Spalding senior energizes Key Clubs


March 06, 2001|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

JIM MCGUIRE, a Crofton Kiwanis Club member who serves as adviser to Archbishop Spalding High School's Key Club, calls Susan Lange "one of the most incredible people I ever met."

A senior at Spalding, Lange has been active in the school's Key Club since her freshman year, taking part in a variety of projects, from Special Olympics to parties at a local nursing home. During her junior year, she was club treasurer. Last spring, she was elected lieutenant governor of the Key Club's District 14, coordinating and energizing the club's service groups in eight area high schools.

Jim Cratty, Key Club zone administrator for District 14, is full of praise for Lange. He calls her a good organizer and communicator who has developed a strong sense of cooperation among clubs. Working together, her clubs have had a stellar year of service to worthwhile causes.

In January, Lange helped organize Kiwanis and Key Club members who took part in the Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. That fund-raiser earned more than $1,000 for Special Olympics.

Another fund-raiser Lange helped organize was a pie-throwing contest. Kiwanis supporters were invited to contribute money for the privilege of smooshing a whipped cream pie into the face of one of their favorite Kiwanis or Key Club members. Besides the fun, the project helped provide support for the Children's Miracle Network.

As lieutenant governor, Lange visited each of the school's clubs, joining in meetings and offering advice and help. She also chaired the district meetings, where officers of the clubs gathered to share ideas and to work together. Under Lange's leadership, McGuire says the local clubs have moved toward more cooperation and less competition.

In addition to her district work, Lange has stayed active in Spalding's Key Club activities. She has especially enjoyed her participation in the club's monthly parties for residents of Knollwood Manor Nursing Home. She has become friends with several of the residents during the past four years and says that those parties will be one of the things she will miss when she goes to college next year. On Dr. Seuss' birthday, she joined a group of Key Club members in reading to the children at Van Bokkelen Elementary School. Before she left, the children hugged her and asked if they could write to her. She was really touched that such a simple action as reading a story could mean so much to little children, she said.

Of course, as a senior, Lange is also busy with classes and other activities. She belongs to Spalding's Fellowship of Christian Athletes and enjoys swimming and soccer. She also volunteers each week for Pets on Wheels.

What is next for this busy high school senior? She is trying to choose from among several colleges, including Mount St. Mary's College and Western Maryland College. Both schools have active Circle K clubs, the college division of Kiwanis Clubs. Early next month, Lange will complete her term as lieutenant governor but plans to continue her commitment to community service for a long time.

Baseball/softball clinic

Registration is under way for a baseball /softball clinic, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 at Arundel High School in Gambrills. Members of the school's baseball and softball teams will help coach young players 7 to 14 years old.

The cost of $25 covers lunch and a T-shirt. Information: Kathy Mitchell, 410-451-4565. Registration deadline is March 23.

Four Seasons roast

Four Seasons Women's Club is presenting its annual Bull and Oyster Roast from 7 p.m. to midnight March 31 at Gambrills Athletic Club on McKnew Road in Gambrills.

Tickets are available for $25. Tickets or information: Michelle Greenwalt, 410-672-5669 or Kris McMahon, 301-912-3106.

`The Wiz'

About 80 pupils at Crofton Middle School have been rehearsing since December for this year's school musical "The Wiz," a Motown-spiced version of "The Wizard of Oz."

Many of the youngsters were also active in two previous middle school musicals under the direction of Barbara "Bobbi" Smith, founder of Annapolis' Talent Machine and a well-known area dance teacher, director and choreographer, who died in January.

Her sister, Vicki, and her daughter, Lea Capps, agreed to take over the direction of the show. To honor Bobbi's memory, the pupils have thrown themselves even more energetically into preparing "The Wiz" for show time.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. March 30 and 31, 6:30 p.m. April 1, 7 p.m. April 5 and 6 and 2 p.m. April 7. Ticket prices are $4 for students and $6 for adults. Information: Mel Talson, 410- 721-5289.

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