Association offers lesson in democracy

Neighbors

January 19, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A FEW years ago, I attended a general membership meeting of the Crofton Civic Association. I don't remember the issue, but I do remember the Boy Scouts at the back of the hall.

Going to a community meeting was not the boys' first choice for a Monday evening, but this was a requirement for a merit badge. So the Scouts sat there dutifully.

Much to their surprise, they had a great time. Instead of a dull, boring meeting, this was an example of lively, old-fashioned American democracy. People got excited, even contentious. The boys' eyes got wider and wider. Thanks to the use of parliamentary procedure, everything stayed under control. And the issues were decided according to majority rule.

The boys got a real lesson. Local government isn't about esoteric issues. It's about things people care about, such as how much they pay in property taxes and what kind of community they will live in. When people care about things, the meetings are interesting.

All this is by way of saying the Crofton Civic Association will hold a general membership meeting at 8 p.m. Monday at Crofton Elementary School to present the association budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.

Association President Gayle Sears encourages Crofton residents to attend to learn more about what plans are being considered and help decide which budget options will be chosen.

If the weather is bad and the schools are closed, the meeting will be moved to the ballroom of the Crofton Country Club.

Information: 410-721-2301.

German-American group

The Christian German-American Women's Group will meet at noon Monday in the blue room at the Chapel Center on Grandea Avenue at Fort Meade.

After a time of reflection, the group will enjoy a German lunch, fellowship, music and crafts. Women who are interested in the German language and culture are invited.

Information: Irene Kucholik, 301-621-7862 or Lisa Beilke, 301-604-5880.

Expectant mothers

The Elizabeth ministry of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic parish in Crofton is sponsoring a series of monthly meetings for expectant mothers.

If you are expecting a baby and would like to meet with other expectant mothers in the area, you may wish to attend the next meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Parish Center.

Information: Brenda Shepherd, 410-721-0114.

Pub Date: 1/19/99

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