Scrapbook wins Lions competition


June 03, 1996|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

UNION MILLS resident Nicki Florentine says she puts her heart into every project she undertakes, and it shines through in the scrapbook she pieced together for Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club.

The scrapbook won second place in the regional Lions competition and went on to win first place in the district finals, held recently in Virginia Beach. Florentine learned the good news at the White Cane Banquet held at Frocks Sunnybrook Farm in Westminster on May 23.

"I was near tears when I got that award for first place," Florentine says. "Others in the club knew I had won, but they didn't tell me. John Stuffle drove me to the banquet and I'm glad he did. It was such a surprise."

The project began when club secretary Ray Haines suggested Florentine make a club scrapbook for 1995 to 1996. "It took me 21 days to finish it," says Florentine.

"Freedom District Lions Club gave me their scrapbook to look at as a guideline. They also gave me a lot of encouragement," she says. "That's just the way Lions are."

But Florentine says her biggest support came from her husband, Jim. "Creative people sometimes have to be left alone, and he left me alone when I needed to be. He was patient and kind and supported me all the way. "

Florentine says that the Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club is small, with 23 members. "But we do a lot for a small club," she says. "All of our members are dedicated. We have 11 original charter members. We work very hard and we're like a family."

Member John Hopkins sounds proud when he says, "It's the first scrapbook our club has had in about 30 years." It's a scrapbook members will remember.

Respect for law

Westminster Optimist Club honored two local police officers for their outstanding efforts during the past year.

Sgt. Steve Shatzer of the Westminster Police Department and Tfc. Gregory Cullison of the Maryland State Police were presented with a plaque from the club.

Shatzer received a proclamation from Westminster Mayor Kenneth Yowan. Cullison received a proclamation from the County Commissioners.

Yowan named May 6-12, 1996, Respect For Law Week in Westminster, presenting a proclamation to Westminster Optimist Club President Dale Lippy.

Reese craft show

If you're looking for a fun place to shop Saturday, try the annual Reese Flea Market and Craft Festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Reese Community Volunteer Fire Department carnival grounds. With great bargains, including new and old items, food, free admission and plenty of free parking, bargain shopping could become family fun for the day.

Lois Szymanski's Central Carroll Neighbors column appears every Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/03/96

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