The Rotary Club of Easton recently presented donations totaling $13,000 from their Youth and Community Fund to community organizations. The funds were from the club’s first annual “Flags for Heroes” project in May, 2012.
The “Flags for Heroes” project provides community members an opportunity to honor their personal heroes, including family members, friends, veterans, active members of the armed forces, police officers and firefighters, by sponsoring an American flag in their honor or memory. Sponsored flags were seen throughout the Town of Easton during this past Memorial Day weekend.
Donations were made to seven organizations, many of which provide services to veterans. Those organizations who received funds from the Rotary Club of Easton were Talbot Hospice, who received specific funding for veterans, who comprise 20% of the patients spending their last days at Talbot Hospice House and half of whom are in the low to no income category; Marine Moms – Bethesda, a locally based organization who provides homemade lunches for the patients and their families at the Walter Reed/Bethesda Hospital at least once per month; Talbot County Mental Health Association, who received funding for their Veterans Fund which assists Eastern Shore veterans in need; Evergreen Cove, who provides classes in yoga and relaxation to veterans with combat stress anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; the Talbot County Paramedic Foundation, who received funding toward the purchase of Life Pak “15” Monitor defibrillators, which are the most current technology in cardiac monitoring and life saving capability; the Easton Police Department; and the Easton Volunteer Fire Department.
To learn more about the Rotary Club of Easton, visit www.eastonrotary.org or Rotary International at www.rotary.org.
In photo, top left: Members of the Rotary Club of Easton’s “Flags for Heroes” Committee include (front row, from left to right) Lauren Dianich; Jackie Wilson, Rotary Club of Easton Immediate Past President; John Flohr; Lisa Wachter; Steve Shearer; (back row) Barc Upchurch; Bruce Armistead; George Corey; and Ron Flohr.
In photo, above: Recipients of donations from the Rotary Club of Easton’s Youth and Community Fund include (front row, from left to right) Katie Cox, Molly Kirsch, RN and Julie Crocker, Talbot Hospice Foundation, Inc.; Barry Slaughter, President, Easton Volunteer Fire Department; Lt. Gregory Wright, Easton Police Department; Jane LeCompte, Marine Moms – Bethesda; (back row) Naomi Hyman, Evergreen Cove; Jackie Davis and Mike Bargiband, Talbot County Mental Health Association; and Wayne Dyott, Talbot County Paramedic Foundation.
In photo, bottom left: The Rotary Club of Easton recognized community partners who helped to make the first annual “Flags for Heroes” project a successful event including (from left to right) Jackie Wilson, “Flags for Heroes” committee member/Rotary Club of Easton Immediate Past President; Bruce Armistead, committee member; Matt Spence, Operations Manager, First Media Radio, LLC; Stacie Monz, General Manager, First Media Radio, LLC; Geoff Oxnam, Vice President of Operations, Easton Utilities; Lisa Wachter, committee member; David Fike, Regional Vice President/Publisher, ACM Chesapeake; Mayor Robert C. Willey, Town of Easton; and John Flohr, committee member.