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.

Community Foundation Hosts Workshop

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On April 6, Mid-Shore Community Foundation hosted 130 executive directors and board members from the five-county area at Chesapeake College for a CEO/Board workshop.  The workshop was led by Chuck V. Loring of Ft. Lauderdale and Indianapolis-based Loring, Sternberg & Associates, which provides fundraising and governance consulting services to nonprofits. Mr. Loring is also a Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource.

Mr. Loring was invited back after receiving rave reviews at a similar event hosted by MSCF last September.  “Part of our mission is to provide education opportunities for the non-profit organizations in the community,” said Robbin Hill, MSCF Chief Program Officer. “A workshop of this type is cost prohibitive for many individual organizations and we are happy to be able to make it available to them.  We offer a variety of programs but what we kept hearing at the end of the September workshop was, please bring him back!”

The first part of the program focused on governance issues such as building an effective board, legal and fiduciary responsibilities of the board, common pitfalls that impact board effectiveness and trends impacting the non-profit sector.  The second half of the program focused on current trends in philanthropic fundraising, the importance of donor cultivation and stewardship, how board members can be great fundraisers without asking for money, and why legacy giving is the future of philanthropy.

Once again, Mr. Loring received rave reviews.  “This was a unique opportunity for directors and board members to evaluate their board against the standards considered best practices for nonprofit boards,” said Moorhead Vermilye, President of the Board of CASA of the Mid-Shore.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation offers at least two training opportunities for nonprofits each year.  The next program will be in the Fall.

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.

League of Women Voters to Host Lecture on April 25

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The League of Women Voters of Kent County will host a lecture by David Shreve, Ph.D., during their 42nd Annual Meeting on April 25th.  Shreve’s talk “Insights on the New Tax Law (How it will work for you?)” will begin at 12:45 at Emmanuel Church Parish Hall 101 Cross St., Chestertown and is open to the public. David Shreve has served as an economic policy consultant and professor of economic history at the University of Virginia, where he held a joint appointment at the Miller Center of Public Affairs and the Department of History. He also served as a consultant to the Center for Survey Research at UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. A specialist in national, state, and local economic policy and 20th century U.S. political history, Dr. Shreve has also served as a budget analyst for the Louisiana legislature. He is the author of many publications on economic history, economic theory, and tax policy, including the forthcoming books, American Promise: Lyndon Johnson and the Keynesian Revolution, and An Idealized State Tax Structure: Modeling for Equity, Adequacy, and Wide-Spread Prosperity. Dr. Shreve is currently the Executive Director of Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, a non-profit dedicated to providing outdoor sports and recreational opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The public is invited to attend the luncheon preceding the lecture, starting at noon, for a cost of $30 per person. To make a reservation or for more information call 410-810-1883. Reservations for the lunch must be made no later than Tuesday, April 17.

Unitarians host Seminarian Joshua Long

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On Sunday, April 8 at 10 a.m., Mr. Joshua Long will give a sermon entitled “Can You See the Miracle” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. The Jewish Prophet Isaiah told the ancient Israelites to let go of the past so they could see the miracles taking place in front of them. With what feels like chaos in our current world, it may be difficult to see what is emerging in our own lives and the world around us. Let us pause for a moment and reflect on what is bursting forth in 2018. Join us for a service of music, song and reflection. Josh Long is Director of Contemporary Music at the UU Church of Annapolis. He will provide original music as well as accompany us on piano and guitar.

Religious Exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

All are welcome — call 410-778-3440 for more information.

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

Kent County Public Library Book Sale April 19 to 22

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Attention all book lovers and bargain hunters! The Friends of the Kent County Public Library hold their spring book sale April 19-22.

In addition to books, the sale offers DVDs, games, audiobooks, music, and puzzles. With low prices, it makes it easy to stock up on summer reads for you and the whole family, and don’t forget about moms, dads and grads!

You’ll find us at the Kent County Public Library on High Street:

Thursday, April 19, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Members’ Night
Non-members may join the FOL at the door for $10 per person / $20 per family.
Light snacks and beverages will be served.
Friday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Box Day!
Take home a box for $5! You bring box, and fill it up and we don’t have to send the books away!Special items are half price.

Cash and check only, no credit cards. Proceeds benefit the Kent County Public Library by subsidizing purchases of new materials, helping to make needed upgrades, and supporting community outreach programs.

If you’d like more information about the sale, visit www.friendsofthekcpl.org, e-mail saunderscynthia@gmail.com or find us on Facebook!If you’d like to volunteer with us for the book sale or on our board, we’d love to hear from you.

Washington College to Host Community Unity Day on April 14

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Washington College, in cooperation with Chestertown’s Diversity Dialogue Group, is hosting the town’s first Community Unity Day on April 14, a family friendly block party that will happen on Campus Avenue from noon to 4 p.m.

The event will include a variety of food vendors, a sports corner, multiple musical performances, and a kids’ area that will feature a moon bounce, face painting, the making of a community mural, and much more. Community information booths and activities will be supplied by various campus offices, local businesses, and organizations, all in an effort to showcase what Chestertown and Washington College together have to offer.

“Everyone is engaged and excited because everyone is working very hard to make it happen,” says Elena Deanda, associate professor of Spanish and one of the event organizers.

The effort behind the event stems from a shared will between Washington College and its neighbors to “break the bread,” reach out, and improve our mutual understanding. As a collaborative effort, many local organizations and campus offices have enthusiastically joined in order to promote wellness, civics, sustainable living, information about teen drug abuse, animal adoptions, the thriving artistic and cultural life in Chestertown, information about our historic legacy, and about academic opportunities for Kent County residents as well as opportunities for WC students such as internships, job openings, and volunteer work.

On stage there will be the Dell Foxx Company Band, the Freddy Granillo Band, Washington College’s Musician Union, Chestertown Ukulele Club, and DJ TCRON. Food will include a fish fry by Bethel Church, Cajun food by Crazy Rick’s, BBQ southern food from Papa Smurf, Mexican fare with Los Jarochos, hot dogs to benefit the Kent County High School Band Committee, as well as homemade baked goods from neighbors and free cookies courtesy of Washington College.

Washington College groups represented will include WAC Caring for Kids, the German club, the Latin American Student Association, and the Student Environmental Alliance as well as Admissions, Human Resources, the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the GIS Lab, and Miller Library.

Community groups represented will include the Chestertown Farmers Market, the Garfield Theater, the Kent County Arts Council, the Kent County Humane Society, the Kent County Family Center, the Kent County Library, the Kent County School District Parents, the Kent County Department of Social Services, the Kent County Behavioral Health Office, Sultana Education Foundation, Sumner Hall, the Diversity Dialogue Group, the Democratic Club of Kent County, and Indivisible.

For more information, contact Elena Deanda at edeanda2@washcoll.edu and Lolli Sherry at sherrywine@wildblue.net.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

Events Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968, shocked the nation. The 50th anniversary of his tragic death will be marked by a series of community events honoring the life and legacy of this great American. The series is presented by Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, Department of Music, and Black Student Union in partnership with Sumner Hall, Chester Valley Ministers’ Association, Bethel AME Church, Kent County Arts Council, and RiverArts. All events, including living history performances, films, concerts, and dinners are free and open to the public.

The opening event on Tuesday, April 3, features the internationally renowned Ysaye Barnwell, who will lead a community-sing incorporating the music of the civil rights movement, spirituals, gospel, and other tunes in four-part harmony, teaching the parts to singers and non-singers alike. Barnwell is a composer, arranger, author, actress, and former member of the African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock.

On Wednesday, April 4, 50 years to the day after King’s assassination, Washington College students, volunteering for a day of service at Sumner Hall, will host an MLK-inspired “History Harvest” with students listening to and recording the community’s memories of King. In keeping with his vision for the beloved community, the public is invited to share their personal stories and recollections, photographs, letters, or clippings related to King’s life and legacy. Recordings will be archived at Washington College and made accessible to the community.

The series will conclude with an event hosted at Bethel AME Church on Friday, April 6. Actor Bill Grimmette will provide a dramatic portrait of King, delivering excerpts from some of his better-known writings and speeches. The evening will also feature prayer, dance, repast, and music performed by the Bethel AME Church Choir and the Millington/Pondtown Mass Choir.

“The five-day memorial will provide multiple opportunities for the community to come together to reflect upon the impact Dr. King has had on our lives,” says Starr Center Deputy Director Patrick Nugent. “It’s an important moment for us to consider the directions Dr. King would point us toward today.”

A full schedule of commemorative events follows:

Tue., April 3, 5:30 PM: Community Sing with Ysaye M. Barnwell, Hynson Lounge, Washington College (free and open to the public).

Wed., April 4, 2 – 5 PM: MLK History Harvest: share and record your memories and of MLK’s life, death, and legacy. Sumner Hall, 206 S. Queen Street, Chestertown (free and open to the public).

Wed., April 4, 5 – 7 PM: Community Dinner with music and remembrances. Sumner Hall (free and open to the public).

Thurs., April 5, 7:00 PM: Screening of Vik Muniz’s film Wasteland presented by the Chestertown Environmental Committee. Sumner Hall (free and open to the public).

Fri., April 6, 5 – 6:30 PM: Screening of The Butler’s Home: A Glimpse into Eugene Allen’s Life, a film by Melissa Sue Lopez ’19 (2017, 26 minutes). Litrenta Lecture Hall, Toll Science Center, Washington College (free and open to the public).

Fri., April 6, 7:00 PM: “Remembering Martin:” A Dramatic Portrait of MLK by actor Bill Grimmette, accompanied with music, dance, and prayer. Bethel AME Church, 237 North College Avenue, Chestertown (free and open to the public).

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.