When players in the Mount Airy Rotary Club's fifth annual Benefit Golf Tournament tee off Monday morning, their fair play on the fairways at Holly Hills Country Club will benefit area youth, from kindergartners to college students.
"It's one of two fund-raisers dedicated to the education fund," said Rotarian Larry VanSant. "Most of our [$22,000] budget went to the schools or organizations that support children."
During the past year, Mount Airy's Rotarians pledged $8,000 to Mount Airy Middle School toward the cost of a computerized library system. Rotarians also provided $4,000 for annual college scholarships and spent $3,000 for the Rotary's "Christmas for Kids" program.
While the club often provides "behind-the-scenes" assistance, some of its bigger donations for the year included $2,200 to Mount Airy Elementary School for computer equipment and $1,000 to New Market Middle School for band cummerbunds.
Mr. VanSant said the club also set aside $2,800 for a lighted brick sign for Twin Ridge Elementary School, similar to the one it donated to Mount Airy Elementary School a few years ago.
Members of Mount Airy's Rotary Club, which was chartered in 1986, consider their donations to area youth "investing in the future," said Mr. VanSant.
The crown jewel of the club's education fund is its scholarship program, which began in 1988 with one $1,000 scholarship. Mr. VanSant said it will grow next year to include four $1,000 scholarships, renewable to students who remain academically eligible.
Scholarships will be renewed for Jennifer Mariner and Gretchen De Witt, and Jennifer Blair was recently presented with a scholarship. "The quality of young adults has been great," said Mr. VanSant. "Everybody has had a 3.0 average or better."
Like the club's scholarship recipients, the word "quality" can be used to describe the club's annual golfing fund-raisers. Mr. VanSant stressed that Monday's event in nearby Ijamsville will be "a first-class tournament."
"Holly Hills is owned and operated by the Kemper Sports Group," he said. "The course is in wonderful shape."
Mr. VanSant said the tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start, has 24 sponsors and will feature more than $500 in prizes, as well as awards for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Mulligans will be available, and a Calloway Scoring System will be used. A luncheon buffet follows the tourney.
Any golfer who gets a hole-in-one on the designated par 3 will win a $12,000 Geo Storm provided by Jeff Barnes Chevrolet-Geo, Mr. VanSant said.
The cost of the tournament is $70 per golfer. As of Monday, 20 foursomes had registered for the event, said Mr. VanSant. Participants will also have the opportunity to win Ping "Zings" and Calloway metal woods -- at $5 per chance -- in a raffle.
Information: Mr. VanSant, (301) 829-0444, or George Rue, (301) 829-9080.
Finishing touches are being put on Winfield Elementary School's modernization and expansion for the first day of classes Sept. 7.
Students and parents will have the opportunity to preview the fabulous facility three evenings next week. An open house will be held at the school from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 2.
"We're designating Tuesday [Aug. 31] for new students," said Judy Edelmann of the school office. "Wednesday [Sept. 1] and Thursday [Sept. 2] is for everyone else."
According to Principal Ray Mathias, the school's enrollment will jump from last year's 450 students to 633, which includes 611 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and 22 special education students.
Mr. Mathias welcomes 17 new members to Winfield's faculty and staff. He noted that the 1993-1994 school year marks the first time that Winfield has had an assistant principal. Rae Leeds transferred from Carrolltowne Elementary, where she also was assistant principal.
Other personnel new to the Winfield "family" include Lori Douglas (instrumental music); Mary Schlipper (part-time physical education); Molly Dunn (part-time speech pathologist); Susan Karanovich (PREP -- preschool preparedness); Cindy Thomas (EIK -- early intervention kindergarten); Mary Gouker (full-time kindergarten); Linda Taggart and Ann Vosburgh (first grade); William Pearre (second grade); Cindy King (third grade); Nicole Beckwith and JoAnne Stevens (fourth grade); Karen Shaeffer and Jackie Shaffer (instructional assistants); and Louis Martin (full-time custodian.)
Back-to-School Night will be held at Winfield Elementary at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the school's cafetorium, said Mr. Mathias.
Information: (410) 795-4320.
If you're a senior citizen who would like to know more about the HDLs and LDLs of cholesterol screening, the Mount Airy Senior Center has a program of special interest to you.
Mark P. Rubin, an internist specializing in nephrology who practices in nearby New Market and Frederick, will visit the senior center on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m.
In the program, "Speaking about Cholesterol," Dr. Rubin will give basic information about cholesterol and how to control cholesterol through diet.
The program is free and open to senior citizens. No registration is required. The Mount Airy Senior Center is at 705 Ridge Ave.
For information, call Debbie Scheich at 829-2407 or 795-1017.
Sunday will be the deadline for donations of cleaning supplies, personal care items, canned foods and nonperishables to the Winfield (Mo.) Flood Relief Effort organized by Wanda Legore.
Winfield's fire station, at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road (adjacent to South Carroll High School), is the drop-off point for donations.
Information: Mrs. Legore, (410) 795-4640.