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.

Pollinator Hotel Project

Justin Hurney
What?  A hotel for insects? At the September 10 meeting of the Snow Hill Rotary Club, Eagle Scout candidate Justin Hurney gave a presentation on the pollinator hotel project that he recently completed. The "hotel" is located in Sturgis Park by the Pocomoke River in downtown Snow Hill. The structure gives much needed nesting space for native bees and butterflies.

Pictured here are representatives of the Rotary Club and the Lower Shore Land Trust, with Justin and his mother Diana Hurney at center.

Visit the Rotary Club of Snow Hill Facebook page to view a picture of Justin's great pollinator hotel in Sturgis Park.

Guest Speakers From Our Community

At the August 27 meeting of the Snow Hill Rotary Club we had two speakers. First, Sylvester Bratten spoke to the club about his group, Men that Care, a youth ministry that's making a difference in Snow Hill for middle and high school young men growing up without fathers. He needs help and we're there to do that.

Our second speaker was Barry Pritchard. He spoke to the club about his burgeoning business, SunX Analytical, which is the leading laboratory and processor of CBD oil from hemp plant in Maryland.

Pictured here are Sylvester Bratten, former Club President Dick Thompson, and Barry Pritchard.

Documenting Family History

Jefferson Moak
At the August 20 meeting of the Rotary Club of Snow Hill, Club member Jefferson Moak talked about finding and documenting family history and genealogy. He also provided a lists of resources that anyone can use in their research. Jefferson is widely recognized in the US as an expert on this subject.

Pictured here are Jefferson with former Club President Marty Pusey.

Snow Hill Elementary School Presentation

Karen Marx
At the July 23 meeting of the Snow Hill Rotary Club, Karen Marx gave a presentation on her plans for Snow Hill Elementary School. Karen began as Principal at the beginning of July after many years of experience leading other schools in Worcester County.

The school has a current enrollment of approximately 370 students and is guided by the vision that “All SHES students are enthusiastic learners who will be college and career ready.” SHES pre-kindergarten teacher Gina Russell is the 2019 Worcester County Teacher of the Year.

Pictured here are Club President-Elect Janet Simpson with Karen Marx.

Karen described different ways that the community can get involved in supporting the school, including reading with students at the school. Visit the Snow Hill Elementary School website to learn more about the great work being done by the students, teachers and staff.

ShelterBox Program Update

Hal Arata
At our July 16 meeting Snow Hill Rotary Club member Hal Arata gave a presentation on our involvement in the ShelterBox program. ShelterBox is an international organization dedicated to providing emergency shelter and tools to families displaced by disasters or conflict.

Rotary International partners with ShelterBox. The Snow Hill Club has made an ongoing commitment to support this vital work. Each kit costs $1K to create. In recent years, kits sponsored by the Snow Hill Rotary Club have been delivered to such wide ranging locations as North Korea and Haiti.

Pictured here are Hal Arata with Club President Gary King.

Take time to learn more about this vital project on the ShelterBox website.

"Be the Inspiration" Project

Cricket Center
Wendy Myers of The Cricket Center attended the June 18 meeting of the Rotary Club of Snow Hill to talk about the signage donated by the Club to draw attention to the services of the Center. The Cricket Center is the Worcester County non-profit organization dedicated to investigating and prosecuting reported cases of child abuse. The signs will be placed in public spaces throughout the County frequented by children. The zero-tolerance policy towards child abuse and contact information are included.

Pictured here are Club President Chris Welch, Wendy Myers, and Cricket Center comfort-dog Josiah.

Rotary International has adopted the "Be the Inspiration" theme for local clubs to use in engaging the local community in important projects such as this.

Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

At the June 11 meeting of the Rotary Club of Snow Hill, Linda Hurley, Director of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Sleep Waves Diagnostic Center, gave an overview of the range of issues around the symptoms and causes of sleep disorders.

Pictured here are Club President-Elect Gary King with Linda Hurley.

Learn more about the work of the Sleep Waves Diagnostic Center.

Iron Furnace Fifty 2019

IFF 2019
The Ninth Annual Iron Furnace Fifty was held on May 11, 2019. The weather was perfect and the attendance was record breaking.
There were 340 riders -- a 13% increase over 2018.

Iron Furnace Fifty is an annual Spring 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.

Since the inception of this event, Iron Furnace Fifty has grown into a favorite event for bicycle clubs from around the region. It also introduces the riders to the amenities of downtown Snow Hill and Worcester county gems like the Furnace Town Living Heritage Village.

In addition to the enjoying the natural beauty of the Pocomoke Forest, riders are provided free ice cream from a working dairy at one of the rest stops. Lunch and drinks are provided at the end of the ride at the Furnace Town picnic pavilion.

Teachers of the Year Banquet

TOY 2019
On May 11, 2019, the Rotary Club of Snow Hill hosted the 11th Annual Snow Hill Teachers of the year Recognition Banquet at the Blue Dog Cafe.

The honorees pictured here are:  Richard Stephens, Worcester Tech High School; Heather Shockley, Snow Hill Middle School; Gina Russell, Snow Hill Elementary School; Zachary Johnson, Cedar Chapel Special School; and Ashley Streebig, Snow Hill High School.

The Rotary Club of Snow Hill hosts the annual Teacher of the Year Awards banquet to recognize the outstanding service of teachers from the five public schools in the Snow Hill area. The first banquet was held in 2009.

Rising Groundwater In Worcester County

Kim Klump
On April 9, 2019, Worcester County Environmental Specialist Kim Klump addressed the Snow Hill Rotary Club on the topic of "Hydrology and Its Effect on the Eastern Shore".

Klump presented data collected from her thirty years with the County government showing a trend of subsidence. Subsidence occurs when groundwater is extracted from aquifers faster that it is being replenished from the surface. The evidence shows the need for planning to address these trends on the Eastern Shore.

Kim is pictured here with Club President Chris Welch.