Rotary Club of Towsontowne is dedicated to serving others
How much do you know about the Rotary Club of Towsontowne? A recent conversation with its president, Nancy Scheinman-Wheeler, gave me a glimpse of the great things the club is doing.
The Rotarians meet each Wednesday at the Towson Sheraton at 7 a.m. To organize volunteer programs and learn from inspirational speakers from around the world. With 50 members — ranging from age 24 to 91 — and a motto of "Service Above Self," these folks would love to have even more community members join their ranks.
The club's "See2Learn Project" kicked off last fall with a goal of improving educational outcomes by ensuring that all children can see properly. Volunteers have provided vision acuity screening to more than 1,000 children in Head Start programs in the Baltimore area.
See2Learn ensures that all financially disadvantaged children who fail the vision screening have access to a comprehensive eye examination, and glasses, if required, to facilitate improved academic success. The Rotary Club of Towsontowne aligned with strategic partners for this project, including The United Way, Maryland Society for Sight, The Ivy Bookshop, The YMCA and its Head Start programs, and The Rotary Clubs of Hunt Valley, Pikesville-Owings Mills and Towson. They also received contributions from individuals. In addition to the vision screenings, the project promotes literacy, so each child is given a book to keep. To learn more about this program, email Madeleine Keller, at Madeleinemariekeller@gmail.com.
On Jan. 18, the club held a Community Service Awards Breakfast to recognize two people for their exceptional commitment to Baltimore area communities. Capt. Mark Goodwin, a 30-year volunteer firefighter with the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company, was recognized for his service, which includes personally responding to 753 calls last year! The Lutherville station works alongside career stations that serve Lutherville-Timonium, Towson, Stoneleigh and Ruxton.
The ceremony also recognized Maria Wetherington, who has been volunteering at the Helping Up Mission since 2013, developing programs to help the mission's clients prepare to reenter the workforce. Maria created several programs that involved the recruitment of more than 80 volunteers. One program includes instruction in resume writing, job search coaching, interview simulation with video feedback, and more. Maria also developed a program to support homeless women. Rotary volunteers help with both projects.
On Feb. 5, the club will hold a "Shoe Cutting Party" for Sole Hope, a nonprofit that serves the people of Uganda, where many have feet infected with a parasite called jiggers. A simple solution is to wear shoes, but in Uganda few can afford them. Sole Hope has created a way to make shoes from denim. Shoe Cutting Parties are held to cut fabric and plastic to make shoes, which are sent to Uganda for distribution. Go to towsontownerotary.org.
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