Rotary Club of Lexington Park

Rotary Serving Humanity (2016-2017 Rotary International Theme)

Vocational Service

The Vocational Lane of service is one of the four recognized Rotary Service lanes. This lane recognizes the importance of vocational callings and promotes those in pursuit of their chosen vocations, particularly as they serve to build our community.

Phil Rooney, Lane Director

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FINANCIAL LITERACY

Financial Literacy: With the massive changes in retirement plans, the recent recession and a bewildering array financial options, it is far harder for young professionals and those with reduced income to fully appreciate their opportunities and responsibilities. Focusing upon newly minted teachers, the Lexington Park Rotary seeks to ease the uncertainty in solid financial planning and execution through an educational approach. 

Ed Turbush, Chair

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FOUR WAY TEST CONTEST
Four Way Test: The entire Club, led by the President, recites the Four-Way Test at weekly meetings. Participation in the Four Way Speech Contest compete at the Club level and the winners compete at the District level. Contestants ,drawn from local high schools, build their speeches around the Rotary Four –Way Test.

Michael DeManss, Chair

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships Committee: This committee selects worthy candidates for the Scholastic and Vocational Scholarships. The college scholarships will vary from year to year depending on programs and funds available. A one-year vocational scholarship is typically given each year in the amount of $1,000.00. Currently, the Club is funding nine $2,500 four year sustaining college scholarships. The Club also typically gives three additional scholarships at $1,000.00 each. The Scholarship Committee also administers the endowed scholarship programs for: The Greg H. Clarke Aviation and Engineering Scholarship, The Ann Houston Green Music Scholarship, The Doris Darrah Math Education Scholarship and the Merritts Academic and Vocational scholarship.:

Dr. Mel Powell, Chair

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JOHN BAETON MARCOPOLO AWARD

John Beaton/Marco Polo Award: this Committee selects a worthy teacher from St. Mary’s County to receive a $2,000.00 grant to be used for travel. The international travel is intended to broaden the professional horizons of an already dynamic teacher.

Zora Siemasko, Chair

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SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARDS

Service Above Self Award: This committee selects and recognizes members of the community who have gone “above and beyond”. The awards are given on the annual Charter Night event. An adjunct award recognizes worthy First Responders from the local Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff's Department.

Jane Sypher, Chair

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TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Teacher of the Year Dinner: This committee organizes a joint project with the nearby St. Mary’s County Rotary Clubs to recognize the outstanding teachers in our community. A teacher of the Year is also named.

Linda Lymas, Zora Siemasko, Co-Chairs

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SO MANY JOURNEYS WAITING FOR U

The "So Many Journey’s Waiting for U” (SMJWU) program, supported by an anonymous donor is in honor of Mr. S. M. and Dr. Jane Wu, is meant to assist in early college awareness among those not typically associated with going to college. This pilot program is facilitated twice weekly after school programs by a small team headed by Ms. Robin Willis, the College Access Program counselor at Great Mills High School. Each week, a Rotarian offers career awareness in his/her chosen field.

George Hurlburt, Co-ordinator

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