Inner Peace

Posted in: President's Press Box

What a flurry of activity we had last Wednesday!!

Bernard Gouin led us in prayer asking each of us to be in touch with our hearts and souls and in times of uncertainty and trouble, Let it Be- a beautiful sentiment ringing from my teenaged years.

Our 60 second commercials were three as our greeters Linda Roth, Jill Cody and Chris Costentino gave us a glimpse into who they are. Linda grew up in DC and graduated from the University of Maryland. Linda served the friendly skies as a stewardess for US Airways until that fateful day of 9/11. Life changed for Linda and she made the decision to change careers and became the leader for Corporate and Giving events at her alma mater and then made the move to be Hood’s Senior Director of Alumni Giving –hosting lots of parties, asking for lots of dollars and having fun! Linda is a super Frederick volunteer and jumped right in with planning RCCC Fellowship events.

Jill entertained us with her humor and noted that she is a charter member of the club and President in 2001-2002. Jill is named after her grandmother and it was a very difficult name to say and spell and alas-I couldn’t catch what it was! However, there was a handsome suitor named Richard Cody who could do both! So Jill knew he was the man for her. This year, Jill and Richard celebrate 50 years of marriage and in honor of their long term marriage, Jill donated $50 to RCCC-Thank You, Jill!!

Chris followed the ladies and kept his comments short and sweet. Chris has been a Catholic educator for 17 years and is currently the Principal at St. John’s Prep. Chris loves his job and is married to Dawn and has two children, Eric and Emily. Chris and his daughter Emily are active volunteers with our FRIENDS program.

Then the recognition of club members began with DG Bob Parkinson joining our meeting to acknowledge Dave Weaver, Paul Frey, Andy Baum and yours truly( for club leadership of the coolest Rotary club!). Dave received the Club Builder Award for his leadership in the club and sponsoring 5 members to join RCCC. Paul and Andy were given Peace Through Service Awards- Paul for his leadership in District training and support for DG Bob at several events and Andy for District training, and  leadership for grants and Interact at the District level. DG Bob’s final presentation was a District and Presidential Citation to the Success Rotaract for their support of the District’s eyeglass program and the Walkersville Food Bank. Accepting the award were FCPS educator, Penny Jurchak and Rotaractors, Jamacia Hall and Marcus Willard. The students were very proud and pleased to accept the award on behalf of their other Rotaract students.   

DG Bob then joined Mark Pitts in recognizing several club members for their support of the Rotary Foundation. I am so proud of our club’s generous giving under Mark’s guidance and excited to share that we are #1 in the District for SHARE Foundation giving and #2 in Polio Plus donations surpassing our club  goals  set for these two programs. We also have exceeded our goal of contributing over $500,000 to the Foundation since the inception of our club and our gifts now are over $502,000 and counting.

Paul Harris honorees were:

Hilda Staples and Rob Tuggle- Paul Harris Fellows

Faye Kaufman Sanders- Plus One

Chris Chase -Plus 2

Wayne Greenfield -Plus 3

Zoltan Nagy- Plus 4

Ted Gregory – Plus 5

Mike McGowan- Plus 8!

Clyde Hicks then led our quarterly Officer of the Month Awards for January, February, March and April. Officers honored were Officer First Class Michael Weaver, Detective Michael Morgan, Officer First Class Gregory Loftis and Officer First Class Adam Anderson. Please check out our June newsletter at for the complete description of what each officer did to make our community safer.

Our morning was jam packed and recognizing our police officers was a great way to end a spectacular morning of cheers and HOO Rah for a job well done by many. We truly are displaying our inner souls of caring and making a difference- Let it BE!!!!!!United_in_Peace_Slider.jpg

Peace, Mary