If you would like to express your support for our military men and women assigned to Operation Desert Shield, here is a perfect opportunity. The Red Cross needs blood.
Starting today, our regional branchof the American Red Cross has been asked to provide 100 units per week for use in the Middle East.
Before that target can be reached, however, it must meet a yearlygoal of more than 300,000 units of blood for our area hospitals. Under normal conditions, local military personnel donate a large portionof this need. But with so many deployed to Saudi Arabia, combined with the recent bad weather, the need for donors is critical.
The donation center most convenient to Severna Park is in Glen Burnie, at the corner of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Oak Lane, one block west of Crain Highway. Its hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
If you can't get to the donation center, the Bloodmobile is scheduled to be at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Linda Klein ofthe Glen Burnie office suggests that, before arriving to donate blood, you make sure you feel well, drink plenty of liquids, and eat a substantial meal. Donors must also be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds.
I don't know about you, but I qualify!
You might be interested to know that the donated blood is put through seven different virus tests before being shipped.
It finally occurred to Mother Nature what was missing in the winter park scene. This week's snowfall was picture-perfect and the right consistency for sleigh riding and snowman sculpting, but were you one of the smart ones who gotoutside and took a photo of your house for next year's Christmas card?
Of course, the short, cold days and long, cozy evenings of winter give us time to prepare for warm, green days of spring and summer.While considering what varieties of marigolds and tomatoes to plant,why not germinate some plans for that dream vacation?
Next month, on four consecutive Sunday afternoons, the Rotary Club of Severna Park is sponsoring its annual professional Travelogue series. The shows are set for 2 p.m. on Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24 at Severna Park High School.
The quality films will be narrated by four professional world travelers. The first, "South Pacific Journey," will be narrated byWillis H. Moore; the second, "Nepal, In the Shadow of Everest," by Dale Smith; "Greece" will be described by Howard and Barbara Pollard; and the final film, "The Deep Caribbean," will be narrated by Dale Johnson.
Time for questions and answers will be included.
These films are of the caliber that you would expect to see at the National Geographic Society or the Smithsonian Institution, but are right herein your neighborhood.
Door prizes will be awarded each Sunday, and on Feb. 24 someone in the audience will win the grand prize of a $500 gift certificate from Severn Travel.
Series tickets are a bargain at $15. Single show tickets are $5. To order yours, call 647-1074 or 647-8933, or call Severn Travel at 647-4000.
Each year, more than 90 percent of the Rotarian's donations go to local organizations. The Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company is the primary recipient;others include the Providence Center, Woods Adult Day Care, Meals onWheels, Boy Scout Troop No. 216 (a troop of handicapped scouts), theYMCA, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross and the SPCA.
The motto of the YMCA -- healthy mind, body and spirit -- is alsothe personal philosophy of Sara Ross. The new aquatic program director at the Severna Park YMCA has been a supporter of the Y since fourth grade back in her hometown of Manchester, N.H.
That was when hermom signed her up for overnight camp at the local Y. From then on, she didn't miss a summer. When she was old enough she became a volunteer, an avocation that lasted 10 years.
Since September, Ross has put all this experience to work in Severna Park. Despite the fact thather major was history and her minor English when she graduated in June from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., she maintains that takinga job with the Y was "a natural fit."
Her responsibilities include "anything having to do with the pool." She plans the intricate pool schedule that includes swimming lessons, from tiny tots to teens; Swimnastics; Aqua Workout; Arthritis Aquatic Program; Intramural Swim Team; Master Swimming; Special Populations Swim Hour; Adult Laps; Parent/Child Swim; Open Swim; Splash Parties; and SPY, Severna Park's championship swim team.
When a piece of equipment malfunctions, Sararolls up her sleeves and diagnoses the problem.
Ross believes theYMCA is a good career choice, offering room for growth and a chance to move around the country. With its national standards, she explains, if you work at one Y, you can work at another.