Gov. William Donald Schaefer distributed "Maryland You Are Beautiful" awards to 24 people from Baltimore and the 23 counties yesterday, in ceremonies at the State House and at St. John's College in Annapolis.
The winners are selected by panels established by the program's area coordinators. From July to September, the coordinators seek nominations of Maryland volunteers and then pick one name to forward to the governor as that jurisdiction's recipient.
Following are the winners:
Terry Wolff, Allegany County: A stroke at age 42 did not begin to slow Mr. Wolff's pace. He established and chairs the local Stroke Club and actively participates in the club's outreach program for stroke "veterans" at home or in the hospital.
Allen Conkin, Anne Arundel County: A county school volunteer since 1967, Ms. Conkin has been called "Mama" by thousands of Maryland youngsters. She coordinates the patient volunteer program at Broadneck Senior High School and works with terminally ill people.
Margaret Majors, Baltimore: A senior citizens advocate and a lifelong resident of Highlandtown, Ms. Majors founded the Senior Citizen Coalition of South East Baltimore. She was also instrumental in establishing Harbor Nursing Centre and the Joseph Center.
Nettie H. Page, Baltimore County: Retired after 43 years in the public school system, the 74-year-old "Aunt Nettie" volunteers her time and talents to direct her church's day-care center as well as a 35-member traveling theater group.
Wallace T. Hall, Calvert County: A retired science and math teacher, Mr. Hall formed "Help the People," a housing outreach program in Calvert County. He also created the "Emergency Food Pantry."
Dorothy I. Greer, Caroline County: A senior citizen herself, Ms. Greer looks out for the County:'s seniors. As next-door neighbor and co-founder of the New Hope Baptist Church, she is active in all church affairs, from baptisms to burials.
Bessie Dougherty, Carroll County: Ms. Dougherty is a 20-year volunteer at Carroll County Hospital and a veteran of Meals on Wheels, the Taneytown Fire Company Women's Auxiliary and the "Happy Helpers" -- quilters who donate their handiwork for benefits.
Ralph C. Young Jr., Cecil County: Mr. Young organizes, manages and participates in the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Campaign, the Community Service Campaign, Save Our Streams and the Fair Hill Nature Center. He calls on more than 1,000 volunteers to help with these projects.
Mary B. Proctor, Charles County: Ms. Proctor is always there for the 4-H Club, the St. Michael's Church, the Body of Christ Farm, the handicapped, the Shelter for Women, Meals on Wheels, the Cancer Society, the Blood Mobile, and anyone who might need help.
Nancy Hughes, Dorchester County: Ms. Hughes, also known as "Mom," fits into her hectic schedule membership in Secretary's Volunteer Fire Company as an emergency medical technician. She also devotes herself to local teens, supervising dances every month.
Richard Sappington, Frederick County: Mr. Sappington has volunteered close to 20,000 hours to Hospice of Frederick County. He organizes everything from fund raising for the hospice to hunting, fishing and day trips for the patients.
AAlvin P. Friend, Garrett County: A retired dentist, Dr. Friend is noted for work with the American Society, the Southern Rescue Squad and the Union Rescue Mission. Dr. Friend and his wife also serve the medical needs of people in Haiti and Central America.
Margaret and William White, Harford County: A few of the many groups benefiting from the Whites' talents are a food distribution program, a transitional shelter for the homeless and Holy Trinity Church.
Mike and Lisa Lowe, Howard County: The parents of four, Mr. and Mrs. Lowe have opened their home to five pregnant teen-agers over the past two years. They are also legal guardians of a 15-year-old girl.
Thelma Moffeit Vansant, Kent County: A retired school administrator, Ms. Vansant has served the community for 40 years as an active member of her church and in organizations including the Kent County: Retired Teacher's Association and the Camp Fairlee Manor Advisory Board.
Gregg Harvey, Montgomery County: A volunteer with Second Genesis' recovering addict program for the past seven years, Mr. Harvey makes himself available 24 hours a day. He helps recovering addicts finds jobs and homes and runs a relapse-prevention support group.
Rebecca Leigh Phillips, Prince George's County: An outstanding student, a top-rated trombonist and an avid volunteer, Ms. Phillips serves as a role model for other youths, despite having been born with cerebral palsy.
Vivian Goldsborough, Queen Anne's County: An employee of the Queen Anne's County school board for 40 years, Ms. Goldsborough devotes her time and talent to the youths of the community by helping them to attain their education goals.