Minister nominated for trip to Holy LandThe York Rite...


March 18, 1994

Minister nominated for trip to Holy Land

The York Rite Masons of Carroll County and the Masons of Sharon Masonic Lodge 182 in Reisterstown have sponsored a former Carroll County minister on an all-expense-paid trip to the Holy Land.

The Rev. Clifford Webner, formerly of Taylorsville United Methodist Church, was nominated for the trip by a member of both lodges. The Knights Templar sponsored six ministers of various faiths for the trip, which was taken in February.

Present-day Knights Templar represent the 11th and 12th century knights who made crusades to free the Holy Land and to protect travelers who made pilgrimages there.

Knights Templar operate several charities open to persons of all faiths and races, including student loans, an eye surgery and research program and the Holy Land tour.

The Holy Land tour was started in 1977. This year, 89 pastors from all over the country will make the pilgrimage.

Western Md. College elects 3 new trustees

Three new members were elected in February to the Western Maryland College board of trustees, bringing voting membership 37.

Joining the board are Richard Klitzberg, an investment management executive; Diane Rehm, a Washington radio talk show host; and Ferenc Somogyi, program director of WMC-Budapest in Hungary. All of the new members will serve two-year terms starting immediately.

Mr. Klitzberg, the only Western Maryland graduate among the new trustees, is president of Klitzberg Associates Inc., an investment management firm based in Princeton, N.J. For his alma mater, Mr. Klitzberg has established four Callahan/Klitzberg Scholarships for students.

Ms. Rehm, recipient of an honorary doctorate in journalism by WMC in 1992, is an award-winning host and producer of WAMU-FM's morning talk show in Washington, "The Diane Rehm Show." She also acts as a correspondent and reporter for, respectively, ANTR-AM's "Europe Today" and "Modern Maturity" on PBS.

Mr. Somogyi, former state secretary for Hungary's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-91), has had a two-decade career in that nation's international affairs. As a longtime member of the Foreign Service, he represented Hungarian interests in such places as Burma and Nigeria. During the 1980s, he served his country at the United Nations and in Budapest.

Mr. Somogyi currently leads Western Maryland's educational venture in Budapest, which this fall will introduce Hungarian students to Western economics and business studies, with two years in Budapest and two years at Western Maryland's campus in Westminster.

In addition, the board of trustees elected Elizabeth J. Marshall, former Western Maryland College adjunct instructor in mechanical drawing, as an honorary trustee.

Ms. Marshall, a former landscape architect, established the Thomas F. Marshall Endowed Library Fund at the college to further the development of the theater collection in the name of her late husband, a former WMC English professor and trustee.

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