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
MAJOR UPCOMING EVENTS
Book Packaging Event at fairgrounds
March 29, 2019 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
April 25, 2020 (Converted to small projects over time)
April 25, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
May 23, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
Running of the Balls
August 8, 2029 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
Spet 3, 2020
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
|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 &
|Dr. Regina Faden||Membership:||Mike Guy|
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.
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