A friendly, familiar face does her part for Lions Club


September 06, 1998|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE OF the Linthicum Lions Club's most enthusiastic supporters is Marlene Stivers, and lately she has become a familiar face in the community.

With a folding table, small box, and wicker basket she has stationed herself on the sidewalk in front of Charlene's Card Shop in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center every couple of days since July, collecting used eye glasses and toiletries for the Lions charities and talking up the club.

She also sells chances on a car raffle to raise a little money for the club.

Stivers, who spends six months of the year in Florida, sees this as a way to do as much as she can for her club while she is here.

"And, it's better than vacuuming or doing housework," she said.

But there is a personal reason for her work, too. Her daughter, Beth Sandifer, is the president of the Linthicum Lions Club. "I want to do all I can to help her have a successful year," Stivers said.

Stivers says she likes to talk to people and tell them what the Lions Clubs are all about, especially the Linthicum chapter.

The used eye glasses she collects are for the Lions International Recycle for Sight program. The glasses will be sorted and sent to countries where they are needed. The toiletries will be distributed through Happy Helpers for the Homeless, a youth group that provides food and amenities to the homeless in Baltimore.

Stivers said she has sold more than 425 chances on the 1998 Ford Explorer XLT that the Linthicum club and another in Milford, Del., are raffling, and she expects to sell more as she puts in more time this month in front of the card store.

"The folks in Linthicum are so friendly, and people just want to give," she said. "I have even recruited a few new members. There is nothing like a personal invitation."

Charlene Tenney, owner of the card shop, has helped the club in many ways and once won a Lions Club "Linthicum's Best" award, said Stivers, who concedes she has spent so much time in front of the store, she is "getting to be [the shop's] totem pole."

"But I like it," she said. "It is a busy local spot and I'm out of the weather."

Stivers also is editor of the Linthicum Lions Club's newsletter, makes quilts for fund-raising raffles and teaches poetry to children at Camp Merrick, a camp for hearing- and sight-impaired youth. She will be back at the shopping center Tuesday through Friday this week and Sept. 21 through 25.

The Linthicum Lions Club meets on the first and third Mondays of the month at Our Place Restaurant, 4401 Annapolis Road in Linthicum. But because of the holiday tomorrow, the next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Information: 410-521-0756.

Books for children

The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights begins its program year with an ABC -- Adopting Books for Children -- tea at 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road.

The clubhouse will be decorated as if it were an old schoolhouse, and the program will include a presentation on Operation Christmas Child, a national program to distribute gifts to children in Third World countries. The program is run in Linthicum by a chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Adopting Books for Children is part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs commitment to donate $12.5 million in books and materials to public libraries and public school libraries by 2000.

Bernadette Simon, literature and education committee chairwoman will explain how the Linthicum Club will participate and introduce the club's new project, adopting Overlook Elementary School in North Linthicum.

Art Cramer, of the Linthicum Chapter of the AARP and St. John Lutheran Church in Linthicum will explain the Operation Christmas Child program.

Marge Booker, first vice president, will conduct the installation ceremony for new members Jean Rock, Sandra Lee Blankenship, Marie Crayzel, Carol Mehrling, Jeanette Catania and Mary Ann Love.

This will be the first meeting conducted by Virginia (Jenny) Kuhn, who is beginning a two-year term as president. Kuhn has been a member of the club since 1992. She is a retired elementary school vocal music teacher who worked for the Baltimore County schools for 34 years.

Information: 410-859-5309.

Pub Date: 9/05/98

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