Chances are, if you have a dog or cat, you've met Dr. Carl Rogge. A veterinarian in Severna Park for nearly 22 years, Dr. Rogge has been selected by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce as its Small Business Person of the Year.
Besides taking care of county pets, Dr. Rogge twice has served as the official vet for canine participants in the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska.
"Although I found the Iditarod to be a real adventure, I find the everyday routine of the animal practice is still a stimulating challenge, and fun after all these years," he said.
Dr. Rogge is a member of the county's cancer task force, has served on the chamber's board of directors, been chairman of the Ambassador program and helped with the chamber's Santa Claus in Severna Park project. Naturally, his specialty is photos with Santa and your pet.
* The chamber also names Joanne Masone of Futurekids Computer Learning Center as Education and Training Advocate of the Year; Kevin Wengernuk of KW Landscaping as Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Scott Gardiner of the Gardiner Group as Accountant Advocate of the Year; and Anne Meyer McFadden of Baskin-Robbins as Women in Business Advocate of the Year.
The honorees will be recognized at the chamber's spring general membership luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, May 31, at Busch's Chesapeake Inn. Registration and social hour begin at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon.
Dr. Martha Smith, president of Anne Arundel Community College, will discuss "Facing the Effects of Change." Dr. Smith, who took over at the college last year, received a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1974.
The luncheon is $16 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Call Linda Zahn at 987-6625. The deadline for reservations is Monday, May 29.
The Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement (ASPIRE) is sponsoring a photo contest and invites you to enter photos depicting the "look and feel" of Greater Severna Park.
The four categories are Severna Park's historic, natural, new and troubled "sacred sites." Photos should be accompanied by a description, explaining location and why the picture fits into a specific category.
The deadline is Thursday, May 25. Call Dan Nataf at 544-6440.
* Residents of Severna Park are invited to attend ASPIRE's town meeting from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Severna Park Elementary School. The topic will be plans and visions for the future of our community. Call Pat Troy at 647-8402.
Michele Pankow, a junior at Archbishop Spalding High School, became a Key Club lieutenant governor at its convention in Richmond, Va. As one of 22 lieutenant governors in the district that includes Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia, she will be a liaison between the district board and clubs in 19 schools in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Ms. Pankow is the daughter of Frederick and Rosanne Pankow.
Spalding Key Club treasurer Katie Fitzpatrick, vice president Karen Keatts and secretary Michele Pankow were also noted as outstanding officers.
Key Club is affiliated with Kiwanis and began at Spalding in 1993. It is sponsored by Mary Ann Curry and Anthony Cannetti.
* Spalding's Odyssey of the Mind team -- seniors Holly Bauer, Beth McKinnon and Laura Pankow and juniors David Gorrie and Michele Pankow -- took second place at the state competition April 29 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.