Volunteers make recreation council successful


September 01, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FREEDOM AREA Recreation Council has been providing an ever-growing list of recreational opportunities to the South Carroll area since 1984.

The council is able to offer such fine programs, thanks to its dedicated volunteers.

For the past seven years, Sykesville resident Bill Schaefer has served as council president. Under his leadership, the number of council programs has grown more than 300 percent. He has been instrumental in meeting the council's goal of offering affordable recreation programs.

A few months ago, Schaefer resigned from the council to join Carroll County Department of Recreation, Parks and Facilities. He will have the opportunity to provide leadership in developing recreational programs for all of the county.

With Schaefer's departure from the council, elections were held and new volunteers have stepped forward. Newly elected officers are: Marty Sommers, president; Ken Whalen, vice president; Carol Brown, secretary; Sue Podobnik, treasurer; Shellie Rosso, Andrea Brandt, Valarie Mares and Curt Weise, members at large.

The council meets at 7: 30 p.m. the third Thursday of each NTC month at South Carroll Senior Center on Bartholow Road. Information: Pam Short, community coordinator, 410-549-6296.

Program registrations

Registration has begun for several fall programs offered by the council.

To register for the Stepping Stars program, which offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance for age 3 and older, call Shellie Rosso at 410-549-6296. Class days and times are varied.

Freedom Fire Stars, a majorette corps for age 5 and older, will hold registration from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Sept. 8, 15 and 22 in the cafeteria at Piney Ridge Elementary School on Freedom Avenue. Class dates, times and cost vary with age and experience.

Information: Judi Marlatt, 410-788-7312.

Several members of Freedom Fire Stars competed in the 1998 National Baton Twirling Association World Championships at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Members Katie Marlatt, Ashley Moore, Heather Moore and Sara Runkles placed in the top 20 in the solo baton, duet and strut divisions.

Drama Conservatory offers the chance to participate in a play. Students in grades four through eight may take part in this program, which begins Sept. 14 and runs for 10 weeks. Workshops are available from 4: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Piney Ridge Elementary. Cost is $70.

Registration forms are available at the Eldersburg branch library or by calling Valarie Mares at 410-795-3562.

Classes in Arnis Tae Kwon-Do are offered by the council. Classes for all ages are offered Mondays to Thursdays in the Community Room at Carrolltown Center and Freedom Elementary School. Cost varies. Information: Allen Evans, 410-795-0711.

Andrea Desai, a student in this program, successfully completed testing for her first degree black belt. The testing took more than an hour and covered different forms, kicks, blocks, punches and self-defense moves and concluded with board breaking. Andrea, 12, has been a participant in the program since she was 8.

Pub Date: 9/01/98

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