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Club celebrates its official charter

The Rotaract Club of Annapolis, part of the national organization for young professionals and college students who are interested in community service, international service and professional development, celebrated its official charter last week.

The club, the first in Anne Arundel County, did not wait for its charter to begin working on projects.

On April 26, 13 members participated in Rebuilding America by insulating an attic, cleaning and painting the inside and outside of a house, and installing landscaping for a resident who lives on a fixed income.

The Rotaractors have also been gathering clothing, food and treats to send to two impoverished provinces in thePhilippines.

The first box was being sent this weekend, and the club hopes to send three to four more large boxes. The club is accepting donations by check to Rotaract Club of Annapolis, 40 West St., Annapolis 21401.

For more information about Rotaract, visit www.rotar

The Annapolis club is working on its Web site at, which contains some upcoming dates, and can be found on

Program hires new riverkeeper

The West/Rhode Riverkeeper program has expanded its staff to include a newly hired riverkeeper, professional biologist Chris Trumbauer.

Bob Gallagher, who serves as riverkeeper and executive director, will continue as executive director.

Gallagher, who started the local program, will oversee the mission implementation, organizational development and advocacy efforts of the organization.

Trumbauer, a nine-year veteran of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources who coordinates the state's Shallow Water Monitoring Program, will assume his new position beginning July 7.

"He will build on our successful work of patrolling the rivers, seeking better enforcement of environmental laws, and lead our restoration and education efforts," said Terence Smith, chairman of the West/Rhode Riverkeeper Inc. board of directors. "We consider this a major step forward in the protection of our watershed."

Trumbauer is also a member of the board of directors of the South River Federation, where he has served as vice president and chairman of the River Committee.

In 2005, he was appointed to the Annapolis Environmental Commission. Trumbauer has led teams of volunteers in projects to monitor water quality, organized a rain-barrel giveaway for Annapolis residents, created an annual South River scorecard and worked on projects to monitor and restore streams, wetlands and shorelines.

He holds a degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland.

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