7th District Optimist Club Seek Nominees for "Waterman of the Year" Award for the 2019 Blessing of the Fleet


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The 7th District Optimist Club is seeking nominations for the "Waterman of the Year" Award, to be presented during the 2019 Blessing of the Fleet, held at the St. Clement's Island Museum.

The award is given to an outstanding waterman who exemplifies the spirit of what it means to work the waters of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. To qualify, the nominee must meet the following criteria: The individual must make their living on the water; Must respect and preserve the natural habitat of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed; Must be respectful of the laws of the water and the current fishing regulations; Must always lend a hand when needed out on the water; Must teach the next generation the ways or history of the water; Must be a local resident (defined as the Chesapeake Bay Watershed area).

Local citizens are encouraged to submit nominee choices to the 7th District Optimist Club no later than September 1, 2019. Nominations may be emailed to Blessing of the Fleet Committee Member Karen Stone at Karen.stone@stmarysmd.com or via regular postal mail to: Blessing of the Fleet Committee, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton's Point, MD 20626.

Held the first weekend of October for more than 50 years, the Blessing of the Fleet has become known as one of St. Mary's County's, and indeed one of Southern Maryland's, most anticipated family events of the year. This significant occasion celebrates St. Mary's County's rich heritage ties to the magnificent Chesapeake Bay watershed and the watermen who work its waters. This year's event, featuring a fun revamped format, is slated for October 5 & 6, 2019 at St. Clement's Island Museum in Colton's Point, MD.

The 7th District Optimist Club, the host organization of Blessing of the Fleet, is made up of members of the local community dedicated to reaching out and helping the youth and the community in and around St. Mary's County's 7th District. The Club uses proceeds from the many yearly events and fundraisers, like Blessing of the Fleet, to provide funding for countless youth events and causes throughout the county, as well as to area elderly programs and local fire and rescue squads. For more information regarding the 7th District Optimist Club and its mission of community service, please visit www.7thdistrictoptimist.org.