September Action News Now Available

In this edition: Sept 2017 Action News Edition

Governor Greg Wims announces the formation of the District’s first “Satellite” Rotary Club.
There is a feature article about the first Forum on Opioid Awareness with a second Forum coming up on September 14.
Other upcoming events include the Rotary Leadership Institute on September 16, Rotary Membership Webinar on September 19 and Rotary Day at Gallaudet University on September 20.
There are club articles on solar suitcases, mobile science laboratory, employment program and bikes for the world.
Governor Greg encourages everyone to reach out to the victims of the severe flooding in Texas and Louisiana through Disaster Aid USA.
Please be sure to send newsletter editor Bob Nelson ( your club’s news reports and photos no later than September 24 for inclusion in the October Rotary District Newsletter.Rotary Action News September 2017


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Rotary Action News August 2017

Governor Greg Wims reports on his first 17 official club visits and announces two upcoming forums on Opioid Addiction Awareness.  It’s Rotary Membership Month and there is a special emphasis on satellite clubs.  Newsletter features include Planting a Tree for Every Rotarian, Rotary Leadership Institutes, Donated Vehicle Program, Training for Disaster Aid Response Team Members and Three Lessons Learned for Rotary Club Presidents.  There is an obituary on the sudden passing of Rotary International President-elect Sam Owori.  Please be sure to send newsletter editor Bob Nelson ( your club’s news reports and photos no later than August 24 for inclusion in the September Rotary District Newsletter.

Cancer Knows No Boundaries – Olney Rotary Club

Cancer knows no boundaries. For more than three decades, Special Love has helped children with cancer to “just be kids,” through camps, emergency financial assistance, college scholarships – and, most important, a community of support that assures these struggling families they’re not alone in their battle.

Please join our unique community of caring by campingvolunteering, and donating. With your support, we’ll continue to help children with cancer and their families experience the unparalleled warmth and compassion they find through Special Love.

For more than 30 years, Olney Rotary has hosted the opening night dinner cook-out, to welcome the kids to Camp Fantastic.

Starting in 2017, we invite all of our sister clubs in the District to join us as the event requires a lot of time to prepare and serve a cookout for over 100 kids. If you are interested in learning more about this, please visit Special Love

Contact Olney Rotary’s Rotarian Geoffrey Fenner ( if your club wants to know more. In 2016, we were joined by members of the Rockville and Gaithersburg Rotary clubs, and believe one or two members from each area club will make this an even stronger event for the kids.

Glen Burnie Club’s Digital Classroom Project

The Rotary Club of Glen Burnie is excited about our Digital Classroom Project and the way that it is spreading throughout Anne Arundel County Public Schools with the support, collaboration, and leadership from Rotary Clubs throughout the county and other organizations such as the Helping Teachers Teach Foundation and the Defense Information Systems Agency.


Please consider sharing as much or as little of the information below with friends, colleagues, family members, or anyone you think might be interested in supporting Digital Classroom or Digital Classroom 2.0The cost for each project is $4,000.  Here is a link to the photos from some of our past projects- – and below are descriptions of both projects.  If you have not seen the videos and only have time for one video for each project, my suggestion would be to watch the Point Pleasant video on the robot and the Quarterfield/Oakwood video for the Chromebooks.  I have also attached a flyer for your use.


Digital Classroom:

The original Digital Classroom project, which continues today, provides tablets and charging carts to schools so that students have increased accessed to hand-held technology in their classes.  This service project has been created in conjunction with the school system to maximize the effect of the contribution.  The technology purchased (currently Google Chromebooks) are purchased through the Anne Arundel County Public Schools purchasing agreement, with no tax, no shipping, and no maintenance/warranty fees.  The technology is delivered directly to the receiving school and are set-up by the AACPS Technology department, making it a “turnkey” project for donors.


Upon receipt of the technology, the school system sets up a date to “present” the Digital Classroom to the school during one of the classes.  Rotarians are invited to the school to hand-deliver the tablets to students and welcome to stay to observe the students using the new technology during a lesson.  Photos are taken, signage is provided, and – occasionally – we get video coverage of presentation.


Feel free to view these link to watch short videos for more information –

Presentation at Oakwood & Quarterfield Elementary Schools-

First Presentation at Corkran Middle –


Digital Classroom 2.0


The Digital Classroom project expanded in 2017 to support students who are suffering from serious illnesses or injuries that prevent them from attending classes.  These students are generally assigned a Home & Hospital Teacher who provides instruction to them and works with the classroom teachers to ensure that the students are not “falling behind” in their studies.  However, this is not ideal for many students & their families, since the students on Home & Hospital Teaching do not have the ability to interact with their classmates, teachers, and others in the community.


The Digital Classroom 2.0 Project provides a robot to a student who is expected to be out of school for at least 2 months.  This donation allows the student to attend classes, travel through the hallways, sit at the lunch table with his/her friends, participate in group assignments, and ask questions to teachers in real-time.  The additional benefits to the student, family, and school community are immeasurable.  Please take a look at these videos to see the impact that Digital Classroom 2.0 is having –


Rotary/Helping Teachers Teach Presentation at Point Pleasant Elementary –

Promotional Video from Double Robot featuring Old Mill High School student –


If an organization or business donates the funds for the robot, there is an opportunity to “dress” the robot in a t-shirt and stickers to show the support for this project.  Once a student no longer needs the robot, it will be assigned to another student on a waiting list.  At any given time in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, there are 80-100 students who are receiving Home & Hospital Teaching services and many of these students would benefit from the use of a robot.



Please consider sharing as much or as little of this information with friends, colleagues, family members, or anyone you think might be interested in supporting Digital Classroom or Digital Classroom 2.0.  I am the contact at Anne Arundel County Public Schools for this project, so please do not hesitate to contact me directly.  Thank you so much for any assistance you can provide in supporting Digital Classroom & Digital Classroom 2.0.


Carol Ann


Carol Ann McCurdy

Director of Partnerships, Development, and Marketing

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Executive Director, 21st Century Education Foundation

2644 Riva Road

Annapolis, MD 21401