Crofton Rotary Club Comes to an End
The Rotary Club of Crofton has resigned it's charter effective July 1st, 2019. While there were 19 active and honorary members in the club, everyone had too many commitments and no one was available to file the four core officer positions. 
At a final dinner on June 11th at the Blue Dolphin the members decided to donate its remaining funds to the Crofton Christian Caring Council and The Complete Player Charity and to provide money to the Crofton Chamber who will continue the tradition of giving each Crofton 3rd grader a special dictionary/encyclopedia, as well as providing money to the Rotary Club of South AA County to fund attendance by two SRHS Interact student to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. In attendance (from Left to Right in the picture) are Bob Johnston, Dina Oliver, Rankin Lusby, Ray Streib, Andy Schindling, John Hollywood, Bruce McIndoe, Wes Sherman, Club V.P. Cliff Oliver, Foundation Chair Tom Callahan and President Jim Harvey.
At the close of the meeting, the club presented Rankin Lusby with the gavel and bell that club has had for 50 years. Rankin, a member of the club since 1972, fittingly closed the final meeting of the Rotary Club of Crofton.
All monies raised at the Night Out to Help Out that were earmarked for specific causes or charities have been paid out. Arrangements have been made to continue several of the projects that Crofton Rotary was responsible for, including:
Flags for Heroes — This program will be managed by the Crofton Kiwanis Club. See https://www.croftonkiwanis.org/ or visit them at www.facebook.com/CroftonKiwanisClub/
Interact Club — The South River High School Interact Club has been turned over to the Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County. See http://www.southcountyrotary.org. They will continue financial support, scholarship programs and RYLA programs.
Summer Fundraisers — The Chili Cook Off, Pie Bake Off, Dog Show and BBQ Cook Off, raising money and awareness for the Crofton Christian Caring Council and Rude Ranch will continue to be managed by Living in the Triangle magazine and hosted by the Crofton Kiwanis and Crofton Farmers Market. Registration information can be found at https://www.croftonchamber.com/FarmersMarket and questions can be directed to Jim Harvey at croftontriangle@gmail.com
From Sotweed to Suburbia — The books will remain on sale at Grumps and Family Bike Shop and will benefit the Friends of Lithicum Walks. 
Dictionaries — Third grade dictionaries will be distributed by the Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce. Contact Judy Wilson at info@croftonchamber.com.
I thank everyone who has been a member, helped out, donate to our causes and helped make Crofton a better place to live. I wish you all the best.
James E Harvey
Thank you everyone for a great Night Out to Help Out. County Executive Steuart Pittman provided us with some insights on what is happening at the County with an eye on Crofton area issues. State Senator Ed Reilly did a great job as our live auction barker ... a natural! Thank you to Governor Hogan, Executive Pittman, the Maryland Senate and the Arundel County Delegates for honoring and recognizing all the the Crofton Rotary Club has done for 50 years (50 years!!).
Everyone was moved by introductions to local groups such as Sarah's House, The Complete Player Charity, Kindness Grows Here and The Johns Hopkins House. A special thank you to our host, Brian McCann of the Blue Dolphin for all he has done to support Crofton area charities and civic organizations. Brian was awarded the Service Above Self award by Rotary with representatives of the Crofton Kiwanis Club and The Complete Player Charity. It was a great night!
Are You Ready for Some Pie!
Living in the Triangle, the Crofton Rotary Club and the Crofton Farmers Market are pleased to announce the Third Annual Crofton Pie Bake Off … with a twist!
Do you have a great pie recipe, or are you just a lover of pie? We have the event for you: Crofton’s Third Annual Pie Bakeoff will be held Wednesday, June 13th, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Crofton Farmer’s Market (at the Crofton Country Club.) We changed it up a bit and this year we have four pie categories:
  • Best Fruit-Filled Pie
  • Best Cream Pie
  • Best Nut Pie
  • Best Savory Pie
Pies will be judged by our esteemed panel of judges at 5:45 p.m., and awards will be made at 6:45 p.m. Contestants are asked to bring a minimum of two pies and slices will be sold to the public to benefit the Crofton Christian Caring Council’s Baby Pantry. Attendees can purchase a piece of pie for $5 or bring a new diapers, baby formula or wipes in exchange for a piece of pie. The CCCC’s Baby Pantry provides baby food, diapers, wipes and other baby care supplies to mothers who need assistance. Contestants should reserve their place in the contest by registering at https://croftonchamber.com/events. We suggest registering early, but please register no later than June 10th. 
And now for the twist!
A variety of local politicians and candidates will also be there to raise money (eight so far!) Each will be asking for donations that will be split 50/50 between Anne Arundel County’s retooled Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program and the CCCC’s Baby Pantry. Whomever collects the second most money gets to pie the face of whomever collects the most money at the close of the program (right after award are announced.) You don’t want to miss this!
Come join Crofton Rotary Club, Living in the Triangle, and the Crofton Farmers Market for a great event and a great cause … come and get some pie!
The Flags are Back!
You may have noticed the Flags for Heroes display is back up for Memorial Day Weekend, the flags will also be displayed around the 4th of July as well. Crofton Rotary, Crofton Kiwanis, and the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department are joining together to organize a special recognition of Veterans and First Responders from November 3rd through November 17th, 2018 called Flags for Heroes.  This program is for Veterans Day, but early sign-ups can order flags in time for the 4th of July display. (It takes two weeks to process the orders). 


Any questions can be sent to Croftonrotary@gmail.com

Interact Party at Crofton Go Kart Raceway
The Crofton Rotary Club hosted a year-end party for the members of the South River High School Interact Club at Crofton Go Kart Raceway. Chick Fil-A provided a lot of chicken nuggets, drinks and chocolate chip cookies and the students had one hour of unlimited race time on the the go karts. Thank you Crofton Go Kart Raceway and Chik Fil-A!
Crofton Rotary President Jim Harvey presented Katie Sullivan with a certificate and check for $1,000 for her first place finish in this year's Scholarship Competition. Crofton Rotary President Cliff Oliver presented Helen Dover with a $500 check and certificate for finishing in second place. The club also send an honorable mention certificate to Caleb Cobb. 
Congratulations to all the scholarship winners and participants, every application was excellent and selection by the Scholarship Committee was difficult. Congratulations also to the SRHS Interact Club graduating seniors as well!
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!
Get Your Tickets Now!
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 maahearn@verizon.net 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 ( https://www.youcaring.com/rotary-international-and-rivers-of-the-world-foundation-457191 ) 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. 
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