Local Rotarians Honored at Baltimore Conference

GREAT MILLS, Md.—The Annual Rotary Conference for District 7620 was held at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel that overlooks the Camden Yard baseball park on May 9 through the 11th. Local Southern Maryland Rotary clubs and members were recognized for their contributions to their local communities and support of Rotary district initiatives. District 7620 is composed of 64 Rotary clubs throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The Lexington Park Club received the Gold Award for meeting all of the criteria set forth by Rotary International as a model club. The club also received the Presidential Citation with distinction. The award was presented by District Governor Peter Kyle to the Lexington Park president, Jack Pappas. "I am very proud of the committed and engaged members of the Lexington Park Rotary Club, without them this citation and our Gold Award would not have been possible," said Pappas.

Recognitions were also given to Leonardtown Club members Chris Perlick for leading the District Rotary Youth Exchange Program and Tracey Heibel for leading the District Scholarship Program.

Lexington Park Rotarians who were recognized for their contributions included George Hurlburt, District Conference Treasurer; Mary Anne Murray for her efforts as district treasurer; and Bob Parkinson, a former district governor, for developing the Rotary Leadership Institute in the district.

"Local St Mary's County Rotarians make a tremendous contribution to the success of the many district Rotary programs and to their local community," said Dan Parker, area governor for the Southern Maryland region. "The Lexington Park Club is the fifth largest in the district; their signature community project is the St Mary's County Oyster Festival. The Leonardtown Club is equally committed to supporting local charities and scholarships for youth. They are wonderful clubs that demonstrate great leadership and they really stand out in the district."

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary at www.rotary.org.

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