Name: Jim Oremland, 40, lives in Oakland Mills, Columbia.
Hobbies and other activities: Mr. Oremland volunteers as the Oakland Mills Community Association's board chairman. He also enjoys reading, coaching Little League sports and writing sports articles for the Associated Press.
Organization's Comments: "The village board is often the first contact residents have with their community association," said Susan Schmugge, Oakland Mills village manager. "The chairman the board has to be able to work diplomatically with people, be goal oriented, and have the presence to lead the board and residents in an open and civil debate on issues affecting people's daily lives. The chairman volunteers more hours than any other board member in behind-the-scenes work with his community."
Volunteer's Comments: "Columbia is one of the few communities that offers so many ways that a volunteer can make a difference. Advising bodies such as open space or residential architectural committees, serving on village boards or the Columbia Council or just assisting at one of the many local celebrations are all unique aspects of the Columbia experience," Mr. Oremland said. "Being a volunteer teaches my children the responsibility of giving back some of what you have taken, and it makes me feel good to know that I have helped do something positive for the community I live in."
About Mr. Oremland: He has lived in Columbia for four years and is a lifelong Maryland resident. He has four children, two of whom attend Howard County Public Schools. Mr. Oremland is a regional sales manager for Philips Consumer Electronic Co. He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in business at Johns Hopkins School of Continuing Studies.
To make a nomination or receive a nomination form, call Jill L. Kubatko at 715-2813 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nominations may be faxed to the office at 715-2816.