, Inc.
Salisbury Automotive, Inc.
SFG Wealth Management
Taylor Bank
Tidal Health
 
Bronze Sponsors
Avery Hall Insurance
Cato Gas & Oil
Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore
First Shore Federal Savings and Loan
Ginnie Malone - Realtor
Greg Reddell Insurance Agency
Ken Montville
Kuhn's Jewelers
Marie Calafiura
 
 
To become a sponsor, check the Download section of this website for a registration form and details.
 
 
July 10, 2024
 
B.J. (Elizabeth) Summers recently was installed as the 2024-2025 President of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, the 105 year old, 90-member organization whose product is service.  She has been a member of the Rotary Club since 2015 and has served on the board of directors, the board of directors of the Rotary Club of Salisbury Foundation, Inc., the Three Point Initiative Committee, Flags for Heroes Committee, and the club’s Scholarship Committee. She has served as a volunteer for other Rotary Activities, such as Meals on Wheels, Mission of Mercy, the Fresh Start back-to-school program, and the September 6, 2024 “A Round for the Community” golf outing.
 
Mrs. Summers retired from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore in 2021 as the Director of Development and Donor Relations.  She continues to stay involved with the Foundation by serving on its Executive Committee for the “Women’s Fund”, a foundation program that provides funding to local non-profit organizations whose missions are to improve the lives of underserved women and girls.  She also is a member of the Community Foundation’s
Scholarship Selection Committee.
 
The Rotary Club of Salisbury welcomes new members interested in fellowship, fun, and helping their community.  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com to learn more or visit www.rotarysalisbury.org.  The club meets weekly on Thursday evenings for dinner at the Rotary Scout and Community Center along Riverside Drive near Salisbury. 
 
 
July 4, 2024
 
Former Rotary Club of Salisbury president and 40 year club member Bill Satterfield has been selected as the club’s 2023-2024 Rotarian of the Year.  President Ernie Colburn selected Bill largely for his leadership of last September’s inaugural A Round for the Community golf outing that raised $20,000 that have been distributed to more than a dozen local community service organizations.  He also is leading the committee planning this September’s golf outing. 
 
 
President Colburn also recognized Bill for heading the club’s Public Image Committee that shares positive news about the club and its People of Action members and his volunteering to deliver Meals on Wheels. 
 
President Colburn said “Bill was selected “Rotarian Of The Year’ because he exemplifies our Rotary values through his commitment to service above self, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.”  A list of the club’s Rotarians of the Year going back 54 years is in the Download section of this website.
 
 
June 27, 2024
 
For the ninth consecutive year, local military and military veterans support organizations are the beneficiaries of the display of hundreds of large American flags east of Salisbury between Memorial Day and the start of summer.  Though the flags have come down, the good they have provided will last for years.
 
Thanks to individual and organization donors, the flags were on display through the work of the three Salisbury-area Rotary clubs (The Rotary Club of Salisbury, the Rotary Club of Wicomico County, and the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club).  The purpose of the Flags for Heroes project was to raise money for groups serving military veterans and overseas active duty military personnel.   Each of the four recipient organizations has received $1,000.
 
Receiving Rotary-raised money to help with their programs are Operation We Care, U.S. Kennels, Inc., Heroes Haven, Inc., and DAV Eastern Shore Chapter 34.
 
  • Operation We Care provides care packages to members of the armed forces who are serving overseas.
  • U.S. Kennels, Inc. is an organization that assists veterans battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, brain damage, and other combat related disabilities by adopting rescue dogs and training them to become service animals.
  • Heroes Haven, Inc. transports injured veterans, police officers, emergency medical service personnel, and fire fighters to the Eastern Shore of Maryland for a hunting experience and Eastern Shore hospitality.           
  • The DAV Eastern Shore Chapter 34 mission is Building Better Lives for America’s Disabled Veterans and Their Families.  A key activity for this group is transporting veterans to their medical appointments - including to the Perry Point Veterans Administration medical center in Cecil County, Maryland.
 
June 20, 2024
 
The Rotary Club of Salisbury, in its 105th year of service to our community, has been recognized by the MAC Center, the local agency on aging, for a quarter of a century of support of the Meals on Wheels program that provides free meals to needy elderly persons in the county.  More significantly, the Wicomico County Commission on Aging has selected the club’s Meals on Wheels coordinator Ace Parker, who has headed the program for those 25 years, as one of its volunteers of the year. 
 
For 25 years, Mr. Parker has been leading, organizing, and scheduling dozens of club members to deliver meals, making the Rotary Club of Salisbury the only civic organization providing such support.  During these years of volunteer participation, club members have delivered 110,000 meals while saving the Meals on Wheels program $460,000 in transportation costs as club members use their own vehicles.  Mr. Parker’s years of program leadership is just one example of members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury being People of Action.
 
 
Ace Parker, on the right, was named a Wicomico County Commission on Aging Volunteer of the Year for his 25 years of leading the Rotary Club of Salisbury’s Meals on Wheels network of volunteers to deliver meals to needy elderly persons.  Making the presentation was commission member Rhonda Evans.  Club President Ernie Colburn accepted a certificate of appreciation for the club’s participation.
June 13, 2024
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury tonight heard a bleak update on the status of the 15,000-students Wicomico County government schools from Superintendent Dr. Micah Stauffer.  He spoke about the school system's many budget difficulties; the growing number of non-English speaking students; the challenges from unruly and misbehaving students, particularly in the early grades; teacher retention and recruitment, and other issues.
 
 
Despite the opportunities facing the Wicomico County Board of Education, the students, and the employees, Dr. Stauffer said progress is being made.  It was an enlightening and for many members an eye opening description of the local school system.  
June 6, 2024
 
At tonight's meeting of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, the city's relatively new mayor Randy Taylor, a native of Salisbury, said being mayor was not on his " to do" list but felt compelled to seek the office because of deteriorating conditions in the city in the last eight to ten years.  The city budget had grown 60% in the last six years.  Mayor Taylor noted that the city's property tax rate is one of the highest in the state.  He said there are a lot of spinning plates in the city's governance.
 
 
Following his brief presentation, his time was devoted to answering questions about the Anne Street miniature houses project for homeless people, downtown parking and the shrinking number of parking places, the proposed Salisbury University performing arts center on the site of the current Wicomico County Public Library, bicycle lanes, and other topics.
 
Club members also heard an update on the club's September 6, 2024 A Round for the Community golf outing to raise money to share with local non-profit organizations.  Details on how to become a sponsor are elsewhere on this website.
 
May 23, 2024
 
As a prelude to the observation of Memorial Day next week, members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury tonight learned about the history of the Wicomico County War Memorial on the grounds of the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.  Retired local educator and U.S. Army Major General Tony Sarbanes shared information about this monument that contains the names of the 191 Wicomico County men who died during wartime military service beginning with the First World War.
 
 
Mr. Sarbanes mentioned that the design of the memorial was done by Princess Anne, Maryland native Ed Todd with tremendous financial support in services or cash from club member George Vickers and local philanthropist Dick Hazel.  He also shared compelling stories of some of the men he knew who died during their wartime military service.  
May 16, 2024
 
The Rotary Club of Salisbury, in its 105th year of service to our community, has presented the prestigious Four-Way Test Award to Captain Rich Wiersberg of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.
 
The award has been presented annually since 1963 to a non-Rotarian whose life exemplifies the tenants of the Rotary Four-Way Test that asks persons of the things they think, say, or do:
  1. Is it the Truth?
  2. Is it Fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build Goodwill and better Friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
Mr. Wiersberg was cited for his volunteering at local organizations, community events, or participating in initiatives to uplift marginalized communities.  In presenting the award, Rotary Club of Salisbury President-elect B.J. Summers said, “he consistently demonstrates a deep sense of empathy, compassion, and dedication to making a positive impact on the world around us.”
 
 
Captain Wiersberg also was recognized for this desire to help those in need without seeking recognition or personal gain.  He was cited for his approach to every task with humility, kindness, and a willingness to go above and beyond to support others. Specifically he was recognized for his and his wife’s creation of the Wiersberg Warriors, an organization named after their son Spencer who battled terminal cancer and lost the battle at age 23.  This non-profit organization was created to support other young adults who are battling cancer, whether through helping with medical bills, buying food, offering small gifts to lift their spirits, or simply providing moral support. 
 
With 27 years in law enforcement, Mr. Wiersberg was described as a person who has lived his life as a role model for others. 
May 2, 2024
 
The Rotary Club of Salisbury continues to share with local non-profit organizations $20,000 in proceeds from the September 2023 A Round for the Community golf outing.  Thanks to tremendous support from dozens of sponsoring partners, we are able to share donations with the community service organizations listed below.
 
Jeff Merritt with Operation We Care receives a check from Rotary Club of Salisbury President Ernie Colburn, on the right. 
 
Claire Moreno of Team 360.
 
Chris Hardy accepted the check on behalf of U.S. Kennels.
 
Golf proceeds from 2023 are going to:
Disabled American Veterans Salisbury Chapter 34
Humane Society of Wicomico County
Salisbury Urban Ministries
Christian Shelter
One Year to Empowerment
Rebirth
Dove Pointe
Main Street Gym
Epoch Dream Center
Crossroads Early Intervention
Horizons Delmarva, Inc.
Village of Hope
United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore
Salisbury Christian School
Team 360
Destination Imagination
U.S. Kennels
Operation We Care
Fruitland Little League
Junior Achievement
 
Sponsors are being sought for the September 6, 2024 A Round for the Community at Green Hill County Club just west of Salisbury.  Details are shown below and in the Download section of this website.
April 24, 2024
 
The Rotary Club of Salisbury, in its 105th year of service to our community, offers a community-based golf outing to raise money to share with local non-profit and charitable organizations.
 
A Round for the Community, presented by Meuse Post 194 Veterans of Foreign Wars, is the theme for this annual event.  It’s a round of golf to help the Rotary Club of Salisbury stay around to help other organizations perform their missions to help our neighbors. All proceeds are used to enhance and expand Rotary’s commitment to help students, veterans, families in need, and others who need assistance.
 
 
The sponsorship/registration form is in the Download section of this website.
 
Using a shotgun, best-ball format, the 9:00 tee off time event will conclude with lunch and the presentation of door prizes, best team performance prizes, and individual golfer competition prizes including closest to the hole, longest putt made, straightest drive and longest drive.  Only 72 players will be allowed.  For more information, contact Golf Committee Chairman Bill Satterfield at billsatt@comcast.net
 
Proceeds from the 2023 A Round for the Community went to Disabled American Veterans Salisbury Chapter 34, the Humane Society of Wicomico County, Salisbury Urban Ministries, Christian Shelter, One Year to Empowerment, Rebirth, Dove Pointe, Main Street Gym, Epoch Dream Center, Crossroads Early Intervention, Horizons Delmarva, Inc., Village of Hope, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, Salisbury Christian School, Team 360, Destination Imagination, U.S. Kennels, Operation We Care, Fruitland Little League, and Junior Achievement.
 
April 18, 2024
 
A Rotarian led project to help the impoverished Central American nation of Belize was described to members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury tonight by its co-founder Nabil Bedewi, a member of the Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda (Maryland).  This certified non-profit that was founded in 2018 exists to help the 390,000 residents of the former British colony.
 
The four pillars of the group are to help with education, health, the community, and the beautiful Belize environment.  
 
 
Learn more about this program at believeinbelize.org.
 
April 17, 2024
 
Golfers who participated in last September's A Round for the Community golf outing sponsored by the Rotary Club of Salisbury helped the club donate $3,000 to the Salisbury-based Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 34.  George Dutton accepted the check and explained how injured military veterans are assisted by the DAV.
 
 
Plans are underway for the September 6, 2024 A Round for the Community at Green Hill Country Club just west of Salisbury.  If you have an interest in participating, contact Golf Committee Chairman Bill Satterfield at billsatt@comcast.net.
 
March 7, 2024
 
If enthusiasm is any indication of the success of an organization, then big things are happening and likely will happen in the years to come at Wor-Wic Community College.  The college's third president, Dr. Deb Casey, has been in office since August of last year and tonight at the Rotary Club of Salisbury weekly meeting she outlined the work over the last six months to understand the college's strengths and challenges and to start the process of making things better.
 
 
Among other things, her plan includes increasing credit and non-credit enrollment from the current level of approximately 7,500 students to the high point of several years ago of 10,000 students, increasing the number of full time students, and having students attain their degrees in fewer years.  One immediate concern is ensuring that the $1.5 million not in Maryland Governor Wes Moore's budget for the coming year is reversed and full funding is restored. 
 
Interested in hearing more about our community, enjoying the fellowship of members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, and serving our area through a variety of service projects?  Then consider joining the Rotary Club of Salisbury.  Contact our membership chair Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com.to learn more.
February 29, 2024
 
One of America's leading authorities on the likely site of the crash of 1930s renowned aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan spoke tonight to the Rotary Club of Salisbury.  Wicomico County resident Bill Snavely, along with his search team assistant Tracy Wildrix, also from Wicomico County, spoke about their recent research into the July 1937 disappearance of the Earhart aircraft in the south Pacific.
 
Mr. Snavely recently released his second book on this 87 year old unsolved mystery entitled Amelia Earhart, Giving Cover as a Decoy for a Spy Plane.   His first book was Tracking Amelia Earhart   Her Flight Path to the End.  More investigation by him and his team will seek to learn definitively what happened in July 1937.   
 
You can hear about this research at https://astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/tag/Amelia+Earhart.
 
Another interesting presentation at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Salisbury.
 
 
February 8, 2024
 
Continuing its decades-long support of programs to enrich the youth of our community, The Rotary Club of Salisbury has awarded $53,000 divided among 13 local non-profit organizations through its annual 3-Point Initiative.  The initiative supports youth programs that promote leadership, integrity, and academic achievement.
 
Gus Lebois, chairman of the 104 year old club’s 3-Point Initiative, noted that the 2024 grants represent both an increase in the amount of money being provided and the number of agencies being supported.  “We are proud of this major youth support program that can only be provided through the tremendous support by our partnering organizations.”
 
Funding for these grants comes from members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury and the club’s foundation, plus their partnering organizations that include the Donnie Williams Foundation, Richard & Patricia Hazel Charitable Fund, Richard A. Henson Foundation, Meuse Post 194 V.F.W., Tony Tank Tribe 149 Redmen, and Mitzi Perdue, each of which made a generous donation.
 
 
February 1, 2024
 
One of the world's most complex engineering and construction structures was the topic of tonight's meeting of the Rotary Club of Salisbury.  Jeff Holland, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District, spoke about the history of this 17.5 mile link between the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Virginia Beach.  Since opening in April 1964, this crossing of the Chesapeake Bay has become an important part of America's east coast road network.  Now, the first of two parallel tunnels is being built and should be open in a few years.  The second parallel tunnel is more than a decade away.
 
 
Mr. Holland's well received presentation was followed by questions from club members.  A most interesting evening.
 
The evening marked the 104th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, making it the oldest service club on the Delmarva Peninsula. Members enjoyed a birthday cake and ice cream.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Salisbury, a member organization whose product is service, welcomes new members interested in helping their community while enjoying themselves.  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com. The club meets weekly on Thursday evenings for dinner at the Rotary Scout and Community Center along Riverside Drive near Salisbury. 
 
January 25, 2024
 
The first donation from proceeds from the Rotary Club of Salisbury's inaugural A Round for the Community golf outing last September has been made.  The recipient was The Humane Society of Wicomico County.  Executive Director Kim Nock tonight accepted the $1,500 check from club president Ernie Colburn.
 
 
 
Over the next few months the club will make donations from the 2023 golf outing to other local community assistance groups.  The next A Round for the Community charitable golf outing will be at Green Hill Country Club on Friday, September 6, 2024.  
December 20, 2023
 
Nearly two dozen members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury and the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club participated in the annual preparation and distribution of dictionaries to third grade Wicomico County students.  Both clubs also contributed money to buy the books.  In less than one half hour, labels were inserted into the 1,500 books that later were distributed to the students.  Yes, books remain valuable for students in this age of nearly everything being done on a computer or telephone.  Since 1998, this project has distributed more than 50,000 dictionaries to local students. 
 
 
 
Our Rotarians at work preparing what might be the only book a student owns.  
 
Rotary Club of Salisbury past president AB Brown, a member of the Wicomico County Board of Education, led the dictionary project and helped get the books into the classrooms.
 
Another example of Rotary club members being People of Action. 
 
December 10, 2023
 
Continuing a tradition of at least 40 years, members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury this holiday season are ringing the bells to raise money for the Salvation Army.  Another example of our members being People of Action.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Salisbury, a member organization whose product is service, welcomes new members interested in helping their community while enjoying themselves.  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com.  The club meets weekly on Thursday evenings for dinner at the Rotary Scout and Community Center along Riverside Drive near Salisbury. 
 
November 22, 2023
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury worked in recent weeks to assist the Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism Department in the renovation of the Harmon Field Park tennis courts to pickleball courts.  The goal was to build and equip an information kiosk at the park entry to include a facility map and information board.
 
This project will revitalize an unused park into one with activities for all ages and demographics with new consistent daily use.  It will include a brand-new playground, two lighted basketball courts, and 12 lighted pickleball courts that are accessible at no cost to participants.
 
Money to fund the project came from members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury and Rotary District 7630.
 
Rotary Club of Salisbury members....People of Action.
November 12, 2023
 
Long time Rotary Club of Salisbury member and Past President Terry Greenwood has been honored by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.  
 
 
The Frank H. Morris Humanitarian Award was awarded to Dr. Greenwood, a now-retired local educator, by Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore board member Dr. Annette Wallace.  He was recognized for exemplifying the qualities of leadership, integrity, compassion, and generosity to our community.  He has championed numerous nonprofits and charitable causes, served as a mentor to many, and served throughout the Lower Shore in various professional and volunteer positions.
 
For his dedication to a life of service for the betterment of others,  Dr. Greenwood is receiving a $2,500 gift to designate to the charity of his choice.
 
Terry Greenwood, a shining example of members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury being People of Action.
October 13, 2023
 
A team of master builders from The Rotary Club of Salisbury this month completed another wheelchair ramp construction project, one of many ramps built over the years.  The club partnered with Chesapeake Housing Mission to build a beautiful ramp for a client in Fruitland. 
 
 
The beneficiary expressed his thanks by saying this ramp is going to "mean the world to me and my wife!"  Being able to enter and exit their home without having to navigate steps has changed their lives.
 
This is another example of members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury being People of Action.   The Rotary Club of Salisbury, a member organization whose product is service, welcomes new members interested in helping their community while enjoying themselves.  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com.  The club meets weekly on Thursday evenings for dinner at the Rotary Scout and Community Center along Riverside Drive near Salisbury. 
 
September 28, 2023
 
It was Fun, Food, and Fellowship at tonight's Rotary Club of Salisbury meeting.  Nearly two dozen guests joined members for our annual crabfeast.  No business. Just fun, food, and fellowship.  
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Salisbury, a member organization whose product is service, welcomes new members interested in helping their community while enjoying themselves.  Contact Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or gmalone@cbmove.com.  The club meets weekly on Thursday evenings for dinner at the Rotary Scout and Community Center along Riverside Drive near Salisbury. 
 
August 26, 2023
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury were on hand today to help hundreds of local students get ready for another school year.  They shared school supplies during the Fresh Start: A Wicomico County Back to School Event.  This is another example of our members being People of Action.
 
 
 
August 5, 2023
 
Members of The Rotary Club of Salisbury continued a decades' long tradition this month and last by helping refurbish the Easter Seals Camp Fairlee on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  Club members helped fund and assemble more than two dozen bedside tables for the campers.  Camp Fairlee provides a safe and accessible camp experience where campers are challenged to discover their full potential, acquire new skills, and make new and lasting friendships while under the guidance of trained and qualified staff.  While campers enjoy their time at Camp Fairlee, their families are able to take a much needed break from caregiving.
 
 
This annual Rotary Club of Salisbury project is another example of our members being People of Action
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