Noon Rotary

Published 2:01 pm Friday, September 30, 2022

The Washington Noon Rotary was very pleased to welcome District Court Judge Keith Mason as the club’s Monday, September 26th guest speaker at the King Chicken Banquet Facility.

Judge Mason, who was invited by Noon Rotarian Renee Douglas, spoke about the seven Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) based on a Kaiser Permanente Medical Center survey of more than 17,000 adults.  The ACE Survey, according to Judge Mason, showed that physically, emotionally and mentally abused children are 44 percent more likely to suffer depression which often leads to criminal behavior.

Judge Mason emphasized how important it is for the general
public to support community programs and policies that provide safe and healthy conditions for all children and families.

Pam Anderson, director of the Smithfield Foods 24th annual Smoke on the Water Whole Hog BBQ Festival, encouraged all club members to recruit more volunteers for the Oct. 21-22 event on the Washington Waterfront. “Smoke on the Water BBQ Festival” remains the club’slargest annual fundraiser.

All net proceeds from the event help fund nearly 30 local non-profit organizations and charities including the Historic Port of Washington’s Street Art Project which unveiled its’ newest mural depicting downtown Washington’s South Market 130 years ago. The mural was unveiled this past Thursday following remarks made by Noon Rotary President, Dr. David Loope (left) and fellow Noon Rotarian, Mayor Donald Sadler.

The club wishes to congratulate Street Art Project creator Samantha Brinson (right) who graciously received a floral bouquet from Noon Rotarian Gail Baird.  Become a “difference maker” in our community and beyond by joining the Washington Noon Rotary Club. For information, contact Gail Baird at (571) 217-9235.