Preserving the Tradition

For 54 years, the Rotary Club of Lexington Park has sponsored the popular National Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County. As a caring organization, the Club has an abundance of concern for the well-being of Festival goers and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, the Club reluctantly concluded that the Oyster Festival cannot and should not be held as a major community event in 2020. 

Rather, than hosting large public gatherings on October 17 and 18 this year, the Club will host small, controlled localized events. These events will serve to preserve the U.S. Oyster Cookoff and the U.S. Oyster Shucking Contest. The intent is to continue to honor these long-held traditions. In the best case, If local restrictions on gatherings are safely relaxed, these events will be planned to scale-up as much as is practical. 

Otherwise, current planning calls for live streaming or pre-recording these events. This will perhaps involve a wider scope of national cookers and shuckers to create a national virtual celebration of the Oyster in October 2020. 

As these plans mature in the coming months, announcements will be posted to https://usoysterfest.com and the Oyster Festival Facebook page. 

As is the case for many an event this year, the Rotary Club of Lexington Park is saddened by the loss of your contributions to the many participating charitable organizations. King Oyster assures us all, however, that the U.S. Oyster Festival will fully be back and better than ever in October 2021!

Opening Opportunity – WE ARE ROTARY: The Rotary Club of Lexington Park was one of two Rotary District 7620 Clubs to sweep three Gold Awards in the recent 2019-2020 Virtual District Conference. The Club was also recognized for excellence in giving to the Rotary International Foundation and being among the 9 clubs to agree to sponsor Youth Conference.

Connecting the World – WE ARE ROTARY: The Rotary Club of Lexington Park has awarded 18 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in 2020. We wish them all well as they intend to head to college. We are hoping that all of the recipient schools can declare their COVID-19 status for the fall semester.

Connecting the World – WE ARE ROTARY: The Rotary Club of Lexington Park is proud to team with Rotary District 7620 to provide a $10,000 grant to GrowingStems to 3D print face shields and build N95 masks. These dedicated high school students have provided thousands of protective devices to front-line medical personnel from Maryland to New York.

 

Connecting the World – I AM ROTARY: Congratulations to Trish Powell, who became the 2020-2021 President of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park on July 1, 2019.

Be the Inspiration – WE ARE ROTARY – Learn more about Feed St. Mary’s 

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 MAJOR UPCOMING EVENTS


2020

Book Packaging Event at fairgrounds 

March 29, 2019 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

Christmas in April 

April 25, 2020 (Converted to small projects over time)

Youth Conference

April 25, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

Rotary-4-Vets 5-10K Trot

May 23, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

Running of the Balls

August 8, 2029 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

2020 Golf Tournament

Spet 3, 2020

54th Annual U.S. National Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County

Oct 17-18, 2020 (Going to alternative approaches to avoid crowding in 2020)


Interfaith Health Alliance – Youth Mentoring

An Ongoing Initiative


Welcome to Our Rotary Club!
meets virtually via Zoom every other week

(see the Meetings and Events listing to the right for details)

Or make up at: http://www.rotaryeclubone.org

Board of Directors 2020-2021:

PO Box 202, Lexington Park 20653

Officers   Directors
President: Trish Powell Club Administration: Sandra Galen
President Elect: Dr. Ben Latigo Vocational: Wanda Smith
Vice President: Tari Moore Charity: Julie Randall
Secretary: Bill Moody Foundation George Hurlburt
Treasurer: Diedra Guy Fundraising: Rose Frederick
Past President  &
Queen Oyster:
Dr. Regina Faden Membership: Mike Guy

Videos

When You Start with Rotary from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Connecting the World – WE ARE ROTARY: The fourth object of Rotary is “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service”. The Rotary Club of Lexington Park celebrates this by participating in Rotary’s 4 Way Test Speech Contest, where local high school students compete in oratorial skills illustrating Roary’s 4 Way Test.

Recent Facebook Posts for the Rotary Club of Lexington Park

6 days ago

Opening Opportunity - WE ARE ROTARY: With the pandemic-driven cancellation of the Leonardtown Beach Party, the Rotary Club of Lexington Park will not be able to stage the annual Running of the Balls in 2020. Rather, the Club is considering more pandemic suitable opportunities to raise funds to continue its many community activities in 2020 and 2021. We are grateful for your ongoing support.

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Preserving the Tradition

For 54 years, the Rotary Club of Lexington Park has sponsored the popular National Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County. As a caring organization, the Club has an abundance of concern for the well-being of Festival goers and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, the Club reluctantly concluded that the Oyster Festival cannot and should not be held as a major community event in 2020.

Rather, than hosting large public gatherings on October 17 and ... See more

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Opening Opportunity - WE ARE ROTARY: The Rotary Club of Lexington Park has two Treasurers, both accomplished accountants. Diedra Guy (left) is the Club's Treasurer, while Mary Ann Murray (right) is the Treasurer of the Lexington Park Rotary Foundation. The foundation serves as the banker for the Club's charitable outreach activities.

2 weeks ago

Opening Opportunities- I AM ROTARY: When not helping to sell beer at the Oyster Festival., Past President of the Lexington Rotary Club, Larry Branthoover, is engaged with technology. When not at work, he has been instrumental in mentoring youth through the robotics-based Growing STEMS program.

3 weeks ago

Opening Opportunities - I AM ROTARY: Having masterfully led the successful Rotary Running of the Balls event at the Leonardtown Beach Party in 2019, Rose Frederick steps up to Fundraising Director of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park.

1 month ago

Opening Opportunities WE ARE ROTARY!

1 month ago

Opening Opportunity - WE ARE ROTARY: The Rotary Club of Lexington Park was one of two Rotary District 7620 Clubs to sweep three Gold Awards in the recent 2019-2020 Virtual District Conference. The Club was also recognized for excellence in giving to the Rotary International Foundation and being among the 9 clubs to agree to sponsor Youth Conference.

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Connecting the World - I AM ROTARY: Early to recognize the possible consequence of the Corona Virus, Ray Bednarcik has been working hard on alternative fundraisers in case group venues will be closed. He has selflessly done this so he can pass a working legacy to incoming Rotary Club of Lexington Park Fundraising Director, Rose Frederick.

1 month ago

Connecting the World - WE ARE ROTARY: Literally connecting the world, the Rotary Club of Lexington Park linked a recent exchange student from Poland into its virtual meeting. Magda Zatonska, a prospective medical doctor, was live as she recounted her exchange student experiences at Leonardtown High School, which was cut short by the COVID-19 crisis.

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