Award 'totally surprised' Volunteer of Year Bailey


October 07, 1998|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RUNNING BROOK resident Vivian C. "Millie" Bailey said she was "totally surprised" to be named Howard County Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented at a ceremony Sept. 28 at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

Bailey was one of 40 individuals nominated for the award. She will go on to represent Howard County in the Maryland You Are Beautiful ceremony Oct. 28 in Annapolis.

Bailey was honored for more than 45 years of volunteer work, 28 of them in Howard County. She has served on several boards and commissions focusing on health care and crime prevention.

"You feel like you're making a difference," Bailey said of her volunteer efforts.

She is a member of the Howard County Police Department's Citizens' Advisory Council, which meets once a month with the police chief. "He depends on us to let him know of problems or concerns in the community," she said.

She also serves on the board of trustees of Howard County General Hospital. One of her duties was to interview candidates for the board of the Howard County Community Health Foundation, which was formed when the hospital merged with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

"I'm excited to be a part of that," she said. "It's going to be a super-valuable asset to the county."

For more than 10 years, Bailey served on the Maryland Health Resources Planning Commission, a regulatory agency made up of volunteers appointed by the governor.

She recalls that during her years on the commission, she was involved in approving the first use of CAT scans and MRI in Maryland, as well as in deciding which hospitals could perform open-heart surgery.

She was also appointed by the governor to serve on a judicial nominating committee for the district and circuit courts in Howard County. She held that post for eight years.

Bailey has chaired the Friends of the Howard County Library and served on the board of Hospice Services of Howard County. She is an ordained elder in First Presbyterian Church.

By volunteering, "you meet people you might not otherwise meet," said Bailey. "Through those contacts some lasting friendships have developed."

Bailey encourages others, especially fellow senior citizens, to get involved. "This is such a rich community," she said. "Most people could do a little something."

Several other west Columbia residents were nominated for the award and were recognized at the Sept. 28 ceremony.

Janet Blumenthal was honored for her work as chairwoman of the Wilde Lake Village Board and the Wilde Lake Revitalization Steering Committee. Anne R. Brusca was nominated for her service to the Florence Bain Senior Center.

Anita Cushing was recognized for more than 50 years of service to St. John's Episcopal Church and for more than 25 years of service to the Howard County Historical Society library.

Edward Davis was nominated for providing volunteer clerical services to the Department of Citizen Services. Dr. James Davis was honored for his work with the Boy Scouts of America. He is Scoutmaster of Troop 618.

Elizabeth Factor was recognized for her service to the Wilde Lake High School PTSA. Cleopatra House was honored for volunteering at Winter Growth, where she has played the piano for 14 years.

Four nominees volunteer at Howard County General Hospital. Dorothy Franklin is a former patient who helps with clerical work and visits patients. Bill and Ethel Levi have donated their time for more than 15 years.

Leonore Hess, a member of the hospital's Auxiliary Executive Committee, has logged more than 1,830 hours of service. She has worked in the gift shop and library and has helped feed patients with special needs.

Artists share exhibit

Three local artists will present a multimedia exhibit, called "life lines," beginning tomorrow at the Slayton House Gallery. Works by Jo Grishman, Trudy Babchak and Kini Collins will be on display through Oct. 31.

This is the third exhibit together for the three artists, who met through a course at the Howard County Center for the Arts.

Grishman, a Hickory Ridge resident, is displaying abstract multimedia works. A New York City native who moved to Columbia to raise her family, Grishman decided to pursue formal art training only last year.

As a full-time mother, she squeezed her artwork in between caring for her two children and serving as bookkeeper for her husband, a dentist. When her older child started college, she decided, "This is my chance to follow my dream." She is now studying full time at Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Grishman works with various media, including drawing, painting, sculpture and fiber. For some of the pieces in the show, she experimented with rubbing paint into the canvas with her hands.

While she acknowledged that some people find abstract art hard to understand, she sees it as a process of discovery: "Abstract pieces can draw you in and evoke all kinds of things from your past."

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