Youths win Optimist Club of Westminster's oratorical contest



MARCH IS the month that Optimist Clubs across the nation stage their oratorical contests, and the Optimist Club of Westminster was no exception, holding its annual dinner and contest March 19 at American Legion Post 31 in Westminster.

Male and female contestants competed in separate contests. This year the topic was "Now is the Time." The winning speakers are Maura Smyth, 14, and Justin Bell, 12.

Six girls and five boys took part in the competition, each giving a four-to five-minute talk on the assigned topic.

"I believe Maura won because of her presentation," said organizer Al Homiak. "She did not use the podium or mike. She stepped out in front, using a lot of eye contact, gestures and movement."

Maura is a graduate of St. John's Catholic School in Westminster and a freshman at Mount De Sales in Baltimore.

Justin used the topic to encourage voluntarism, with personal examples highlighting his talk. "I think his topic made him win," Mr. Homiak said.

"He talked about how volunteers positively impact the community and society. The subject matter was good," Mr. Homiak said.

Justin is a seventh-grader at St. John's Catholic School.

Justin and Maura will go on to compete at the zone finals April 16 at Freedom District Optimist Club in Eldersburg. The next step is Ocean City at the end of April for the Maryland South Delaware District Finals, where the winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Lions to hold flea market

Silver Run/ Union Mills Lions Club will hold its first annual flea market at the Lions Club pavilion in Union Mills on May 25. The rain date is June 1.

Vendors should contact a club member to rent a $15 space. The flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with vendors setting up any time after 7 a.m.

Hot dogs and sodas will be for sale by the Lions Club.

The Silver Run/ Union Mills Lions Club pavilion is at Old Hanover Road and Route 97 North in Union Mills. It is six miles south of Littlestown, Pa., and seven miles north of Westminster.

For more information on the flea market or to obtain a contract, call 346-7507, 346-7445, or 848-6855.

Museum volunteers needed

Carroll County Farm Museum needs volunteers for hands-on programs during school tours. Tours are Tuesdays through Fridays from April to June.

If you are able to help one day a week between 9: 30 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. and would enjoy working with elementary school-age children, contact Linda Butcher, the museum's assistant program coordinator, at 848-7775.

Pub Date: 4/01/96

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