Sunrise Rotary makes summer memorable for 56 youngsters


September 04, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THANKS TO the efforts of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Ellicott City, 56 low-income children attended a new summer enrichment camp this year.

Recently, three of those youngsters presented a painting to Rotary Club members during the club's weekly breakfast meeting at Tersiguel's.

The large, abstract painting was created by John Wade, 9, Kendall Carroll, 10, and David Hassel, 11.

"It really is quite nice," said Ronald Carlson, a former Rotary Club president. "People have looked at it and have asked what museum it came from."

This was the first year of the summer camp. About five years ago, the Rotary Club began paying for low-income children to attend camps sponsored by the Columbia Association, the YMCA and the county Department of Recreation and Parks. To find eligible children, Rotarians worked closely with Dorothy L. Moore, executive director of the county's Community Action Council, which manages Head Start.

"She was very supportive and helped identify kids she thought were eligible and who had transportation available," Carlson said.

But members of the Rotary Club wanted to do more; they wanted to create a summer camp from scratch, Carlson said. Finally, with help from the Erickson Foundation in Catonsville, Horizon Foundation of Columbia and the state of Maryland, it all came together.

The camp was held at the Head Start location off Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City. Several Rotary Club members volunteered to tutor pupils in math and English, and Carlson's wife, Priscilla Carlson, put together an arts program that included the Columbia Orchestra, Toby's Dinner Theatre, local artist Shelley Curtis and local dancer John Taylor.

Carlson hopes the camp will become an annual event. "We're already starting our thinking and planning for next year," he said.

Cub Scout news

Know any boys in kindergarten through fifth grade who are interested in becoming Cub Scouts? Cub Scout Pack 1111 is looking for members.

A recruitment meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at St. Augustine Church, 5976 Old Washington Road in Elkridge.

"We're especially looking for Tiger Cubs, who are kindergarten age," said Brent Hartley, leader of the Wolf den. The pack has dens for each age, with about eight boys per den.

"That's a really family-oriented organization. It's the first step in Cub Scouting, so the family joins with the boy, and the emphasis is on having fun," Hartley said.

After a year as Tigers, boys move up to become Wolves, then Bears, then first-year Webelos (an acronym for "we'll be loyal scouts") and second-year Webelos. After that, they are encouraged to join a Boy Scout troop.

Most dens meet once a week, said Hartley, and boys also participate in regional events, including an Olympics and a fishing derby. This year, 7-year-old Brady Fischer of Pack 1111 took first prize at the fishing tournament, which was held July 21 at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia.

Information about becoming a Cub Scout: Cubmaster Dan Valdivia, 410-796-4788.

Music news

Congratulations to Wenchi Wei, a sixth-grader at Burleigh Manor Middle School. Wenchi was recognized by the Music Teachers Association International for the classical piano performance she gave while a guest of the United Nations this summer.

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