The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Bath, NC Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Environment & Climate Change October 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm Hello to all the green folks down in the Diocese of Atlanta! I can testify from personal experience about the amazing impact of Capt. Lane’s evangelism. (And it is truly that – part of the Good News: there is enough to go around, we are all inter-connected, the world in which we’re placed to live is a good gift from God, and on and on.) Keep it up, St. Gregory’s! You inspire the rest of us. And Holy Trinity – way to go on the No Styrofoam Zone! You all just keep on digger deeper into faithfulness around these issues. Up here at St. Luke’s, New Haven, we are about to start our stewardship season. I would love to add “Tithing With Trash” into the mix of our conversations! (I hadn’t thought I’d be here into the fall, so if I’m staying longer, they will be hearing more of Mother Debbie’s passion around caring for creation! Stay tuned!) (And will post this to the parish Facebook page so they know I’m saying this!Peace from this (at least temporary) Connecticut Yankee,Debbie Shew+P.S. And thanks to Alexis and episcopaldigitalnetwork for getting this out into cyberspace where many more people can be inspired and take action. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 October 22, 2012 at 11:52 am Debbie – it is so good to hear from you. If you ever need any help with any eco-stewardship resources, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Even though you don’t live in Atlanta anymore that doesn’t mean I can’t still be helpful.Alexis ChaseGeorgia Interfaith Power & Light, gipl.org Comments are closed. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Featured Events Rector Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Alexis Chase says: Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate Diocese of Nebraska New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Andrew Lane aka Captain PLaneT says: Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Kathy Stege of St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church contributes to Tithing with Trash by placing a Solo Cup inside a TerraCycle collection bin at the Athens, Ga., church. Photo/Andrew Lane[Episcopal News Service] Georgia Army National Guard Capt. Andrew Lane is a man on a mission. If it’s recyclable, “Captain PLaneT” aims to keep it out of the local landfill – and earn cash for his parish while he’s at it.Lane launched a Tithing with Trash program at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia, when he returned home from a deployment in Afghanistan in 2010. Since then, the congregation has earned nearly $4,800 collecting hard-to-recycle items such as empty toothpaste tubes and Solo Cups and sending them to TerraCycle in Trenton, New Jersey, to earn 2 cents per item. TerraCycle, in turn, recycles or “upcycles” the trash – turning it into “green” products such as backpacks fashioned from Lay’s potato chip bags.“They’re not just doing it to hug trees or sing ‘Kumbaya.’ They’re turning it into artwork or consumer products,” Lane said.The nonprofit TerraCycle partners with some of the world’s largest companies, who sponsor collection programs for particular waste streams – say, spent writing utensils or empty tape dispensers, explained Lauren Taylor, U.S. public relations director. Some sponsor only collection of their brands’ trash, while others accept any related items. Kraft’s “dairy tub brigade,” for example, takes all manner of dairy-product tubs, lids, foil tops and other packaging.Individuals such as Lane sign up to join a sponsored trash “brigade,” collecting and shipping specified items via United Parcel Service for free to TerraCycle and receiving “points” they turn into cash. “The money earned needs to go to a charity,” Taylor said. “Somebody can’t just decide this could be a great side job for them.”TerraCycle “upcycles” some trash into useable products such as this backpack created from Lay’s potato chip bags. Photo/TerraCycletoday“The majority of the people who collect for us are schools,” she said. They set up lunchroom collection points – juice-drink pouches here, candy wrappers there – often after a parent or teacher realizes how much trash is being pitched and thinks, “We’re throwing money away.”It’s hard to quantify, but churches also participate, and St. Gregory is one of a handful of Episcopal churches signed up to benefit from TerraCycle trash, Taylor said. “We definitely know Andrew because he is just so energetic and just loves our programs and really motivates people to collect. … He is definitely among the most highly motivated.”Lane is a sustainability evangelist.“It’s really powerful, because we’re the only creatures in existence that we know of that generate trash that we have to pay someone to haul off,” he said. Without addressing sustainability issues, he said, “for our grandkids it could be deep, deep, deep trouble.”“We might actually trash this planet and poison its water or run out of water … without an epidemic or a war.”Lane has given diocesan council presentations about TerraCycle and met Diocese of Atlanta Bishop-elect Robert Wright while separating food waste at the Mikell Camp and Conference Center. “He actually came and shook my hand. He said, ‘I see you’re not actually just speaking; you’re a man of action.’”In Athens, Lane is lobbying a Kroger grocery store to let the church maintain a collection container for TerraCycle trash. At St. Gregory, parishioners place items in assorted labeled bins.“I see people carrying in their containers and standing out there and sorting stuff out in Andrew’s elaborate bins,” said parishioner Lois Alworth, a member of the church’s Green Guild/Creation Keepers committee that Lane chairs. “There’s not a whole lot that the church itself uses that TerraCycle takes. What we get is what people bring from home.”“We all laugh and say because we’re Episcopalians everybody has lots of wine corks,” she said. “TerraCycle takes really odd things, [like] toothpaste containers, when they’re empty, and old toothbrushes.”Every four to six weeks, committee members gather after church for a “box-up event” to package the TerraCycle items for shipping, she said.Empty drink pouches were used to make this lunch box. Photo/TerraCycleEven here, recycling comes into play. Lane sometimes uses economy-size cat-food, dog-food or chicken-feed bags as shipping envelopes for TerraCycle trash. UPS doesn’t mind as long as the packages aren’t leaking liquid, he said. “You could mail a sweater in there if you didn’t care if your sweater smelled like dog food.”TerraCycle collects waste in 20 countries, with almost 32 million trash collectors and nearly 2.5 billion units of waste collected in the United States since 2007, Taylor said.Lane has his eye on a program started in Canada and expected to launch in the United States this month: a “cigarette butt brigade” that will take all cigarette waste, including the plastic wrap and aluminum board from packaging. This tackles “one of the dirtiest, one of the most prolific forms of waste,” said Lane, who is in his second semester studying for an Army graduate certificate of sustainability through Arizona State University. Look at any paved road in America, and you’ll see cigarette butts, he said. “They’re thrown out, and they sit there until eternity, until they’re washed into a stream or a river.”A discussion with Lane ranges to environmental topics far beyond TerraCycle, from his battle to promote recycling at the Army’s Fort Stewart to the near-extinction of white rhinos to the role of black soldier flies in composting to Germany’s renewable-energy goals. He describes listening to his son read how Native Americans taught the Pilgrims to bury dead fish with corn plants as fertilizer and noting, “That’s composting.”At St. Gregory, green initiatives likewise move beyond TerraCycle. The congregation assiduously composts food and paper waste. A church webpage provides current and cumulative data for energy generated by the parish’s months-old solar panels (2.99 megawatt hours so far, enough to power 99 houses for a day and offset 2.07 tons of carbon or the equivalent of 53 trees). Next up: a 450-gallon rain cistern.“We just need to hook the gutters to it, and we’ll be in business,” Lane said, noting that an inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roofline translates to 500 to 600 gallons of water. Installing the gravity-fed cistern to water plans is “taking what the good Lord has given us and not squandering it.”“Our church,” he said, “may be the greenest church in Georgia.”Georgia Interfaith Power and Light has supported St. Gregory in its green efforts and awarded the church a Trailblazer Award for its TerraCycle program.“We encourage all of our congregations to get involved in more intelligent ways of thinking about their waste and … where they throw things,” Executive Director Alexis Chase said. “Other churches are considering doing TerraCycle. Everyone is sort of trying to figure out a way they can be involved.”Some “brigades” are full, based on the funds partner companies provide, but Lane offers a solution for churches that still want to participate. By request, he’ll send shipping labels for them to send trash to Trenton. He keeps track of the resulting cash and sends 80 percent to the participating church, with 20 percent going to St. Gregory.“It has two positives: You get paid for it, and you know you’re doing a good thing for the planet,” Alworth said.But eliminating waste does create a headache or two at church. It took awhile to convince Lane – who says he believes in “zero waste” – that they still needed a trash container despite the TerraCycle, recycling and compost bins, Alworth said.Once, a mass of fruit flies flew out of an unemptied compost bin while they were setting up a funeral repast; they spent the whole time trying to “swoosh flies away” inconspicuously, she recalled. “That was the one time we came close to not composting anymore.”“It’s not something you take real lightly, and not every parish has an Andrew,” she said.But overall, she sees participating in composting and TerraCycle as good stewardship of God’s creation.“Anything that we do like this helps us to feel like we’re being better stewards than we would be if we sent all this stuff to the landfill to just sit there and pile up,” she said. “I think that’s why people do it. They love the church, they love each other, and they’re willing to do this for the betterment of everything.”Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. Rector Tampa, FL Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Advocacy Peace & Justice, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing October 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm Greetings R. Biidwell,Amen. I am working on a No Styrofoam Zone following in the footsteps of our Sister Church, Holy Trinity, in Decatur, Georgia. Styrofoam use for a 20 minute beverage or meal should be made illegal. Its high R-Value should be reserved for buildings and structures that will be around for half a century at the minimum! write me if I can help you get going on Tithing with Trash. [email protected] Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL ‘Tithing with Trash’ cuts waste, turns hard-to-recycle rubbish into riches Debbie Shew says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA By Sharon SheridanPosted Oct 10, 2012 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Comments (3)
The Everest challenge is part of an ongoing initiative by the Gala Coral Group to raise £1million for Sue Ryder Care.For more information on Sue Ryder Care visitwww.suerydercare.org 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: corporate Events Sue Ryder Care Gala Coral Take on Everest to Support Sue Ryder Care Gala Coral is set to take on the challenge of climbing the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, in support of the company’s nominated charity partner, Sue Ryder Care.24 employees acoss the company are in training to help them complete the 17 day trek across some of the toughest terrain in the world, and are encouraging people to sponsor them to raise as much money as possible for Sue Ryder Care.The team of intrepid Gala Coral trekkers have collectively pledged to raise £100,000 through sponsorship for Sue Ryder Care and will set off for base camp this October to take on the gruelling challenge. All money raised will go directly to help Sue Ryder Care provide quality care for people living with end of life and long-term conditions including; Cancer, Stroke, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease. Advertisement Howard Lake | 19 May 2009 | News
Facebook Pinterest Google+ Pinterest An application for a controversial Oyster farm licence in Cruit Strand and Kincasslagh Bay has been refused by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.The application had caused huge concern in the locality when initially made by the applicant with thousands of local submissions made to the Department voicing their objection.One of the main fears was the potential impact the proposed oyster farm would have had on the natural beauty and surroundings in the area.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher and Leas Cheann Comhairle says the news will come as a huge relief to the community:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/copeoysfghgfgter.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Application for oyster farm licence in Cruit Strand & Kincasslagh refused By News Highland – November 7, 2017 Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDonegal still has second highest unemployment level in IrelandNext articleGovernment ‘passing the buck’ over Greencastle harbour development News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook
RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Extensive damage was caused to St Conal’s Hospital in Letterkenny during a robbery over the weekend.It is understood that during the early hours of Saturday morning, an individual or individuals gained access to the building smashing windows in the Occupational Therapy Unit, Finance Department and the Eye Clinic.It is also thought access was gained to a safe but there are no details if any money was taken.The damage was discovered on Saturday with garda forensics carrying out an investigation over the weekend.It’s thought the building, which is undergoing renovations, was empty at the time of the crime Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleBreaking: Gardai in Letterkenny launch murder investigationNext articleTeenager hospitalised following quad bike crash near Buncrana News Highland Twitter Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – November 6, 2017 Extensive damage caused to St Conal’s in weekend break-in Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
vmargineanu/iStock(PINEVILLE, N.C.) — A 1-year-old in North Carolina died after being left inside a hot car, police said.A mother called 911 for help after realizing she had left her child in her car outside a shopping center near Pinevile, a suburb of Charlotte in the southernmost part of North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County, police said. The child was found unresponsive inside the vehicle in the parking lot on Thursday around 5 p.m. local time, according to the Pineville Police Department, which has released audio from two 911 calls between emergency officials.“Hey, Pineville, it’s Charlotte. I got a bad call for you,” a dispatcher for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tells a woman at the Pineville Police Department. “Female caller left her child in a car all day, now stating her child is dead.”First responders performed “lifesaving measures” before rushing the young child to a nearby hospital where the baby was pronounced dead, the Pineville Police Department said.Investigators later determined that the mother, who has been “cooperative” with authorities, had left the child in the car for “a prolonged period of time,” according to police.ABC Charlotte affiliate WSOC-TV reports that the mother works at the shopping center and didn’t realize she left her baby in the car until she got off work. Temperatures in the area reached the mid-80s on Thursday.“We have many questions and realistically we won’t have all the answers right away,” the Pineville Police Department said in a press release. “No criminal charges have been filed at this time and our case is ongoing.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Last Interglacial (LIG), stable water isotope values (δ18O) measured in Greenland deep ice cores are at least 2.5‰ higher compared to the present day. Previous isotopic climate simulations of the LIG do not capture the observed Greenland δ18O increases. Here, we use the isotope-enabled HadCM3 (UK Met Office coupled atmosphere-ocean general circulation model) to investigate whether a retreat of Northern Hemisphere sea ice was responsible for this model-data disagreement. Our results highlight the potential significance of sea ice changes on the LIG Greenland isotopic maximum. Sea ice loss in combination with increased sea surface temperatures, over the Arctic, affect δ18O: water vapour enriched in heavy isotopes and a shorter distillation path may both increase δ18O values over Greenland. We show, for the first time, that simulations of the response to Arctic sea ice reduction are capable of producing the likely magnitude of LIG δ18O increases at NEEM, NGRIP, GIPS2 and Camp Century ice core sites. However, we may underestimate δ18O changes at the Renland, DYE3 and GRIP ice core locations. Accounting for possible ice sheet changes is likely to be required to produce a better fit to the LIG ice core δ18O values.
February 11, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 2/11 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls Basketball2-A 1st RoundSALINA, Utah-Brinley Mason netted 17 points on 8-12 from the field as the No. 10 seed North Sevier Wolves clobbered APA West Valley 69-11 Tuesday in the first round of the 2-A girls state basketball playoffs. Head coach Lexa Larsen’s squad was never challenged as North Sevier raced out to a 25-2 lead after the 1st Quarter and never looked back.Macady Goble added 12 points and 4 rebounds on 6-12 for the Wolves, who improved to 12-10 on the season. The Wolves were also dominant on the glass as they outrebounded the Eagles, 40-15.North Sevier next draws No. 7 seed Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s Friday at 4:50 pm at the Horne Activity Center in Ephraim in the second round of the 2-A girls state basketball playoffs.Anastasia Baum and Ariet Ocwor had 5 points apiece for the Eagles in the loss. Their season ends with a record of 8-14.BEAVER, Utah-Avery Brown posted 25 points and 9 rebounds as No. 13 seed Beaver pounded Monticello 48-12 in the first round of the 2-A girls state basketball playoffs Tuesday. Maddy Freestone and Megan Black had 3 points apiece in the loss for the Buckaroos. The Beavers next face No. 4 seed Kanab Friday at 8:30 am at Snow College in Ephraim in the second round of the state playoffs.GUNNISON, Utah-Kaylee Dyreng stepped up with 16 points as the No. 15 seed Gunnison Valley Bulldogs pummeled Real Salt Lake Academy 72-27 Tuesday in the first round of the 2-A girls state basketball playoffs. Riley Massey had 13 points in the loss. The Bulldogs will face No. 2 seed Millard Friday at 3:10 pm in the second round of the state playoffs at Snow College in Ephraim.3-A Girls Basketball1st RoundHERRIMAN, Utah-Sehidi Bustillos posted 13 points and No. 16 seed Providence Hall outlasted North Sanpete 42-37 Tuesday in the first round of the 3-A girls basketball state tournament. Sarah Oldroyd’s 13 points led the Hawks in defeat. The Patriots will next face No. 1 South Sevier Friday at 12:50 pm in the second round of the state playoffs at USU-Eastern Utah in Price. Tags: Roundup Written by Brad James
Below Is An E-Mail Message From Mayor Winnecke Regarding The Newly Amended 2017 City Employees Healthcare Plan Benefit PlanAs has been well publicized, the City of Evansville is working to address the rising costs of healthcare. Consequently, when we rolled out the proposed 2017 budget in August, we announced that there would be significant changes in the insurance plans for the new year with corresponding increases to employees.These decisions have been among the toughest I’ve made since holding office. Since the initial announcement, I’ve received many employee emails, taken phone calls, spoken to several of you individually and have had multiple discussions with City Council leadership. I am grateful for the feedback, truly.We have reduced premiums once since the initial rollout. That reduction was essentially “funded” by reducing our desired savings.After further review and input, it is clear that shifting the cost of the salary increase for non-contractual employees to help lower health insurance premiums would be of greater financial value.By taking this action, additional reductions in premiums can now be realized. The new monthly premiums, effective January 2017 on Plan 1 (the $1,000 individual deductible plan) are as follows:Employee only: $65.43Employee plus child: $124.33Employee plus spouse: $137.41Family $183.22As always, my door is always open and I appreciate your service to our City.LloydFOOTNOTE: This message is intended for all employees enrolled in the City’s Self- Funded Healthcare Plan.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Bradari Philip Altman is the newest Eagle Scout in Troop 32 in Ocean City, NJ.City Council took time Thursday before its public meeting to recognize the achievements of Bradari Philip Altman, who recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.Council approved the following resolution:WHEREAS, Bradari Philip Altman of Ocean City’s Troop 32 was honored with the presentation of the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America in the calendar year 2014; andWHEREAS, in attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, this young man has demonstrated outstanding personal qualities associated with the Boy Scouts of America and Troop 32, including integrity, courage, perseverance, sacrifice and service to others; andWHEREAS, the Council of the City of Ocean City wishes to honor and congratulate this scout for his personal achievements of obtaining Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout; andNOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Council of the City of Ocean City that Troop 32 is hereby congratulated for having Bradari Philip Altman attain the rank of Eagle Scout in the calendar year 2014; andNOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Troop Leaders and Committee are hereby applauded for their personal sacrifice, service and commitment to the Scouting Program and their guidance to this young man along the “Trail” to Eagle Scout; andBE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Ocean City extends its best wishes to Bradari Philip Altman, his family and to Ocean City’s Troop 32 for this special honor and for continued success in life and the unit.Council members took turns congratulating Altman.Councilman Mike DeVlieger, an executive recruiter, said he never fails to point out Eagle Scouts to hiring managers when he sees that achievement on a resume.He said it’s indicative of success, and many of the nation’s top executives are Eagle Scouts.
Diane Wieland accepts the Gerard A. Desiderio Republican of the Year award, named in honor of the late brother of Sea Isle Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio, at right. They are joined by Cape May County GOP Chairman Marcus Karavan. By TIM KELLYThe Republican Women of Cape May County served up a double-dip of local political activity Wednesday at their September meeting at Sea Isle City’s La Fontana Coast restaurant.The group played host to the awarding of the coveted 2019 Gerard A. Desiderio Sr. Republican of the Year Award, bestowed upon Diane Wieland; and the group made a significant donation to the Cape GOP war chest to be used in the upcoming elections.Wieland is the longtime director of the Cape May County Department of Tourism, for which she has worked for more than 44 years. She was honored for her service to the Cape May County Republican Organization.“Her volunteer work and service to the Republican party in Cape May County has been exemplary and has been ongoing for many years,” said Republican Women of Cape May County President Melissa Roy. “Diane has given us more than 40 years of service and she is very deserving of this recognition.”Roy stressed her group does not sponsor the award or help select the recipient. She said they were pleased, however, to provide a public venue for its presentation. The award is named for longtime GOP activist Gerard Desiderio, late brother of Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio.“We were very happy to host this presentation on behalf of Sea Isle, the Desiderio family and of course for Diane,” Roy said. “We were honored to be a part of it.”The group’s September gathering is always its most anticipated, said Roy, because the group takes a summer hiatus as many members are busy working in the region’s mostly seasonal tourism economy.“This is our biggest meeting of the year, and (Wednesday’s) meeting was one of our best attended yet,” Roy said, estimating approximately 85 people attended the festivities.“I’m very pleased to be presenting this award in honor of my brother, who served the Republican Party as director from 1990 to 1996,” said Leonard Desiderio. “We don’t take this award lightly in Sea Isle and believe it should go to someone who truly deserves it. Diane is recognized across the state as the foremost authority on tourism.”Diane Wieland addresses the crowd at the La Fontana Coast restaurant.Wieland said she was humbled to receive the honor and reflected back on her time working for the Republican Women and for the Cape May County Regular Republican Organization.“I want to thank my family who is here tonight,” Wieland said. “It all began more than 40 years ago with us stuffing campaign envelopes at our house.”She said that activity led to more involvement, such as organizing fundraising events, presenting scholarships to women, enabling them to resume and complete their education, putting together a countywide Toys for Tots drive, helping to support the Cape May Court House campus of Atlantic Cape Community College and much more.“Over the years we have raised tens of thousands of dollars to help Republican candidates,” she said to applause.Desiderio said: “The Republican Women are the backbone of the Cape May County Regular Republican Organization. Diane has been a big part of that. This group is our secret weapon in the elections. It’s a privilege to present the award in honor of my brother to the First Lady of Tourism.”The meeting’s other highlight was the presentation of a check for $10,000 to the Cape GOP, proceeds from the group’s fundraising activities.The money was handed to a grateful Cape GOP Chairman Marcus Karavan, to be distributed as the party leadership sees fit to aid in the election campaigns of its various candidates throughout the county.“Ten thousand dollars might not seem like a lot of money, especially compared to what our opposition seems to be spending,” said Roy. “To us, it represents quite a lot of blood, sweat and tears.”Diane Wieland is joined at the ceremony by Carmel and Leonard J. Desiderio, parents of the late Gerard A. Desiderio.