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Newnams Establish Easton Volunteer Fire Department Fund through Mid-Shore Community Foundation

A fireman with the Easton Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) for 54 years, Mike Newnam of Easton, knows what it takes to keep a volunteer fire department running.  Equipping one fireman today costs about $8,000 and purchasing a new ladder truck is estimated to cost $1.2 million in 2013, when the EVFD’s ladder truck will need replacing. Newnam and his wife Susan recently set up a fund through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation to help the EVFD maintain its services to residents of Eastonand its surrounding areas.

The EVFD, like many volunteer fire departments, must raise one third of its budget each year from fundraising.  This includes such fundraising activities as bull roasts, dances, and weekly bingo.  According to Tim Knotts, EVFD President, “It’s unrealistic to expect a fireman to complete the initial 120 hours of education required for the volunteer job, meet annual training and educational requirements, make a commitment every day on volunteer calls, and then be involved in fund raising activities.”  He adds, “Fundraising just adds to the time they are already away from their families and has kept some prospective members from joining because of the added commitment.”

Newnam, who was once president and a trustee of the EVFD, understands the sacrifices each fireman makes, recalling leaving his honeymoon for a fire call.  He adds, “Our firemen respond to between 900 and 1000 fires/rescues a year – this is an average of three calls a day.  We want the community to realize that this fund has to grow in order to continue this level of service.  If we don’t raise the necessary financial resources and sustain the current volunteer base, then local government and the taxpayers could be bearing the entire financial burden of operating a paid fire department.”

Easton Volunteer Fire Department, which has been in business over 200 years, has one of the largest fire departments in the State of Maryland. Among the 65 active members of the EVFD, there are a number of career firefighters who also volunteer with the department.

Knotts comments, “We are very grateful for this fund.  Our community has doubled in size and this fund will help us maintain the quality department many have come to expect.  People probably don’t realize that the quality of our fire department has an impact on the insurance rates they pay.  We want to maintain this insurance rating.”

Stuart Bounds, president of Mid-Shore Community Foundation, noted, “Thanks to the generosity of the Newnam’s and hopefully to future gifts to this fund, the Foundation will be able to provide perpetual support to the Easton Volunteer Fire Department.  This will be a permanent fund at the Foundations that members of the community can donate to through annual giving, bequests, and memorial donations.”

To donate to the Easton Volunteer Fire Department Fund, contact Mid-Shore Community Foundation at 410-820-8175 or visit www.mscf.org to make an online donation.

The Easton Volunteer Fire Department’s 1st Annual Ladies Only Night is Coming!

Delight in food and drinks from local eateries, including Waterview Grille,  Hangar Café, Easton Diner, Applebees, and more!

Shop on our Vendor Lane with the Pampered Chef,  Red Hats, Longaberger, Celebrating Home, Lia Sophia and MANY MORE!

Pamper yourself with massages, facials, and mini-manicures from Foremost Massage, Britt ‘N Sterling Hair Studio, and Arbonne International!

Get your portraits taken by MyPhotos2Go!

Try your hand at various games of chance and win some great prizes in some fantastic raffles!

Dance your booty off with music provided by DJ Craig McCracken!

$20 donation includes food, wine, draft beer and sodas. Must be 21 to enter.


All proceeds benefit the Easton Volunteer Fire Department.

This event is generously supported by The Talbot Bank, Monteray Farms Flowers & Gifts, Kitchen Creations, Easton Utilities, Sea Watch International, Target, and Easton Bank & Trust.

May 22nd, 2008 7:00 pm until midnight

Easton Volunteer Fire Department 1st Annual Ladies Only! Event

On May 22nd, 2010, the Easton Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its 1st Annual Ladies Only! event from 7:00 pm until 12:00 midnight at the fire house on Aurora Park Drive in Easton.

Bring your sister, your mom, and your girlfriends for a night of dancing, shopping, games and fun – for women only!

Sample cuisine from over 10 different local eateries, taste wines and beers, pamper yourself with manicures and massages, try your hand at various raffles and games of chance, and shop, shop, shop!

Buy your tickets today! The first 100 tickets sold will be HALF PRICE – only $10!

Must be 21 years old to enter.

All proceeds benefit the Easton Volunteer Fire Department, a 100% volunteer organization providing emergency fire, rescue, and medical services for 202 years.

This event is sponsored in part by The Talbot Bank, Easton Bank & Trust, and Sea Watch International.