December 4, 2023
Annapolis, US 53 F

Rotarians ringing the bell for the Salvation Army on Main Street

Annapolis Rotary Breakfast Group friends support the Salvation Army fundraiser: Elaine Shanley, Trish Farrell, and Barb Eilertsen (Photo: Donald Roland)

Rotarians are “ringing the bells,” the sound of the season, to support the Salvation Army’s traditional holiday fundraiser. 

Rotarians Jim Dolezal and Carole Brown have managed the Rotary’s Red Kettle site at the foot of Main Street downtown for the last 10 years. They have engaged numerous Rotarians, friends, local companies, and community organizations to join in bell ringing at the festive corner of Main Street daily from the Friday after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, except on Sundays. For safety this year, all volunteers will be wearing PPE and maintaining appropriate distancing. 

Donations made to the Salvation Army provide food, shelter, utility and rent assistance, and services to our neighbors in need. Because of the pandemic, requests to the Salvation Army for help have increased significantly this year, yet donations are down – including to the kettle – as people aren’t out and about as they normally would be. To make up for the expected shortfall in vital contributions, on-line kettle donations can be made to the Salvation Army on the Rotary Club’s website at: www.annapolisrotary.org/kettle. 

If you, your family, office, or friends would like to ring the bells on Main Street contact Jim Dolezal at 410-570-1357. 

The Rotary Club of Annapolis was founded in 1921 and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. The Club includes 140 members focused on improving our local community and the world. Members attend breakfast, lunch, or happy hour meetings depending on their schedules. Guests are always welcome. To learn more about Rotary see www.annapolisrotary.org or to attend a meeting, please contact Liesel Schopler 202-489-3879 or [email protected]. 

Photos attached, courtesy of Donald E. Roland. 1. Rotarian Fred Fishback and his golden retriever visit Trish Farrell and Elaine Shanley at the Salvation Army Red Kettle at the foot of Main Street. 2. Annapolis Rotary Breakfast Group friends support the Salvation Army fundraiser: Elaine Shanley, Trish Farrell, and Barb Eilertsen. 

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