Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges – including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns – while encouraging high standards in all vocations.
The Rotary Club of St. Michaels was chartered in May of 1939. Dr. Garrett Jones and Gene Rude along with thirty one charter members were present at this first meeting at the auditorium of St. Michaels High School. Today with over forty members the club is meeting and eating every Tuesday morning at the Miles River Yacht Club.
What we do.
Kayaking Adventure in St. Michaels
On a beautiful but slightly windy June 4th afternoon, Shar McBee and her Rotary Brethren Duke Blythe and Lee Yerkes, along with SMES Guidance Counselor Ann Nilsen, took 14 lucky kids on a kayaking adventure in St. Michaels.Project Pictures
David Jeffery, Chairperson
The St. Michaels Rotary Scholarship Committee’s basic purpose is to identify, interview, and choose seniors of St. Michaels Middle/High School to receive one-year scholarships to be applied to post-secondary study at an accredited or certified college or university or other comparable institution. Criteria for selection are: scholarship, service to school and community, considering also other special needs such as financial aid. The Committee makes recommendations to the St. Michaels Rotary Foundation, which specifies how many scholarships are to be given and the amount of each.
David Jeffery and his committee nominated three students from the 2012 graduating class to Rotary Foundation. President Elect, Aida Leisure had the honor of presenting the scholarships at the Saint Michaels High Commencement ceremonies.
Ms. Leisure said,
“It was February 23, 1905 in the city of Chicago. Four friends started a professional club to promote service to their community. They rotated their meeting locations among each of their business offices. That was how the worlds first service club – The Rotary Club – was created.
Here we are 107 years, later, and that small club has grown to more than 1.2 million members world wide. Rotarians all share an ideal: to be of service, in their personal lives, in their professional lives, and through commitment to their communities. Giving back where you live and work is not a chore. Caring about your community is a fulfilling part of life. It helps make you whole.
Three students selected to receive this year’s Saint Michaels Rotary Club Scholarship have demonstrated scholastic merit, have shown leadership among their fellow classmates, and have been engaged participants in school and community activities.
On behalf of the Saint Michaels Rotary Club, I am very pleased to present a $5,000 scholarship to each of the following members of the Saint Michaels High School Class of 2012.
Michaela Beggins, Jared Camper, Lara Prettyman.
Several Club members participate in Maryland’s “Adopt-A-Highway Program” and have cleaned a mile-and-one-half stretch of St. Michaels /Tilghman Island Road (Hwy. 33) at least once every quarter for the past few years. Informational signs at both ends of the “adopted” roadway give credit to our club. In addition, all members take scheduled turns walking and picking up any litter on and along the St. Michaels Nature Trail, which runs in a north-south direction through the town. Our club was a major funding force behind the design and construction of the lovely trail which opened in 2009 for walking, jogging and biking.Push the Button
The St. Michaels Rotary Christmas Program buys much needed clothing for children whose families are in need of assistance. The Rotarians and parents help the children shop then afterward the Smile Program treats the shoppers to dinner. Julie Andrews, Chairman.
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