Spy Profile: Lani Seikaly and the Art of Volunteerism


A civic leader at the beginning of the 20th century sought to define volunteer leaders as those whose “good work in life overflows the immediate channels originally designed for it, and spreads its life-giving streams afar in many a happy rivulet unforeseen, and in many a joyous rill unanticipated.”

If one takes away for a moment the Edwardian language, this seems to fit Lani Seikaly’s remarkable volunteer experience after her decision to return to Chestertown, where her summer childhood had been spent, and help the community.

A highly-regarded educator in the Montgomery County Public School District for 30 years, Lani came to Chestertown determined to contribute. And that is indeed what she has done as president of RiverArts, volunteer on the GAR building committee, an oral historian working with the African-American community, and now serving as the Greater Chestertown Initiative’s new leader.

In her interview with the Spy, Lani talks about her experiences as well as what the future might bring to the Chestertown arts, including expanding First Fridays and supporting Washington College’s innovative SANDBOX project.

This video is approximately seven minutes in length

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