Women's Club of Hampstead makes 100 dolls for Operation Smile program


April 21, 1999|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MORE THAN 100 soft dolls, handmade by members of the Women's Club of Hampstead, were donated by the club to Operation Smile, an international medical program, on Friday.

Operation Smile, founded by the husband-and-wife team of Dr. William T. Magee, a plastic surgeon, and Katherine Magee, a nurse, offers reconstructive surgery and related health care to indigent children and young adults in developing countries and the United States, and provides associated training to health professionals around the world. The private, not-for-profit organization depends on volunteers.

Sixteen chapters have been started abroad with 24 domestic chapters active in nine cities. The Greater Baltimore Chapter was started in 1996 by Linda M. Ryan, who came to Hampstead on Friday to receive the donated dolls.

Club member Dorothy Martin learned of Operation Smile at a state meeting of the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs last fall. She determined that Hampstead club members could sew the keepsake dolls that are given to patients as they arrive for surgery. To introduce the program, she presented a videotape to the club in October.

In January, about 20 members met to cut, sew and stuff undecorated muslin dolls, with a goal of completing 75.

"Ron's Sewing Machines lent two sewing machines which had the room humming," said club spokeswoman Elsie Cooper. "It seems local business people appreciate the things we do."

They continued sewing the remainder at home. In three months, the women had completed more than 100 dolls.

"We presented the dolls to Linda Ryan, ready for distribution to children and young adults undergoing corrective surgery," said Cooper.

Information: Elsie Cooper, 410-374-6842.

Volunteer at Pine Valley

Outdoor opportunities abound at Pine Valley Nature Center in Manchester, where a spring fix-up and cleanup will take place starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Volunteers are encouraged to arrive ready for mulching, weeding and planting.

Those who can bring tools are needed for repairing birdhouses and feeders, for clearing dead trees from trails and for trail maintenance.

Bring a picnic lunch and plenty of drinks.

Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Information: 410-374-3395.

Swim with the Sea Lions

The Sea Lions of Manchester challenge kids who like to swim with regular practice and competitions within the Central Maryland Swim League.

Registration is under way for boys and girls ages 5 to 18. An all-day sign-up will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1 at the Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club Pool, near Christmas Tree Park.

Cost to join the team is $35 for the first child and $25 for each additional child, plus $10 insurance and membership to the Manchester pool.

Information: Dan Bressler, 410-751-5218.

Photographers needed

Photographers of nature are encouraged to submit up to four pictures for an exhibit starting April 30 at Bear Branch Nature Center.

Any natural organic subject is acceptable. Man-made objects are not to be included in exhibited photographs.

Photographs should be 8 inches by 10 inches or larger, and may not be color copier reproductions. Each piece must be framed, including wire for hanging.

The show is open to adult photographers. The center is north of Westminster.

Information: Suzanne Mancha, 410-239-7163.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/21/99

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