Rotary Club of Lexington Park

Rotary Serving Humanity (2016-2017 Rotary International Theme)

Community Service

Community Service is one of the four recognized lanes of service in Rotary. Rotary International is renowned for not only its global services, but for working at the community level. The Lexington Park Rotary Club honors that tradition.

Paula Coxon, Lane Director

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DICTIONARY PROJECT

Dictionary Project: Lexington Park Rotarians annually distribute some 600 dictionaries to third graders in 15 elementary schools throughout the southern portion of St. Mary's County. This is part of a District 7620 initiative to get a dictionary in the hands of every student in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia where the District has a presence. Club members find a special reward in giving dictionaries to students who are instantly appreciative.

Paula Coxon, Chair

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CHRISTMAS IN APRIL

Christmas in April: Each year, the local arm of the national Christmas in April (Now known as Rebuilding Together) organization selects a number of deserving homes in the immediate community. These homes exhibit great need for major repairs that still fall within the abilities of local civic minded community groups to affect. The St. Mary's County Rotary Club (Lexington Park) regularly participates in this event. In the top picture, Lexington Park Rotarians pose with students and professional home builders who teamed to restore one of 28 homes selected for Christmas in April for 2009.

Paula Coxon, Chair

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BOOKS FOR INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL

Books for International Goodwill: The St. Mary's County Library holds an annual book sale to reduce the size of its holdings and raise money. At the end of the sale, Rotarians, among many volunteers, help package the remaining books into large boxes called gaylords for transfer to the Annapolis Rotary Club, which subsequently arranges for distribution of these books Internationally to help promote literacy.

Bob Parkinson, Chair

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CHARITY


CHARITY:
The Charity Research committee is the arm of the Club that seeks and qualifies eligible local charities worthy of financial support. The Charity Research Committee focuses specifically on local needs for food, shelter and energy. During the year, the Club grants of $100, $500, $1,000 and more are given to deserving organizations. Overall charitable giving averages $25K to 30K per year. All charitable funds are managed through the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park. This fund is supported through generous donations and the club's fund raising initiatives. The Rotary Club actively participates in Mike's Food Fund (above), to annually help distribute full holiday turkey dinners to those who might not otherwise afford them.

If your organization is interested in being considered for our charitable givibg program, please review our DONATION INFORMATION

Barbara Ives, Chair

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