Woman's Club's 24th prayer breakfast honors 5 who contribute to community


March 25, 2001|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PEOPLE OF all faiths attended the 24th Annual Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights on March 14 at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church. Marge Booker, president, presided over the program that included the presentation of certificates of appreciation to exceptional members of the community.

The honorees included Martin Muller of Linthicum, Nancy Fox of North Linthicum, Cathy Ulrich of Pasadena, Joyce Gigliotti of Columbia and Lynne Marie McGowan of Linthicum.

Muller has been chairman of the Linthicum Community Fair since 1994 and has chaired many fund-raisers for local clubs and church organizations. He is active in coaching and supporting young people in sports as well as academics. Muller has served as a PTA board member for Linthicum Elementary School and has been a Northrop Grumman Discover-E volunteer since 1995.

The other honorees - Fox, McGowan, Ulrich and Gigliotti - are founders of the Annual Linthicum Health Fest, held in the fall. The idea came to them one day while they were together in Ulrich's beauty salon discussing how important it was for everyone in the community to be aware of health issues. The Health Fest grew from that conversation, and it is going into its fifth year.

Fox, an ordained minister and graduate of the Baltimore Spiritual Science Center, is a metaphysical teacher, spiritual healer and certified regression therapist. She has been host of a radio show and has made guest TV appearances, including one on Oprah Winfrey's television program.

McGowan is a certified massage therapist and has been in private practice in Linthicum for 12 years. Her contributions to the community include initiating fund-raising benefits. She also donates her time and talent to support Hearth House, Hospice of the Chesapeake and Sarah's House, to name a few organizations. McGowan is a member of the Woman's Club and is its team leader for this year's Relay for Life.

Ulrich is owner of a hair salon in Linthicum. She has sponsored bus trips and raised money for such projects as Relay for Life and Hearth House. She offers free meditation classes, and her salon supports food drives and donations of clothing for use at shelters.

Gigliotti is the office manager of her husband's dental practice. Husband and wife are committed to community service. The dental staff has raised funds for many local charities and has been honored by the Linthicum Lions Club.

Besides being a member of the Woman's Club, Gigliotti is also a member of the Rotary Club of Linthicum and is active in the Books for International Goodwill Program. She also serves on the planning committee of Linthicum Relay for Life.

Guests at the breakfast included representatives of the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs, Jo Rousseau, president, Babs Condon, first vice president, and Mary Thompson, second vice president. Also neighborhood clergy, the Rev. David Shank and the Rev. Sharon Ford, pastors of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church; the Rev. Lyn O'Berry, pastor of Linthicum Baptist Church; Monsignor Francis X. Zorbach, pastor of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church; and the Rev. Susan Spears, pastor of St. John Methodist Church.

Women's history program

The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights is having an evening program to celebrate Women's History Month at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road. The program is open to all women in the community, but is particularly aimed at career women, stay-at-home moms and others unable to attend daytime programs. Refreshments will be served.

Shirley Parry, director of the Women's Institute and Women's Studies at Anne Arundel Community College, will speak. Parry received a doctorate in American literature from the University of Maryland; her area of interest is African-American women's fiction. She has been involved in the women's movement since 1971.

Information: Marge Booker, 410-551-4903.

PAAL subscription deal

The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum is offering non-subscribers the chance to attend a free concert Saturday if they sign up for the 2001-2002 season. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at North County High School, 10 E. 1st Ave. in Ferndale.

Harvi Griffin, America's first electronic harpist, will perform pop, jazz and classical favorites. Griffin has performed internationally as well as many times at the White House. He is the only winner of the 1994 Performing Arts Music Award and appeared on the "Today Show" in March 1992.

The association is offering an early bird special of $29 for the new five-show season if tickets are purchased before May 31. The cost increases to $34 after that.

Information: Jo Barker, 410-859-3308.

AARP meeting

Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of AARP will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 118 Marydell Road. The schedule is: social time at noon, program at 12:45 p.m. and business meeting at 1:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Wayne Shipley, executive director of Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts in Brooklyn Park.

Membership dues and donations of canned goods for contribution to emergency food programs will be accepted.

Information: Paul Bagley, 410-255-2601.

School bingo

Lindale Middle School parents are sponsoring a Pampered Chef Bingo to benefit the media center from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 1 at Bingo World, 4901 Belle Grove Road. The cost is $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Tickets: 410-691-4344 or 410-859-1077.

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