Volunteer work: Mr. Stecher is one of three certified...


June 12, 1994|By KEVIN HARRISON

Volunteer work: Mr. Stecher is one of three certified county instructors for the 55-Alive/Mature Driving Course held primarily at area senior centers. He also works as a tax counselor for Department of Aging's VITA program (Volunteers in Tax Assistance) and PYTA -- Prior Year Tax Assistance.

About the volunteer: A Pasadena resident for 20 years, Mr. Stecher is a retired engineer from Westinghouse. Aside from his volunteer work, he keeps busy maintaining his waterfront property.

Volunteer's comment: "I've been teaching for about 3 1/2 years. I took the course after I retired. Looking at the course content, I said, 'This is important enough, you really should teach it.' "

"I teach from an engineering standpoint. I bring in engineering concepts. People really seem to like it. I've never had anybody fall asleep."

"Some companies do give discounts [for taking the course] but we want people to take the course because they want to take the course, not because they get a discount."

About the program: Mr. Stecher will be leading a 55 Alive/Mature Driving Course at the Pascal Senior Center June 21 and 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

The center is at 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie.

The two-day course is designed to help anyone interested in improving driving skills by reviewing basic rules of the road, accident prevention measures and driving under adverse conditions.

Students receive a certificate recognizing completion of the course. A registration fee of $8 is for course material.

Some insurance companies offer a discount to clients as a result of passing the course, although the discount is not state-mandated.

Information and registration: 222-6680.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend someone, contact him at the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time or fax information to 315-8916 or mail suggestions to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Md. 21122.

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