Fran­chot hon­ors com­mu­nity mem­ber

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­ Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @ Dustin_S­tarDem.

DENTON — Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot hon­ored Tri-Gas & Oil Pres­i­dent and CEO Keith McMa­han Thurs­day with the Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer Help­ing Peo­ple Award for his ser­vice to the Caro­line County com­mu­nity.

DENTON — Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot hon­ored Tri-Gas & Oil Pres­i­dent and CEO Keith McMa­han Thurs­day with the Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer Help­ing Peo­ple Award for his ser­vice to the Caro­line County com­mu­nity.

McMa­han of Denton has served on lo­cal bank, hos­pi­tal and foun­da­tion boards, as well as in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions. He is a mem­ber of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Denton, and he vol­un­teers with Re­build­ing To­gether Caro­line County. He also is a mem­ber of C12, an Amer­i­can Chris­tian CEO busi­ness ad­vi­sory group.

Since 2011, McMa­han has trav­eled to Africa for the Life­time Wells for Ghana Inc. out­reach.

“I’m hon­ored to be down here to honor the McMa­han fam­ily,” said Fran­chot, who also pre­sented McMa­han’s wife, Dar­lene, with the Comp­trol­ler’s Medal­lion. “I be­lieve Keith is the em­bod­i­ment of the val­ues of Je­sus Christ. I think he and his fam­ily rep­re­sent, and put into prac­tice ev­ery day the teach­ings of God.

“I’m just so happy to be here, in this set­ting, to honor an in­di­vid­ual like Keith,” he said. “Clearly, Keith is one of Caro­line County’s most re­spected and dis­tin­guished cit­i­zens, but he is also one of Mary­land’s.”

Frac­n­hot said on Schae­fer’s tomb­stone, there is no men­tion of be­ing gov­er­nor or comp­trol­ler. He said there are only two words, “He cared.”

“Those are ob­vi­ously im­por­tant words for us to live by,” he said. “I just want to salute Keith McMa­han for em­body­ing that same com­mit­ment to help­ing peo­ple that Gov. Schae­fer had in his 50 years of pub­lic ser­vice.

“Keith al­ways finds time to give back to com­mu­ni­ties all across the Shore, im­prov­ing the lives of count­less Mary­lan­ders,” he said. “Keith is con­tin­u­ing the legacy of com­mu­nity lead­er­ship in ser­vice that has be­come syn­ony­mous with his fam­ily’s name by vol­un­teer­ing at Re­build To­gether Caro­line County or lend­ing his tal­ents to his church, St. Luke’s, or trav­el­ing across the At­lantic on mis­sion trips to Africa.

“How many of us are as­so­ci­ated with dig­ging thou­sands of wells for peo­ple in Africa,” he said. “You can­not em­pha­size enough how hon­ored I am to be here to salute Keith for re­spond­ing to the called ser­vice, never hes­i­tat­ing to do your part, not just to make this area a bet­ter place, but the world a bet­ter place.”

McMa­han said he is hon­ored and hum­bled to re­ceive the award from Fran­chot. He thanked his fam­ily for sup­port­ing him over the years. McMa­han and his wife have been mar­ried for 46 years and they have three chil­dren, Julie, Nash and David, along with eight grand­chil­dren. He also thanked his mom and dad. “I don’t know many peo­ple who have had as much sup­port as I’ve had from Dar­lene, Julie, David and Nash,” he said. “Also, we’ve had so many peo­ple that have sup­ported our busi­ness for years and years and years. It truly takes a team to have that kind of suc­cess. We have a great group of sup­port peo­ple on our staff, and I want to thank them for their hard work.”

McMa­han rec­og­nized Ken Wood, owner of Life­time Well Drilling Com­pany in Denton. Wood has made more than 30 trips to ru­ral ar­eas of Ghana and Tan­za­nia, do­nat­ing and ship­ping three truck mounted drilling rigs and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment and now plan­ning to send the fourth. More than 1,600 wa­ter wells, bring­ing clean wa­ter to nearly one mil­lion vil­lagers for the first time in their lives have been drilled due to Wood’s in­volve­ment.

“I have been so blessed to make five or six trips with Kenny,” McMa­han said. “I can’t be­gin to tell you how many hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple’s lives have been im­proved by Kenny.”

McMa­han said he is proud to live in Caro­line County, a place that is al­ways giv­ing, even if the com­mu­nity does not have the same re­sources as wealth­ier coun­ties.

“I’ve lived here my en­tire life, and I can tell you that I never see us fail to rise to the oc­ca­sion,” he said. “If we need an ath­letic field, some­one’s home burns down. If there is an ef­fort to ben­e­fit many, many from Caro­line County will show up. Mr. Comp­trol­ler, al­though we rank low on fi­nan­cial stand­ing, I would of­fer that Caro­line County ranks num­ber one when it comes to heart and com­mit­ment.”


Keith and Dar­lene McMa­han, from left, stand with Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot after Fran­chot pre­sented Keith with the 2016 Wil­liam Don­ald Schaf­fer Help­ing Peo­ple Award at a cer­e­mony Thurs­day in Denton.

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