Dorothy “Dotty” Greene The 2015 “CALVERT YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” AWARD WINNER
It gives me great pride to bring you the story of “Dotty” Greene, recently named this year’s selectee for the “Calvert You Are Beautiful” Award. This award is given to the person or group that has provided great dedication and unselfish support to the citizens of our County during the past year. Dotty’s wonderful record of volunteerism in many different areas allowed her selection from a large number of fine individuals and a volunteer organization nominated this year. There were twenty two individuals and a committee involved in a restoration project that were considered by a panel of six judges from the local news media and Ms. Betty Jane Reynolds, last year’s award recipient.. In reading the nomination letters for this year’s selection, I am amazed at the growing numbers of our population who are rolling up their sleeves and getting involved. This program continues to grow each year and the quality and quantity of the nominees just gets better and better!
If you saw Dotty’s reaction when President of the Board of County Commissioners Steve Weems announced her name, you know she was the most surprised person in the ceremony! I think her reaction is merely a reflection of the type of individual Dotty is, a lady who has a lifetime record of caring for others if, for no other reason, she loves helping others. Being recognized for something she does naturally is new to her and I wouldn’t be surprised if she wasn’t just slightly embarrassed by all of the attention! I told her when we first chatted “to enjoy herself this year because for the next 12 months you are an Ambassador for this great County and you need to go out and show everyone your great smile”!
Dotty has lived in Calvert County her entire life except for a year she spent in Germany with her husband during his tour with the US Army and a few years in Montgomery and Prince Georges when her husband was on the Metropolitan Police Force in DC and his job required them to live within a certain radius of the city. Still, she made sure they returned home every weekend to visit their families. She was born in the old Calvert Hospital, now the Calvert Sheriff’s Department Headquarters. She was raised on the family’s 110 acre farm in St. Leonard and their family home was her father’s parent’s home originally.
She learned to help others as one of five siblings of a farm family whose parents were involved in church and community activities. It was just their normal way of life. She states “when there was work to be done at home, they just pulled together and got it done”. The same attitude worked for getting things done in the community. “You can’t wait for someone else to do it, but do what you can to help”. To this day, her sisters and Dotty still always say “Many hands make light work and we enjoy being those helping hands”!
As she grew, her reaching out to help others went from the home, to her 4-H Club work, to work at the Christ Episcopal Church, to her school activities and organizations that she joined. She attended Calvert Public Schools beginning at Prince Frederick Elementary and graduating from Calvert Junior–Senior High School in 1952 as Valedictorian for her 72 member Senior Class. She loved school and often played school at home where she was always the teacher! She states her desires to be a teacher began early in her life!
Following graduation, she attended the University of Maryland at College Park where she majored in Home Economics. Many of her close friends worried the large campus and college life at this large institution might be too much for this “little country girl”. But she attended 4-H Club training a week each summer at this campus, went to classes in the many buildings, lived in the dorms, and dined in the dining hall. She knew this was a special place before ever setting foot on the campus grounds as her mother had graduated from the University in 1929. And she knew the Dean of Woman and the Dean of Home Economics who welcomed her with open arms.
Upon earning her degree, Dotty returned to her high school alma mater to teach Home Economics. She counted her youngest sister, her sister in law, and several close cousins among her students. And, she ended up teaching in the room next door to her mother. She dedicated her professional life to teaching our youth. I bet she was great although when it comes to Home Economics, I may have been her problem student for even now my wife is still teaching me how to load a dishwasher!!!
But, despite her long 28 year reputation as an accomplished educator, it’s her dedication and her willingness to promote the County’s history and activities that I find really impressive! She shares her love of the County’s heritage in all organizations and functions she participates in. A few examples of her long record of volunteerism include:
* Serving as a member of the Calvert County Fair Board for 29 years; currently serves as a Director and Vice President. Also serves as Co-Chair for Youth Day at the Fair, a program she helped start 27 years ago
* As member #7 One Room School Committee she helps design 4th grade Fieldtrips
* Treasurer of the Calvert Retired School Personnel Association and a member since 1995
* Board of Directors for the Saint Leonard Vision Group. Helps put on Easter Egg Hunts and caroling at the Saint Leonard Polling House
* Calvert 4-H All Stars. Organizes bake sale fundraisers at the Courthouse every other year
* Lifelong member of the Christ Episcopal Church where she has been involved in most of the congregation’s many annual events
In closing, this lovely lady states it is harder to get folks to commit to take on responsibilities to lead groups today, but she believes Calvert County has given her so much and she wants to continue to help others in return and show her appreciation. She also would like to thank all those responsible for this honor. Dotty, you are very worthy of this distinction and deserve all the honor and recognition it provides. You are a beautiful lady!!! Congratulations!
Dave Spigler resides in Lusby and has been a resident of Calvert County since 1979. He has been recognized many times for his years of community service. He received the “Calvert You Are Beautiful Award” for 2013 and recognized by the Knights of Columbus as the “Maryland Citizen of the Year” in 2011. He was a member of the HOGETTES, the Washington Redskins “Biggest Fans” for 22 years. If you know of an unsung citizen of Calvert County, please contact Dave at email@example.com.