Increasing membership is new business for group


January 22, 2002|By Debra Taylor Young | Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SOUTH CARROLL Business Association is holding a membership drive.

The group has about 120 members and consists of business owners and managers who do business in South Carroll.

According to Tom Alessi, association treasurer, people from outside the area who wish to do business in South Carroll are welcome and make up a large number of the group.

The nonprofit organization has several purposes, including providing a cooperative environment for conducting business in South Carroll; working with the community; beautifying South Carroll; and fund raising for local charities.

Kenneth Holniker, a local attorney and community leader, has been a member of the organization since its early days, when it was known as Freedom District Men's Business Association.

He sees the group's purpose as a networking opportunity, but also as a chance to increase the number of businesses in the area by making South Carroll an attractive place to do business.

"My belief is that we need to give back to the community," he said. "These are our customers, and we need to make beautification of South Carroll one of our goals again."

According to Holniker, Freedom District Men's Business Association became Freedom District Business Association when his wife, Peggy, became organization president in the mid-1980s. The name change reflected the group's new diversity.

In 1995, the organization became South Carroll Business Association to encompass a larger area.

"We planted more than 100 trees in the community as a beautification project in the past," said Holniker.

At every meeting, the association provides a buffet luncheon.

Afterward, members listen to a presentation by a guest.

This month's speaker was Steve Meizlish, president of Meizcorp Services, a corporate-growth specialist company.

The organization meets at noon the third Wednesday of every month at Salernos Catering Hall in Eldersburg.

Membership information: 410- 751-7222 or

Liberty High talent show

Liberty High School Varsity Club will present its annual fund-raising talent show at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The public is invited to the show, which will feature musical talent, comedy and dance performances.

Performers will range in age from elementary to high school level.

Show winners will receive cash prizes.

Admission is $4 and proceeds benefit Liberty High School Varsity Club.

Information: 410-751-3560.

Debra Taylor Young's neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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