Second Youth Leadership The Second Annual Youth Leadership conference, held in June, was designed to Conference Held help teens learn leadership and problem- solving skills that they will be able to use throughout their lives. SMECO was among a number of Southern Maryland business community leaders to sponsor the Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference in June. The Not-for-Proﬁt four-day conference was developed to help area teens develop leadership skills. Fifty Southern Maryland high-school students attended the conference held at the St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Students received leadership training in the areas of ethics, government, and communications. Activities included an ethics That’s the workshop, leadership game, and brainstorming sessions for planning and present- Cooperative Difference ing projects to beneﬁt the community. Groups of students worked together on presentations ranging from school climate and teen wellness to domestic violence and homelessness. Each group gave its presentation on the last night of the con- In 1937, when Franklin D. Roosevelt ference to an audience made up of parents and family members. was president and the Great Depression A featured guest speaker at the conference was Olympic gold medalist was entering its eighth year, Southern Dominique Dawes. Dawes encouraged students to envision their success: write Maryland had no electricity. Because down their goals, build relationships, Southern Maryland was sparsely popu- and overcome setbacks. Pete Mahon lated and without signiﬁcant commercial of Charles County Public Schools activity, it was not proﬁtable for inves- conducted workshops on True tor-owned utilities to provide electric Colors, a dynamic personality service to the area. assessment tool for building bet- ter communications and providing That’s when a group of Southern insight into career choices. Maryland residents decided to form an Representatives from the Calvert electric cooperative. This illustrates one Crusade for Children conducted a way electric co-ops are different from session on developmental assets, investor-owned utilities. Co-ops are focusing on the internal assets that generally formed to serve less densely identify characteristics and behaviors populated areas such as Southern Dominique Dawes, right, speaks to a student that reﬂect positive internal growth Maryland. at the second Southern Maryland Youth Leadership Conference. and development of young people. The goal of this session was to teach The goal of electric cooperatives is young people to make thoughtful and positive choices to be better prepared for to provide safe, dependable power to situations in life that challenge their inner strength and conﬁdence. members at the lowest price possible. Other speakers were Dr. Michael Martirano, superintendent of St. Mary’s Because SMECO is a cooperative, our County Public Schools; Maryland Delegate Michael Vaughn of Prince George’s margins—revenue minus expenses—are County; motivational speaker Wardell retained to provide working capital for Swann; Col. Tim Hutchins, superin- new construction and system improve- tendent of the Maryland State Police; ments. These margins are refunded to and Dr. Patrick Allen, chair of the customer-members in the form of Capi- Social Science, Human Services, and tal Credits—another beneﬁt you’ll never Teacher Education Department at the see from an investor-owned utility. College of Southern Maryland. SMECO’s Capital Credit refunds for 2006 are credited to members’ bills in July or August. Continued on back, Youth Leadership Around Town Visit www.smeco.coop/community/aroundtown for more events. Teen Event and Concert Texas Holdr’Em Tournament 10th Annual Parish Dinner Sponsor: The 7:30 Club Sponsor: Indian Head Volunteer Fire Sponsor: Sacred Heart Catholic Church September 2, 7-10 p.m. Department and Rescue Squad September 24, 1-6 p.m. Immaculate Conception Church September 16, 4 pm. Sacred Heart Parish Hall, La Plata Parish Hall, Mechanicsville Indian Head Firehouse, Indian Head 301-934-3656 301-884-0147 or e-mail Reservations strongly encouraged. email@example.com 800-337-2217 or e-mail Fall Follies Crafts Show WitchyGrandMa1@aol.com County Fairs Sponsor: Crafts Guild of St. Mary’s County 2006 Maryland September 9, 10 am-3 pm Lighthouse Challenge Charles County Fair September 10 (raindate) Sponsor: Chesapeake Chapter U.S. September 14-17 On the Square, Leonardtown Lighthouse Society and the Lighthouse Fairgrounds, La Plata 301-994-2621 Organizations of Maryland 301-932-1234 or visit September 16-17, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. www.charlescountyfair.com Woodland Indian Discovery Day Lighthouse locations statewide Sponsor: Historic St. Mary’s City 410-437-0741 or e-mail St. Mary’s County Fair September 9, firstname.lastname@example.org September 21-24 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fairgrounds, Indian Hamlet, Historic F. George Heinze III Golf Classic Leonardtown St. Mary’s City Auction & Dinner 301-475-8434 240-895-4990 or e-mail Sponsor: American Red Cross Southern email@example.com Maryland Chapter Calvert County Fair September 22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. September 28-October 2 12th Annual Police Swan Point Yacht and Country Club, Fairgrounds, Barstow and Community Day Swan Point 410-535-0026 Sponsor: Maryland State Police Reservations required. September 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1-888-276-2767 or visit 210 Main Street, Prince Frederick www.southernmaryland.redcross.org 410-535-1400 Youth Leadership, Continued Students who attended the Southern Maryland Youth Leadership Conference participated in seminars and team-building activities. The Youth Leadership Conference was sponsored by Lord and Tucker Management Consultants the following: Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative American Association of University Women Southern Maryland WorkSource Calvert County Chamber of Commerce St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce Calvert County Department of Juvenile Services St. Mary’s County Public Schools Calvert County Public Schools St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation, Parks Charles County Chamber of Commerce and Community Services Charles County Public Schools St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department College of Southern Maryland Teen Court of St. Mary’s County Concerned Black Women of Calvert County Titan Financial Services Electric Meters—Do Not Touch! SMECO’s Missing If you need to have your electric meter temporarily Looking Members publication, moved in order to make home improvements, call SMECO For which lists the names at 1-888-440-3311. SMECO provides this service free of Money? of members with unclaimed Capital charge to protect the safety of Cooperative members. Credits, was inserted Meters are an integral part of the distribution system If you are a missing member of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), you into Southern Maryland and are designed to safely supply your home with electricity. could be entitled to a Capital Credit refund. Simply find your newspapers in June. Removing a meter base from its secure position can cause name in this publication, then complete the form included in the back. A searchable list of serious injury and jeopardize the stability of the installation members’ unclaimed through arcs of electricity, explosions, or ﬁre. Meters are Capital Credits is accessible at designed to be safe, but should only be accessed by autho- www.smeco.coop. rized utility personnel. A meter base should never be pried May 2006 or loosened from its secure location.
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