Spotlight to be on Sultana Education Foundation at DCKC’s invitation

CHESTERTOWN — An overview of the Sultana Education Foundation, including its programming and newly opened Lawrence Wetlands Preserve, will be presented at the Thursday, Nov. 16 meeting of the Democratic Club of Kent County.

The public is invited.

The event is free; no registration is required.

SEF Vice President Chris Cerino will be the presenter.

Cerino will talk about the organization’s evolution over the last 25 years, from a small nonprofit running a single tall ship (SEF’s namesake schooner Sultana) to a regional organization that also provides area students with canoe and kayak trips, land-based programs at the Holt Education Center, adult programs and professional development courses for teachers.

The SEF’s newest facility is the Lawrence Wetlands Preserve, an 8.5-acre “urban nature center” in Chestertown that opened last month.

Cerino has spent the past 30 years in the field of environmental education.

He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a master’s degree in teaching secondary history.

For the past 25 years he has served as vice president of Chestertown-based Sultana Education Foundation. During this time, the SEF twice has earned the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education from the National Maritime Historical Society.

Cerino was Chestertown’s elected mayor from 2014 to 2021. During that time the town-owned Port of Chestertown Marina was completely overhauled, a multi-million-dollar endeavor that received a boost from state and federal funding.

Cerino also is credited with spearheading the revitalization of the Main Street Chestertown program, and working with town staff to create new parks and make improvements to numerous town-owned properties.

The DCKC’s Nov. 16 meeting will take place at The Kitchen at The Imperial, 208 High St. in downtown Chestertown.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a social time and to order a meal from the menu.

It is not necessary to purchase a meal to attend.

A brief business meeting — including the club election for the 2023-25 term — will be conducted before the main presentation.

Cerino’s talk will start at about 7 p.m. 

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