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Join Us at West Marine December 7th 5% OF PROCEEDS TO CHESAPEAKE BAY MEMORIES CHARITIES

The biggest West Marine Store in Maryland, located at 8640 Pulaski Hwy in Middle River, will have a Community Day 9 am – 7 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2013 to benefit Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities.  Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities is an all volunteer non-profit organization, dedicated to providing high-caliber, hands-on Chesapeake Bay watershed-focused education, leadership and community outreach programs for youth ages 8 -18.  Over 20,000 local children have participated in their stewardship and youth leadership programs.

In the spirit of the holiday season, West Marine’s Middle River store, located at 8640 Pulaski Hwy in the Golden Ring Mall Shopping Center, will donate 5% of their sales on Saturday, December 7 to Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities.  In addition, a Knotty Kids Gift Making Workshop will take place from 9:00am – 12 noon, where kids can have fun making nautical gifts for the holidays.  A parent must accompany each child.  Supplies are limited.

“Wow! West Marine’s Middle River store is offering a generous gift and tremendous opportunity for local kids. We are honored to be chosen as West Marine Middle River’s Community Day benefitting organization,” says Penelope Soteria, Executive Director, “When Joan Macri from our Advisory Board shared the great news and I broadcasted it to the families of our past youth program beneficiaries, overwhelming immense heartfelt gratitude shined through amongst the community for this generous holiday season gift. West Marine’s support will go a long way towards helping us benefit even more local youth in 2014. We hope many people will join us at West Marine’s Middle River store on December 7th.”

Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities’ programs have been recognized with 179 national, state, and local awards. The 11 year old organization operates on an annual budget of $25,000, the majority being in-kind donations of educational resources that youth participants use and meals consumed during programs.  Programs are offered at no cost to youth participants thanks to the help of many dedicated and talented local volunteers, working in collaboration with other community organizations such as the Middle River Recreation and Parks Council.

“This gift from West Marine’s Middle River store location is fantastic! Thanks for helping the children think about their futures and get excited about the Bay,” says Marita Andrews, mother of two October 2013 program participants, “Chesapeake Bay Memories covered so much ground with these children they hadn’t been exposed to before.  Thanks for this one-of-a-kind opportunity that more children should have.”

While you enjoy West Marine Middle River store’s Community Day festivities, be sure to stop by the Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities table to get better acquainted and learn how the organization collaborates and creates opportunities to educate and inspire local kids.  Hats and fine embroidered polo shirts will be available for purchase. They make great holiday gifts and they can be worn with pride knowing that 100% of proceeds from this apparel go to benefit the organization’s youth programs.

Middle River’s 2013 Parade of Lighted Boats is fast approaching!

Want to help make Middle River’s 10th Parade of Lighted Boats another success for the community’s delight? Call Jim at 410-404-3013 or Pat at 410-686-3909.

Chesapeake Bay Memories Youth Featured in Documentary

The Electronic Media and Film (EMF) Department of Towson University held its screening April 30, 2010 of the documentary film “What Did You Do This Summer?” Filmed over the course of 8-weeks by EMF students and directed by EMF faculty member Shaun Wright, the 45-minute character driven documentary examines the impact of Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Programs as youth participants engage in their first summer job. Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities was honored to be featured. Many thanks to EMF’s Brad, Marisa, Amanda, and Shaun for their outstanding work in spotlighting local youth and their contributions to the community!

Youth Leadership Team Educators Celebrate Success!

Thank you new and returning teachers! Chesapeake Bay Memories would like to thank Kiara, Matt, Shahida, Brandi, Brittany, Adam, Caron, Karl, AJ, Chanell, Jevontay, Derron, Sam, Delvonta, Patrick, Richie, and Michelle for your dedication as youth educators! We appreciate all of the hard work you all have given to make this program a success.

The youth leadership team members learned to: Consistently attend work on time as scheduled, Come ready to work daily, Be friendly and personable with others, Consistently try to give the best effort, Respect all people’s voices and diversity, Maintain a positive attitude, Learn CPR and First Aid, Learn and demonstrate effective teaching skills, Learn all 15 Chesapeake Bay education stations, Learn how to successfully rig a fishing rod and cast a fishing rod, Demonstrate effective leadership skills, Work well independently, Work well as a team member, Learn MD State Safe Boating Course material, Bring a lunch daily to work, Act respectfully on the bus during trips to PAL centers, Refrain from text messaging/using phone applications/iPods in the workplace, Show initiative in volunteering for tasks requested by supervisor, Exhibit behavior that is learner-centered at all times, Be mindful of safety to self and others at all times, Be attentive and respectful of supervisors and coworkers leading activities, Respected the property of the workplace, Be trustworthy and reliable when asked to fulfill responsibilities, and be a valued Leadership Team Youth Educator, and will be welcomed back to participate in future opportunities at Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities.

Oyster Stew Cook-off a Tasty Success

Thanks to all who came out to support our 2nd Oyster Stew Cook Off

Oyster Cook-Off

Oyster Cook-Off

And The Winner Is:

Nancy M. Dvorak

A Special Thanks to Long Beach Restaurant & Tavern for Hosting The Event Again…. Looking forward to 2013 and who will take the title of the Best Oyster Stew!

Nellie L Byrd Is On Her Way to Set Sail in 2015