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Executive Director Update - August 2014

This end-of-August update finds the staff at MDDC energized and ready for fall. We've made headway on many of the initiatives I wrote about earlier this summer. ... More

Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference - Bring your ideas and attend for free!

November 20-21 in Columbia, Missouri
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is inviting industry professionals to the second Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference this fall and the price of admission is two successful ideas – proven winners that generated revenue, boosted readership or improved your operation. The Potter Conference will bring together community news executives and leaders at the Missouri School of Journalism for an exchange and dialogue of best practices that will help sustain local journalism, especially in small and rural markets.

The two-day event will be held November 20-21 at RJI in Columbia, Missouri. All participants will be permitted to bring up to three colleagues from their outlet or media group.

We’re looking for 40 unique ideas, not 40 versions of the same idea. Attendance is limited so you might wish to submit several ideas to increase your chances for participation. Those who make it to the conference will return home with access to all 40 (or more) innovations, including details to help you implement them at your organization.

Apply here now. ... More

MDDC Interns Leave Newspapers with New Skills and Solid Experience

Our class of summer interns, hosted at eight member papers, have finished their internships and are returning to their respective colleges. Steve Gunn, of the Annapolis Capital, wrote about the experience in a recent column. Read the full story here. ... More

Gertrude Poe and Family Establish Poe Endowment Fund at First United Methodist Church of Laurel

Poe is MDDC's Hall of Fame honoree for 1986
On Sunday, September 21, 2014, join members of First United Methodist Church of Laurel at the dedication of the Poe Chapel and Window Installation.

The newly established Poe Endowment Fund at First United Methodist Church of Laurel is supporting the Poe Chapel and Parlor that will provide an intimate gathering place for spiritual events and personal reflection. The chapel also will pay tribute to the history of Methodism in the Greater Laurel area. As part of this Chapel, a stained glass window depicting Psalm 23 is being installed. The Poe family has been a part of this church community for over 100 years.

The dedication will include a celebration of the 99th birthday of Gertrude L. Poe, who is still a member of this congregation. The Worship & Dedication service begins at 11 am, followed by a luncheon from noon - 2 p.m. RSVP by Sept. 15 to: PoeChapel@fumcl.org or call 301.725.3093. For more information about the dedication, the Poe Chapel or the Poe Endowment Fund, call 301.725.3093 or email: PoeChapel@fumcl.org. http://fumcl.org/the-poe-chapel

The Poe Endowment Fund

The Poe Endowment Fund was established in recognition of the lifelong dedication of Gertrude L. Poe and her late “Poe Sisters”: Myrtle Poe Donaldson, Margaret Poe Vogts, Ruby Poe King, and Verna Poe, her parents Bertha Frances Gore and Worthy Gibson Poe and family members who attended worship,Sunday School and spent much time at FUMCL. The Poe family moved to Laurel in 1927 and began worshipping at the then-Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church on Main Street in Laurel. “The Poe Sisters” dedicated their lives to working in various capacities, committees and fundraisers for the FUMCL as well as making it their spiritual home. At the time of Margaret Poe Vogts and Myrtle Poe Donaldson’s deaths in 1997 and 1998 respectively they were the longest-lived members of FUMCL. Gertrude L. Poe is currently the longest-lived active member. ... More
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