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Volunteer of the Week: Karla Wieland-Cherry

By Ron Stafford

Karla is a dynamo when it comes to volunteering for the community. As a Talbot County 4-H volunteer, she is leader of the 4-H Saddle & Paws Club focusing on horses and small pets. While she participates in 4-H publicity and planning of club activities, her greatest joy comes from working directly with the kids and encouraging them and providing whatever they need to complete a project or gain a new skill. Karla’s other community work has included volunteering with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, leading a Junior Troop for the past five years and participating in summer camp for three years. White Marsh Elementary School has also benefitted from Karla’s input as she is the PTO president, a RISE reading program volunteer and a homeroom mom. Her helping hand has also been extended to St. Mark’s Sunday school program as well as to the Talbot Hospice House where she sometimes makes dinner for residents or takes part in the Festival of Trees.

Identifying needs and encouraging others to volunteer comes naturally to Karla. Over the years she has acted as an organizer and coordinator for both the Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS and the Lacaze Meredith Real Estate office.

Talbot County 4H Clubs
4-H in Talbot County is coordinated through the University of Maryland’s youth development program, and teaches youth through hands-on “learn by doing” activities that encourage kids and teens to experiment, innovate, and think independently. For more info, contact Pat Murphy, 4-H Program Assistant, in Easton at 410-822-1244, or email Pat, pmurphy3@umd.edu.

Talbot Hospice House
Through the generous support of a caring community, the Talbot Hospice Foundation offers patients and caregivers hope and dignity while facing end-of-life issues. For more information, call the Talbot Hospice Foundation at 410-822-6681, or visit their website at talbothospice.org.

Chesapeake Film Festival Announces First Oscar’s Benefit Gala With Charitable Partner Talbot Hospice Foundation

The Chesapeake Film Festival (CFF) announces its first Oscar’s Benefit Gala to be held Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 6:00-10:00 PM at The Avalon Theatre in historic Easton. The event will stream the 84th Academy Awards pre-show at 6:00 pm EST with the official awards at 7:00 PM EST. CFF and Talbot Hospice are partnering to support their joint missions of celebrating life. The official theme for the 84th Academy Awards is “Life-Camera-Action” and in Talbot County, the Hospice Foundation is committed to celebrating life while offering hope, compassionate support and services to all community members facing end-of-life issues. CFF’s commitment to life is to showcase broadly focused films to illuminate both the diversity and the universality of the human condition.

“At Talbot Hospice, we believe that every last moment of life can be lived to the fullest and we are thrilled to partner with the CFF as this organization uses film as the artistic vehicle to help us connect with our shared and individual life experiences,” remarks Julie Crocker, Talbot Hospice’s Eexecutive Ddirector.

“While supporting Hospice’s mission, CFF supports their own mission of education and outreach through meaningful community partnerships and the art of motion pictures,” comments new CFF Executive Director, Liza Ledford. “Art, especially film, reminds us of our universal human experiences and CFF is proud to celebrate life through film with Talbot Hospice and our community.”

The gala event begins with a red carpet entrance, and guests are invited to dress in their best “Oscar Attire” and be photographed with friends and family as they arrive. Hors d’oeuvres and wines from the DelMarVa region will be served and commercial breaks will be hosted by a local emcee introducing live entertainment and auction items whose sale will benefit the CFF and Talbot Hospice.

“This event launches CFF’s 5th year and re-introduces our mission to the community,” continues Ledford. “Celebrating life in film and rolling out the red carpet with Talbot Hospice is definitely a great way to start 2012.”

About the Chesapeake Film Festival
Now in its fifth year, The Chesapeake Film Festival (CFF) features a wide variety of both local independent films and award-winning films previously screened at Sundance, Cannes, Galway, Dublin, Slamdance, and other festivals. Its mission is to entertain, enrich and inspire by bringing the finest in narrative, documentary and short film to the Chesapeake Bay community. The 2012 festival will be held September 21-23 in and around Easton, MD. Partners of CFF include Easton Premier Cinemas, Plein Air, The Frederick Douglass Honor Society, the Talbot Cinema Society, the Talbot Office of Tourism, Town Creek Foundation, Mid-Shore Community Foundation and others. For more information, visit www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com or email info@chesapeakefilmfestival.com.

Mascot At Talbot Hospice Foundation Wins Second Place In National Photo Contest

A photograph submitted by the Talbot Hospice Foundation to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 2010 Photography Contest has been awarded second place.

Taken by Executive Director Julie Crocker, the photo of the Hospice dog and mascot, Baxter, won in the nature/abstract category.  Photographed in the lovely mediation garden behind the Guest Wing, Baxter is imitating the pose of a statue of a sheep.

According to Jon Radulovic, Vice President, Communications of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, “Julie’s photograph, ‘Baxter’, was but one of several examples of the high quality of over 350 submissions received.   Our judges had quite a job selecting the few winning entries.”  The NHPCO website will post the winning photos on the Awards & Contests section of www.nhpco.org .

Baxter is a regular at Talbot Hospice where he greets visitors on a daily basis.  When not working he lives with Julie and Mike Crocker.

Suicide Support Group Begins New Program

Those who experience the death of a loved one by suicide often find the path through shock and grief to be very painful, confusing, and lonely.  Survivors often struggle with shame and guilt and may not know anyone who has been through this experience.  Friends and family, who are suffering themselves, often are not able to give the needed comfort and understanding.  Coping with the death of a loved one by suicide is one of the most agonizing experiences that one may encounter in life.

A collaborative effort of Talbot Hospice Foundation and the Mental Health Association in Talbot County, the Suicide Survivors Support Group provides the opportunity for participants to share and hear from others who have had similar experiences.  Group members will find a supportive atmosphere of validation and acceptance where confidentiality is highly valued.

The support group will begin on Sept 27, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, at Talbot Hospice House.  The group will meet for six sessions, once each week.

Call Norma Trax, Bereavement Coordinator at Talbot Hospice Foundation, 410-822-6681 to register.  Call Tina Mills, Executive Director, Mental Health Association 410-822-0444 for information.

Miles River Farm Horse Show to benefit Talbot Hospice Foundation

Miles River Farm of Easton will hold its Third Annual Horse Show Celebration on July 17, 2010 at the Wicomico Equestrian Center in Salisbury. Dedicated young riders will participate in the event that begins at 8:00 am rain or shine. All net proceeds will directly benefit Talbot Hospice Foundation. Various levels and age groups of English riders will exhibit their competent horsemanship skills.

Founded in 1949 by Kathryn Barner and her daughter Pam, Miles River Farm trains hunt seat riders and exceptional ponies for competition throughout the east coast. Iles River Farm prides itself on being an active member of the local community.  This is an Eastern Shore horse Show association recognized event.

There is no charge for admission. For more information, or to sponsor an event please call Cheryl Palumbo at 410-829-3056.

Molly Cotter hired at Talbot Hospice Foundation

The Talbot Hospice Foundation, through a grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Molly Cotter in the position of Community Liaison Nurse.

Relocating from Hospice Buffalo New York, Molly previously worked as the lead admission nurse and was responsible for management, training and increasing referrals.  Nationally certificated in hospice and palliative care, Molly is a passionate advocate for hospice services. At Talbot Hospice Molly will be working with guest wing staff to ensure quality of care and is responsible for patient advocacy, monitoring data, patient assessment, quality improvement initiatives and community outreach.  She will work closely with the nurses and staff at Shore Home Care Hospice.

“We are grateful to the Grayce B. Kerr Fund for underwriting this position for Talbot Hospice,” said Julie Crocker, Executive Director. “Molly’s background and experience are critical to hospice’s holistic approach to patient and family support and care. A hardworking and dedicated nursing professional, Molly brings exceptional value to the foundation.”

Fitness Demonstrations to benefit Talbot Hospice Foundation

Lorri Wilson-Clarke, owner of BodyWatts, a lifestyle studio for women, has announced a free fitness and beauty expo on February 27 from 9 am to 1 pm.  Open to the public, participants should come dressed for fitness and ready to join the fun.

Zumba, line dancing, core toning, yoga, and tae bo kickboxing will be demonstrated.  Hairstyle consultants, skin care and makeup, quickie makeovers, customized jewelry, reflexology, herbologist, and a healthy food corner featuring Chef Seth Willis from the Easton Club will be part of the event.

Fitness demonstrations will be given every hour. Attendees are encouraged to donate to the Talbot Hospice Foundation.  BodyWatts is located at 101 Marlboro Rd., next to the bowling alley.

Volunteer Training at Talbot Hospice Foundation

Training for new Talbot Hospice Volunteers which addresses a variety of end-of-life issues, will take place on March 11, 12 and 15th, 2010. This comprehensive 18-hour training session meets on three days from 8:30 p.m. to 4:00 pm.

Numerous volunteer opportunities exist with THF including companion care, direct patient care, cooking, gardening, music, delivering supplies and administrative assistance.  There is no charge for Talbot Hospice services and trained volunteers truly are the backbone of the organization.  There are currently over 319 dedicated volunteers!

The rewards for being a hospice volunteer are immeasurable. Please call Susan Piggott, Volunteer Coordinator at 410-822-6681 or email her at spiggott@talbothospice.org for more information.

Hospice Network of MD Awards Talbot Hospice Family Services Director

Wendy VanNest, Director of Family Services at the Talbot Hospice Foundation, was recently honored  by The Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland  at their  2009 Awards Luncheon.  She was presented  with the   ‘You Make a Difference’ award.  The luncheon was held on November 18, 2009 in Bowie.

In her work as Director of Family Services, VanNest oversees the In -home Hospice and Pathways Programs.  Pathways is a pre-hospice program, which offers non-medical supportive services to residents of Talbot County who are facing the challenges of a currently progressing, life-limiting illness.  Wendy coordinates families with well-trained volunteers, needed equipment, counseling and medical education.  She strives to establish a caring team of support for families and caregivers.

”Wendy’s personal mission has been to provide every hospice family with the resources they as need as quickly as possible.  Her beautiful hospice heart is evident to all that she meets, and she always has a smile upon her face,” said Julie Crocker, Executive Director.  “Wendy is truly a focal point of the Talbot Hospice Foundation.”