Newsmakers: Parkton residents receives Rotary award, rank of Eagle Scout

Mary Evans, of Parkton, the community resources manager at Charlestown retirement community, received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Foundation.

The Award was presented in August to Mrs. Evans by John and Pat Kasuda, members of the Rotary and residents of the Erickson Living community based in Catonsville. It is named for the founder of the Rotary International as a means to recognize an individual who performs exceptional community service and values humanitarian work.

Mrs. Evans has been with Charlestown for nearly eighteen years. She oversees the Community Resources and Volunteer Programs, leading a team that coordinates activities and events for over 2,000 residents. In 2011, Charlestown residents volunteered more than 230,000 hours of service both on-campus and in the greater community.

As part of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, a donation of $1,000 was made in the name of Mrs. Evans to the Rotary Foundation. The contribution supports the worldwide work of the Foundation, which focuses on the improvement of health facilities, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

Patrick Kearns, of Parkton, 18, son of Gerard and Stephanie Kearns, will be honored as Troop 1908 14th Eagle Scout since 2004 on Sept. 23 at the American Legion, Post 256 in Parkton.

He has been with troop 1908 since October 2004, with then scoutmaster Doug Durkin and assistant scoutmaster Paul Barr. He has served as senior patrol leader, patrol leader, librarian, quartermaster and instructor.

He has earned 27 merit badges since becoming a scout and has attended summer camp six times; Ockanickon, Shenandoah, Broadmead and Resica Falls are some of the locations, and at the last one serving as an assistant leader.

Patrick is an ordeal member, lodge no. 12, order of the arrow and also attended BSA Brownsea training for youth leadership. He received his religious award, Ad Altare Dei at Our Lady of Grace. A freshman at Stevenson University, in the nursing program, he is also a Blue Jay Cadet, member of the ROTC program, at Johns Hopkins University.

For his Eagle Scout service project, Patrick assessed, organized and supervised the painting of three separate buildings on Rendez-Vous Farm, an all-volunteer equine rescue and rehabilitation for abused and neglected horses. He surveyed the buildings, measured, and calculated the correct amount of paint and materials needed, purchased this and organized his team to paint for an entire weekend in early December 2011.

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