Legion honors 3 volunteers for building up blood drive program

NEIGHBORS

March 25, 1994|By KATHY SUTPHIN

When the American Red Cross bloodmobile pulls into the parking lot at the Firemen's Activity Building on Monday for the Mount Airy Spring Blood Drive, it will mark a decade of community service for local blood drive Chairwoman Mary Jo Burkett.

Mrs. Burkett was among three blood drive volunteers honored March 18 for their service by American Legion Post 191. Mrs. Burkett, Jane Dertzbaugh, and Janice Jewell received plaques of appreciation from local legionnaires at a celebration of the American Legion's 75th anniversary.

Publicity Chairman Art Brett, noting that blood drives are important community activities supported by the American Legion, said Post 191 held blood drives in Mount Airy in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Records show that the American Red Cross did not want to continue the drives because the Legion "couldn't get 100 donors," he said.

In the late 1970s, Mrs. Dertzbaugh got the idea of combining the efforts of all area service organizations to sponsor regular blood drives in Mount Airy, said Mr. Brett. She worked with Ms. Jewell, who continues to be an active blood drive volunteer, to hold local blood drives in September and March. Mrs. Dertzbaugh coordinated the programs for a number of years, and Mrs. Burkett took over the project when Mrs. Dertzbaugh stepped down as chairwoman.

"They built up and maintained a program for the Mount Airy area," said Mr. Brett.

"The blood drives in Mount Airy would not have been successful if we did not have the support of the community and the donors," Mrs. Burkett said. "The volunteers have always given willingly of their time and talents in many ways. It's made my job rewarding."

Mount Airy's 1994 Spring Blood Drive will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 28 at the Firemen's Activity Building, at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. Blood donors are invited to make an appointment by calling Mrs. Burkett at (301) 829-2822. As always, walk-in donors are welcome and help to make each blood drive a success.

The winter's bad weather canceled many blood drives in the region, and patients may have had elective surgery postponed because of the need for blood, Mrs. Burkett said. "We would appreciate as many people to come out as possible."

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Last Friday night, 60 teens were "sleepless in South Carroll" to raise dollars for Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Baltimore.

More than $2,170 was raised during the South Carroll High School Key Club's Wake-a-Thon from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday at the school. Joining South Carroll Key Club members were Key Clubbers from Westminster, North Carroll, Francis Scott Key, Towson and Magruder high schools, said adviser Cindy Perouty-Byrnes.

An open gym, videos, music and a variety of ice-breaking games, including a Tour of Lips -- where students were challenged to identify Wake-a-thon participants from a list of clues -- helped the teens and their chaperones stay awake all night.

"We had a scavenger hunt at one o'clock in the morning with donated prizes from area business people," said Mrs. Perouty-Byrnes. "Students who got tired could buy sleep at 50 cents an hour."

Chaperones included members of the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club and Key Club parents.

"It worked out real well," said Mrs. Perouty-Byrnes. "The kids had great fun."

Several South Carroll Key Club members go to Our Daily Bread on Cathedral Street every other month to help serve food and wash dishes, Mrs. Perouty-Byrnes said.

The club makes a habit out of helping others and was recognized for its community service work at the recent Capital District Key Club Convention held in Alexandria, Va.

The club won first place in the single service category for providing baby sitting during PTA meetings at Winfield Elementary School, and won a second place award for achievement service for "all the service projects we do all year long as a club," said Mrs. Perouty-Byrnes.

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As a boss, Tom Collins, president of Collins Carpet Service Inc. of Mount Airy, can't be beat. He's been named the first Mount Airy Area Jaycees "Boss of the Year."

James and Wendy Hamrick, who moved to the Mount Airy area from Texas, nominated Mr. Collins because he "had gone out of his way to make sure their family had its needs taken care of not just on the job but off the job," said Jaycees project chair Laurie Hager. The nomination written by Mr. Hamrick, a Collins employee, included a poem written by his wife.

After the Hamricks had encountered many difficulties, and because they had no family in the area, Mr. Collins helped the couple find a place to live and get the essentials for their home, Mrs. Hager said. His care and concern for the Hamricks and all his employees continued even after he was hurt in an auto accident.

Mr. Collins received a plaque from the Jaycees and gift certificates for Safari's Restaurant in Mount Airy. The Hamricks also received a gift certificate for Safari's Restaurant.

Construction foreman Austin Kinna, who was nominated by his son, Dean Kinna of Mount Airy, won second place in the Jaycees contest.

George Rue Jr., owner of Eagle Jewelers of Mount Airy, won third place. He was nominated by Dawn Mae Bennett.

The contest required written entries that gave two or three reasons why someone deserved to be "Boss of the Year." Either the author or the boss was required to be a resident of the Mount Airy area.

Judges in the contest were Mayor Gerald Johnson, Lions Club past President Tamra Barton, state Del. Thomas H. Hattery, Kiwanis Club President Wilma Colburn and Jaycees President Scott Elliott.

The Jaycees hope to make the contest an annual event, said Mrs. Hager.

She said she enjoyed reading good news that said, "Here's a boss that did a good job and someone noticed.

"I was really tickled that people took the time to sit down and write about someone else for someone else," she said.

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