Looking back at my life as a computer educator in Michigan and my life here in Maryland, service to others and the natural environment is a recurring theme. As a 16 year old, I found myself Saturdays, at a Ladies’ Retirement Home, rounding up surprised women, to take them shopping. More recently, for the past 7 years, I’ve traveled countrywide, building with Habitat for Humanity. Besides the fun of hammering away at a framing nail, it is rewarding to work side by side with an excited, new homeowner who, often enough, is moving from substandard housing.
Additionally, in Maryland, I have devoted time to a life long passion…the preservation of nature through various restoration projects with the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is another organization with whom I’m currently working to preserve our treasured rural landscape in the six Eastern Shore counties. During summer months, I am privileged to volunteer as crew with the Sultana Project, a group who, on a replica merchant tall ship built in Chestertown, educates the public about the Chesapeake Bay and it’s ecological challenges. In recent years, I’ve also volunteered with the Chester River Hospital Center and Kent County Hospice.
Service to others and our natural environment continues to be my life passion. I am so pleased to be able to help Captain Bunch establish Operation Open Arms on the Eastern Shore and honor our Maryland soldiers on leave.