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Special Projects is not a designated Rotary lane of service. Nonetheless, Special Projects are essential to the lanes of service, as fund raising events fuel the activities of the Charitable Projects, Vocational and Foundation lanes of service. Special Projects themselves also involve community outreach and provide valuable support to tourism and the local economy. The Director is responsible for developing existing and identifying new club projects while supporting efforts for the club to raise money, such as, the Annual Oyster Festival, sales at events, Running of the Balls, an Annual Golf Tournament and other potential fundraising projects.
Ray Bednarcik Jr.- Director
Oyster Festival: Engaging the Community BiValve Heritage -This festival has regional recognition, National publicity and International implications. Our U.S. National Oyster Shucking Contest winner goes on to Galway Ireland for the world championship Oyster Opening Context each year. The U.S. National Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s Countyl involves more member engagement than any other single activity. The Administrator professionally organizes, plans and manages the annual Oyster Festival and the U.S National Oyster Shucking Championship Contest. The Immediate Past President serves as Chair of the Oyster Festival Committee. This annual event, celebrating over 50 years off operation, is notable in that the Rotary Club of Lexington Park engages many other community service organizations as partners in fundraising. This makes for a truly diversified event with lasting effects through charitable works throughout the region.
Elise Weston, Queen Oyster and Chair and Karen Stone, Festival Administrator
Oyster Cook-Off: Engaging the Pallate – The annual Oyster Cook-Off which is held in conjunction with the Oyster Festival featuring the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Contest. The Oyster Cook-Off pits top chefs in competition for the best oyster hors doveres, main dishes and soups. Awards are by category, best presentation, people’s choice and best overall dish. Judges are well respected food writers for local publications.
Bill Moody, Chair
Golf Tournament: Engaging on the Links – This annual fund raising event is held at a local golf venue and features a great day of fellowship, friendly competition and door prizes. The leader establishes the date, promotes the event and recruit’s members of the committee to assist in planning the tournament. Ensures there is an article submitted to the club Public Relations (PR) leader and editor of The Spark emphasizing the club’s support of the tournament.
Dr. Ben Latigo, Chair
The 2018 5/10K Tri-County Trot winners pose with representatives of Warfighter Advance
Tri-County Trot May 26, 2018 Sponsors and Results
Elise Weston, Chair
Running of the Balls Committee – Engaging on the Roll – The Running of the balls is a fundraising event involving free rolling golf balls. Early arriving balls from a random mix of thousands of numbered balls generates cash and material prizes. The Running of the Balls committee, working with sister Rotary Clubs, decides on the date, publicizes the event and garners sponsors.
Viet Nguyen, Chair
Event Sales Committee – Engaging for the Cause – This committee researches all events in local area for the potential to have the Rotary Club of Lexington Park to set up and sell products that the club has in its repertoire, such as, beer and oyster shooters.
Ray Bednarcik Jr. – Chair
Sponsor Solicitation Committee: Engaging to Engage – Solicitation of sponsors is an important aspect of fund raising. This committee establishes club promotional materials and recruits potential sponsors from local and national companies and non-profits to support charitable activities.
Chair – TBD
Fundraising Research Committee; Engaging to Plan – The work of this committee is long term in nature. The leader establishes communication ties with other Rotary and non-Rotary businesses District proposed idea and, if deemed appropriate for the club, all pertinent information is shared with the Board. With Board approval, the leader proceeds with the details of setting it up and running the event.