24th ANNUAL ROTARY CHESAPEAKE BAY CONFERENCE
This five-day experience will provide up to 24 rising sophomore and junior high school students the opportunity in a setting of sun and fun, to learn first-hand about the Chesapeake Bay, its beauty, its problems and its future. Since the first settlers established communities along it=s shores, the Chesapeake Bay has provided Tidewater Virginia residents a vast bounty of seafood. Today the Bay is still home to many working watermen, boating enthusiasts, sports fishermen, marine research, and commercial seafood facilities. The Conference at Christchurch school is a natural place to enjoy and learn about the Bay and its tributaries. In this setting the Gloucester Rotary Club has put together a hands-on experience for tomorrow=s leaders to provide insight about the Bay and the real world aspects of saving this valuable resource.
Begins at 1:00 pm on Monday, June 23, 2014 and concludes at 11 am on Friday, June 27, 2014.
The conference uses the campus of Christchurch School, an Episcopal day and boarding school in Middlesex County. Christchurch School provides air-conditioned student housing, full-service cafeteria, classrooms, laboratories, campus center, and other sports and recreational facilities for the conference.
The Gloucester Rotary Club, a part of Rotary International District 7610, sponsors the conference.
For over 20 years students have studied crabs, oysters, fisheries, sea grasses, underwater geology, wetlands, pollution and reclamation efforts. The Gloucester Rotary Club and Rotary District 7610 are deeply concerned about the health of the Bay. It is our hope that this conference will raise the awareness of the future generations of leaders who will be called on to address the continuing Bay preservation issues.