T idewater Trader February 12, 2020 Page B22 GOODNEWS PAGE Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers Send In Your Good News Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail to: Tidewater Trader P.O. Box 412 Chestertown, MD 21620 Santa Thanks Everyone for 17 th Annual Toy Run Success! Oh, my goodness! My nap after Christmas lasted almost a whole month this year! And my reindeer are still snoring!! I will let them sleep a little longer, but I have got to write a big thank you note to the wonderful folks who care so much about the children in Kent County! I made sure my Harley was ready to roll this year and on Sunday, De- cember 1 st I took off on it to meet the Rock Hall Bike Fest Committee and American Legion Riders at the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Compa- ny. There were 20 there waiting to escort Mrs. Claus and I to the Gale- na Volunteer Fire Company where a huge group of biker friends were waiting to be part of our Toy Run parade. We went from fire hall to fire hall in Kent County to pick up the toys folks had so gener- ously dropped off. This year, de- spite much grumbling, the Grinch drove the Four Forces Moving Ser- vice’s chase truck – there were lots of biker eyes watching his every move to be sure nothing got stolen! The weather was perfect this year. We had over 60 bikes in our pa- rade run! They came from every- where, and included members of the Iron Order of Maryland, the Patriot Guards, and the Centrev- ille American Legion Riders. They all brought their big hearts and rode hard as usual! Ho, Ho, Ho… a big, loud thank you to all the rid- ers! A special shout out goes to my biker buddies Jay Jacobs and Rusty Mench – they have been my spe- cial helpers and sidekicks in every Toy Run since they started them 17 years ago. Bikers are the Best! All of the Volunteer Fire Compa- nies – Galena, Millington, Ken- nedyville, Betterton, Chester- town, Rock Hall and Kent & Queen Anne Rescue were wait- ing for us and offered us warmth, rest and sometimes coffee, hot chocolate and cookies – and you know I like cookies! Thank you Volunteers and thank you also for all you do! Ho, Ho, Ho… We ended up with a new record number of toys this year too! At every Fire Hall stop we found so many wonderful gifts that had been left in the special Toy Run collection boxes. Thanks goes out to Bob and Sherry Baker, and Mitch and Lori Arden who helped us manage and organize the load. Amazing! Village Hardware in Rock Hall, Gillespie Concrete and the Chestertown Legion Ladies Auxiliary were special supporters this year making so much of our effort a lot easier. Thank You!! A Special Thank You goes to the organizers of the Kent County Fire Hall Toy Run, all the Fire Halls who helped put the word out and then welcomed us so graciously. But the most important thank you goes out to all the good people of Kent County who left presents at each hall – you know who you are! Mrs. Claus and I filled all the wish- es we had on our list and made special sure that all the gifts got to deserving children in Kent County by Christmas Day! Hoping everyone had a Merry Christmas Holiday and wish- ing you all a Healthy and Happy New Year! Lots of Love, Santa Chestertown Lions Club Presents Award to WC’s Kappa Alpha Order New Member Inducted into Soroptimist of KQAC King Lion Rick Coffman wel- comed members of the Kappa Alpha (KA) Order of Washington College at a business dinner meet- ing at the Chester River Yacht & Country Club on January 22 nd . The Lion Club recognized the KAs with a pizza party again this year for their support in assisting the Lions Club with our Chicken BBQ fundraiser this Fall. The KAs have been helping the Club for many years and without their help we could not make this fund raiser the success it has been. They provide support including helping set up cooing grates, cook chicken, box chicken, deliver box- es to the sales tables, and clean up sales and kitchen areas. If you would like to know more about the Chestertown Lions Club and the projects we support, call Membership Committee Chair Lion Larry Lyons at 410-708-3599. On January 20 th Nina Newlin was inducted into the Soroptimist Inter- national of Kent andQueenAnne’s Counties during the organization’s Januarymeeting.Meetings areheld the third Monday of the month at 6pm at the Amy Lynn Ferris Adult Activity Center in Chestertown. Visit their Facebook page for more information and events. New members are always welcome. The club has many activities, pro- grams and participates in many events, including: “Dream it Be it”, “Live Your Dream”, high school community service awards at each of the high schools, Afternoon De- light Fashion Show and Luncheon, Designer Purse Bingo, Quar- ter Auctions, Adopt A Kent and Queen Anne’s Family for Christ- mas, Mid-Shore Council on Fam- ily Violence, Mother’s Day flowers delivered to nursing homes, the Festival of Trees, Queen Anne’s County Fair, and First Friday. Soroptimists are a global volunteer network of women who work to improve the lives of women and girls. Programs focus on providing women and girls with access to education to help end social prob- lems affecting women and girls. Pictured left to right are Soroptimist members Wendy Bramble, Debbie Cornelius, Nina Newlin (new member), Vickie Quinn, and Connie Morris. King Lion Rick Coffman (pictured left), Presi- dent of Chestertown Lions Club, and Camerin Caraballo, President of Kappa Alpha Order, Washington College. Happy Valentine’s Day!