Planting daffodils: a salute to generous volunteers

NEIGHBORS

September 16, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

I read once, in the Reader's Digest "Humor In Uniform" section, I think, the story of the author's mother, who planted daffodils when she arrived at a new base.

Her son said that was a silly thing to do, as the family would be transferred again before the daffodils came up. She answered, "Yes, but somewhere out there, someone is planting daffodils for me."

I've always loved that answer, with its generous spirit and resolute faith in others. It's the very essence of the volunteer spirit: I may not benefit from my efforts, but someone, somewhere, is doing something for me. I think of this story at the beginning of the school year, when so many in our community begin tutoring, coaching, organizing and generally working hard to make life better for all of us.

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The staff of the Forest Ridge Elementary School thanks Mary McGillicuddy and Claire Pacifico for their fine efforts organizing the cultural arts program at the school.

Their first program will be a performance by the Live Wire String Quartet on Monday during the school day.

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Speaking of Forest Ridge, Brian Emelson, who runs the recreation programs at the school, reminds everyone that there is still space in youth (third grade through fifth grade) racket sports and tumbling classes.

The classes begin soon, on Sept. 26 and 27 respectively, so hurry to enroll!

Information: 313-2762 or text telephone, 313-2723.

Mr. Emelson is very pleased that Randy Wallenhorst, the Howard County Coach of the Year for 1993-1994, is teaching basketball at the Forest Ridge Center this fall to third-graders through fifth-graders.

Mr. Wallenhorst is the head coach of the women's basketball team at Glenelg High. He'll run the Fall Basketball School on two consecutive Sundays, Oct. 9 and 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Information: 313-2762 or text telephone, 313-2723.

Mr. Emelson is a big fan of roller hockey, a sort of ice hockey on roller blades. Over the summer he ran two roller hockey camps for elementary students with three assistant coaches.

Erv Terwilliger and Dan Callihan, Mount St. Joseph seniors and members of the state champion ice hockey team, and Tim Plourde, a Centennial junior, made a lasting impression on their charges.

They were unfailingly patient with their young students.

"The kids would have worked for them for six hours, instead of just the three scheduled," said Mr. Emelson about his assistants.

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The Savage Boys and Girls Club is looking for a few good square feet: 250 to be precise.

SBAGC has received generous support from Grace Christian Church over the years. The church allowed the club to store the sports equipment in the church, and to hold registration drives and membership meetings.

Unfortunately for the club, the congregation has sold the premises to another church, which cannot continue to provide the club with storage space.

The club has looked for new space, something large enough to hold the equipment, a small office, enough room to hold the monthly membership and board meetings. They haven't found anything suitable yet: the space available is too large, too expensive or too dingy.

The club doesn't need much space; 250 square feet is just a little bigger than a 12-by-20-foot room.

The space has to be available on Saturday mornings and afternoons for the teams to get the equipment, and on an occasional weekday evening for the board and general meetings.

I have no idea what commercial space rents for, nor what SBAGC's budget allows, but anyone with a lead on such a space, or with a nice office to rent out please call Joe McKenna, the SBAGC president at (301) 776-7320.

It's a great organization that serves Savage and Jessup children well, giving them an opportunity to master new skills while teaching them an appreciation of teamwork and good sportsmanship.

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Last week, I shamelessly touted the benefits of donating money to the Friends of the Library, or to the library directly. I appealed to the greed factor in all of us, noting that the library shops wisely and buys books wholesale. It gets more book for the buck.

What I didn't know, until I got a call from the Friends of the Library is that the library is eligible for a dollar-for-dollar matching grant up to $10,000.

Talk about savvy shoppers!

The money will really go far. The Friends will be holding a membership drive Sunday and Sept. 25 at the Central, Miller and East Columbia branches.

Regular membership in the Friends costs $5 to $15 for individuals and families. That's less than the cost of one book. Paperback novels routinely sell for $6, hardbacks for $25 in bookstores.

If you've read any good books or watched any new videos from the library's collection this year, be a sport and donate the value of just one book to the library's coffers.

If even half of the 80,000 who hold library cards did this, the Howard County collection could rival New York's! Maybe we could buy cute lion sculptures too.

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