Rotary Club of Crofton

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Rotary Funds in Action
The Crofton Rotary Club is consistently doing great things in the community, but usually you see even photos here and announcements of events. Here's a update on our less visible programs ... and a special thank you to everyone that helped make this year's Night Out to Help Out a great success.
The Crofton Rotary Club raised a net of $9,125 at this year's Gala. This included money earmarked for specific causes, such as $1,250 for local scholarships, $550 for The Complete Player Charity, $950 for the annual Sarah's House shoe drive and $600 towards dictionaries given to all third graders in the Crofton area, (at five elementary schools). 
In the last week we were able to present a check to the Rivers of the World Foundation for $850. The ROW Foundation is working with Crofton Rotary on a project to help test waters in the upper tributaries of the Ganges River and help folks learn how to mitigate pollution sources. We also presented a check for $550 to TCP Charity, which helps kids learn good moral character and math through baseball and which provides athletic scholarships to kids whose families need some help. 
Last week also reviewed the applications of seven high school seniors for the Rotary Scholarship Program. Katie Sullivan was selected and she will advance to compete and interview for the District 7620 Scholarship. The District will award two $5,000 scholarships. Crofton Rotary will also award smaller scholarships that will be announced at a later date. Go get 'em Katie!
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A Night Out to Help Out
Crofton Rotary’s 14th Annual Gala
February 3, 2018 – 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Blue Dolphin Seafood Bar & Grill
1166 Route 3, Gambrills, MD 21054
The Rotary Club of Crofton invites you to Crofton’s premier community benefit event, the 14th annual Rotary Night Out to Help Out is a night out to remember and proceeds support over 20 Crofton area charities and community improvement projects. Seating is limited to 160 people and your ticket includes:
  • A buffet dinner and Blue Dolphin’s signature mini crab cakes hors d'oeuvres
  • All beer and wine
  • Music and dancing
  • Silent auction of a variety of items and themed baskets
  • Exciting Live auction
Money raised by the Crofton Rotary has provided shoes to homeless kids, dinner at Sarah’s House, dictionaries for all Crofton 3rd Graders, scholarships for local high schoolers, a water improvement project in India, help for the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department, money for Polio inoculations, donations to the Crofton food bank and baby pantry, community improvement projects and much more.
A Night Out to Help Out is a fun and festive night. Come out and join your elected officials, friends, neighbors and Crofton community leaders for a night that will make a difference for those less fortunate!
Tickets are $75
To get your tickets, contact Mike Ahearn at or call (301) 452-3522

Flags for Heroes Dedication Ceremony

November 11th, 11:00 AM to Noon

Join the Crofton Rotary, Crofton Kiwanis and Arundel Volunteer Fire Department for this special Flags for Heroes dedication ceremony at the Crofton Village Green. Troop 731 will be providing an honor guard and following a moment of silence and a benediction, and word from WWII and Korean War Veteran John Walker, local dignitaries will read aloud the names of the many veteran, servicemen and first responders honored in the Crofton Flags or Heroes display along Route 3 at Lake Louise. Mission BBQ is providing food for the event as well. Bring a lawn chair to the event. 

Third Annual Crofton Chili Cook-Off

Join us on Wednesday, October 25th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM for Third Annual Crofton Chili Cook-Off at the Crofton Farmers Market at the Crofton Country Club. Bring a packaged food item or make a $5 donation and you get to try each of chili from our local contestants and submit your ballot for the "People's Choice" award. All proceeds will go to the Crofton Christian Caring Council's Baby Pantry.
Congratulations to Jim Harvey who was inducted as the new Crofton Rotary Club President for 2017-2018 at our annual Officer Induction Dinner. Many thanks to Rotary District 7620 Area Governor Jimmie Gorski who handled the induction and was our featured speaker for the evening!  Congrats to Vice President Cliff Oliver, Secretary Roger Morrison, Treasurer Barry DesRoches, Foundation Chair Tom Callahan and Membership Officer Rankin Lusby as well.
Members of the Crofton Rotary Club were joined by students from the Interact Club of South River High School in providing a complete picnic dinner along with entertainment for residents of Sarah's House.  The two club's have made hosting this picnic an annual event.
For it's Annual Holiday Shoe Drive for Sarah's House Children, the Crofton Rotary Club delivered 44 wrapped gift cards to Sarah's House. The cards are a gift for children under the age of 18 which will allow their parents to buy them a new pair of shoes for Christmas.
The 2016 Bowl for a Cure Fundraiser sponsored by the Crofton Rotary Club and the South River High School Interact Club raised $2,000 for the South River Interact Club's Relay For Life team.  The event was held on May 15, 2016 at the Crofton Bowling Centre. Funds were raised through generous donations by our sponsors as well as through tickets sold by Interact Club members.  The Relay For Life event this year will be held on Friday evening June 10, 2016 at the South River High School.  If you would like to make a donation to this event, you can make a donation online in the name of the South River Interact team!  Just go to the link provided for Relay For Life of South Anne Arundel County.
Members of the Crofton Rotary Club and students from the Interact Club of South River High School are ringing the bells at the Safeway at the Village of Waugh Chapel on Saturday December 13 and 19, 2015 to help raise money for the Salvation Army.
The Crofton Rotary Club held it's annual Shoe Drive for the children of Sarah's House.  Our members, friends and students from the South River High School Interact Club came out to help us purchase 54 pair of shoes for the kids at local businesses.
The Rotary Club of Crofton has launched a new international project in conjunction with Rivers of the World Foundation, a Crofton-based non-profit organization.
Nepal and Northern India have been plagued by natural disasters over the last two years. The Crofton Rotary Club is helping the Rivers of the World (ROW) Foundation (also a nonprofit organization) establish a safe drinking water and water testing school in Ghansali, India. Located at the headwaters of the Ganges River, this is the source of drinking water for millions of people, many of which are living in poverty. The Safe Drinking Water and Water Testing school is hosted by the Himalayan English School in India, ROW has provided the first of the testing kits, and a building has already been donated to the effort by a local guru.  This effort will allow local folks to learn to test, identify and eliminate sources of pollution and will have a lasting effect for many years to come.
Please help us in this effort by sharing the link to our fundraising effort ( ) on your personal and company Facebook pages, Linkedin page and website.
While there, please consider making a donation to this effort; even if it's just a few dollars, your investment will go a long way to helping Rotary International reach its goal of making safe drinking water available to everyone. 
The Crofton Rotary Club presented the American Cancer Society with a check for $3,500 during the Relay For Life event on June 6 at South River High School. This was a joint fundraising effort between the Crofton Rotary and the students of the Interact Club at South River HS and was held at the Crofton Bowling Centre on May 17, 2015. 
The Rotary Club of Crofton is sponsoring the "Bowl for a Cure" Fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at South River High School.  The fundraiser will be held on Sunday May 17, 2015 from 3-5 pm at the Crofton Bowling Center.  Business sponsorships are $250 and include signage at the event, 4 bowling tickets and the company name on a commemorative T-shirt. We are also selling individual tickets to the event for $15 each or $60 for a team of 6 bowlers (includes 6 tickets). Please see the attached flier for details. 
During the 2015 Service Above Self Awards Dinner, the Rotary Club of Crofton presented a check for $1,060 to Jacob Landis for the Jacob's Ride benefit for the "Gift of Hearing".  Jacob was honored at the dinner with the Crofton Rotary Clubs Service Above Self Award.  The donation was raised during the club's 2015 Gala which was held earlier this year.  Pictured are (l to r) Club President Roger Morrison, Jacob Landis and Club member Barry DesRoches.

During a short ceremony at the Club's Annual Gala on January 24, Crofton business owner Gary Heldt was inducted into the club as it's newest member. Pictured here are Gary Heldt (l), Crofton Rotarian Tom Hutcheson, who presided over the ceremony and Rotary District Governor Bill Fine (r). 

Crofton Rotary member Barry DesRoches was recently honored with the club's highest honor: "The Raymond E. Streib Rotarian of the Year Award".  Barry served as the club's president for 2013-2014 and continues to play a lead role in the club's fundraising and service projects in the Crofton community.  Pictured here are Barry(r), receiving the award from fellow Rotarian Tom Locke during a recent club meeting.

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