Literacy Council honors volunteers, elects officers

June 08, 1993

The Literacy Council of Carroll County celebrated a successful year at its annual meeting and dinner recently at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster. Volunteers, tutors, students and their guests attended.

The council reported that during fiscal year 1993, at least 115 students have been tutored in one-to-one settings.

The council tutors adults and older youths in phonics, reading, writing, spelling and math.

This year, volunteers have worked more than 4,050 hours to help county adults learn to read and write, or to improve those skills.

At the dinner, awards were presented to tutors and volunteers who demonstrated exceptional dedication to the program.

Dianne Bennett was named Volunteer of the Year. She was recognized for contributing 356 hours of service during the past year.

Marilynn Meeker was named Tutor of the Year for working 260 hours with her students.

Others recognized for outstanding service were Linda Marr, Carolyn Ruckert, Sandra Holman, Dolores Hines, Donald Blais, Jeane Shiflett, Win Morin, Janet Wallett, Fred Longhenry and Dr. David Edwards.

Fran Mortimer, who has worked for the council for more than seven years, first as a tutor and then on the office staff, was given flowers and a certificate of appreciation.

Ms. Mortimer, 84, recently announced her retirement from the office staff but immediately volunteered to help with other projects.

Senior Tutor Certificates were awarded to new tutors who had accumulated at least 40 hours of tutoring. They included Donald Blais, Jean Deardorff, Rose Fried, Sandra Holman, Caroline Ingram, Fred Longhenry, Win Morin, Barbara O'Brien, Lyle Staples, Madeline Strader, Jeane Shiflett and Hester Whalen.

The officers and board members elected to serve the council for fiscal years 1994 and 1995 are: Kathryn Sieverts, president; Nancy Title, vice president; Betty Scharon, secretary; Lyle Staples, treasurer; and Stephanie Dahlquist, board member.

They will join Jerry Zakes, who was appointed to fill a two-year unexpired term; board members Karen Foreman and Emily Ferren; and Marian Carr, program director.

The guest speaker was Larry Norris, supervisor of alternative programs for Carroll County public schools.

He spoke of the importance of volunteers in fighting illiteracy in Carroll over the past 20 years and explained the functions of his office in administering the Graduate Equivalency Diploma, External Diploma and other programs.

Dr. Norris emphasized that there is no such thing as a GED diploma. After a student completes the necessary courses and passes the GED test, she or he is awarded a high school diploma. There is no designation indicating that the diploma was earned through the GED process.

Dr. Norris also discussed the cooperation the Literacy Council and Alternative Programs have enjoyed over the years.

In their latest joint venture, the two agencies will work with Carroll County schools, the Job Training Partnership and other organizations in the county to promote family literacy.

The Literacy Council is looking for volunteers to help nonreading adults. For more information, or to request help for adults with reading problems, call 848-6506.

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