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SpinSheet Crew Parties Coming This Spring

Do you know someone who would love to go sailing this year? If so, you need to save the dates for one of SpinSheet’s Crew Parties coming to Solomons (March 30), Hampton (April 6), Baltimore (April 13), and Annapolis (April 28). 

SpinSheet Magazine, the Chesapeake Bay’s free monthly for sailors, has been hosting Crew Parties for 24 years. The public is invited to our parties, and they are free of charge. It doesn’t matter if you are new to sailing or you’ve been around boats your whole life; SpinSheet’s Crew Parties are for anyone who’d like to connect with other sailors and go sailing more often. Novices, casual day sailors, cruisers, and racers of all levels are welcome to join the fun.

SpinSheet Crew Party guests may register in advance (to win some great prizes) and are also welcome to register at the door. Everyone wears a nametag that says “looking for crew” or “looking for boat.” That way, new sailing friends meet each other and discuss what kind of sailing they would like to do in 2019.

SpinSheet specializes in connecting sailors through our Crew Parties (spinsheet.com/crew-parties) and our online Crew Finder (spinsheet.com/crew-finder).

Crew Party Highlights

  • Network with new and seasoned sailing crew and captains
  • Learn about Chesapeake Bay sailing opportunities and clubs
  • Stop by the Boat Gallery to view profiles of local boats looking for crew
  • Win grand door prizes

Save the Date!

With the support from title sponsors, Curtis Stokes and Musto.

 Solomon’s Crew Party – Saturday, March 30

4 -6 p.m.

Southern Maryland Sailing Association

14490 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688

 Hampton Crew Party – Saturday, April 6

6 -8 p.m.

Marker 20

21 E Queens Way, Hampton, VA 23669

 Baltimore Crew Party – Saturday, April 13
1 -3 p.m.

Baltimore County Sailing Center

2200 Rocky Point Rd, Baltimore, MD 21221

Annapolis Crew Party – Sunday, April 28

4 -6 p.m.

Eastport Yacht Club

317 First Street Annapolis, MD 21403


To learn more about the event and to register, visit: spinsheet.com/crew-parties

UM Shore Regional Health Earns Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s
Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its
performance standards. A symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe
and effective patient care, the Gold Seal of Approval® applies to UM Shore Regional Health’s three
hospitals, Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, the Cancer Center, two home care agencies, two
ambulatory surgery centers, and inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs.
UM Shore Regional Health underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in November, 2018. During
the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance at all sites with standards
related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and
control, leadership, and medication management.
“UM Shore Regional Health is pleased to achieve re-accreditation from The Joint Commission, the
premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Ken Kozel, president
and CEO. “Team members from our three hospitals and many outpatient facilities throughout the five
county region we serve work together to adopt and implement best-practice approaches that will improve
care for our patients and enhance the health of our communities. I am grateful to our Medical Staff and
volunteers, our Board, and staff members at all levels of our organization for their continued commitment
to making Shore Regional Health ‘Where the Health of the Eastern Shore Comes First.’”
The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general,
children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain Joint
Commission accreditation, which is awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360
critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program. The Joint Commission’s
hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement
experts and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help
hospitals measure, assess and improve performance
“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of
areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said
Mark G. Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification

Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk
management and risk reduction strategies.”

CBMM named to Maryland Green Registry

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has recently been accepted as a member of the Maryland Green Registry, a Maryland Department of the Environment sustainability program.

Serving as a clearinghouse of information and resources on environmental best management practices and technical services, the Maryland Green Registry is a free, voluntary program helping businesses of all types and sizes set and meet their sustainability goals.

Members agree to share at least five environmental practices and one measurable result while remaining dedicated to continually improving their environmental performance.

Among other initiatives, CBMM is recognized for its single-use plastic free initiative, along with participation in community environmental projects, single-stream recycling, water conservation, energy efficient practices, and stormwater management and site design.

“With a mission that includes preserving and exploring the environment of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, CBMM is very much committed to a strong, proactive approach to environmental management throughout our campus and entire operations,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway.

“CBMM’s leadership in the protection and conservation of Maryland’s natural resources is greatly appreciated,” commented Maryland Department of the Environment Sustainability Program and Maryland Green Registry Director Laura Armstrong. “They join a growing group of organizations working toward a sustainable Maryland through sound environmental practices.”

Collectively, Maryland Green Registry’s more than 500 members report saving more than $107 million annually through the practical measures shared in their online member profiles. More can be found at green.maryland.gov.

Every aspect of fulfilling CBMM’s mission is driven by the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Helps Those Struggling with Legal Issues

Mid-Shore Pro Bono has identified the top three civil legal issues facing young people and families of the Eastern Shore based on their work with clients during the first quarter of 2019. These issues involve advocating for children, caring for elderly loved ones, and student loan debt.

“While not unique to the Eastern Shore, these civil legal issues are dominating our caseloads so far in 2019,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director. “Demand for services in these areas is on the rise, and our team is working hard to develop and expand programs and services to meet these specific needs in our community.”

The rise of incarceration and deaths of parents associated with the opioid crisis has resulted in an 82% increase in third-party custody cases brought to Mid-Shore Pro Bono. When a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or other family member seeks to gain custody of a minor child whose parents are unable to care for them, they need legal support. In response, The Child Advocacy Project was created to provide the legal services needed to give these vulnerable children a safe and stable environment so that they can thrive while their parents, if still living, can receive the help they need.

The Eastern Shore has a large aging population and adult guardianship cases have increased, especially in situations where an individual does not have the proper estate planning, powers of attorney and advance medical directives in place. When aging adults become unable to make sound financial and health decisions, they need a trusted person to become their legal guardian to make those decisions on their behalf. Adult guardianship cases are particularly complex as they can threaten an older adult’s dignity and agency.  Many of these cases are preventable by ensuring that all adults have the proper documents in place while they are still of sound mind. Through its Elder Law Project, Mid-Shore Pro Bono works with clients through clinics and one-on-one sessions with a volunteer attorney to develop these documents, and also assists with those more serious situations that have escalated to an adult guardianship case.

Student loan debt is another growing challenge to many on the Eastern Shore. Even when young adults are employed post-college, large student loan payments are damaging their financial health and making it hard to cover rent and medical expenses. Unfortunately, the Eastern Shore’s challenging job market further exacerbates this issue in our communities. Many in this situation do not understand that student loan debt is a civil legal matter and that there are remedies. Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Economic Stability Project works with these young adults through clinics and individualized legal assistance to help them delay or restructure their student loans payments into an amount that is more manageable. In the most severe cases, Mid-Shore Pro Bono will also connect clients with a volunteer attorney that will seek remedies through the courts.

“The key to many of these issues is early intervention,” said Brown. “We aim to reach potential clients before a situation escalates to the most extreme scenario. Thanks to the work of our project teams and volunteer attorneys, we have been largely successful, but we do still see cases that require intensive assistance. We encourage anyone who may be facing one of these issues to contact us so we can connect them with the help they need.”


About Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

Infosession presented by Talbot Mentors

With beautiful weather returning to the Eastern Shore, it is the perfect time to renew your connection to the outdoors through the eyes of a young person.

Come and find out about mentoring a school age child at our free Infosession presented by Talbot Mentor Executive Director Gerson Martinez. We have an immediate need of mentors for students on our waitlist; 17 children, identified by Talbot County School personnel, would benefit from additional adult attention in their lives.  Current mentors will be on hand to answer questions about mentoring and its many benefits. Be a mentor, be a friend.

Mark your calendar to attend the next Infosession on

 Wednesday, April 10th

From 4:30-5:15 pm at Talbot Mentors office (off Aurora St.)

 108 Maryland Ave. Suite #102, Easton or contact us at:

(410) 770-5999 or talbotmentors.org

Dorchester County Nonprofit Leadership Series

Dorchester County Nonprofit Leadership Series
Five Sessions: April-June
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Chesapeake College Cambridge Center
416 Race Street, Cambridge, MD 21613
Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about effective nonprofit excellence while networking with colleagues from across Dorchester County! The Dorchester County Local Management Board, Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, and Mid-Shore Community Foundation have partnered to present a series of training sessions for Dorchester County nonprofit executive staff and board members.
Nonprofit leaders will learn how to build effective and sustainable organizations through a series of dynamic and experiential workshops, led by award-winning nonprofit leader Rob Levit. Participants will explore mission-critical topics like Program Design and Evaluation, Board Development and Engagement, Fundraising from Mission, and Effective Leadership Practices. Participants will leave with practical strategies to implement in their organizations. Participants who attend all five sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion.
The Dorchester County Nonprofit Leadership Series will consist of five (5) sessions on Tuesday mornings in April, May and June: April 9, April 23, May 14, June 4 and June 11. Sessions will be held at Chesapeake College’s Cambridge Center.
Lunch will be provided. 
The Dorchester County Nonprofit Leadership Series is funded by the Dorchester County Local Management Board. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. REGISTER ONLINE AT MSCF.ORG!
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