Among the many phrases said about this amazing community volunteer is that “She’s everywhere! She’s everywhere!”
One of the things I like best about living and working in Frederick County is the rich tradition in the business community of serving those in need.
Frederick’s charitable organizations do a lot of heavy lifting—educating children, healing the sick, training the jobless, nurturing the arts, caring for the elderly—and countless other services so critical to the quality of life here in Frederick. Nurturing and guiding nonprofits is such a fulfilling and effective way to leave a lasting imprint on a community.
There are numerous awards and civic honors dedicated to recognizing outstanding Frederick volunteers, but my favorite is the “Good Samaritan of the Year”, the highest honor awarded by Frederick Memorial Hospital. Each year FMH recognizes “deserving individuals for their generosity to FMH, as well as their selfless commitment to improving the quality of life in the entire Frederick community.”
It came as no surprise to me that FMH named Karlys Kline as the 2011 Good Samaritan of the Year. Her outstanding generosity to the nonprofit community sets her apart, even in a place like Frederick where service to people in need is standard practice.
This quote from FMH’s Facebook page says it all: “Her giving spirit is evident in every aspect of her life, from her public involvement to her relationships with friends and acquaintances. Her smile and tireless enthusiasm for life are contagious; she can make a person feel good just by being around her. All this comes with a humility and genuineness that is rare to find in an individual.”
Congratulations, Karlys! Frederick County is blessed to have you.
Rocky Mackintosh served on the Board of Directors of Frederick Memorial Hospital for nine years, during which time he served as Chairman of the Board for three years, and Development Council Chairman for three years. He still volunteers actively with a variety of Frederick charitable and civic organizations, but remembers FMH fondly as “the hardest work I ever did in my life and the most rewarding.”