HoCo in the Know: Hope Springs Eternal
Well, it’s been a while since I have written, but as hope springs eternal, it seems that now is the right time.
I don’t know about you, but I do feel like things are getting better. While we do not have the kind of gatherings that we had in the past, which are often the catalyst for my reporting, there are many things happening, which keep me going.
As you know, I was the President of the Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent until July 1. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit it that breaks my heart that we weren’t able to meet in person for the last 4 months of my term. However, I was determined to keep us together. So, for every week except the first one after the shutdown, we have met via Zoom. No substitute for the weekly hugs, for sure, but better than nothing.
As we fundraise throughout the year, so that we can support local nonprofits, we are often supported by local restaurants. In addition to meeting each Friday morning, a group of us met each week at a supportive restaurant to do carry out. And, we got to wave to each other on the parking lot! As our friends in the restaurant business have gradually been able to open even more, we have modified our schedule to every other week. High on our list of supporters are: Tino’s Italian, Hudson Coastal, Cured/18th & 21st, Season’s 52, Maggiano’s, and Eggspectation.
We also gathered, at the new Periodic Table Restaurant, to fill 100 backpacks with school supplies for those who are less fortunate. When you have a village . . . it took us all of 15 minutes to complete the task once we decided which items went into which car trunk. Then we went from vehicle to vehicle like trick or treaters. We’ve collected books and pajamas for Casey Cares. Pandemic or not, we have found a way to do what we do!