Kapp Is Odenton's Citizen Of The Year

Neighbors/Odenton, Ft. Meade,Gambrills

October 23, 1991|By Vicki Wellford

Rollin Kapp has been named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Odenton Improvement Association. County Executive Robert Neall presented Kapp with the award during a special dinner Saturday.

Kapp has been a resident of Odenton for 30 years, having moved here in 1961 after retiring from the Army with the rank of major. He and his wife settledin Maple Ridge, where they still live. The couple has six children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

After moving to Odenton, Kapp immediately plunged into community volunteer work by joining the newly revived Odenton Improvement Association.

For one of his first projects, Kapp initiated Odenton's "Clean Up Campaign" in the early 1960s. Area residents formed clean-up crews and the county furnished Dumpsters.

Kapp was also instrumental in acquiring a library branch in Odenton.

In 1975, Kapp was elected president of the association and worked to keep the membership abreast of the community's changing needs. Recently, he has been involved in the county's comprehensive rezoning effort, serving on the association's Comprehensive Rezoning Task Force.

For the past 20 years, Kapp also has been a well-known fixture at Arundel High School. Hebecame active in school programs, sporting events and activities when his children attended Arundel.

Since 1975, he has been involved with the high school wrestling team, acting as a coach and as an adviser to the students. He is their best cheerleader, and has not misseda match since 1975.

Kapp also has been a member of the Arundel High School Citizens Advisory Committee for 20 years. He has continued to serve on this committee, which advises the Board of Education.

In the early 1980s, Kapp was among a group of residents who fought toget more than $9 million in state and county funds for the school's renovation.

And, as if all that isn't enough, he volunteers at theFort Meade golf course, helping to keep the grounds in order. He hasbecome an advocate of gypsy moth prevention there, banding and monitoring every oak tree on the course. Kapp also has volunteered at Kimbrough Army Hospital for the past two years, manning the information desk three or four mornings each week.

All of these volunteer activities require a tremendous amount of energy and fortitude, which Kappmaintains by staying physically fit. He plays racquetball several times a week, golfs when weather permits and goes to the gym five days a week.

"When Rollin and his family settled in Odenton 30 years ago," Neall said during the awards presentation, "who would have ever known then what a lucky day that was for this community."

Entertainment for the evening was provided by nine ladies from the Elkridge Chapter of the Sweet Adelines.

Past recipients of the Citizen of theYear were recognized, including the very first, 1973's Murray O'Malley.

The evening concluded with association President Pat Wellford reminding everyone to attend the next general membership meeting, Nov. 13 at the Odenton Fire Hall. New officers will be elected during the meeting.


Upcoming events for the teens include a "Lock In,"ice hockey trip and a ski trip in January.

For more information, call 923-6997 or 969-2845.


MacArthur Middle School recently had a "Movin' On" program for its eighth-graders.

Beverly Lowe, Community Coordinator from the YWCA, conducted this week-long presentation on career education.

The eighth-graders also participated in the Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles Inventory. This one-day activity, coordinated through the school's Guidance Department, helped students recognize individual learning styles.


Arundel Senior High School recently published a book, "The History of Arundel High School."

The book traces the school's growth from 1855, when it was known as Arundel Academy, through 1924, when it was called Old Arundel, to thepresent.

The book costs $5, with proceeds benefiting the school'sscholarship fund. Books may be purchased at the main office.

For more information, call the school at 674-6500.

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The Piney Orchard Community Center offers fitness classes to neighborhood residents and the general public.

The community center has contracted with Corporate Kicks Professional Fitness Programs to develop a variety of classes. Betty Hottel, Director of Corporate Kicks, says the fitness programs will include aerobics, step aerobics and aqua aerobics.

Aerobic classes will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting Nov. 5. Step aerobics will begin in December, aqua aerobics in January. Thefee is $40 for 10 classes.

Registration is available at the PineyOrchard Community Center. For more information, call 672-4273.


The Piney Orchard Ice Arena and Domino's Pizza of Odenton are sponsoring a Halloween Party from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the ice rink.

Admission is free; skate rental is $1.50. Piney Orchard Ice Arena islocated at 8781 Piney Orchard Parkway in Odenton.

For more information, call 672-7013.


The Retired Officers' Wives Club's "Husbands Appreciation Day Brunch" is set for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Fort Meade Officers' Club.

The cost of the brunch is $12. For reservations, call Norma Thompson, 987-4868.

* The Designer Boutique in Ellicott City will present a fashion show at the club's November luncheon.

This luncheon will start at 11 a.m. Nov. 5 at the club. The cost is $7. Reservations can be made by calling Mae Hudson at 720-1085.


The Genealogy Group of the O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, invites all those 55 years of age or older who wish to research their family history to attend meetings from 1 to 2:30 p.m on Mondays.

Bring a notebook, pencils and any information on your family that you possess. Trips are planned every fourth Monday, with transportation provided.

No registration or fees are required. For more information, call 222-6227 or 621-9515.

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