A CHANGING of the guard has occurred at Taneytown Lions Club.
Ron Cain, a retired member of the Air Force, is the new president. He replaces Fred Martin, who became immediate past president.
Cain said he hopes to make the club more visible to the public.
"We're trying to raise public awareness of some of the things the club is doing," he said, including providing glasses and hearing aids to those in need.
He said that the district, which includes Lions Clubs in Delaware and Washington, initially had set a fund-raising goal of $4 million for by December 2000.
"We were hoping to raise $2 million from the club and $2 million from the corporate side of the house," Cain said.
But when the economy began to slow, so did donations from corporations, he said.
"We've decided to keep on going until we meet our goal," he added.
Cain said he is a relative newcomer to the Lions Club. He moved to Taneytown from Calvert County six years ago.
Taneytown was the hometown of his wife, Libby.
Cain ran the command post at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington. The command post tracks Air Force One. He served 30 years in the Air Force.
After he retired, Cain spent 10 years as a special security officer for the Department of Energy.
A year after he moved to Taneytown, Cain decided to get involved in the Lions Club. His brother-in-law Arnie Otte was a member and invited Cain to join.
"I thought it would be a good way to keep active and to meet people," Cain said. "The Lions Club is also a way to try to make a difference" in the community.
Three years ago, Cain was approached about becoming an officer. He was third vice president before moving through the ranks to president.
"I was a little apprehensive about taking the helm three years ago because I wasn't as familiar with the Lions Club then," he said.
"But they told me by the time you serve as third vice president, second vice president and first vice president, you'll be ready," he added with a laugh.
Cain said he is especially grateful to Martin, president last year.
"He's a big help," he said.
Youth bowling league
Thunderhead Bowling Centre is organizing a youth league for fall for ages 3 to 21.
Registration for the No One Sits on the Bench Saturday Youth Leagues will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 25 and noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 26.
The youth games will be held at 10 a.m. Saturdays beginning Sept. 1.
The cost is $6.50 per child per week for tenpins and $6 per child per week for duckpins.
Taneytown officials will break ground for the police station at 11 a.m. Saturday at the old Southern States parking lot adjacent to Country Kitchen.
The public is invited.
Fire Department festival
Taneytown Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 Inc. will hold its 29th annual Outdoor Festival from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at Memorial Park.
The festival, formerly called a flea market, will include antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts and food.
Booths are available for $15.
Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.