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  • Writer's pictureClarice MacGarvey

Soule Arnold Oyster Roast, Set for 10/14 in Exmore Town Park is a Legacy Event for Tommy Arnold

Updated: Aug 5, 2023

All you can eat seafood social and fundraiser benefiting the Eastern Shore

Serving trays overflowing with succulent seaside oysters and steamed “nick” clams ready to drizzle with warm melted butter. Pulled pork BBQ freshly prepared by Rotary members earlier in the day. Delicious sides and desserts, with everything “all you can eat!” It’s the Annual Soule Arnold Oyster Roast hosted by the Exmore Rotary Club, set for Saturday, October 14, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Exmore Town Park.

Last year, the event was capped at 400 tickets and was totally sold out in advance, according to Tommy Arnold, a key organizer, long time Rotarian and the son of Soule Arnold, for whom the event is named. The Oyster Roast was originally a member-guest event launched in the 1970s by Tommy’s father, Soule Arnold, a Rotary Club member Soule was a long-time bank executive vice-president with the People’s Trust Bank in Exmore. Following Soule’s death, the tradition continued. In 2003, it was named for Soule as a living tribute to his community service on behalf of Rotary. Within a few years, the popular member-guest event was opened to everyone. It now attracts attendees from as far away as Texas.

“This is a proud legacy for my dad,” says Tommy. “As a fifth generation Eastern Shore resident, it is gratifying to see the money raised by the Rotary follow the need throughout the Shore.”

Currently, the Exmore Club supports 20 plus different service organizations with the fall oyster roast an important friend and fund-raiser. Tickets are selling fast. You can purchase yours from any Exmore Rotary member, For more details, visit.

Exmore Rotary which was founded in 1927 is part of Rotary International District 7600. Rotary International is a service organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. To learn more about Rotary, visit

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