Ro­tary Club helps Mind­ful Meadow

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Green­well Foun­da­tion is hop­ing its Mind­ful Meadow will con­sist of goats, lambs, and mini horses all roam­ing and play­ing in a spe­cially-de­signed pad­dock. Vis­i­tors will join them in their space, and ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of hav­ing the an­i­mals ap­proach them.

And that vi­sion be­came a bit clearer re­cently when Michael Black­well, Pres­i­dent of Leonard­town Ro­tary Club Pres­i­dent Michael Black­well an­nounced that the Club has awarded $2,500 to­ward Mind­ful Meadow.

“There is abun­dant re­search that shows bring­ing peo­ple and an­i­mals to­gether is ben­e­fi­cial for ev­ery­body, es­pe­cially for our neigh­bors in the dis­abil­ity com­mu­nity,” Green­well Foun­da­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Jolanda Camp­bell said in a press re­lease. “Ro­tary’s gift is an es­sen­tial step in help­ing to cre­ate this won­der­ful space at Green­well.”

“We are proud that Green­well Foun­da­tion pro­gram­ming now serves all ages in our com­mu­nity, from our Na­ture Time Pro­gram in lo­cal Head Starts, Fire Within ther­a­peu­tic week­ends and Field Trips for at-risk teens, Tran­quil­ity for vet­er­ans and Wa­ter­shed He­roes for adults with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties,” Camp­bell added. “Ev­ery one of these groups will en­gage with an­i­mals in the Mind­ful Meadow, and all will ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Green­well Foun­da­tion’s pro­grams, call 301-373-9775, or go to www. green­well­foun­da­tion.org. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Ro­tary Club, call Bar­bara Wille 301-373-9775, or email br­wil­legwf@gmail.com, or go to www.leonard­town­ro­taryclub. org.

Mem­bers of the Ch­e­sa­peake Gar­den Club re­cently pre­sented the Ch­e­sa­peake Bi­o­log­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory in Solomons a check for $1,200 to CBL Di­rec­tor and Pro­fes­sor Tom Miller, cen­ter, and CBL As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor Laura Lapham, far right, in sup­port of a men­tor­ing project cre­ated by Lapham. Lapham cre­ated the STEM pro­gram with fund­ing from a L’Oreal “Chang­ing the Face of STEM” men­tor­ing grant, and a part­ner­ship be­tween the lab and the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land. Ear­lier this year, Lapham — who was a 2008 L’Oreal USA Women in Science Fel­low — gave a lec­ture on meth­ane bio­geo­chem­istry to as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor Lori Crocker’s bi­ol­ogy class at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land. Sev­eral stu­dents also re­ceived hands-on train­ing as marine sci­en­tists aboard the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Cen­ter for En­vi­ron­men­tal Science re­search ship, the R/V Rachel Car­son. Stu­dents col­lected water and sed­i­ment sam­ples and pro­cessed them in the lab­o­ra­tory at CBL. In ad­di­tion, one in­tern helped an­a­lyze the sam­ples col­lected on the cruise and re­ported the find­ings. The Gar­den Club’s dona­tion will al­low the in­tern to con­tinue their work at CBL be­yond the orig­i­nal grant. Lapham’s work at CBL in­cludes un­der­stand­ing the im­pact of en­vi­ron­men­tal changes on emis­sions of meth­ane, a pow­er­ful green­house gas, into aquatic en­vi­ron­ments like the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay es­tu­ary, Arc­tic fresh­wa­ter lakes, and the Gulf of Mex­ico hy­dro­car­bon seeps.

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