Loretta Hill of Westminster, a member of the Carroll...

VOLUNTEER OF THE WEEK

January 23, 1994|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Loretta Hill of Westminster, a member of the Carroll County Education Association, has raised more than $15,400 for local charities through four cookbooks she's compiled since 1974.

The cookbooks have benefited local organizations such as Carroll Hospice, the Northeast Social Action Program, the Carroll County Sexual Abuse Center and Carroll County General Hospital.

Mrs. Hill recently retired after 31 years of teaching.

Organization's comments: "She was a very dedicated teacher and is very concerned about her fellow citizens," said Cindy Cummings, president of the Carroll County Education Association.

She said Mrs. Hill is a shining example of the many teachers who volunteer their time in community activities. "I think teachers realize the value their contacts with the community have," she said, and often put those contacts to work helping the community.

Also, she said, the cookbooks Mrs. Hill compiled were winners, the kind that "you like because you know the recipes are tried and true."

Nancy Bodnar, a secretary with the association, agreed. "I use those cookbooks more than any other cookbooks I have owned," she said.

Volunteer's comments: Mrs. Hill said she was president-elect of the Carroll County Education Association in 1971, when she became pregnant. She knew she couldn't serve as president of the association, continue teaching and raise a baby at the same time, so she resigned her position with the association. She then started the cookbook project as a way to remain involved with the association.

"I love to cook," Mrs. Hill said. "That's my relaxation." So, a cookbook seemed a natural way to keep her finger in the pie. She collected recipes from family, friends and local politicians, but most came from other teachers.

"Teachers are busy people," she said, so their recipes were practical. "Most of the time, you had the items on your shelf."

A recipe for blackbottoms that she received became a family favorite. "It would seem like it wasn't Christmas if I didn't make those blackbottoms," Mrs. Hill said.

Also, she said, "Delegate [Richard N.] Dixon gave us one for Spam balls that was a real hit."

The first cookbook appeared in 1974 and "was just a little booklet," Mrs. Hill said. The last one, published in 1990, had 446 pages.

Volunteer's background: Mrs. Hill, 53, was working as a reading specialist at East Middle School in Westminster before she retired.

She credits her husband, Richard, also a retired teacher, with doing much of the project's work, such as delivering the cookbooks.

The couple have a son, Darrick, who is completing a practicum in interpreting for the deaf.

To nominate someone as Volunteer of the Week, call 751-7900 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nominations may be faxed to the office at 751-7916.

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