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Charitable Projects Lane
The Charitable Projects Lane, known as the Community Service Lane in Rotary, is one of the four key lanes of service in Rotary. Rotary International is renowned for not only its global services, but for working at the community level. The Rotary Club of Lexington Park honors that tradition.
Curtis Brown, Lane Director
CHRISTMAS IN APRIL
Lexington Park Rotarians pose at the Rotary home selected for Christmas in April in 2018.
Christmas in April: Engaging in Restoration – Each year, the local arm of the national Christmas in April organization (Now known as Rebuilding Together) 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 Rotary Club of Lexington Park regularly participates in this event.
Paula Coxon, Chair
BOOKS FOR INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL
Books for International Goodwill: Engaging in Literacy – 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
CHARITY: Engaging on behalf of the Disengaged – 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.
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Barbara Ives, Chair
Interfaith Health Alliance – Youth Mentoring, an ongoing partnership
With deaths from opioid overdoses escalating rapidly, St. Mary’s County is expanding its focus on drug use prevention and addressing the risk factors for youth and adult drug use. The Youth Mentoring Program reflects a partnership of the St. Mary’s County Health Department, St. Mary’s Interfaith Council, Lexington Park Rotary Club, and other local partners to address youth drug prevention. The initiative is part of the emerging Interfaith Health Alliance local partnership.
Evidence-based curriculum, such as the Botvin LifeSkills curriculum, has been demonstrated nationally to be effective in decreasing youth drug initiation rates, as well as improving overall youth social-emotional learning and coping skills. In partnership with the Interfaith Council and Lexington Park Rotary Club, the St. Mary’s County Health Department will purchase the evidence-based curriculum and work with local faith-based organizations to support them in delivering that curriculum with youth in their congregations. Training on how to effectively deliver the curriculum and be mentors will be organized by the health department for the adult volunteers from the participating faith-based organizations. Faith-based groups could either integrate the curriculum into their existing youth mentoring programs or use it as a way to launch new youth mentoring efforts. This project will support faith-based organizations in becoming a trusted advocate for youth in their congregations, Rotary’s work to address the opioid epidemic, and overall public health by decreasing youth drug use and improving youth mental health. Primary objectives are to increase youth mentoring programs available to local youth, decrease youth drug use initiation and use rates, and increase youth mental health and well-being.
Dr. Ben Latigo – Chair
LEADERSHIP SOUTHERN MARYLAND GAP ANALYSIS TEAM
Leadership Southern Maryland Study Team: Engaging in Data Driven Decisions – Understanding the Gaps in Service – During the 2016-2017 Rotary Year, Lexington Park Rotary Club President Elect, Dr. Linda Lymas, and a small committee worked with Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) to establish a small study team. This team, self selected from LSM participants, studied gaps in services within the region. President Lymas hopes to use the excellent report produced by this team to better establish service goals in Rotary Year 2017-2018.
Dr. Linda Lymas – Chair
CAMP MARIA WHEELCHAIR RAMPS REFURBISHMENT
Camp Maria WheelChair Ramps: Engaging for those with Disabilities – Camp Maria is a local riverside recreational park that supports individuals with disabilities. The buildings at Camp Maria were in great need of refurbished wheel chair ramps. Matching a District 7620 grant, the Rotary Clubs of Lexington Park and Mechanicsville obtained the necessary materials to rebuild all the wheelchair ramps. The Clubs provided all the labor to demolish the old ramps and build replacement ramps. The Rotary Club of Lexington Park sponsored Interact Club at St\. Mary’s Ryken High School also planted some 60 new trees throughout the installation.