Women's fair to be held Sunday at CCC

March 11, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

At the second annual Carroll County Women's Fair on Sunday, women will learn about becoming leaders, managing money, handling teen-agers and reducing stress.

Organizers have planned about 50 workshops on a variety of topics and expect as many as 600 people to attend the daylong event, chairwoman Ruth Reagan said.

Author and former television journalist Susan White-Bowden of Finksburg will be the keynote speaker at 1 p.m. She will talk about the role self-esteem plays in a woman's success.

The fair is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road. Registration is $7 at the door. Child care is available for $5.

Ms. Reagan, an agent at Baltimore Life Insurance Co. in Westminster, said she has received calls from women in Baltimore, nearby counties and Virginia who are interested in attending the fair.

About 250 people had preregistered by mid-week, she said. Last year, between 200 and 300 people attended the event.

Men are welcome at the fair, but events are geared toward women's interests.

About 50 businesses and community groups will have booths at the fair -- about 10 more than last year, Ms. Reagan said. There also are about 10 more workshops scheduled than last year, she said.

In addition to planning the fair, organizers worked throughout the year to raise money to award scholarships, she said. They collected private donations and sold women's fair T-shirts and mugs, Ms. Reagan said.

The fair committee will make donations to the following groups:

* $1,500 to the Maryland's Tomorrow program to send about 90 Carroll students to the Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center in Parkton.

Maryland's Tomorrow is a program for high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school. Every year, students -- boys and girls -- in the program go to the center for a one-day event, said Lynn McDonald, special services coordinator at Carroll's Job Partnership Training Act office, which helps coordinate the program.

The students learn teamwork, self-confidence and how to trust others during challenging outdoor exercises, she said.

Ms. Reagan said members of the women's fair committee spoke last month to Maryland's Tomorrow classes about women's issues.

* $500 to a Carroll Community College student.

* $250 to a woman in the Displaced Homemaker Association, which helps women who have not worked outside the home to find jobs.

Several workshops have been popular with women who have pre-registered, Ms. Reagan said.

"Check your C.A.Q. (Confrontation and Assertiveness Quotient)" was presented last year and will be given twice this year. Joanne A. Goldwater, director of residence life at St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City, will lead the session again.

Participants will learn to identify their confrontational style and will rate themselves, she said.

Another popular session is called "Father-Deprived Daughters." It will be presented by the Rev. Terrie Modesto of Bethesda and Zion United Methodist churches in Carroll.

She will talk about how women raised without fathers can deal with the experience and avoid letting it affect present relationships.

Workshops on child support, communication between men and women, and maximizing a wardrobe also are expected to be popular, Ms. Reagan said.

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