CENTREVILLE — Centreville Rotary Club didn’t allow the pandemic to stop them from moving forward to service to the community in 2020, and continue to have big goals for 2021. The Centreville Rotary, which strives to live up to their international slogan, “Service Above Self”, completed many of their traditional project this past year; under the leadership of current President Katherine Hager. After the pandemic struck in March, the Centreville Rotary immediately provided much needed N95 masks to area hospitals and emergency centers in April. In May, they provided hot meals to staff at Corsica Hill Nursing Center. In December, they provided cookies and other goodies to those working the COVID testing clinics at both the Queen Anne’s County Health Department and Chesapeake College.
The club draws upon the professional experiences of it members to initiate projects that impact the local community and beyond with emphasis on education, health, food security, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, and protecting the environment. Centreville Rotary has joined in the international effort to eradicate Polio worldwide by raising funds for global vaccinations. Polio has been eliminated from every country on earth, except Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Currently, Centreville Rotary is working to raise $50,000 for the Lifetime Wells Project. Founded by Centreville Rotarian Kenny Wood, who has made many trips to Ghana and Tanzania, Africa, to drill freshwater wells for the people there. Thus far, over 2,500 wells have been drilled. Each well costs approximately $3500. These wells have helped save the lives of thousands of people there, who otherwise would have been drinking contaminated water.
In the next few months, the “Flags for Heroes” campaign will begin, with individuals and businesses given the opportunity to sponsor an American flag to be flown over Memorial Day weekend. The cost starts for as little as $50 per flag for individuals, and $250 for corporate businesses, dedicating the flag in memory of a veteran who has served. The funds raised benefit the local Rotary House, which provides a temporary place for women and children in need to live. Last year, Flags for Heroes were placed at the intersection of Route 50 and Route 213, in front of Chesapeake College, and also in front of the entrance of Corsica Hills Nursing Center in Centreville. The flags stayed up for more than a week.
The Centreville Rotary also continues to support the Queen Anne’s County Interact Club which teaches youth how to use the Service Above Self slogan. It also provides dictionaries to all public school third graders in the Centreville and north county areas. The local Rotary also donates to local food pantries, and this past Thanksgiving provided 24 holiday food boxes for local families, and contributed to the QAC Back Pack Program.
Considerable time was spent in developing four short questions which now make up the Four-Way Test. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Rotarians follow this “4-Way Test” in all areas of life. If you would like more information about Centreville Rotary, or would like to support any of their causes, find them online at www.centrevillerotary,org, or write them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or P.O. Box 533, Centreville, MD 21617.