The Milford Rotary Club held its annual “Evening of Friendship” on January 29 at the Shawnee Country Club. The dinner, which has been held for over 20 years, honored former Representative V. George Carey and his wife Jeanette for their service to the Milford community and the 36th Representative District.
Representative Carey was a driving force behind the creation of the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Program which has preserved more than 67,000 acres of farmland. He successfully sponsored legislation to reform Delaware’s extensive “tax ditch” system to eliminate problems caused by encroachment in right-of-ways. He was a member of the influential Joint Bond Bill Committee which funds state road and building construction and played a key role in securing state funding for the Delaware Veterans Home. Carey also served on the House Energy, Natural Resources, Capital Infrastructure and Agricultural Committee.
Former Representative Bob Walls presented a tribute to George Carey and his wife Jeanette from Governor Jack Markell. The tribute recognized George and his wife for “their continued service to the citizens of Delaware for over 26 years.”
Councilman Skip Pikus and David Rutt presented George Carey with a flag of the City of Milford from Mayor Ronnie Rogers and extended an honorary membership to the Milford Rotary Club for both George and his wife. George commented about the gifts he received that evening from the community joking, “This is much better than dying in office.” As usual, George became the entertainment himself as he thanked everyone for their continued support over the years.
“Governor Markell has invited me and three other Republicans who are no longer in the state legislature this year to dinner with him and his wife. I never thought he’d be this excited to see three Republicans leave,” joked George.
The funds generated by the event will help supplement programs which reach a wide range of Milford students. The Milford Rotary Club has assisted the Music Department, the Math Department and the Science Department to purchase supplies, train teachers in special programs and upgrade equipment. At the event, Milford’s choral students entertained guests as they displayed their talents to the crowd. To date, the Evening of Friendship has generated $325,000 which has been invested in the education of Milford children.
“As a community we should take pride in the students who graduate from our schools and go on to some of the best colleges, music conservancies and trade schools in the country,” stated Councilman Skip Pikus.
To find out more information regarding the Milford Rotary Club visit http://milfordrotaryclub.org/index.html.