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Lincoln-Reagan Dinner - June 7, 2018

More than 160 attendees welcomed Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan to our Calvert Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.  She was warm, charming and caring—taking time to greet and share photo ops with everyone. We were happy that her daughter Jaymi could join us as well. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our Republican cause. We were very pleased to have Delegate Fisher as our Master of Ceremonies and to hear from Delegate Clark on the recent Session.

The buffet by Thompon’s Seafood was delicious and the Silent Auction was beautiful and fun.  Thanks to all who donated items and to Judy MacWiliams and Linda Woods for organizing the auction and thanks to Deena Fisher, Della Stull and Carolyn McHugh who helped with the set up.  Thinking of Mrs. Hogan’s birth place, Delores Brown and Anita Brown featured the hibiscus, the national flower of Korea, in the table decorations.  They were beautiful. Thank you, Delores and Anita. Our Program booklet was filled with wonderful Ads. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to all of our advertisers for supporting Calvert Republicans and thank you to Catherine Grasso who recruited and coordinated the ADs and to Frank Grasso for the layout of the program booklet. Well done!  We were delighted to have 6 Teen Age Republicans from Huntingtown High join us and help with the Auction monitoring. Thank you – Abigayle, Hannah, Logan, Oakley, Sara and Whitney.  Thanks to Eric Hiltpold for handling the 50/50 raffle and to Terri Wolfley for coordinating the photo ops and Mike MacWilliams our photographer.  Thanks too to Carolyn Rice and Janet Hartman for an outstanding job on checking in attendees and checking out for the Auction and to Darcey Clark for handling registrations.  A huge thanks and appreciation to Carole Fonfara at the Hall at Huntingtown.  

Frank McCabe Lifetime Achievement Award 

We celebrated the life and memory of Jess J. Reid, Sr. and Ruth N. Reid as recipients of the Frank McCabe Lifetime Achievement Award for their service to Calvert County and the Republican Party.

Mr. Reid was the first African-American County Commissioner in 1981 and was Republican Man of the Year in 1987.  Jesse served in the U.S. Army in Korea and returned home to Calvert County and became a teacher, then a business owner and organizer of the School Bus Contractors Association.   A member of the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department from 1974, Jesse served as a firefighter, Treasurer and President and much more.  He was inducted to the Calvert and Southern Maryland Firefighters Hall of Fame.  

Ruth Nutter Reid graduated from Bowie State College and earned a Master’ Degree in Guidance and Counseling from George Washington University. Mrs. Reid taught at the Brooks High School and then was a Guidance Counselor at Mt. Harmony Elementary/Junior High School.  In 1972 she became a Supervisor of Instruction for the Calvert County School System; and in 1974 was named the Supervisor of Special Education, expanding new services for handicapped children.  Ruth was also an Assistant Professor at Bowie State College from 1972-82.   Mrs. Reid was a member of the Calvert League of Republican Women and served as an Election Judge.  She was appointed by Governor Ehrlich in 2004 to the State Nominating Committee of Judges in the Tri-County Area.  She served two terms on the Calvert Board of License Commissioners, most recently appointed by Governor Hogan.   Both Jesse and Ruth were active in their church and choir and received many awards and honors over the years.

Sister – Jane Fletcher accepted the award with son Jesse, II and grandson, Jesse III and nephew Vaughn Reid with Mrs. Hogan
(Photo Credit: Mike MacWilliams)

Republican Man of the Year Award

Calvert County Commissioner Pat Nutter was chosen as Calvert’s Republican Man of the Year.  

He is completing his 2nd term as a County Commissioner and is not running for re-election. He served as both Vice President and President of the Board of County Commissioners.  Pat has long championed Boy and Girl Scouts and is known for his dedication to the county where he was born and raised and attends many community events.  He served as a Deputy Sheriff rising to the position of Lieutenant. After retiring, he served as Calvert County’s first Chief Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer. Pat has served as Calvert’s representative on the Critical Area Commission for the Atlantic and Coastal Bays since 2015.

County Commissioner Nutter with Mrs
Hogan (Photo Credit: Mike MacWiliams)

Republican Women of the Year Award

This year’s Republican Woman of the year is Cynthia Steuart.

Cynthia is currently the Fundraising Chair for the Maryland Federation of Republican Women and is past President of the Southern Calvert Republican Women’s Club and current member of the Republican Women of Calvert County. She served two terms on the Calvert County Republican Central Committee and she and husband Cal have hosted the Calvert Republican Christmas Party at their beautiful home for many years. Cynthia volunteers at Republican headquarters and raises funds for her club. Cynthia serves as choir director at her church and is active in the Maryland Farm Bureau with Cal and much more.


Cynthia Steuart and Mrs. Hogan 
(Photo Credit: Mike MacWiliams)

Lincoln-Reagan Dinner - May 11, 2017

Our 2017 Calvert County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner was a rousing success! We had great speakers, delicious food, wonderful attendees, happy conversations, many elected officials and candidates too! Thank you to all our planners and supporters!

Everyone was delighted to have as our Honored Guest and Keynote Speaker Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford. He came to us after being at a meeting in Carroll County and a dedication of a new wastewater treatment plant at the Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall. He was warmly cordial, as he always is, and talked about the work that Governor Hogan and the Administration are undertaking for all Marylanders including on transportation priorities and the opioid epidemic.

The Republican Woman of the Year Award is named in honor of Margaret Shields King (1912-1991) a Republican pioneer in Calvert County who led efforts to elect Republicans.  She co-authored a Republican column in the local newspaper and was the first woman appointed to the County Liquor Board.  She sponsored a Teen Aged Republican Club in 1960.  Mrs. King was the first woman of either Party to run for County Commissioner in Calvert County. In 1974 Margaret King was elected Chairman of the Calvert County Republican Central Committee, the first woman of either Party to achieve this distinction.

Carolyn Gill, President of the Republican Women of Calvert County was selected as the Calvert County Republican Woman of the Year.  Carolyn is a tireless worker and organizer who has led the RWCC through some difficult years to a renewed outlook.  Carolyn is also a Precinct Chairman and there is seldom a Republican event that doesn’t find Carolyn hard at work.  Congratulations Carolyn!

The Republican Man of the Year Award is in honor of Edward T. Hall (1916-1978) a native of Calvert County, and co-founder and publisher of the Calvert Independent newspaper established in 1940. He was elected to the State Senate in 1958 and served in this position until he suffered a heart attack and died on election night after winning re-election in 1978.  He served as Minority Leader of the Maryland Senate from 1963-74.  He was active in volunteer fire and rescue departments and other organizations and served on the Governor’s Committee to Promote Employment of the Handicapped.

The Calvert County Republican Man of the Year is County Commissioner Steve Weems. A Calvert County native and local businessman for over 25 years, he is serving his 2nd term as a County Commissioner. Steve was recently appointed by the Comptroller of Maryland to the Reform on Tap Task Force, to do a comprehensive review of Maryland’s statutes governing the alcoholic beverage industry. He is Chairman of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, a member of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, and President of the St Leonard Business Association. His leadership and ability to broker compromises is well known as is his dedication to doing what is best for his constituents. Congratulations Commissioner Steve Weems!

Bobby Gill was awarded the Calvert County Unsung Hero Award for his dedicated and always present volunteer efforts as Precinct Chairman, tent raiser; sign waiver, County Fair and other event volunteer for many years. He is an active and vocal supporter of the Republican Party. Congratulations Bobby!

Reception in honor of Frank McCabe

November 21, 2015

We Miss You Frank!

June 2, 2015

Francis Patrick McCabe


December 7, 1937 – June 2, 2015

Francis Patrick (Frank) McCabe, 77, of Solomons, MD died peacefully on June 2, 2015, due to complications from cancer. He was born December 7, 1937 in Milwaukee, WI and was raised on the family farm in rural Whitewater by his parents, Thomas Francis McCabe and Gertrude Ann Malone McCabe. He graduated from Whitewater High School in 1955 and from Parks College of St. Louis University in 1958 with a degree in Aeronautical Administration. He had a career in the federal government, both in St. Louis and in Washington, DC spanning 41 years, retiring in 1999. The last 27 years were spent in the Office of International Affairs at the Federal Aviation Administration, where he worked directly with foreign countries, particularly Russia and China, on a wide range of international aviation issues.

His two passions, especially in retirement, were active involvement in local Republican politics for the betterment of his county, state and nation; and sailing his boat, the Kelly Ann, in the Chesapeake Bay and down the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida with first mate Nancy. He was a devout Catholic and an active parishioner at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Solomons, and was involved in many civic, charitable and cultural causes. He is survived by his devoted wife of 47 years, Nancy Read McCabe; a son, Thomas Patrick McCabe (Meghan Conklin) of Washington, DC; a daughter, Kelly Ann McCabe (William Plyler) of Los Angeles, CA; a sister, Rita McCabe Jackson Weiss of Mequon, WI; and two grandsons.

Rest in peace!
We miss you Frank!

Relay For Life

June 13, 2015

Thank you to everyone that helped out with Relay for Life.  In total, we raised more than $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.  That's $2,500 more than the Democrats.    Special thanks to Dave Gatton, Olivia Ostrander, Bob Wood, and Susan Brower for helping take everything down and bring it back to the Central Committee.

Lincoln/Reagan Dinner

June 11, 2015

The Calvert County Republican Central Committee held its annual Lincoln/Reagan Dinner Thursday June 11th at The Hall at Huntingtown. The Republican man and women of the year awards were presented to long time volunteers Robert “Bob” Arscott and Judy MacWilliams. Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-Fla., 3rd) was the keynote speaker.

This Lincoln/Reagan Dinner was the first without Calvert County Republican Central Committee former chairman, Frank McCabe. Frank’s last votes in the committee were for the selection of Bob and Judy as the recipients of this year’s Man and Woman of the Year awards.   A new award was unveiled at the dinner: the Frank McCabe Lifetime Achievement Award. Several declarations in McCabe’s honor were made on behalf of the Maryland House of Delegates, the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners and the Maryland General Assembly.

Bob Arscott, CCRCC Chairman Greg Ostrander and Judy MacWilliams

Del. Anthony J. O’Donnell (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) presents the Edward T. Hall Republican Man of the Year to Bob Arscott

Linda Woods and Ella Ennis presented the Margaret Shields King Republican Woman of the Year Award to Judy MacWilliams

Keynote Speaker, Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-Fla., 3rd).

Ella Ennis and Greg Ostrander unveil the party’s new Frank McCabe Lifetime Achievement Award

120 Club Appreciation Event

September 2014

The Calvert County Republican Central Committee (CCRCC) has just achieved an important milestone. Frank McCabe, Chairman of our 120 Club, announced that the 120 Club raised $17,600 this year. Frank is an outstanding Republican and a great fundraiser. Thank you so very much Frank. Thank you 120 Club contributors. We are so grateful for your support.

Each year the CCRCC holds a celebration to thank the members of the 120 Club for their financial and active support of our Republican cause. This year our annual 120 Club Appreciation Dinner was hosted by Pam and Quincy Rodgers of Lusby whose beautiful home on Rollins Cove enjoys gorgeous sunsets over the water. Pam and Quincy are the most gracious hosts and prepared a gourmet dinner for our 100+ attendees. While enjoying dinner, guests tapped their feet to the sweet sounds of bluegrass and country music by the band "Bluegrass Catastrophe" and enjoyed a lovely, end- of- summer evening outdoors. We thank our Planning Committee: Chairman Bob Arscott, Frank McCabe, Judy MacWilliams, Ella Ennis and our Hosts Pam and Quincy Rodgers for this delightful evening.

We were very pleased and honored to have our next Governor, Larry Hogan as our "special guest". Larry took the time to talk with every guest and then addressed the assembly reminding all that we have had 40+ tax and fee increases during the O'Malley-Brown years that caused many small businesses and families to leave Maryland. We all agree it is time to "Change Maryland" for the better by electing Republican Larry Hogan Governor. Thank you Calvert Hogan Coordinator Della Stull for arranging this visit. We also heard from Republican Candidate for Comptroller Bill Campbell and almost all of our Calvert Republican incumbents and candidates. Thank you, too, to the many Candidate spouses present. Many of these candidates are members of the 120 Club.

We recognized and thanked outgoing County Commissioners Jerry Clark and Susan Shaw for their dedicated service to the people of Calvert County. They are outstanding public servants. We have been blessed to have them represent us. Later we will hold an event to thank them.

Events like the 120 Club Appreciation Dinner require a great deal of coordination and volunteer work to make them successful. In addition to our fabulous hosts' delicious home-prepared dinner, fresh flower decorated tables and divine homemade cookies, the CCRCC provided the appetizers and 120 Club Chairman Frank McCabe donated the bar supplies and Estelle Arscott delighted us with her "secret recipe" sangria. Republican Men's Club President Cal Steuart was our smiling, ever-ready libations dispenser. Thank you Frank, Thank You Estelle, and Thank You Cal. Thank You Pam and Quincy. Thank you Darcey for handling reservations and to JoAnn Martin who prepares all of our thank you letters.

Weather is always subject to change here in Southern Maryland so our strong guys Tent Team set up 3 large tents-- plus all of the tables and chairs-- to provide a bit of shelter in case of rain-and during dessert we did have a bit of rain. Thank you for this great effort in 90+ degree heat on Friday and then taking it all back down and tucking it away till the next event . Thank You Bob Arscott for organizing this event and for organizing the Tent Crew. Thank You mighty Tent Crew Bob Arscott, Frank Grasso, Bruce Kimmell, Greg Ostrander, Mike Brown, and JP Sherkus .

This was a wonderful event and the funds raised through the 120 Club are being put to good use to help our candidates and to turn out the Republican vote. Thank you one and all.

Larry Hogan talks all the guests

Our wonderful hosts, Quincy & Pam

Larry Hogan Bus Tour to Solomons

August 26, 2014

MD's own Larry Hogan visited Asbury at Solomons and was greeted by a number of sign wavers on Route 4, elected officials, and candidates. Hogan, a candidate for Governor of Maryland, enjoyed the enthusiastic reception and spoke to Asbury's seniors about his plans to "change" Maryland. One of his endeavors is the eventual elimination of taxes on retirees' pensions. From Solomons, Hogan, in his big RV, headed to St. Mary's to the Johnny Wood Annual Charity Bull Roast. He was accompanied by Delegate Tony O'Donnell, Sheriff Mike Evans, Commissioner Jerry Clark, St. Mary's Commissioner Todd Morgan, candidates Tom Hejl, Steve Waugh, Central Committee Chairman Ella Ennis, CCRCC Member Judy MacWilliams, and a number of Calvert volunteers.

Lincoln Reagan Dinner

May 22, 2014

Your CCRCC is most grateful to our Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Committee for producing an outstanding event! Our attendance was the highest in many years. We had a great keynote speaker --Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC), and comments from Governor Candidate Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Candidates Shelley Aloi and Ken Timmerman. Our heartiest congratulations to our wonderful Republican Woman and Man of the Year – Linda Woods and Delegate Mark Fisher. Our Lincoln-Reagan Dinner and 120 Club efforts will go a long way toward supporting our candidates in November.

Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC)

Brook Steuart singing the National Anthem!

Republican Man of the Year: Del. Mark Fisher & Republican Woman of the Year: Linda Woods

North Beach Harvestfest

Oct 5, 2013

Another Great Sucess!

Thank you to everyone who helped and everyone who visited our Republican booth at the North Beach Harvestfest. It was a very good day! Even though it was hot, everyone had fun. Our booth was popular. Lots of people stopped by and talked with our elected officials and candidates; checked out our displayed literature and event notices and many took some home with them. We registered new Republican voters, had some Party affiliation changes, and collected more e-mails and volunteer forms.

Calvert County Fair

Sept 25-29, 2013

Last week the Calvert County Republican Central Committee Booth at the County Fair was a great success!


We collected lots of new e-mails; registered new Republicans--including several "Change of Party Affiliations" and updated several voters' addresses. We handed out loads of information on the O'Malley tax increases the Democrats have forced on Maryland citizens; distributed information on Republican activities and literature about our candidates--not to mention giving out lots of balloons and candy too. Thank you to all of our MANY volunteers, elected officials and candidates for office. Our double booth was both impressive and effective in reaching out to voters and everyone attending the Fair. The Fair was open for 50 hours and our booth was fully staffed for every hour! You were all wonderful volunteers! We couldn't have a successful Fair without you. Our most sincere thanks to each of you!

Fall Super Saturday

Sept 7, 2013


September 7 was our first Fall Super Saturday. We joined with Republicans in St. Mary's County to visit voters in both the newly redrawn Legislative Districts 29 C (Calvert and St. Mary's Counties) and 27 C (Calvert County). Saint Mary's County's team visited voters in parts of 29 C and 29 B.


We had a great team of volunteers and a perfect day for visiting voters. We visited over 200 homes and encouraged voters to come out and vote in 2014 and registered new voters.


An event like this doesn't just happen. There are many behind-the-scenes efforts that lead to our success. Our sincere thank you to everyone who participated!



Voter visitors: Delegates Tony O'Donnell and Mark Fisher; Sonya Fisher, Terri Wolfley, Frank McCabe, Della Stull, Judy Draheim, candidate for the Board of Education -Greg Ostrander, Lorrie Marketti, Carolyn Gill, Sean McNew, Tyler Latvala and Ella Ennis of Calvert and MDGOP Grass Roots Chairman Faith Loudon. (Not everyone was present for photo.)


Cutting the ribbon: Commissioner Jerry Clark, Delegate Mark Fisher, Delegate Tony O'Donnell, Commissioner Steve Weems, Commissioner Pat Nutter, Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt, Commissioner Susan Shaw; MDGOP Chair Diana Waterman far right


CCRCC Associate Member & Teen /Young Adult Leader Ken Scheiber,

CCRCC Member Cynthia Steuart & Delegate Mark Fisher;

CCRCC Treasurer Michael McNally & Commissioner Jerry Clark in background



We know how to celebrate!


Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

May 16, 2013



CCRCC Chairman Ella Ennis introduces keynote speaker, Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD, 1st District).


CCRCC Chairman Ella Ennis laughs at
MDGOP Secretary John Wafer's joke


Rev. Robert Conway delivers the invocation.


Congressman Andy Harris had a big audience!


Do you think that Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans is going to ask County Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt for more deputies?


Delegate Tony O'Donnell is a crowd favorite!


Les Vipond and County Commissioner Susan Shaw share a chuckle.


CCRCC Vice Chairman Bob Arscott and County Commissioner Pat Nutter are all smiles.


Part of the big crowd listening to Maryland Republican National Committeeman Louis Pope.


Calvert GOP Man and Woman of the Year

Joe Chenelly and Darcey Clark


County Commissioners Pat Nutter and Evan Slaughenhoupt chat. In the background,  St. Mary's Ryken student Bronwen Hollinger listens to CCRCC Chairman Ella Ennis and CCRCC Secretary Judy MacWilliams


CCRCC associate member Judy Draheim is delighted to meet Congressman Harris.

Calvert County Special Olympics

April 23, 2013

Good Job Katie!


Bob Wood, a great Calvert County Republican supporter/volunteer, celebrated this wonderful event at Calvert High School with his daughter, Katie.  Katie, a senior at Patuxent High School, competed in the Olympics. Commissioner Susan Shaw was one of the VIPs at the event and was there to support and congratulate Katie!

On April 10, Calvert County Election Board Registrar Kristen Scott visited new Calvert Republican headquarters and trained eleven people as certified Voter Registration Volunteers. The local GOP is gearing up for voter outreach at many special events all over Calvert County.

Republican Women Leaders of Calvert County
(RWLC) Celebrates 10th Anniversary

April 14, 2013



RWLC Vice President Terri Wolfley,

MD GOP Chair Diana Waterman,

RWLC President Carolyn Rice


The Republican Women Leaders of Calvert (RWLC) celebrated the 10th anniversary of their 2003 founding on Sunday, April 14, at Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick. Current RWLC President Carolyn Rice welcomed nearly 100 guests to the afternoon birthday celebration at the Vineyard’s beautifully decorated reception room. Through their successful fundraising efforts, the RWLC donates to local groups including Safe Harbor, the Calvert Library, the Wounded Warrior, and Relay for Life.



Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey
Inducted into MD Women's Hall of Fame

March 21, 2013


The Maryland Commission on Women celebrated distinguished Maryland women on March 21 in Annapolis. Four Calvert Countians were among those present to witness the induction of their friend and former Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey into Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. Calvert County Republican Central Committee (CCRCC) Chairman Ella Ennis, Central Committee Member Judy MacWilliams, Associate Member Catherine Grasso and Della Stull proudly watched Ambassador Sauerbrey as she was honored.

120 Club Appreciation Dinner

June 29, 2013

Dr. & Mrs. Mathew's lovely home on the Patuxent

Thank you to all our wonderful 120 Members for your support!

Saturday, June 29 was a wonderful evening to have a lawn party and the CCRCC 120 Club "Thank You" Appreciation Dinner was a great success on the shore of the Patuxent River at the beautiful home of Dr. Varkey and Peggy Mathew. A large number of active Republican supporters enjoyed delicious appetizers and dinner prepared by Vince Ferrara Grill Master of "The Party Pit" and tasty libations and scrumptious ice cream sundaes with lively conversation. There was a lovely sunset followed by delightful fireworks with some amazing designs and colors exploding in the sky and reflecting off of the water in celebration of the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and birth of our Nation.


Absolutely gorgeous setting and wonderful company!


CCRCC President Ella Ennis thanking our fantastic hosts

Dr. & Mrs. Mathew


Our great bartender Cal Steuart


Richard MacWilliams, Ella Ennis


Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt, Joe Rice, Commissioner Pat Nutter


The one and only Frank McCabe and CCRCC Vice-Chair & Event Chair Bob Arscott

Calvert County Republican Relay for Life Team

June 14, 2013


Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt,

Teen and Young Adult Leader Ken Sheiber


Frank McCabe and Elvis in jail!


Frank McCabe, Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt, Ken Scheiber, CCRCC President Ella Ennis, Judith Randall, Delegate Mark Fisher, Bob Wood, CCRCC Secretary Judy MacWilliams


Commissioner Susan Shaw is joined by three Pakastani English teachers enjoying a cultural exchange



These smiles say it all!


Past RFL organizer Judith Randall and our new organizer Mark Fisher enjoying a cool snack and some smiles.