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Ag com­mis­sion seeks mem­ber nom­i­na­tions

The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion is seek­ing in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als to fill vot­ing mem­ber­ship va­can­cies on the com­mis­sion.

Cur­rent open po­si­tions in­clude a South­ern Mary­land farmer from St. Mary’s County and a “Mem­ber at Large.” The at-large po­si­tion in­cludes, but is not lim­ited to, in­di­vid­u­als with back­grounds in agri­cul­tural busi­nesses, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, fi­nance or le­gal ex­pe­ri­ence from any of the five coun­ties SMADC serves — Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mary’s.

The Com­mis­sion typ­i­cally meets the first Mon­day of each month, Jan­uary through April, and the first Wed­nes­day of each month, May through De­cem­ber, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Hugh­esville.

For con­sid­er­a­tion, sub­mit all per­ti­nent con­tact in­for­ma­tion with a brief para­graph de­scrib­ing your back­ground and/or re­la­tion­ship to the agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity. Those in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing may do so by email­ing Jen­nifer Car­na­han at SMADC at jcar­na­han@smadc.com, or by call­ing 301-274-1922 ext. 1 by Nov. 30.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.smadc.com.

Cool, Ramos at­tend plan­ning con­fer­ence

Wealth Man­age­ment Part­ners founders Joyce Cool and Robert Ramos re­cently re­turned from the an­nual con­fer­ence of the Fi­nan­cial Plan­ning As­so­ci­a­tion.

The 2016 con­fer­ence, de­scribed as “The Largest Gath­er­ing of Thought Lead­ers in Fi­nan­cial Plan­ning,” was held in Bal­ti­more, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. Fi­nan­cial plan­ning pro­fes­sion­als, num­ber­ing ap­prox­i­mately 1,500, from around the globe met in Charm City for four days of ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions, guest speak­ers, net­work­ing and prac- tice man­age­ment dis­cus­sions.

“One of com­mit­ments we make to our clients is that we will con­tinue our ed­u­ca­tion. We need to stay abreast of an ever chang­ing fi­nan­cial plan­ning land­scape so that we con­tinue to pro­vide qual­ity, timely ad­vice,” Ramos said.

Wealth Man­age­ment Part­ners is lo­cated in Wal­dorf. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-8850955.

La Plata’s Hunter earns manager cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

Marshall E. Hunter of Mared­ith Man­age­ment in La Plata has been named an as­so­ci­a­tion man­age­ment spe­cial­ist by Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tions In­sti­tute, a na­tional non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion cre­ated in 1974 to ed­u­cate and rep­re­sent com­mu­nity man­agers and other in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Mared­ith re­quires and funds all train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion costs. The des­ig­na­tion is the sec­ond level in the ca­reer de­vel­op­ment track for com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion man­agers.

Mared­ith is one of only ap­prox­i­mately 100 ac­cred­ited man­age­ment com­pa­nies in the U.S., and the only ac­cred­ited man­age­ment com­pany in the South­ern Mary­land re­gion. Pro­fes­sional man­agers pro­vide ad­min­is­tra­tive, op­er­a­tional and man­age­rial coun­sel to com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion boards. They are typ­i­cally re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing bud­gets and con­trac­tors, di­rect­ing as­so­ci­a­tion per­son­nel and over­see­ing com­pli­ance with as­so­ci­a­tion covenants and re­stric­tions.

‘Farms for the Hol­i­days’ guide avail­able now

The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion has re­leased the 2016 “Farms for the Hol­i­days” win­ter farm guide.

The full-color brochure show­cases over 60 South­ern Mary­land farms and agri­cul­tural busi­nesses in Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mary’s coun­ties that of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of farm prod­ucts through the hol­i­day sea­son and win­ter months.

The “Farms for the Hol­i­days” guide fea­tures lo­cally-grown Christ­mas trees and green­ery for hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing, win­ter pro­duce, qual­ity meats, seafood fresh from the re­gion’s wa­ter­ways, award-win­ning wines, unique farm-made gifts in­clud­ing knit­ted and wo­ven Al­paca and wool items, plus hol­i­day-themed work­shops and fun farm-hosted ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily.

The win­ter farm guide is avail­able now to view or down­load on the ‘Get the Guides’ page at www.smadc.com, or pick up a free printed copy be­gin­ning Nov. 21 at re­gional pub­lic li­braries, wel­come cen­ters and par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses. Find a full list of pick-up lo­ca­tions on the ‘News and An­nounce­ments’ page at smadc.com.

Toy drive at Wal­dorf’s St. Charles Towne Cen­ter

Jin­gle all the way to St. Charles Towne Cen­ter in Wal­dorf for the Cup­cakes for Christ­mas Toy Drive on Satur­day, Dec. 10.

Charles MD Mac­a­roni Kid and FreeCup­cakeWraps.com in­vite fam­i­lies to do­nate new, unwrapped toys on the lower level in front of Macy’s in ex­change for cup­cakes from lo­cal bak­eries, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Fam­i­lies can also en­joy a win­ter won­der­land of hol­i­day crafts and ac­tiv­i­ties. The toy drive is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All do­na­tions will ben­e­fit the Arnold House, a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion de­voted to home­less­ness and hunger aware­ness through meal prepa­ra­tion and de­liv­ery for those in need.

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