After 53 Years, He's Citizen Of The Year


November 07, 1990|By Vicki Wellford

The Greater Odenton Improvement Association has chosen Robert Sanner Sr.

its Citizen of the Year.

Approximately 80 people were at St. Joseph's Church Hall last Saturday to see Delegate Marsha Perry, D-District 33, present the award. "Volunteers are the true lifeblood of the community," said Perry.

Volunteering is exactly what Sanner has been doing since he arrived in Odenton in February 1937. He has been a member of the GOIA for more than 25 years. He was a member of the Odenton Kiwanis, past master of the Odenton Masonic Lodge and past patron of the Odenton Eastern Star, Chapter 29.

He has been there for the community in many different ways. When Catherine O'Malley, who was president of the Odenton Health Center, would call Sanner and ask him to play his trumpet near the Christmas tree at the Health Center, he was there. When his neighbors, the Nowottnicks, are busy with their four children, including triplets, he will go without any prompting and cut their grass for them.

The list of people Sanner has helped is endless. He has never needed a lot of recognition to continue his volunteer activities. Pat Wellford, president of the improvement association, said, "I can always depend on Bob to be there without hesitation."

Sanner was very touched by his award and said he could not believe his wife, Hazel, kept this a secret from him. Although a native of Johnstown, Pa., Sanner said "Odenton is very much my hometown now."


The Imaginations Majorette Group will conduct a Turkey Shoot from 9 a.m.

to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1133 Patuxent Road. Proceeds from the event will help support the Imaginations Majorette, Pom Pon, Color Guard and Drum Corp.

Participants are restricted to 12-gauge shotguns. Ammunition will be provided at $2.50 per shot and refreshments will be available.

For more information, call 672-7559.


The Odenton Elementary Citizen Advisory Committee has scheduled a meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 at Arundel Junior High School. The topic for discussion will be Multi-Age Grouping, the proposed restructuring of students by grade. Kindergarten, first and second grades would be grouped together in one classroom, with third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders in another. Each room would have one or two teachers.

Interested parents are invited.


The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a "Business Connection" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Odenton branch of the Bank of Glen Burnie, 1405 Annapolis Road.

The cost to chamber members is $8 at the door. A new member briefing at 4:30 p.m. will precede the Business Connection. New and established members are encouraged to attend.

The chamber will also conducting a seminar, "Increasing Efficiency Using Your Computer," at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 14 at the Western District Police Station, Route 170. Guest speaker will be Bob Olds, certified public accountant.

The cost is $15, which includes lunch. To make reservations or for more information concerning either event, call the chamber at 672-3422.


Meade Senior High School has been notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. that the following students have been designated Commended Students in the 1991 National Merit Scholarship Program: Malcolm Allen, David Binney, Young Kwak, Brendan Mahoney, Eric Miller, Jeffrey Miller, Gregory Pelesh, Frederick Sperry, Peter Terech, Scott West and Cathy Wiley.

These seniors were among the top 50,000 of more than 1 million participants in the 35th annual program.


Beginning this morning at 7:30, the Middle States Evaluation Committee, headed by Ralph Packard and John Callahan, will visit Meade Senior High School as part of the accreditation process.

The committee will study course offerings, extracurricular programs, physical facilities and the community.

This inspection follows more than a year of evaluation by Meade faculty and administration to determine how to make the high school better. Many hours went into the compilation of reports on school and community; philosophy and goals, curriculum, auxiliary services, guidance services, media services, school facilities, school staff and administration, and student activities.

The committee will issue a detailed report on Meade within a few months.

The report will contain a critique and recommendations on how to maintain accreditation.

Vicki Wellford

Phone 672-3479

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