Lions Club's roaring enthusiasm gets praise of longtime organizer


February 05, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A NEW Lions Club being formed in Columbia is "the most enthusiastic group I have ever run across," according to organizer -- and 20-year Lions veteran -- Ken Shipley.

The group will hold a dinner meeting at 7 o'clock tonight in the Coho Grill at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club.

Men and women 21 or older, who are interested in joining, are invited to attend.

Shipley is a member of the Clarksville Lions Club, which is helping to start the Columbia group.

He noted that the motto of the Lions Club is "We serve."

"These folks have just really jumped into the service concept," he said.

The group is planning to staff a care station for the March of Dimes Walkathon in April.

Other projects include directing parking for the Fourth of July fireworks in Columbia and working at a health fair at Howard County General Hospital.

Shipley attributed some of the enthusiasm to the fact that most of the members are in their 30s and 40s.

Most Lions Clubs, he said, attract members 50 and older.

He also said the group has almost equal numbers of men and women.

To be chartered, the group needs at least 20 members. So far, there are 15.

The club will continue to meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Coho Grill.

For information, call Shipley at 740-2121.

Student plays cello solo

Clary's Forest resident Kacy Clopton performed a cello solo Sunday as part of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra's winter concert in Annapolis.

The concert featured the winners of the orchestra's fall concerto competition.

Kacy, a sixth-grader at Harper's Choice Middle School, was the featured soloist in Hayden's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in C Major.

Since it was founded in 1990, the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra has given music students -- ages 8 to 18 -- the opportunity to rehearse and perform challenging music under the direction of professional conductors.

Kacy began her cello studies at age 5 in a Suzuki program in her hometown of Charlottesville, Va.

When she was in the third grade, her parents, John and Nina Clopton, began driving her to Baltimore once a week to study with Annette Costanzi, a Suzuki teacher who teaches at Peabody Preparatory.

After a year of commuting, the family moved to Columbia, even though it meant job changes for both parents.

"We thought she'd have more opportunities here than in a small town," John Clopton said.

Nina Clopton teaches music at Stevens Forest and Northfield Elementary Schools. John Clopton, a piano tuner, commutes part-time to his customers in Charlottesville.

Since November, Kacy has been a private pupil of Evelyn Elsing, professor of cello at the University of Maryland.

She also studies at the Levine School of Music in Washington.

Dancer shares culture

When Patricia Ordonez was growing up in Columbia, she had little contact with families from Colombia, her parents' homeland.

"It was rare that you heard Spanish spoken in Columbia," she said.

Then she discovered El Tayrona, a Colombian folklore dance troupe in Arlington, Va.

"It has been a source of cultural identity for me," she said.

For the last six years, she has been a member of the group, which has performed in Seville, Spain, and at last year's Hispanic Festival in Baltimore.

Now she is hoping to start a similar group in Columbia.

"There is now a huge Latino population in Columbia," she said.

Ordonez held her first Latino dance class last night from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. at Slayton House.

It will continue on Tuesdays through March 11.

The class is open to couples, singles and families.

Ordonez especially encourages teen-agers to participate.

The cost is $30.

Ordonez, who has taught dance professionally, plans to start with recreational dancing in the first session, then continue with classes on different levels.

By next year, she hopes to have enough good dancers to form a troupe. For a sample of Ordonez's dance style, check out the Foreign Born Information and Referral Network's International Festival on Feb. 15 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Ordonez and her dance partner, Ricardo Loaiza, will be performing at 2 p.m.

Space is available in the current Latino dance class. To register, call 730-3987.

PTA names winners

Students at two West Columbia elementary schools won county awards in the annual Reflections cultural arts contest sponsored by the National PTA.

Winners were announced at a reception Thursday evening at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library.

The theme for this year's contest was "It Could Happen."

The contest drew 182 participants from 18 schools.

The local competition was sponsored by the PTA Council of Howard County.

Michelle Waligora, a fifth-grader at Clemens Crossing Elementary School, won first place in music in the intermediate division for her original composition, "Lost and Found."

Reva Eskinazi, a fifth-grader at Bryant Woods Elementary School, won second place in visual arts in the intermediate division for her colored charcoal drawing, "Peace on Earth: It Could Happen."

Megan Bondhus, a fifth-grader at Bryant Woods, received an honorable mention in music in the intermediate division for her original composition, "The Miracle."

All participants received certificates.

The winning entries will represent Howard County in the state competition, sponsored by the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers.

State winners go on to the national contest.

Those winning entires will be displayed at the National PTA convention in June in Kansas City, Mo.

Pub Date: 2/05/97

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