The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek

District 7620, Club 29713 • Chartered August 6, 1993

Members Make A Difference


As a member of the Membership Committee, I learn first-hand why people join our amazing club. For most of us, it’s the fellowship and the opportunity to serve others. My reason for joining RCCC dates back to October 2013, when I interviewed for the position of executive director of the Historical Society of Frederick County. I was asked if I’d be willing to join a local Rotary Club. Having been a Rotarian in New Hampshire and seeing its impact there, my answer was a resounding “Yes!” In January 2014, I started my new job, and “The Godfather” was soon my sponsor.

Our club offers many opportunities for you to enhance your skills and satisfy your interests to make a difference, whether it’s helping Barbara Daniel distribute school supplies to families in need, or working with Richard Foot to collect bicycles for the world. As a member of RCCC, I find myself doing things I never thought I would. Who knew that serving strudel could be so much fun? It all has to do with Mary Ford-Naill and her great team (her husband Gary, Eric Johnson and Greg Brown to name a few), and knowing that Oktoberfest, our single fundraiser, benefits our community and the world.

Thanks to Debbie Powell and the Marketing Committee, my duties at this year’s Oktoberfest will be, for better or worse, more in line with my traditional employment skills. In response to the Visitor Survey, I’ve been asked to provide authentic German heritage experiences at the event. My staff, and Catherine Randazzo as volunteer, will be offering on-line genealogical research, publications, recipes, quizzes and games. Look for our table in the “Village” – across from the strudel booth!

Fellowship is strong within our club. During the Star Spangled Rotary Club District Conference last May, the Museum of Frederick County History was a hospitality site. I was a small cog in a very big wheel in a well-tuned machine, thanks to the talent, energy and enthusiasm of our members.

Ask a friend or colleague to join us to make a difference!