Emrich is 'the ultimate in volunteers'


October 23, 1997|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HOSPITALITY IS Eileen Emrich's cup of tea.

After two years as a PTA Hospitality Committee chairwoman at Manor Woods Elementary School and two more years in the volunteer job at Mount View Middle School, Emrich just keeps going.

Emrich does more than make pasta salads, cookies and brownies. She organizes themed events for dances, basketball games, back-to-school nights, volunteer luncheons and more.

She shops, prepares food, coordinates a committee of volunteers and produces -- according to the PTA -- many "flawless table settings," often relying on beautiful furnishings from her home.

She baked a ham for a Hawaiian luau -- a welcome-back event for teachers.

She solicits food donations from parents and business partners, and she puts the donations together, transforming a snack into a gracious meal.

Her committee members, including Kathy Churns, Jane Hines, Linda Laun, Ann Lewis, Mary Mason, Eileen Pencek, and Stephanie Porta, do much, but it's Emrich who provides leadership.

She participates in each event, often in a costume to match the day's theme. Sometimes she leaves one meeting to set up food for another.

Mount View Principal Marion J. Payne says that Emrich "works her magic" as she serves more than 3,420 meals and snacks in one school year.

She arranges flowers and buys small gifts for drawings for Mount View's teachers.

She takes pictures of each event for a record book and saves each thank-you note the PTA receives.

What keeps her going? She says she enjoys the teachers' appreciation.

For her "dedication, creativity, and devotion," the Mount View PTA nominated Emrich as the Howard County Volunteer of the Year this year.

Payne also nominated Emrich, calling her "a beautiful volunteer."

Payne continued, "She is the ultimate in volunteers. She deserves every bit of recognition she receives and more. We are so happy that she is at Mount View Middle."

Emrich plans to continue to coordinate hospitality events at Mount View through the 1997-1998 school year.

Fine home cooking

The Ladies Auxiliary of Lisbon Fire Department has earned a reputation for fine home cooking.

At 10: 30 a.m. Nov. 5, Howard County Office of Aging and Western Howard County Senior Center will sponsor a Thanksgiving dinner at Lisbon Fire Hall cooked by the Ladies Auxiliary.

Food, entertainment and fellowship will be offered until 1 p.m.

Cost is a suggested donation of $1.50, plus a dessert to share.

Registration: 410-313-5440.

Halloween hoots

Glenelg High School juniors will hold a Halloween party tomorrow at Western Howard County Senior Center in Glenwood.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., senior citizens will mix with juniors in apple bobbing, a scavenger hunt, a jack-o-lantern contest, lunch and a Halloween costume contest.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton will hold its annual Halloween Carnival from 6: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

For a $2 a person or $5 a family, participants can take a tour of a haunted sunken ship. The party offers activities and games, prizes, and Halloween costume contests.

A canned food donation is requested for food banks. Information: 301-725-0241.

Musicians, athletes

Four Pointers Run Elementary School students were selected to be part of the All Howard County Elementary School Enrichment Orchestra.

They are Lea Burns, Eugene Gardner, Molly Goldman and Rebecca Zia.

Are you as fit as your children? Pointers Run third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students will walk or jog one mile Monday, as they begin their "Let's Get Fit" unit in physical education.

Parents may run or walk with their youngsters.

Ultimate convenience

The ultimate in convenience, especially on the weekends, is food delivered to your home.

Members of the Glenelg High School Bands and Marching Unit invite you to purchase cold-cut sub sandwiches -- $4.25 each -- that a student salesman will deliver to your door.

Order fresh-stuffed foot-long subs by Nov. 4.

By lunchtime Nov. 15, the sandwiches will be in your hands.

Information: 410-313-5533.

Folks hungry for citrus fruit may order grapefruit, tangerines, and navel oranges from music students at Glenelg and River Hill high schools this week and next.

Fruit deliveries for both schools are Nov. 15.

Order tangerines by the small box (two-fifths of a bushel) and pink grapefruit and oranges by the small or large (four-fifths of a bushel) box.

Prices vary, but range around $16 a box for tangerines, $16 and $18 for a large box and $10 and $11 for a small box for grapefruit and oranges, respectively.

Order deadline is Oct. 31.

Information: Glenelg's music office, 410-313-5533, or River Hill's music office, 410-313-6927.

Bravo, Pit Pals

Volunteers make major differences. River Hill High School's Marching Band parents proved that Saturday.

At the Mount Vernon Band Competition, Bill Morice and the Pit Pals of River Hill's Marching Band won Best Parent Support Group for their efficiency in getting sets and instruments on and off the field.

Pit Pals are parents who move sets and pit instruments, such as the xylophone, during halftime shows and competitions.

To join the Pit Pals, call 410-531-9098.

Thank you, PTA

President Amy Jaffe leads Clarksville Elementary's PTA this year.

She thanks volunteers Laurie McFee and Liz Williams, who organized Kindergarten Konnections; Linda Rhee and Madonna Schlect, who chair the hospitality committee; Margie Shadruck and Renee Brown, who ran the gift wrap fund-raiser; and Karen Whitney and Fran Zeigler, who persuaded hundreds of parents to join the PTA.

Kathie Underwood took on the coupon sales fund-raiser.

Rita DiFernando, Cecelia Battle and Kim Farrell handled staff appreciation.

Ann Serota managed the production of the school directory, and Sue Stone is keeping track of after-school activities.

Rich partnership

Last spring, Clarksville and the National Security Agency became Education Partners. NSA folks tutor and help with projects such as the school science fair.

Pub Date: 10/23/97

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