Small Lions Club is big on fund raising for charity


March 24, 1997|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SILVER RUN/Union Mills Lions Club has just 25 members, and according to John Hopkins, club president, "Most of the members are retired."

Yet this tiny club raised $9,800 for charity during the past year through its annual fall festival, golf tournament, raffles for hams and shopping sprees, bake sales and other fund-raisers,

"We had just 23 members until recently," Hopkins said. "We just got two new members."

The money the club has raised has gone to many local and national charities. They include:

Carroll County Food Sunday, Food Bank of Littlestown, Pa., Shepherd's Staff, Lions Club International Foundation, Special Olympics, Charles Carroll Recreation Council, North Carroll Recreation Council, Resurrection Farm, Union Mills Homestead, Pleasant Valley Fire Company, Littlestown (Pa.) Fire Company, and Kingsdale (Pa.) Fire Company.

In addition, the group has provided college scholarships of $1,000 each to two local students and made a donation to a local needy family.

You can help the group raise money for some of these charities by visiting Friendly's at North Hanover Mall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Or stop by the club's bake sale starting at 8 a.m. at Brewer's Market on Saturday.

At Friendly's, you will be greeted, seated and served by Lions Club members.

A portion of the sales during this time will be donated to the club.

Optimist Club speakers

The Westminster Optimist Club Oratorical Contest was held Tuesday at American Legion Post 31.

The theme, "My Vision of Tomorrow's World," was used by each participant. Eleven girls and five boys participated, representing seven schools. The speakers ranged from age 11 to 15. One boy and one girl were chosen as the winners.

The winners are Brian Kavanagh, 12, a seventh-grader at St. John Roman Catholic School in Westminster, and Liz Rhodes, 15, a sophomore at Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown, Pa.

They each received a gold medallion, the Orville A. Wunderlich Award.

All participants received a certificate of appreciation.

Winners will advance to the county competition April 1.

Union Mills photo contest

An exhibit has been planned as part of the 200th anniversary celebration at Union Mills Homestead. For the first time, old photographs taken by and of the Shriver family will be exhibited at the annual Corn Roast Festival on Aug. 2.

Union Mills Homestead also is inviting students to come to the homestead with their cameras to take pictures of the buildings and grounds. The pictures will be judged and three prizes awarded: first place, a $100 savings bond; second place, $75 savings bond; and third place, $50 savings bond.

Winning photographs will be enlarged and exhibited at the homestead's Tannery Building on Aug. 3, then in the Grist Mill through Oct. 31.

Students should submit their photographs to the homestead by July 15. Photos should be 4 by 6 inches, black and white or color.

Print name, address, age, school and Social Security number on the back of each photo. Students may enter in one of three age groups: elementary, middle and high school.

RTC Information: Nancy Householder at 410-346-7881, Coral Collins at 410-751-7695 or Sharon Kirk at 410-840-8331.

Pub Date: 3/24/97

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