The Columbia-Patuxent Rotary Club and several of its members earned notable recognition at the recent District 7620 Annual Conference in early May. The club received a Gold Presidential Citation Award, a Gold Public Image/Public Relations Award, a Silver Enviro Club Award and a Bronze Award for Membership Development.
Awards go to clubs that have outstanding performance throughout the year, based on points earned in meeting District and Rotary International goals and annual themes. There are three levels of achievement: bronze: (60 points), silver (75 points) and gold (85 points). Since Enviro Club awards are only in their second year, a silver citation is the highest given for 2022. Columbia-Patuxent Rotary was one of 19 clubs to meet this standard.
Four club members were named Outstanding Rotarians for 2021-2022 at the conference. They are Geoff Carton – Chair of Community Service; Jim Ehle – Club President; Kashonna Holland – Club Vice President; and Ken Solow – a past district governor who also serves as Book Club chair. Club past president and longtime member Charlie McCabe was recognized as a member of the Hospitality Suite Planning Committee for this year’s district conference.
Hammond High School student Karina Ward was recognized as a semifinalist in the district’s Four-Way Speech Contest. She was sponsored by Columbia-Patuxent Rotary and is a member of the school’s Interact Club, a service organization for young leaders ages 12-18. The speech contest is a chance for students to address a topic of their interest while applying Rotary’s values of truth, fairness, goodwill and benefit to all concerned.
Rotary District 7620 includes more than 60 clubs and over 2,100 members in the central Maryland and Washington, DC area.