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2015 Volunteer Awards Nominee Profiles
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Port Republic School #7 One Room Schoolhouse Committee
Nominated by Frances Armstrong

The Port Republic School #7 restoration project was the brainchild of a group of retired teachers in the 1970s. Through their stalwart actions, the once abandoned One Room Schoolhouse located on Broomes Island Road in Port Republic was brought back to life. Their outreach program continues to evolve over the years. 

Today, all fourth graders in Calvert County public and private schools spend a day at the school and experience how a one-room school operated more than 100 years ago. But for a visionary’s dreams to flourish, another generation of volunteers must commit to preserving the program and all that it entails. This is where the One Room Schoolhouse Committee’s dedication comes into play. 

The committee comes under the umbrella of the Calvert Retired School Personnel Association, and through its work has made it possible to continue this highly regarded program. It takes four volunteers per day to keep the program running smoothly.

The volunteers who serve on this committee develop and implement many aspects of the program. Nominated for "Calvert You Are Beautiful" are committee members Fran Armstrong (chair), Russell Costley, Casey Duehrssen, Barbara Fringer, Dotty Greene, Carol Khalili, Pamela Mackall and Fritzie Zidow. The program could not operate without this dedicated committee. 
  Amy Plummer
Nominated by Bayside History Museum

Amy Plummer has supported the Bayside History Museum in so many ways; it is hard to narrow down her significant contributions. Very quietly and behind the scenes, Amy’s ability to raise money has made it possible for the museum to create quite a few wonderful exhibits. 

Amy’s vision and expertise regarding collections and the ability to get items donated for the latest exhibit is amazing. The Bayside History Museum just launched its newest exhibit simply called "The Cottage." She spent a significant amount of time talking to people in the Plum Point/ Carpenter’s Beach area and was instrumental in getting some fabulous cottage items donated for this exhibit.

Amy supports lectures offered by the museum, doing everything from folding mail fliers, to staffing scouting programs, to lending a hand at special events. Whatever needs to be done, Amy is there to assist. She is the epitome of a great volunteer and is a wonderful asset to the Bayside History Museum. 
  Jennifer Purcell 
Nominated by Kristy Alvarez,
Freedom Hill Horse Rescue

A recent transplant to Calvert County, Jennifer Purcell does many of the things a typical mother of a teenage boy might do. She served on the Northern Middle School’s School Improvement Team and was the hospitality chair for the school’s PTSA. She’s collected donations for the Help Association. She participates in road clean-ups and other service activities as secretary of the troop committee for Boy Scout Troop 1792.

Jennifer also has a second family at Freedom Hill Horse Rescue (FHHR). In just two years, she has logged more than 2,000 hours with the rescue. In her first year, she completed 200 feed shifts and provided hands-on care to horses in need. In her second year, she revamped the rescue’s marketing materials, quadrupled its grant funding and organized a month-long fundraising campaign and community event that resulted in the rescue being named one of seven award winners by the ASPCA. This competition included more than 100 rescues around the nation. Jennifer has gone above and beyond to help FHHR be all that it is today and so much more.

Jennifer has literally given blood, sweat and tears to help FHHR thrive. Without a doubt, underneath her often dirty barn clothes, is one of Calvert County’s most beautiful people. 

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