Woman's Club receives a unique 'thank you'


January 04, 1998|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIS IS a story about an airplane, a Korean War veteran and a gesture of gratitude to a local community organization.

Kenneth R. Rollins, a Linthicum resident who fought with the 1st Marine Division in Korea, read a long time ago that in the early 1940s, the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights contributed funds to help buy a Corsair F4U Vought fighter plane for World War II. It was the kind of plane that helped save his life more than a decade later at Pusan, he said.

"I was on the ground and these planes gave us close air support," Rollins recalled. "They softened things up before we went in."

Recently, Rollins, who said he has been wanting to do something for some time, decided to let it be known how grateful he is for the club's involvement.

Betty Brown, club president, said that during a committee meeting at the clubhouse in the 100 block of Hammonds Ferry Road, Rollins came to the side door and handed over a letter in which he thanked the club for its support. It was read at a recent general membership meeting.

"We found the letter absolutely delightful," said Brown. "And the fact that someone remembered us after 50 years blows my mind."

While Brown was reading the letter, Rollins delivered another surprise to the back door, a donation to the club. The money has been put into the club's general fund, which is used for scholarships, community projects and other endeavors.

The club was organized in 1939, incorporated in 1940 and federated in 1941. It is affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs and the Southern District MFWC

Rollins, a retired federal employee, has lived in Linthicum for 46 years, where he and his wife, Janina, have raised six children.

Epiphany is Tuesday

I notice more Christmas decorations adorning houses and lawns than usual this holiday season. But last week, some people had taken down trees, turned off lights and packed away decorations while others prefer keep them up until Jan. 6, feast of the Epiphany.

Epiphany is the celebration of the three kings' arrival at Bethlehem with gifts for the infant Jesus. In some countries, this day completes the Christmas season and is the day that gifts are exchanged with family and friends.

Pub Date: 1/04/98

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