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  • 02/01/2017 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    Rotary Club of Towsontowne is dedicated to serving others

    Courtney McGee
    Towson Times

    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 WayMaryland Society for SightThe Ivy BookshopThe 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

    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

    There is never a shortage of ideas for helping others in our outstanding community!

    Read the article on the Baltimore Sun website>>
  • 11/21/2016 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    Pets on Wheels event a 'rollicking good time'  


    Hunt Valley Rotary


    Superdog Otis with owner Tiffany Metzger, left, and magician Happy Jack Martin, at the Hunt Valley Rotary's First Annual Wheel to Heal event Oct. 29. The event benefited Pets on Wheels, for which Otis serves as a therapy dog.


    Melissa Whatley
    Towson Times

    Pets on Wheels event a 'rollicking good time'

    It was a beautiful fall day for the First Annual Wheel to Heal event sponsored by the Hunt Valley Rotary on Oct. 29. Participants came with wagons, skateboards, bikes and strollers to tackle a 3-mile loop on the Torrey C. Brown NCR Trail and, according to the organizers, have a "rolling, rollicking good time" in support of Pets on Wheels, a nonprofit organization that brings therapy animals to facilities for friendly visits. Pets on Wheels has more than 480 volunteer teams and visits more than 300 facilities, including nursing homes, hospices, shelters, veteran's hospitals, schools, libraries and more.

    The day featured food, games and lots of fun and prizes with children and adults participating in multiple adventures, including a scavenger hunt, corn hole, balloon animals, duck pond, and more. Kids came in their Halloween costumes and did some trick-or-treating as well. Several of the therapy pets joined in the festivities, such as Mugsy, a petite bulldog and Otis, the Superdog, who was rescued by Tiffany Metzger. As a senior dog in a shelter, Otis had a rough life, but now is a super therapy pet bringing smiles to anyone he meets. The Rotarians and the event's sponsors were pleased to support such a terrific cause and plan to make the Wheel to Heal event an annual one!

    Link to the article on Baltimore Sun>>

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