Taneytown Lions have more room in the den


August 01, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CARL BOISVERT, new president of Taneytown Lions Club, plans to make membership recruitment one of his top goals.

"I am asking members to explore with their neighbors, family and friends" the idea of joining the Lions, Boisvert said. "We're not a closed society by any stretch of the imagination. We want people to see what we do and how we do it." He also wants them to add their names to the club roster. The club has about 65 members.

Boisvert said the club has a solid number of fund-raising activities that he would like to see continue. Those include a car raffle, an annual basket bingo the first Friday in November, pancake breakfasts and a giant yard sale.

The money gleaned from fund-raising activities is directed back into the community. Recipients of the Lions' generosity include Taneytown Little League, Carroll County Literacy Council, Taneytown Pregnancy Center and the Maryland Eye Bank at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Boisvert said the club also sponsors fun events for members.

"We do a bus trip once a year, and this year we're going to Mississippi," he said. "Next year, we're planning a boat cruise."

Boisvert, a New Hampshire native who has lived in Taneytown eight years, has been involved in the Lions Club since 1998. He previously was first vice president of the club.

"I joined to get involved in the community and to provide community service for the people of Taneytown," he said. "I enjoy the members and I also enjoy the fund-raising activities."

Boisvert is married to Taneytown Councilwoman Jackie Boisvert.

Tree committee grant

The National 4-H Council and Deft Inc. have awarded New Windsor Tree Committee a $1,000 grant to promote the environment. This is the third consecutive year the organizations have awarded the grant to the tree committee, led by Linda Donaldson.

"They've been very generous to us," she said.

Donaldson said the tree committee's purpose is to increase the shade in town, which helps the environment.

New Windsor Tree Committee works with the 4-H Council to promote its tree program. Donaldson said the mission of the 4-H Council is "to advance the 4-H youth development movement, build a world in which youth and adults learn and grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change."

"We recruit young people to plant trees and also teach them how to plant and take care of them," she said.

Leading this effort is Rachael Schuster, a student at Francis Scott Key High School and 4-H youth coordinator.

"It's interesting to learn about trees and to have an active part in planting them in New Windsor," Rachael said. "We can look forward to a future with trees that will provide shade and beauty for us and future generations."

Donaldson said the grant arrives at a good time. She said the committee is ordering the trees now that it will plant in spring. She noted that anyone with a New Windsor ZIP code could get a free tree planted on his or her property. Information: 410-875-0991.

Scouts looking for boys

Cub Scout Pack 459 will hold a recruiting meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Union Bridge Church of the Brethren, Main and Church streets.

Den mother Pat Keeney said Scouting offers activities, camping, hiking, arts and crafts and leadership opportunities.

"But it also gives your son a sense of teamwork and belonging," Keeney said. "As a parent, it gives you an opportunity to see your child grow and interact with other boys."

Cub Scouting is for boys in first through fifth grade. Registration is $9 for boys and adults. Information: 410-775-2918.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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