In September our past President of the Board, Beth Lowe, received the Daughters of the American Revolution – Carrollton Manor Chapter Community Service Award for 2017 for her many contributions to the work of the Literacy Council of Frederick County.
“Beth has done so much for the Literacy Council, and it was wonderful to see this recognized. Her heart is as big as her smile, and that’s saying something,” said Catherine Cox, the current board President.
Beth joined the Board of Directors in 2011 and plunged right in, volunteering for our first strategic planning committee, helping to develop a 5-year plan for our organization. She recently served as Board President from 2015-17. Beth shares her expertise from State Farm in the field of change management with our tutors and staff, and helped to facilitate our new collaboration with Frederick Community College’s Adult Education Program. She has helped to lead the annual Celebration of Achievements and supported a new annual Literacy Council fundraiser – Scrabble Mania for Literacy!
Early in 2016, Beth spoke at a DAR chapter meeting about the Literacy Council’s mission and volunteer recruitment. As a result, the chapter decided to spend its 2016 Day of Service volunteering to paint the Literacy Council’s new classroom, with Beth also pitching in. The successful partnership has continued, with Beth coordinating a book donation from Carrollton Manor, resulting in a donation of six specialized textbooks for the Literacy Council’s lending library for its 100+ volunteer tutors.
“You can tell from working with Beth, and listening to her presentations, that she has a passion for the work of the Literacy Council. This passion, combined with her professional experience and the many hours she volunteers, has helped progress the mission of the Council and awareness in the community,” said Karen Lucas, Carrollton Manor Chapter.