The stereotypical image of a senior citizen dozing in a rocking chair does not do justice to the hundreds of seniors in our community whoembody the volunteer spirit -- working with children with learning disabilities, visiting area nursing homes, teaching Sunday school.
Their contribution to the community sometimes goes unnoticed, usuallyunheralded.
The Glen Burnie Jaycees are working to change that. As part of a statewide program, the chapter is accepting nominations for their representative in the "Maryland Outstanding Senior Citizen" competition.
This representative will then be honored for his or her contributions to the community at a banquet on March 23.
"People should send in a resume or an application listing the senior's community service," explained Sandy Mutolo, president of the chapter. "One person will be invited to the banquet and honored as our representative."
The deadline for an application, resume or letter is Jan. 15. For an application or for additional information, call Sandy Mutolo, 691-5621.
A 15-year-old sophomore at Glen Burnie Senior High will represent the state of Maryland at the national competition of the Veterans of Foreign War's "Voice of Democracy" program.
Danielle Stetz won the state level competition on Sunday with her recorded speech "Democracy -- Vanguard of Freedom."
Progressing through the contest as a representative of VFW Post 434, Danielle has received almost $1,000 in scholarship money from the VFW. She was also presented with $1,000 in cash from Joe Hanson, owner of the Prince George's Cab Co.
As the Maryland representative, she will visit Washington in March for a week of tours and meetings with members of Congress. The highlight of the week's activities will be the national competition. First prize is $18,000.
Danielle will compete against representatives fromall 50 states and from Europe, Panama, the Pacific area and Puerto Rico.
In addition, she has been invited to participate in a three-day seminar in New York, sponsored by the American Academy of Achievements. Danielle and her family will be guests at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
Every year the VFW offers students the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in scholarships through patriotic theme projects,the Voice of Democracy, the Buddy Poppy Queen and the Loyalty Day Queen contests.
Sandra Seward, guidance counselor at Marley Middle School, will be the guest speaker at the January meeting of the Point Pleasant/Shoreland Improvement Association tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
The association will meet in the hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave. Ms. Seward will discuss the new computer system at Marley Middle that allows students to get information about their homework by using their home telephone.
Also scheduled on the agenda will be the distribution of the applications for the two $1,000 scholarships offered by the association for high school seniors or current college students residing in Point Pleasant or Shoreland.
Applications also will be forwarded to the guidance offices at GlenBurnie High and Archbishop Spalding.
The meeting is open to all residents in the community. Membership applications will be available.Dues are $5 per family per year.
For additional information call Joan Valenti, 766-4310.
Are you a summer? Perhaps a spring oran autumn? If you have chestnut hair, fair skin and incredibly blue eyes (my personal favorite), you are considered a winter.
Confused? The Glen Burnie YMCA is offering a class that will help you determine your color profile according to the seasons and decide what color make-up and clothing is most flattering to your hair color and skin tones. Beauty For All Seasons will include an individual analysis of each participant by a certified color consultant.
Two separate sessions will meet at the Y, 8 Central Ave., from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 9. There is a $25 fee for the class and a color kit is available for an additional $25.
To register for either class call the Glen Burnie office, 761-1251 or 761-1487.
Blood supplies for hospitals tend to run low around the holidays. Most people have other things on their mind. To help restore supplies to a comfortable level, the American Red Cross will be conducting blood drives at several area churches this week.
Participation in the donor program entitles the donor and their immediate family free access to blood supplies in the event of need. The donation process is safe and takes only about an hour.
For more information concerning blood donations, call the American Red Cross in Glen Burnie, 768-4461.
The following churches have scheduled blood drives:
* The Church of the Crucifixion, 100 Scott Ave., can accommodate donors on Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* The Red Cross will be at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 308 Oak Manor Drive, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m.
* Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll, will also host a blood drive on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m.