Panel lauds community groups

March 14, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer

The American Legion Auxiliary in Sykesville will receive an award from the Carroll County Community Relations Commission this year for its work in "promoting harmony and understanding in Carroll County," said commission member Stephen Letnaunchyn.

"It is for their general role as community members helping the community, trying just to improve the quality of life," said Mr. Letnaunchyn, who lives in Hampstead.

The auxiliary has sponsored a sexual abuse seminar, donated money to charities and provided food baskets for needy families, among other activities, he said.

The commission also will recognize Terry Miller of the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of Carroll County, for forming the Multicultural Fellowship of Carroll County.

Activities marking the second annual "Community Relations Week" -- March 20-26 -- include an awards dinner March 21 at Frisco Family Pub, where the auxiliary and Ms. Miller will be honored.

To celebrate the week, the council has distributed plaid ribbons to all Carroll County Public Library branches for residents to wear that day.

Just as yellow ribbons signified support for U.S. troops abroad and red ribbons raise awareness of AIDS, the plaid ribbon stands for the diversity of race, religion, ethnicity and ability in the county.

Mr. Letnaunchyn said the commission chose plaid to show how all the differences come together in a "way that is pleasant."

The independent commission was formed in 1989 to mediate disputes over race, handicap, religion and other issues. The panel has no enforcement power.

If parties don't agree to mediate, they may take the case to the state Human Relations Commission or to the courts.

Also planned for Community Relations Week:

* On Friday, Richard Bucher of Mount Airy, first president of the Community Relations Council and a professor at Baltimore City Community College, will speak to an eighth-grade social studies class at Westminster West Middle School on "Understanding and Respecting People Who are Different."

* Dr. Bucher will give a sermon at St. Paul United Methodist Church in New Windsor, "A Christian Dilemma?" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

* The awards dinner will be at 6 p.m. March 21 at Frisco Family Pub. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Bernard Keels, host of WBAL-AM's "Black Journey" and district superintendent of the Baltimore Northwest District of the Baltimore/Washington Conference. He has been a pastor at churches in Washington and Baltimore.

Tickets for the dinner are $10.50, and available by calling Crystal Etzler at Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. at 857-2999 by Wednesday.March 16.

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