Talbot Partnership Honors 2013 Award Recipients

2013 - all winners (400 x 258)The Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention recently hosted its 2013 Annual Awards Reception at The River House at Easton Club in Easton, MD. Five awards were presented to recognize both individual and organizational contributions toward making Talbot County a safe and healthy community. Individual award recipients for 2013 were Glen Plutschak, Parole & Probation/Drug Court Coordinator; St. Michaels Community Center; Building African-American Minds (BAAM); the Martin Luther King Basketball Classic; and student D.J. Cicotte.

Talbot Partnership’s individual award was given to Glen Plutschak, who has had a long and distinguished career serving the citizens of Talbot County and the State of Maryland in various capacities. After a long career in Parole and Probation, he retired in 2011 as Drug Court Coordinator, Talbot County. Plutschak was appointed by Governor O’Malley to the Maryland Drug and Alcohol Council tasked with the identification, development and recommendation of comprehensive systemic improvements in the organization and delivery of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services in Maryland. In 2010, the Maryland Champion for Crime Victims recognized Glen for his active membership on the MCVRC Board of Directors and as a friend to victim issues over the span of his career in public service. Glen served for three years on the Talbot Partnership Board. He continues to help with the Drug Courts and is an active member of the Elks in Easton.

One of this year’s organizational awards went to St. Michaels Community Center, which was started at the same time as Talbot Partnership in 1991. St. Michaels Community Center serves the Bay Hundred Area through after school programs and summer camps. The organization’s mission is to promote and provide quality activities and services that will contribute to the physical, emotional and social well-being of the community through: supervised program opportunities for the enrichment of our children and teens; activities and services for senior citizens; affordable recreational, social, and educational activities to the community residents of all ages regardless of ethnicity gender or economic status; and partnerships with other non-profit groups and community–oriented organizations. Trish Payne, Executive Director accepted the Award on behalf of the Community Center.

A second organizational award was given to Building African-American Minds (B.A.A.M.) This after-school program strengthens opportunities for school-aged African American boys from Talbot County to become productive, successful, and confident citizens through positive academic, social, emotional, and spiritual experiences as children and young men. This program partners with local community and faith-based organizations to assist parents in creating a home environment conducive to learning. Debbie Short, Executive Director, accepted the Award on behalf of B.A.A.M.

The final organizational award was given to the Martin Luther King Classic, an annual Mid-Shore partnership that promotes community awareness and responsibility. The event is held annually in Easton and is a partnership between law enforcement and other organizations in the community to recognize the contributions of Rev. Martin Luther King and to promote the values that he espoused to our youth. This basketball tournament was originally organized and is currently chaired by Corey Pack. Since 1997, Pack has been employed with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, serving as a Field Supervisor in the Mid-Shore area since 2002. Corey is a member of the Talbot County Council. He was the organizer of the 2007 Easton National Night Out and has organized the Martin Luther King, Jr. Basketball Classic since 2005.

A youth award was presented to D.J. Cicotte for his contributions to the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) /Youth Coalition at Easton High School. Traci Dixon, Youth Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of D.J., who was unable to attend. The SADD/Youth Coalition program is intended to get our youth involved in the problem that Talbot County has a growing substance abuse and addictions problem and assist in finding solutions.

Talbot Partnership serves as a community coalition helping to make the Talbot County community a place that is safe, healthy and productive for all of its citizens. The organization is building community norms favoring substance-free youth; making it hard for youth to get alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; helping families provide limits in loving ways; working with youth to encourage healthy choices; and stopping chemical dependency early. For further information about Talbot Partnership’s programs, contact them at 410-819-8067.

In photo: (Photo courtesy of Kathy Bosin) Talbot Partnership recently honored its 2013 individual and organizational award winners. Pictured back row, left to right, are: Nancy Labat (YMCA), Gary Pearce, director of Talbot Partnership; Delegate Addie Eckardt, Traci Dixon, (accepting for D.J. Cicotte), Glen Plutschak, Carolyn Jaffe (Talbot Partnership Board), Terry Harwood (Martin Luther King Classic), Debbie Short (B.A.M.M.), Trish Payne (St. Michaels Community Center), Loraine Gould (Martin Luther King Classic), PFC Joseph Jones, and Corey Pack (Martin Luther King Classic).