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.

2019 Christmas Market
Christmas Market

The 2019 Snow Hill Christmas Market will be held on Friday, December 6, at the Old Firehouse on Green Street. Pottery, jewelry, alpaca products, baked goods, and much more.

The Market will be open from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

This event will be held in conjunction with the December First Friday celebrations. The annual Christmas Market is a joint project of the Snow Hill Rotary Club and the Town of Snow Hill.

Mark your calendars. You don't want to miss this annual holiday tradition.

Snow Hill Holiday House Tour

River Inn
The Rotary Club of Snow Hill is hosting a Holiday House Tour on December 14, 2019.

Included in the tour will be ten beautiful historic homes decorated for the holidays in all their unique splendor. In addition to the featured homes, the tour will include two National Registry listed historic churches. The tour is self-guided and may be completed in any order. More info on the Holiday House Tour.

Understanding Artificial Intelligence
Kemp Wills

On November 19 the Snow Hill Rotary Club meeting featured a presentation by Club member Kemp Wills on the topic of Artificial Intelligence. This complex subject is often misunderstood and goes unnoticed, though its influence on our daily lives continues to grow. 

Pictured here are Kemp Wills and Club President Gary King.

County History and Family Research

Family Research
At the November 12 meeting of the Snow Hill Rotary Club,
Rob Hall of the Worcester County Public Library in Snow Hill, presented information about the library's capabilities and resources that are available to research family and county history. He was accompanied by Alec Staley who was recently hired at the Library to work specifically on local history collections. Rob and Alec both can provide valuable assistance in these efforts as well.

Pictured here are Club President Gary King, Rob Hall and Alec Staley.

Visit the Digital Archives of the Worcester County Library to view the important resources available online.

World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio
John Nanni

On October 15 the Snow Hill Rotary Club observed the annual event known as the “World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio”.

The idea for the event originated in 2014 with Rotarian and polio eradication advocate Susanne Rea of Queensland, Australia. Since then, through fundraising meals, big and small, Rotarians have raised millions of dollars for the campaign to eradicate polio, once and for all.

Our guest speaker for this event was John Nanni, USA Coordinator for the Greatest Meal Project and President of the Rotary Club of Middletown/Odessa, Delaware. His presentation underscored the importance of continuing the efforts to eradicate polio in the few remaining countries that have not yet been declared polio free.

The Snow Hill event was well attended with donations for the breakfast buffet and bids for a variety of auction items raising much needed funds for the cause.

Snow Hill Chief of Police Andy McGee

Chief McGee
The October 8 meeting of the Snow Hill Rotary Club featured a special guest speaker - Snow Hill Chief of Police Andy McGee.

Chief McGee started with the Department in June 2019 after years of service with the Worcester County Sheriffs Department. His family has been served the surrounding area in police departments for generations. He has prioritized improved communication with the public and is working to get the Department to its full contingent of eight full-time officers.

Pictured here are Chief McGee with Club President Gary King.

Stay informed about important public safety issues by liking and following the Snow Hill Police Department on Facebook.

Karen Marx Induction
New Member Induction: Karen Marx

At the September 24 meeting of the Rotary Club of Snow Hill, Karen Marx was formally inducted into our membership. Karen has an extensive career in education, primarily in Worcester County. She began her latest assignment as the Principal of Snow Hill Elementary School in the Summer of 2019.

Pictured here are District Governor Bill Ferguson, Karen Marx, and Club President Gary King.

We are delighted to welcome Karen to the Club.

Text an Textiles: Julia A. Purnell Museum of Snow Hill

Cynthia Byrd
At the September 24 meeting of the Rotary Club of Snow Hill, Dr. Cynthia Byrd provided a brief history of the Julia A. Purnell Museum and described some of the upcoming events and ongoing exhibits. The Museum is well known for the needle craft collection, but it also contains an eclectic assortment of collectables from near and far.

Dr. Byrd has been the Executive Director of the Museum for seven years. Pictured here are Dr. Byrd with Club President Gary King.

Visit the Julia A. Purnell Museum website to learn more about the upcoming Fiber Fest and a series of events on local perspectives on the American Civil War.

Backpack Project Update

TJ Myers
At the September 17 meeting of the Rotary Club of Snow Hill, Club member T.J. Myers provided an update on the Backpack Project. The goal of this project is to provide easy-to-prepare food items for students who might otherwise not have enough to eat on weekends. The Club is in the third year of participation in this program.

Approximately 11% of all households in the United States deal with food insecurity. That number increases in rural areas and in homes with children present. Food collected at the meetings of the Club are delivered to the recipient school each week.

Pictured here are T.J. Myers with Club President Gary King.

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.

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.