Our motto is "Service Above Self". The Rotary Club of Snow Hill, Maryland, (Club 5930, District 7630) has been a proud part of this community and of Rotary International since 1942. Rotary is a global network of more than 1.2 million members who believe that great things happen when dedicated minds come together.  Learn more about us.

August 20, 2020
Iron Furnace Fifty - Rescheduled to August 29

It's Flat, Fast and Fun! The Tenth Annual Iron Furnace Fifty will be held on August 29, 2020.

Iron Furnace Fifty is an annual bike ride through the beautiful rural Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland organized by the Rotary Club of Snow Hill and Furnace Town Living Heritage Village. There are 50K, 50 Mile, and 100K routes on rural Maryland roads among woods and farms. All routes begin and end at Furnace Town.

Men That Care

Sylvester and Trudy Bratten
On March 10 Sylvester and Trudy Bratten visited the Snow Hill Rotary Club to talk about the Men That Care project. Sylvester started the project in 2016 to provide mentorship for youth in the Snow Hill community. He will be taking a group of students to the University of Maryland in College Park this month to give them the opportunity to see life on campus for themselves.

Pictured here are Sylvester, Trudy, and Club President Gary King.

Sylvester’s work and inspirational personal story was the feature article in the March 5, 2020 Worcester County Times.

Sharing RYLA Experiences

On February 25 the Snow Hill Rotary Club met at Snow Hill High School where Ashley Hare and DeShawn Hall, both students at the School, shared their experiences from the recent Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) conference.

RYLA 2020
The RYLA event, which was held in Ocean City, Md., Feb. 15-16, provides the opportunity for students from the region to develop leadership and team building skills. Ashley reported that her group focused on designing a project in which students would learn about healthy foods by hands-on gardening. DeShawn spoke about the “egg drop” activity in which groups work together to design a package that will protect an egg from breaking when dropped from the upper floors of the building. His engineering studies came in handy as he suggested the design for a paper parachute the accomplished the task.

Pictured here are Club President Gary King, SHHS Principal Kim Purvis, Ashley Hare, DeShawn Hall, and SHHS Vice Principal Scot Tingle.

Each year Snow Hill Rotary sponsors local students for the RYLA conference and always enjoy hearing the reports of their experiences. Well done Ashley and DeShawn!

Snow Hill Main Street Program

Diana Nolte
On February 18, Downtown Snow Hill Main Street, Inc. President Diana Nolte briefed the Club on the progress of the project, which is affiliated with the Main Street America project. Nolte is also a Snow Hill Rotary Club member.

Downtown Snow Hill Main Street was established in 2018 and has held public forums to solicit ideas for improving the Town’s retail vitality. The most recent meeting, held on Feb. 9, 2020, was well attended and generated numerous ideas on how to improve the economic vitality in the retail district.

Pictured here are Diana Nolte and Club President Gary King.

Main Street America is a national organization that supports communities working on downtown revitalization.

Animal Control in Worcester County

On February 11, Chief Glen Grandstaff of the Worcester County Department of Animal Control addressed the Snow Hill Rotary Club. Grandstaff has been with Worcester County since 2007.

Rabies is a big local concern with 18 cases identified in Worcester County in 2019. That likely only represents a small percentage of the actual number of infected animals in the wild. It is important to have household pets vaccinated and to report any suspected wildlife, especially raccoons and foxes.

Pictured here are Club President Gary King and Chief Grandstaff.

The mission of the Department is to provide public safety, enforce cruelty laws to alleviate pain and suffering and provide low cost spay and neutering to reduce unwanted pet population. Animal Control administers an average of 100 pet adoptions per year. Follow Worcester County Animal Control on Facebook to learn more.

Protecting Pollinators on the Lower Shore

Kate Patton and Jared Parks of the Lower Shore Land Trust gave a presentation to the Snow Hill Rotary Club on September 28. The organization has been working to engage the community in preserving healthy wildlife habitat for 30 years and currently monitors over 21,000 acres in Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset Counties.

Pictured here are Club President Gary King with Kate and Jared.

Maintaining water quality and planting to benefit native pollinators can be done by owners of large and small properties alike. For more resources on how to improve habitat for pollinators visit the Lower Shore Land Trust website

Local History Resources

Alec Staley
On January 14, Local History Librarian for Worcester County Libraries Alec Staley addressed the Snow Hill Rotary Club. His initial work focus is on organizing the history files and transcribing local oral histories recorded in the 1970’s and 1980’s. He is developing finding aids to help library patrons in their research.

Pictured here are Alec Staley and Club President Gary King.

Staley recently received his degree in Library Science and previously worked at the Naab Research Center in Salisbury. Learn more about the available local history resources with a visit to the Snow Hill Branch or check out the WorcesterCounty Library System website.

Resources for Day Care Providers

On December 12, members of the Snow Hill Rotary Club accompanied Judy Center Director Gray Jack delivering Theme Boxes to day care providers in Worcester County. Theme Boxes are designed to enhance educational experiences for preschool children. The Snow Hill Club obtained a Rotary District grant for the purchase of Theme Box materials. View more pictures.

The mission of the Judy Center is to provide comprehensive, integrated, full-day, full-year services that promote school readiness for children birth through age five.