"Service Above Self" - The Shepherdstown chapter of Rotary International is a civic organization of service-minded individuals contributing time, talent, and resources to the good of the community for over 35 years.
Aug 29, 2023
This morning we were thrilled to hear from Edwina "Eddie" Benites-LM, the newly appointed Executive Director of Jefferson County Development Authority. Mrs. Benites-LM is a government relations and economic development expert with 20 years of success. She has experience as a staffer in the US Senate, as a federal lobbyist primarily representing governmental entities, and as a small business owner. She earned a master's degree in rural development through the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and her undergraduate degree is through George Washington University. She recently earned a graduate certificate in Excellence in Local Governance through the University of Maryland. Benites-LM serves on various boards and commissions in Frederick County, coaches youth basketball, and is a mom of four.
This morning we heard a wonderful presentation by Stephanie Williams. She presented on "The New Great Game - Russia and the New Middle Powers are Shaping the World Order." She has extensive experience in international mediation, diplomacy, and security policy.
The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown has inducted Matthew Hoffman as a new member.
Matt is Director of Career Services at Shepherd University, and an academic advisor and instructor for first-year experience courses. He is also the on-campus advisor to Shepherd's Rotaract Club, Rotary's service organization for university students.
A native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, he has two degrees from Shepherd: a 2019 bachelor's degree in communication and new media and a 2021 master's in college student development and administration.
He lives in Shepherdstown with his girlfriend Liz and dog Elsa.
The Shepherdstown Rotary Club comprises two groups of members: a morning group that meets weekly on Tuesdays and an evening group that meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays. Both groups meet at Shepherdstown's Bavarian Inn.
Matt has joined the morning group, and his induction ceremony was held at that group's August 22 meeting. The accompanying photo shows him right, with the club's vice president Cara Keys, left, and president, Jim King, center.