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K9s in Need | February 1, 2018

Thursday was a great day to be a Rotarian! In conjunction with the Rotary Club of Ocean City and thanks to a Rotary District Grant, Southern Sussex Rotary – represented by our President, Regan Deck – presented Officer Hopkins of the Ocean View Police Department with a new kennel for his K9.

Many thanks and much appreciation goes out to Officer Hopkins and his K9 as well as all of the men and women in blue at the Ocean View Police Department and surrounding police departments who keep us safe all year long.

Constitutions for 9th Graders | May 9, 2018

We handed out pocket U.S. Constitutions to the 9th graders at Indian River High School.

During their enrichment period this morning, we discussed how laws affect them as students, their families, the state and the nation. We ended the class by encouraging them to e-mail Delaware’s Senator Chris Coons and Senator Tom Carper about a topic that concerns them.

Across the classrooms, these emails broached topics including access to affordable health care, the legal drinking age, foreign languages taught in school, and gun control laws, among many others. Many thanks go out to the teachers and administration who hosted and welcomed us this morning and to the students who impressed us with their thoughtfulness and insight.

P.S. Trying to command the attention of a room full of freshmen at 8 AM is not for the faint of heart and I am eternally grateful for our teachers who do it daily.

Operation Seas the Day | August 31 – September 16, 2017

We displayed our flags at Brandywine in the weeks leading up to Operation Seas the Day. Our Club joined many others for a roadside welcome of the VIFs for Operation Seas the Day on September 8th. It was an awesome display of community patriotism that we were honored to support.

Bethany Beach Arts Festival | September 22, 2017

Another year, another lovely Bethany Beach Arts Festival! The Rotary was on hand first thing in the morning to help the Chamber check in artists and provide some sugar and caffeine (doughnuts and coffee) while the sun rose on another beautiful day on Delmarva. If you missed it on September 9th, make sure to put this event on your calendar for next year!

A Tree for Every Rotarian | October 29, 2017

At the beginning of his term, Rotary International President Ian Riseley asked us “to plant at least one tree for each member, sometime between the beginning of the Rotary year and Earth Day, which is 22 April 2018. It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring, which is itself most worthwhile. I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility, not only to the people on our planet — but to the planet itself on which we all live and on which we all depend. This can be a true feature of Rotary in 2017-18.”

The Rotary Clubs of Sussex County joined forces in October to reach our goal!

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance would like to thank all of you for helping us plant a forest! Many hands made short work of a large project; we planted over 306 trees and shrubs in a very short period of time. Thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Sussex County for providing lunch and for getting your hands dirty. We hope that all of you will enjoy watching the forest grow over many, many seasons and that we’ll see you at one of our events or public programs in 2018!

Local Girl Scout Donation | March 5, 2018

Where’s Waldo?

Or, in this case, where’s the Rotarian?

Hint: I’m definitely NOT the one standing on my tip-toes so you can see me behind the Girl Scouts. I AM the one who got to present a donation to our local troop on behalf of the Rotary to help the Scouts keep bein’ awesome!