Four QA’s se­niors in­ducted into Mary­land Hall of Fame

Record Observer - - Front Page - By DAN TABLER Con­tribut­ing Writer

CENTREVILLE — Four res­i­dents of Queen Anne’s County were among 49 vol­un­teers who were re­cently in­ducted into the Mary­land Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall of Fame.

It was the 30th an­niver­sary of the event and was held at Michaels Eighth Av­enue in Glen Burnie.

As an­nounced, this Hall of Fame was ded­i­cated to hon­or­ing se­nior cit­i­zens of Mary­land who have made ex­em­plary con­tri­bu­tions to so­ci­ety.

Be­sides the lun­cheon, a pin, cer­tifi­cate, each in­ductee re­ceived a bound copy of the Blue Book that in­cludes a pic­ture and brief sum­mary of the vol­un­teer ser­vice of each hon­oree.

In al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der here are the four in­ductees from Queen Anne’s County and their pro­files that were listed in the Blue Book:

Eve­lyn B. Berry For over 30 years, Eve­lyn B. Berry has as­tounded her neigh­bors in and around Centreville with the en­ergy she ex­hibits as she cheer­fully serves fel­low se­nior cit­i­zens who need a help­ing hand. At 95, she main­tains a healthy life­style, walk­ing

and swim­ming daily so that she will have the stamina nec­es­sary to con­tinue her vi­tal ser­vice to those needy neigh­bors in Queen Anne’s County.

Eve­lyn has over the years made her wel­come pres­ence felt at not only her church, but at the lo­cal nurs­ing home as well. Cur­rently, she is found reg­u­larly vol­un­teer­ing at the Tele­phone Re­as­sur­ance Pro­gram. This often en­tails con­ver­sa­tions with home­bound se­niors, as she checks on their well-be­ing with a wel­come, friendly voice on the line.

At a nurs­ing home in Centreville, she has as­sisted res­i­dents with bingo ev­ery week for over 20 years. If some­one is too ill to make it to bingo, Eve­lyn makes sure she vis­its them weekly to pro­vide as­sur­ance that they have no been for­got­ten. Her com­pas­sion­ate sup­port of the res­i­dents is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by those she aids. A valu­able part of that sup­port is keep­ing the agency in­formed when she be­lieves some­one she calls re­quires ex­tra as­sis­tance.

Ask any­one who is in­volved in Queen Anne’s County Area Agency on Ag­ing about their valu­able as­sets, and you will most as­suredly hear the name of this de­light­ful lady, Eve­lyn B. Berry.

Nancy M. Cook Nancy M. Cook is a re­tired mu­sic teacher from Queen Anne’s County. She strove to pro­mote mu­sic in schools and the com­mu­nity dur­ing her ca­reer and con­tin­ues to do so in re­tire­ment. She works tire­lessly as an ac­tive vol­un­teer in both the All-Shore Choral Fes­ti­val for mid­dle and high school stu­dents, and the Solo/En­sem­ble Fes­ti­val.

To fur­ther her am­bas­sador­ship for mu­sic, Nancy is a mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors for the Mid-Shore Sym­phony, which ar­ranges and spon­sors per­for­mances by the Bal­ti­more Sym­phony in Queen Anne’s County. She as­sumes the re­spon­si­bil­ity for mak­ing sure there are pro­grams and ush­ers for the con­certs. In ad­di­tion, she has or­ga­nized cof­fee houses for young peo­ple, and has ob­tained per­form­ers for the Kent Is­land Day Fes­ti­val for many years. Nancy fre­quently sings with the Queen Anne’s Chorale, often as the prin­ci­pal soloist.

She is a mem­ber of her lo­cal re­tired teach­ers as­so­ci­a­tion. For about 10 years, she was the chair of their schol­ar­ship pro­gram. This in­volved no­ti­fy­ing the schools of the avail­abil­ity of the schol­ar­ships for stu­dents who were plan­ning a ca­reer in ed­u­ca­tion and then or­ga­niz­ing the can­di­date se­lec­tion process. She has di­rected the Her­itage So­ci­ety schol­ar­ship pro­gram for many years in much of the same way.

Nancy’s con­tri­bu­tions to the Kent Is­land Her­itage so­ci­ety are ex­ten­sive. She has served as cor­re­spond­ing sec­re­tary, vice pres­i­dent, pres­i­dent and cur­rently con­tin­ues as a board mem­ber. Un­der her lead­er­ship, the So­ci­ety led a cam­paign to en­cour­age the County Com­mis­sion­ers to buy the his­toric Epis­co­pal Church and Rec­tory in Stevensville. The ef­forts were suc­cess­ful and a board was formed that in­cluded county em­ploy­ees, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and mem­bers of the So­ci­ety. Nancy was ap­pointed chair of the board and is still serv­ing in that ca­pac­ity to­day.

She as­sists with the work of the Stevensville Arts and En­ter­tain­ment Dis­trict. The dis­trict had strug­gled for years to try to be­come an of­fi­cial state-rec­og­nized A&E Dis­trict. Nancy vol­un­teered to ser ve as chair of the Dis­trict, work­ing closely with county and state of­fi­cials. Thanks to these ef­forts, the A&E des­ig­na­tion as fi­nally ap­proved by the state.

Nancy M. Cook has proven over the years to be an out­stand­ing, in­flu­en­tial and suc­cess­ful vol­un­teer leader in Queen Anne’s County.

Clay­ton G. Washington Jr.

Clay­ton G. Washington Jr., a re­tired bus driver, was an en­er­giz­ing force and ad­vo­cate dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion of the Ken­nard School. He worked tire­lessly for many years rais­ing money and writ­ing grants to fund the project, the first and only African Amer­i­can sec­ondary school in Queen Anne’s County. Clay­ton cur­rently serves as the pres­i­dent of the Ken­nard Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion.

Since 2006, he has been an ac­tive mem­ber of the Board for the Mary­land Her­itage Area Author­ity’s Sto­ries of the Ch­e­sa­peake, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that funds and pub­li­cizes his­toric places, events and build­ings in the four Up­per Shore coun­ties. Clay­ton was awarded the Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award for pre­serv­ing African Amer­i­can Her­itage.

Cur­rently, he serves as lay ser­vant and a trus­tee at Br yan Methodist Church in Gra­sonville. He has served as spir­i­tual direc­tor of a re­treat min­istry for men suf­fer­ing from al­co­holism and ad­dic­tion for 20 years and leads a weekly group at Bal­ti­more’s “Help­ing Up Mis­sion.” He is a mem­ber of Queen Anne’s County Mul­ti­cul­tural Pro­fi­ciency Com­mit­tee and is the county’s NAACP Chair­per­son of the Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee.

Clay­ton G. Washington Jr. has gained the re­spect of the com­mu­nity for his tenac­ity, or­ga­ni­za­tional skills and de­light­ful per­son­al­ity. His abil­ity to bring peo­ple to­gether in achiev­ing goals is his ex­em­plary tal­ent.

Fan­nie H. Wright Fan­nie H. Wright, a mem­ber of the Queen Anne’s Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, keeps very busy vol­un­teer­ing in var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups.

As an ac­tive mem­ber of the John Wes­ley United Methodist Church in Carmichael, Fan­nie leads wor­ship, cre­ates Sun­day bul­letins and pre­pares sacra­ments for Holy Com­mu­nion. She also sings in the choir and keeps the church hall ap­pro­pri­ately dec­o­rated through­out the year.

Fan­nie reads to chil­dren at lo­cal ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools. She also serves weekly as a Char­ac­ter Counts coach at lo­cal schools.

Vis­it­ing nurs­ing home patients each week as well as driv­ing the el­derly to their doc­tor ap­point­ments are part of her busy life.

On Christ­mas morn­ing, Fan­nie vol­un­teers to help the home­less and needy by sort­ing canned and boxed food, sort­ing clothes and wrap­ping gifts.

She has served as chap­lain at the Ch­ester River Hospi­tal Cen­ter and as a mem­ber of the Queen Anne’s County Hospice Board of Di­rec­tors.

Fan­nie H. Wright is to­tally in­volved in the com­mu­nity through her church ac­tiv­i­ties, her in­volve­ment in schools and the help she pro­vides for the el­derly and those in need.

Edi­tor’s Note: Fan­nie Wright re­fused our re­quest to take a pho­to­graph to ac­com­pany this ar­ti­cle.




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