George Shenk

Chartered on February 11, 1921, the Rotary Club of Annapolis is the largest and most active service club in Maryland's state capital and one of the most active in Rotary International District 7620. The chapter's membership of 160+ engages in a number of fundraising activities, but is most renowned for the World's Largest Crab Feast, held every year in mid summer at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Weekly meetings are convivial lunchtime gatherings, usually featuring an interesting speaker or presentation, held every Thursday at noon at the Annapolis Yacht Club. Visiting Rotarians and guests of Rotarians are very welcome. There is also a breakfast group and a happy hour group.

Proceeds from the Rotary Club of Annapolis's fundraising efforts go to many worthy organizations in the area, with the aim of making life in Annapolis better for everyone. But Annapolis Rotary's activities don't end at fundraising and grant giving; every year Rotarians pitch in on numerous civic activities. You'll see Rotarians ringing bells for the Salvation Army, cleaning up Rowe Boulevard, and remodeling a home-in-need for the "Rebuilding Together" project of Anne Arundel County. Over the years, Annapolis Rotary has also been instrumental in improving relationships between the Annapolis community and the Naval Academy. Navy Night, when the club hosts the Academy leadership, is still one of the biggest events on the annual calendar.

Rotary Club of Annapolis has sponsored the membership of many clubs in the area, including Glen Burnie (1930), Severna Park (1949), Lexington Park (1960), Prince Frederick (1964), and Parole-Annapolis (1985). Sister club relationships have been established with Rotary clubs in England, at Dartmouth and Arundel, and in Tabor, Czech Republic.