FISH needs more volunteers to keep referral service going ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

NEIGBORS

February 22, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

Neighbors helping neighbors. That's the slogan of the 20-year-old all-volunteer organization, FISH of Howard County. In the simpler time of its inception, when fewer women were in the work force, FISH had plenty of volunteers. Now the telephone volunteer service is at a critical point, with a chronic lack of people to answer the phone. A new crop of volunteers is necessary for FISH's survival.

FISH retains no paid staff. Thus, it relies on a large corps of volunteers -- two each day, or over sixty a month -- to continue.

With no regular source of income, it relies on contributions from churches, schools and individuals.

How does the service work? People seeking help from FISH leave a telephone message outlining their need. Typical requests are for baby-sitting services, help with a utility bill, or for a few days' groceries to tide the family over to the next paycheck.

Volunteers call the service several times a day to retrieve the messages, return calls and address the problem.

The volunteer has in hand a directory of services available through agencies and other volunteers.

And the volunteer is not alone. Seasoned FISH volunteers called "Key People" are a phone call away to help all volunteers with their day's work.

A training session is given to new volunteers before they field the first phone call. Volunteers remain anonymous, using only their first names.

If you think you can spare a few hours a month to do a good turn, contact Joan at 730-5480. It may be the first of some very rewarding experiences.

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At 4 p.m. on Sunday the Glen Mar Methodist Church Chancel Choir will present the third segment of its sacred music series.

The performance of a sacred Lenten Cantata in the Romantic style, "The Seven Last Words of Christ," which was composed by Theodore Dubois, will take place in the church sanctuary.

Featuring more than 50 singers, the performance will include solo pieces by choir members Sandy Adkins, Frank Davis, Tom Green, Lois Hildebrande, Fred Kinch, Estelle King, Hugh Reitmeyer and Mark Wendland. Glen Mar's Music Director, Carrie Grams, will conduct the choir.

The final segment of the series will be the June 27 "Vespers with Handbells."

The chancel choir is one of 10 different choirs sponsored by the musically inclined congregation. The three children's choirs include the Cherub Choir, led by Lauren Bauer; the Sunshine Choir, led by Florence Livingston; and the Choristers, led by Hugh Reitmeyer and Carrie Grams.

A children's handbell choir is led by Paula Beasley and Nancy Pirritano. Youth Choir for middle-schoolers is led by Mr. Reitmeyer, and the High School Choir is led by Ms. Grams.

The two handbell choirs and chancel choir are also led by Ms. Grams. The instrumental choir is led by Spencer Klevenow.

For more information or directions to the church, call the church office at 410-465-4995.

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Elkridge Elementary School's Drama Learning Center will present "The King and I" on Thursday and Friday. Children from kindergarten through fifth grade are involved in the production, which has evolved from a play to a dinner theater performance.

The Drama Learning Center, which rehearses once a week, is sponsored by fifth-grade teacher Mimi Chiarilla.

The PTA wishes to thank all those parents who have worked to bring together the "dinner" portion of the dinner theater. Special thanks go to Bev Adams for her many hours of planning.

For further information on this ambitious, fun evening, call Pat Eikenberg at 796-8583.

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Congratulations to the five Webelos Cub Scouts from Pack 834 who "bridged" to Boy Scouts and were awarded the Arrow of Light on Wednesday.

The bridging ceremony took place at the pack's annual Blue and Gold Banquet, which nearly 200 people attended. Cubmaster Wayne Bryden and Assistant Cubmaster Jon Ranson led the ceremony.

The new Boy Scouts came from the Webelos Dragons Den, led by Eileen Lang. Robby Chesnutis, James Dibble, Gerritt Lang, Michael Serio, and Andrew Uhrmacher each were honored for his Cub Scout accomplishments and introduced to their new Scout leaders: George Baker, Scoutmaster for Troop 874, and Butch Colby, Scoutmaster for Troop 601.

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Is it too cold yet to think about summer camp? My family is beginning to get brochures in the mail, but we can't get in the mood to think about it. But camp spaces disappear, so think about this possibility: Howard County 4-H Summer Camp will take place from June 20-26 at the Western Maryland 4-H Center in Garrett County. The camp offers a structured program of outdoor activities, crafts and swimming in a mountain lake.

Open to all children ages 8-13 as of Jan. 1, the camp costs $120 per camper. For a registration form, call (410) 313-2707.

Registrations from 4-H members will be accepted until March 15. After that date, nonmembers will be assigned cabin space. Families may request full or partial scholarship assistance when they call for registration.

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VFW Post 8097 announces its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast at the post from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children.

VFW commander Bill Heber and other members of the post warmly welcome you.

Also, the regularly scheduled time for the Ladies Auxiliary meeting is permanently changed to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. March 3 is the next meeting date.

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