Calvert honors its most beautiful volunteers
A 16-year-old is among the 2018 year’s recipients
The Board of County Commissioners presented seven Calvert County residents with the 2018 Calvert You Are Beautiful Award on Tuesday for their commitment to the community through volunteering.
The annual awards program, in its 12th year, was held at the College of Southern Maryland in Prince Frederick.
This year, 16 year-old Ben Springer, a junior at Calvert High School, was among the honorees.
A volunteer with the Calvert Steward program, a partnership between Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Division of Natural Resources, Springer works with nature programs at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center where he is involved in construction, videography, research monitoring, teaching and counseling.
Springer has participated in research efforts such as the Prothonotary Warbler Project, which involved building, installing and monitoring bird nest boxes, and the Maryland Atlas of Reptiles and Amphibians Project. The goal of this five-year study was to survey all of the reptiles and amphibians found in this geographic area.
“Isn’t he amazing,” Chief of Calvert County’s Natural Resources Division Karyn Molines said of Springer. “He’s a real asset.”
Molines, who nominated Springer, said the division has 100 volunteers and when she had to think who is that one person that exemplifies the vision of the division, Springer immediately came to mind.
“The dedication he has with nature — he has grown up with natural resources and as soon as he was able to, he joined the program.
Molines said the award gives Springer the opportunity to know people value what he is doing.
Barbara Glover, a volunteer and award recipient, is the principal lead for the Ladies of Charity Food Pantry in North Beach, which serves an average of 275 households in northern Calvert County. She orders food and supplies, keeps the pantry clean and organized and leads a team of roughly 40 volunteers.
Glover established the practice of giving clients “bonus bags” filled with personal care items that are not eligible for purchase under the food stamp program. She also prepares holiday meals
for pantry clients.
Glover also leads the distribution of fresh farm produce and manages the distribution of backpacks filled with school supplies in August. Glover received the Archbishop of Washington’s “Manifesting the Kingdom Award” in 2017 for her efforts. She also volunteers with the Knights of Columbus and the Boy Scouts of America. Ann Klein nominated Glover.
Honoree Barry Briscoe is a volunteer at Southern Pines Senior Center in Lusby where he has attended and participated in numerous activities and programs there for a number of years. Briscoe serves lunches to seniors who have difficulty walking and often assists with setting up and cleaning up for senior center programs. Occasionally, he will play the piano.
Briscoe also prepares a history lecture and facilitates the senior center’s discussion titled “Our History.” Briscoe was nominated by Ed Sullivan.
Award recipient Beverly Barth is no stranger to helping those in crisis. Shortly after moving to Calvert County two dozen years ago, she began training to help women in domestic violence situations. Over the years, she has accompanied victims to court, visits them in emergency rooms and helps them get protective orders from their abusive partners. Barth is on call weekends at the Crisis Intervention Center in Prince Frederick.
Barth was recently sworn in as a court-appointed special advocate working with foster children, supporting them as they navigate their way through the court system and find permanent homes. She also served with the Calvert County Lions Club for 13 years. Corrita Myers nominated Barth for the award.
Award recipient Linda Densmore has been a volunteer at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons for nearly two decades.
Most recently, Densmore comes to the museum every Wednesday morning to serve as a guide for the skates and rays exhibit, interpreting the exhibit for visitors and answering questions.
Desnmore was voted the museum’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year, receiving their Golden Otter award in March of this year.
Sherri Reed nominated Dens- more. Densmore was unable to attend the award due to illness.
Diane Holloway nominated Lusby resident Kevin Franco for tending the Southern Community Center’s community garden and butterfly garden, as well as plants within the center.
In addition to his landscaping, Franco installed stone work for the walkway in the center’s butterfly garden. Franco also volunteers with the Calvert County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Office on Aging by assisting with setting up for various events and activities.
Francis “Randy” Kozik nominated award recipient Carolyn Mohler as chairperson of Calvert County Christmas in April, a program that repairs the houses of selected low-income Calvert homeowners with the help of 900 volunteers.
Mohler receives and process- es more than 115 applications and phone calls throughout the year in support of the program, organizes committee members into teams to assess applicants’ needs and prioritize repairs, and then oversees the selection process with the 20-member panel.
Mohler notifies applicants of their selection status. For those who are selected, Mohler visits the homes to meet and photograph volunteers working on houses and to interview homeowners. She encourages those who are not selected to re-apply the next year. She publishes a 16-page illustrated newsletter of the Christmas in April workday that includes data from the event.
Carolyn Mohler, left, Ben Springer, Beverly Barth, Barbara Glover, Barry Briscoe and Kevin Franco each receive the 2018 Calvert You Are Beautiful Award for volunteering in the community. Not pictured is award recipient Linda Densmore. The award ceremony was held at the College of Southern Maryland in Prince Frederick on Sept. 25.
Above left, Ben Springer, a junior at Calvert High School, was among the honorees at the 2018 Calvert You Are Beautiful Award for volunteering in the community. Springer, 16, volunteers with the Calvert Steward program. Above right, Kevin Franco was among the honorees for volunteering at the Southern Community Center. Franco landscapes at the center and also volunteers with the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Office on Aging. Below, Carolyn Mohler, chairperson of Calvert County Christmas in April, was nominated for her commitment to the program that repairs the houses of low-income Calvert County homeowners.