Helping out fire company is a Becker family affair CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

NEIGHBORS

April 26, 1993|By CINDY PARR

The Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company is fortunate to have families who have devoted many years of service to the organization.

Angie and Mike Becker; her parents, Glenn and Brenda Hay; and Angie's brother Jeff have given close to 50 years of combined service to the Pleasant Valley company.

A member of the Ladies' Auxiliary for almost nine years, Angie Becker attributes her membership and desire to raise funds for the fire company to her parents.

"My parents have always been very active. Both have been members since the late 1970s. Presently, my father is treasurer of the fire company, and my mother is secretary," said the 24-year-old mother of two.

"My brother and I have known the fire company ever since we were young. We would go along and help clean tables and do dishes for all the banquets and public suppers.

"Now, I enjoy getting out and helping the community and the fire company. It's important to help keep the budget up where we can buy the equipment that is necessary to help people."

Mrs. Becker, whose husband is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician at the fire company, has held numerous offices since joining the auxiliary at age 16.

After serving three years as secretary, she spent last year and the year before as president of the organization.

"I decided to take a break this year so I could spend more time with my family," she said. "It's important for me to spend time with my 3-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, especially since I work full-time. I still try and give as much time to the fire company and the auxiliary as I can."

Angie Becker said the Pleasant Valley Ladies' Auxiliary supports countless functions and activities through the year that raise money for the fire company to buy equipment and vehicles.

"We have about 25 to 30 active members in the auxiliary, and the fire company has between 75 and 100 active volunteers," she said. "This year we were able to give the fire company $25,000 from our fund-raising events. The year before that, we gave $30,000."

While Mrs. Becker is not as active with the auxiliary as in years past, she knows that the organization remains in good hands.

"My mom is president of the Ladies' Auxiliary this year, and I know she has what it takes to do a great job," she said. "She has been president before [five times] and she knows all the headaches. She is a good leader and we all [members of the Ladies' Auxiliary] work together just like a family to get things done."

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This Saturday, the Junior Woman's Club of Westminster is looking for people to come out from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the Ascension Episcopal Church in Westminster and shop till they drop.

Dubbed "Repeat Performance," the benefit consignment sale will feature high-quality clothing, accessories, baby equipment and other items.

The Junior Woman's Club, which supports nonprofit organizations in Carroll County, will donate the proceeds to Rape Crisis Intervention Services of Carroll County Inc.

Admission is free.

For information or to consign: 848-6281.

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