Meets at 1st Friday of each month at Noon (various locations)
Happy Hour Fellowship meeting 3rd Wednesday monthly from 5:30-6:30pm at Smoketown Brewing Station Brunswick, MD 21716
Calendar of Events
Canal Clean Up- rescheduled to September 4 at 8am Brunswick Boat Ramp
September 9- World Suicide Prevention Day- Register in information block further down for a one hour Zoom gathering- Options Along the Continuum
September 17- Club/Work Social Event 4pm-5:30 Work Session at 5:30pm Bring a covered dish- more info to followOktoberfest Sign Ups- At least five more slots need to be filled! Slots are open for Sept. 29 and Sept 30, Sunday, Oct. 1 clean up. Thank you to members who have signed up, some for more than one shift!Sign Up HereOctober 7 & 8- Railroad Days- Rotary staffing the City's Welcome Tent- Please sign up for a two hour shift or more if you can and help welcome visitors to Brunswick Sign Up HereOctober 15- Alzheimers Walk with other clubs- more info to follow
October 21 & 22- Octoberfest at Schifferstat ( Frederick evening Rotary needs help)
October 22- Pints for Polio at Attaboy in downtown Frederick
December 3- Smoketown Rotary NYC Holiday Bus Trip- Sign up coming soon
Rae Gallagher was the guest speaker at the September luncheon meeting. Ms. Gallagher is a member of the Board of Education in Frederick County. She spoke to Smoketown Rotary Club members about the functions and responsibilities of the school board and graciously answered questions from members.
Smoketown Rotary’s Newest Community Paul Harris Fellow Named Distinguished Brunswick Citizen
From 1976 until 1993, Distinguished Citizens were recognized each year to honor those who have contributed significantly to the Brunswick Community. After a hiatus, the program was re-established in 2018.
The distinguished citizens for 2023 are:
Dr. Wayne Allgaier- Paul Harris Fellow
Chief Milt Frech (recognized posthumously)
Harry George Sr. (recognized posthumously)
Dr. C.T. Byron Kao (recognized posthumously)
Kellen “Buck” Musser
Leo Myers (recognized posthumously)
Earnestine “Teeny” Phillips
Bill Sims (recognized posthumously)
This summer, written summaries of the many contributions that these Distinguished Citizens have made to our community will be shared via the City’s website and Facebook. The recipients will also be honored at a luncheon later this year.
Abbie Ricketts Honored as Paul Harris Fellow
In tribute to her decades of volunteer community leadership and service in Brunswick, Abbie Ricketts has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in Smoketown Rotary Club of Brunswick ceremonies at the Brunswick Public Library.
Brunswick Branch, Abbie was presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award certificate, medallion, and lapel pin, emblematic of the Rotary honor.
ThePaul Harris Fellow Award is named for the founder of Rotary International. The Award is presented to individuals who - to quote the purpose of The Rotary Foundation - are “doing good in the world”. A $1,000 contribution to The Rotary Foundation has been made in tribute to Ricketts.
Abbie is recognized for her leadership and service in five Rotary Avenues of Service:
Club Service - Monthly newsletter editor; Community Service Chair; Smoketown Rotary Club charter member;
Community Service - Leadership roles in multiple local charitable causes, including, but not limited to: Appalachian Trail Conservancy, City of Brunswick AT Community Designation champion; Brunswick Heritage Museum, City of Brunswick Liaison Appointment, 2021; Brunswick Preservation and Revitalization Committee, Term expires September 2024; Canal Towns Partnership, Chair of the Board;
Vocational Service - As a businesswoman (Brunswick Sports and Apparel, Owner), engagement in Brunswick Economic Development Commission, City Council Appointee; Brunswick Main Street, Chair for five years; Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce;
Youth Service - Brunswick Little League, Smoketown Rotary’s Brunswick Elementary School service projects;
International Service - Rotary Campaign to END POLIO NOW
Abbie joins other Brunswick area residents who have been named Paul Harris Fellows in recent years, including Carlo Alfano Dr. Wayne Allgaier,
Judy Couillard, James Cox, Sandra Cox, Richard Foot, Leslie Gum, Charlie Harris, Sue Kelley, Kevin C. Kenny, Jennifer Lolli-Hall, Shirley Ann Shores,
Ernie Stepoulos and Shawn Wolf. Former Brunswick Mayor Karin Tome is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
Contributed by Richard Foot
Rotary delegates to attend conference on climate change
Rotary International will send a delegation of members to the UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP28, to be held 30 November to 12 December this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It will be the third time that Rotary participates in the annual conference in this way.
The environment is one of Rotary’s areas of focus, and members hope their involvement will emphasize the importance of contributing to global climate action.
News from Maui Rotary Clubs and District 7620 Support
Lahaina, Hawaii, August 22, 2023 –Maui Rotary Clubs, part of Hawai’i Rotary District 5000, is pleased to announce the availability of Free Starlink WiFi Hotspots to assist residents affected by the recent wildfires in Maui.
Smoketown Rotary members supported the disaster relief fund organized by Rotary District 5000 for Maui through a drive led by Elin Ross, President of Carrol Creek Rotary. The Frederick County clubs will have contributed in excess of $5000 to Maui relief! Thank you to all who donated!
Disaster Update – Maui Fires and Washington FiresBy Paul C Mahata on Saturday, August 26, 2023
By Bob Grill, President, Disaster Aid USA; Paul Mahata, Co-Chair, District Disaster Relief Committee
District 7620 Disaster Relief Committee continues to coordinate with Disaster Aid USA to respond to Maui Fires and Washington state’s Medical Lake Fires. We are helping the victims of these disasters, and we request that you and your club consider donating money to DAUSA. See below for details on these activities and how to donate.
Maui Fires: The town of Lahaina is totally burnt to the ground. More than 110 people are dead and over 300 are still missing and thousands of people are displaced. Disaster Aid USA is working with local Rotarians and agencies to offer help in several different phases of the recovery process of Maui Fires. Immediate needs are immense and that’s why DAUSA is working closely with the Maui Food Bank to provide 20,000 meals to their community. DAUSA is also in discussions with 3 other agencies, about Clean Water Solutions, Debris Teams, and help with Points of Distributions (PODS), and the long-term rebuilding phase. The goal is to fill the gaps where needed and help those in most need. So, donations are vital to help the victims of this disaster. See below for making donations.
Washington Fires: Two wildfires that ravaged different parts of Spokane County have destroyed 300 structures, including homes and other structures, and torched 18,000 acres, scrub-lands, farm fields and forests. At least one person is dead and 185 structures lost and blackened more than 9,500 acres. The blaze was 0% contained as of Saturday, Aug 19, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The second fire burned 8,300 acres and razed dozens of homes and other structures near Elk in north Spokane County. Volunteer teams are being assembled by DAUSA from local Rotary Clubs and other civic organizations. About 30-40 volunteers will be deployed on a 3-4 day rotating basis. The Disaster Aid USA trailer is ready to go with essential fire-fighting tools. Read More
Frederick's Oktoberfest Set for Sept 29/30Tuesday, August 29, 2023
German food, beer, wine, music, dancing, and fun! Frederick’s Oktoberfest brings friends and neighbors together for a weekend full of good food and drink, and raises money to support the Frederick community’s many community causes and charities. The Rotary Clubs of Carroll Creek, Smoketown Brunswick, and Southern Frederick County invite you to join us as an attendee or volunteer on Sept 29/30. More information at frederickoktoberfest.org.
District Membership Summit on October 14, 2023 - REGISTER NOW!Saturday, August 26, 2023