Commissioners recognize Shorter for outstanding service
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners recognized the achievements and the countless contributions to the community of Melvin Shorter Jr. at their January meeting.
Shorter, a graduate of Kennard High School in Centreville, has been active in the Kennard Alumni Association since 1984 and its efforts in restoring the school and reopening it as the Kennard Cultural and Heritage Center.
He retired from Kraft General Foods after 33 years, as mechanic, where he was known as a superstar because when things went wrong, the call went out for him and his team to address the problem.
Shorter is a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Queen Anne’s County Chapter of the NAACP and the Chesapeake College Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee. He is locally renowned for his catering and fish frying skills, which he shares with the community at four annual summer events.
Shorter is also the Deputy Grand Master for the 7th District of the Prince Hall Masons in the fivecounty Upper Shore area, a member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church since 1942, and is a trustee and finance committee chairman at Burrisville United Methodist Church.
Continuing work parttime at the Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Chestertown, Shorter helps loved ones with their grief and sorrow. He was saluted for his hard work, leadership and unselfish devotion to family, community, church, Masonic lodge and various civic associations and named as the 2016 Citizen of the Year by the Centreville Rotary Club.
In appreciation of his contributions the county commissioners said, “We, the County Commissioners Of Queen Anne’s County, do hereby recognize Melvin Shorter for his dedication and support in making Queen Anne’s County a great place to Live! Work! And Play!”
Melvin Shorter Jr., center, with his daughter Sheila, was recognized for his Outstanding Service to the community by the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Commissioners, from left, Jim Moran, Mark Anderson, Jack Wilson and Robert Buckey.