Kent County Nonprofit Roundtable & Leadership Circle

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On Thursday, May 3, 2018, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation will sponsor a third educational and interactive Roundtable for nonprofit executive directors, staff and board members in Kent County.  The Roundtable will be followed by the popular Leadership Circle for executive level staff.  The sessions will be held in the conference room on the second floor of Chestertown’s Town Hall, 118 North Cross Street, Chestertown, MD.  Rob Levit, an award-winning nonprofit leader and Licensed Consultant from the Standards for Excellence® Institute, will return as the facilitator.  There is no charge to attend.  Space is limited and registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Register online at https://www.mscf.org.

SESSION #1: ROUNDTABLE, 8:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Enrollment in the Roundtable is limited to two (2) staff and two (2) board members per organization.  The following two (2) topics will be covered during the session.

1)  Strategy and Decision Making for Nonprofit Organizational Leaders. Learn how to effectively use strategy to make excellent real-time decisions to accomplish your organization’s goals and mission.  Participants will leave with refined tools for analyzing and making more effective operations, managerial and governance decisions.

2)  Improving Board and Staff Communications. Effective communication between the board and staff is essential for organizational success.  During this discussion-based segment, board members will have the opportunity to interact with their staff and with other board members, while learning to overcome communication hurdles.

SESSION #2: LEADERSHIP CIRCLE, 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM (Lunch is included.)

Enrollment in the Leadership Circle is limited to executive level staff (Executive Directors or the highest titled staff leader).  This session is not open to board members.  The purpose of Leadership Circle is to build trust, share common concerns and celebrate victories in a safe and confidential environment.  Building upon the well-attended February 2018 Leadership Circle, leaders will once again gather in a circle, discuss critical issues and offer supportive feedback in assisting each other in accomplishing individual and organizational needs and goals.

Arts & Entertainment District Announces “Tea Bag” Art Project

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The Chestertown Arts & Entertainment District and the Main Street Chestertown Design Committee announce the Tea Party Festival Tea Bag public art project for 2018.  Artists, designers, students and creative spirits of all ages are invited to decorate cotton tote-bags with Tea Party or Chestertown themes and can compete for cash prizes.

The tote bags measure 15 inches square and come with a label that carries the Tea Party Festival logo and the tagline, “Chestertown: Steeped in History, Stirred by Art.”  They can be decorated with paint, markers, thread, found objects, or any other embellishment.  Three finalist prizes of $50 each and one grand prize of $100 will be awarded.

Participants can pick up the plain tote bags at Town Hall, 118 N. Cross Street, for $2.00 per bag. All decorated tote bags will remain the property of their creators. To enter the judging, the embellished bag must be returned to Town Hall by Thursday, May 24, 2018.  Winners will be announced at the Friday night Tea Party Street Party scheduled for the foot of High Street, May 25.

Compass Regional Hospice Patient Volunteer Training Scheduled for May

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In May Compass Regional Hospice will offer a training session for individuals interested in becoming a patient care volunteer. This session will be held on Tuesday, May 1 through Thursday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, 905 Gateway Drive in Chestertown. Attending all three days of this session is required for volunteers who wish to provide companionship and support to our patients and their loved ones in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties.

“Volunteers are a vital part of the care we provide,” says Courtney Williams, Manager of Volunteer and Professional Services for Compass Regional Hospice. “It is all about helping others and being there when they need you; whether that is in our hospice centers in Centreville, Denton and Chestertown, or wherever a patient calls home.”

Photo: From L-R,  front row, seated Coletta Miller, Denton; Anita Morris, Centreville; Connie Zaruba, Centreville; middle row, standing Debbie Dant, Denton; Sandy Hartmann, Chestertown; Darby Cissell, Centreville; Mary Maier, Centreville; back row, standing Myrle Yoash, Queen Anne; Nedra Spry, Worton; CiCi Terry, Centreville and Jessie Gibson, Centreville.

Topics include an overview of hospice; the process of dying; spiritual care and its place in hospice care; the stages of grief; effective communications techniques; family dynamics; stress management; and self-care for caregivers.

Compass Regional Hospice relies on more than 300 volunteers of all ages to support its mission of “Care on your terms.” These individuals volunteer their time in a variety of ways. Whatever your motivation to volunteer, there is a place for you at Compass Regional Hospice.

For more information about becoming a volunteer for Compass Regional Hospice, contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/volunteers to download the patient care volunteer training registration form.

Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the State of Maryland, and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville, Chestertown and Denton. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one through The Hope & Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit compassregionalhospice.org.

Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore Launches Get Social Delmarva

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Mindie Burgoyne

Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) has announced the launch of Get Social Delmarva, a new marketing training conference for artists, crafters, and makers of all types. The conference will take place on Friday, April 27th at Chesapeake College.

Get Social Delmarva will present social media and digital marketing training specifically designed to help artists launch or grow a creative business. Although familiarity with social media will be helpful, the conference is intended to help small business owners who have little or no experience using social platforms for business purposes. All instruction will be provided at an introductory level.

“Our goal is to empower artists and crafters to grow their business using affordable marketing tools and strategies,” said Marina Dowdall, Executive Director of the Caroline County Council of Arts, the parent organization of FACES. She said that most artists and small business owners do not have the resources to hire a marketing agency. “With today’s technology, artists can ‘DIY’ their own marketing, which allows them to grow their business more quickly and reach customers all over the world.”

Get Social Delmarva will include a keynote address on Marketing 101, which will cover the fundamentals of developing a cohesive and effective marketing strategy. The address will include an interview with Steve Konopelski and Rob Griffith, owners of Turnbridge Point, a bed and breakfast and custom bakery in Denton. The couple will share insights about what they’ve learned about growing their business using digital marketing tools.

The conference will then break out into workshops on a variety of topics. The workshops are categorized in three tracks, though attendees do not have to stay within a single track. Tracks include Facebook for Business, Visual Media, and Web Presence. Examples of workshop topics include Facebook Advertising, Selling on Etsy, and Introduction to Instagram for Business.

Conference attendance has been limited to 100 people to ensure smaller class sizes in the workshops. Attendees will also have the opportunity to eat lunch with instructors and ask them questions in a small group setting.

FACES has received grant funding from Rural Maryland Council to help launch Get Social Delmarva. Rural Maryland Council supports projects that foster economic growth in the rural areas of the state. The arts are a key component of the tourism and downtown development strategies for small towns throughout the Eastern Shore and broader Delmarva region. The headline sponsor of Get Social Delmarva is Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, an organization that promotes the heritage and unique communities of the Mid-Shore.

Registration for Get Social Delmarva is now open at GetSocialDelmarva.com. Tickets are $79 per person. There is a 20% discount for FACES members.

Kart Hosts 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

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The Kent Association of Riding Therapy (KART) is hosting its 2nd Annual KART KLASSIC Golf Tournament at Back Creek Golf Club in Middletown, DE on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 1 PM.

The event is one of their major fundraisers to support their program which provides horseback riding therapy to children and adults with special needs, including some wheel chair bound riders from Camp Fairlee, an Easter Seals camp servicing Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Riding therapy benefits can be seen as the riders have increased self-esteem, self-confidence, coordination, balance, focus, and physical improvements.

Funds raised by the KART KLASSIC will be used to purchase necessary adaptive equipment, including safety certified helmets for the riders.  Last year the funds were used toward the investment in a mechanical lift used to help wheelchair bound riders mount their horses.

The first tournament attracted over 65 players and KART hopes to significantly grow that number this year.  Back Creek Golf Club was voted as Delaware’s Today Magazine’s Best Public Golf Course in 2017, First State Favorites 2017, and the Best Restaurant in Middletown 2017.  It’s an opportunity to golf at an award winning venue while supporting KART.

To register or become a sponsor, visit KART’s website at www.kentridingtherapy.org or contact Theresa Snyder at 410-870-5596 or kentridingtherapy@gmail.com.

KART is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and United Way Agency.

Organist Parker Ramsay Performs at Emmanuel Church April 13

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Parker Ramsay will be giving an organ Concert on April 13, 2018 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Church.

Ramsey is known in the United States, Europe and Asia both as an accomplished soloist and accompanist, having been the first American selected to serve as Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. Born to musician parents in Nashville, Tennessee, Parker maintains a lively interest in the interactions between music and society, running a blog about the life of a working musician and student in New York City (www.harpingon.live). He currently serves as Organist and Choirmaster at Christ & Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, New York City.

In 2014, Parker was awarded First Prize at the Sweelinck International Organ Competition (NL). He has performed in venues including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Washington National Cathedral, Princeton University Chapel, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Festival appearances have included the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, the Dubrovnik Summer Music Festival, the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, the Cambridge New Music Project, and the 2012 American Guild of Organists National Convention, premiering a newly commissioned work by Diana Burrell.

Parker is currently pursuing a master’s degree in harp performance at the Juilliard School where he studies with Nancy Allen. Prior to his studies in New York City, he served as Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, serving under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, whilst undertaking undergraduate studies in history. His tenure as organ scholar included two international tours, four recordings, as well as numerous television and radio broadcasts, including the service of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 24, 2012. In addition to accompanying the choir of King’s College, Parker has also had the opportunity to play for the Royal School of Church Music America summer programs, and has accompanied choirs such as the Vienna Boys Choir. Following his tenure at Cambridge, Parker went on to complete at master’s degree in historical performance at Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied organ with James David Christie and harpsichord with Webb Wiggins and Lisa Crawford

Tickets $20 at the door ($5 for students). For more Info call Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St. Tel: 410-778-3477

Kent County Teacher Awarded Educator of the Year

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The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) recently announced Benedictine teacher Lorraine Slama as the recipient of this year’s Educator of the Year award.

As a national association, NAPSEC includes schools from across the country, all serving students and/or adults with special needs. This is the first time a Benedictine teacher has won this award.

Recognizing excellence and innovation in meeting the needs of children with special needs, the selection of the Educator of the Year award includes teachers and supervisors of a NAPSEC member program.

Slama has worked as a special educator at Benedictine for nearly 30 years, honing her skills as an educator through a life-long learning approach.  She is best known for sharing her varied talents and enthusiasm with students. Those talents range from juggling to photography and preforming arts; which she has developed into recreational programs at the school. She has also developed relaxation programs using Tai Chi and planned individualized sensory programs.She gives students real-world learning and work opportunities with the student and staff operated Healthy Way Café.

“She goes beyond her day to day lesson planning, “said Benedictine Education Director Julie Hickey. “While that’s not unusual at Benedictine – Lorraine has done it for 30 years, and done it successfully. She has benefited hundreds of students in and out of the classroom.”

Outside of the classroom, Slama organizes Benedictine Spirit Week activities, leads holiday parades and coordinates talent shows and is always a mentor to others.

“She has inspired countless coworkers leading so many to advance their careers in the world of special education,” said Hickey.” Her passion is contagious and her energy is never-ending.”

The award was presented to Lorraine Slama at the NAPSEC annual Leadership Conference held in San Antonio, where the Benedictine School also earned Accreditation from The National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES).

Providing opportunities to live meaningful, productive lives in communities of choice, Benedictine helps children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their greatest potential without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, or age.

DCKC Meeting: ShoreRivers

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The Democratic Club of Kent County is pleased to announce that our speakers for the April 19 meeting of the club will be Isabel Hardesty, Regional Director, Chester and Sassafras, and Tim Trumbauer, Chester Riverkeeper, both of the recently formed ShoreRivers organization. ShoreRivers is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health of Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education.  It was created in 2017 when the Chester River Association, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, and Sassafras River Association merged.For more information, visit shorerivers.org

The public is invited to attend this meeting and learn more about this new organization and about how we can all get more involved in protecting our local rivers.  The meeting takes place on the evening of Thursday, April 19, at O’Connor’s Pub, 844 High St., Chestertown – doors open at 5:30 pm for a meal and social time – main program starts at 7:00 pm.

Famed Horse Whisperer to Conduct Special Three-Day Clinic

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Horses don’t speak Human. They speak their own language.  And when we learn their language, we learn something deeper about ourselves.

Airy Hill Stables of Chestertown, Maryland is proud to host internationally-renowned horse whisperer, Anna Twinney for a three-day workshop that will teach area horse lovers and owners to “speak horse.”

“Horses have so much to teach us about ourselves, relationships, connection and teamwork. When we can better understand what horses are communicating to us, and learn how to be more aware of what we are communicating to them, everything shifts,” says Christina Stinchcomb, owner of Airy Hill Stables.

Spectator spaces are available for the clinic that runs from April 20th-22nd

For more information, contact Christina@airyhillstables.com 410.778.2479