Rotary Club’s Spring Fling Produces Results

The Chestertown Rotary Club held a Spring Fling Silent Auction and Dinner on March 25 to benefit its two literacy projects, the Kent County Judy Center and the CoLaborers International, working to provide education to street youth in Zambia.
Chestertown Mayor Chris Cerino was the featured speaker at the dinner.The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

For over five years, the Chestertown Rotary Club has been distributing dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in the county. In 2012, the club decided to partner with the Kent County Judy Center. This partnership offers additional opportunities for Rotarians to collaborate with the school system in support of the goal of increasing the number of children who enter school ready to learn. This year we will work with Judy Center Coordinator Donna Bedell and Kent County Library Director Jackie Adams to purchase nonfiction animal and animal habitat books for all Judy Center children’s home libraries.

In 2013 Chestertown Rotarians also provided funding to purchase literacy materials for a program working with street children in Zambia through CoLaborers International, founded by fellow Rotarian Melissa Stuebing. This year the fund will provide funding to help 24 Zambian homeless street youth to be able to attend boarding school.

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Pictured are Melissa Stuebing, founder of CoLaborers International, Mayor Chris Cerino, Donna Bedell, Judy Center Coordinator, Stacey Reed, Vice President of Washington College Rotaract, Lily Britt, President of Washington College Rotaract, Les Moorhouse, Chestertown Rotary President, and Beverly Birkmire, Club Literacy Committee.

These two literacy projects allow Chestertown Rotarians to assist literacy efforts both locally and internationally. This year the Rotarians will provide funding to help Zambian homeless street youth to be able to attend boarding school.


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