Honoring the Kiwanis Club's go-to guy


October 17, 2002|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE SEVERNA Park Kiwanis Club's annual Apple and Cider Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Oct. 25 and 26 at three locations: the Community Center at Woods, and the Safeway parking lots on Benfield Road in Severna Park and on Ritchie Highway in Arnold.

The sale features just-picked red delicious, gala, empire and Stayman apples; apple butter; and apple cider pressed less than 24 hours before the sale. Apples are $19 a bushel, $10 a half-bushel, $6 a peck and $4 a quarter-peck. Apple butter is $2 a jar, and cider is $4 a gallon and $3 a half-gallon.

Whether it's a fund-raiser or a picnic with the patients at Crownsville Hospital Center, Kiwanis members know that when there's a job to do, they can count on Jim Stands.

Now his fellow Kiwanians, a group of dedicated men and women known for their hours of volunteer work, have singled out Stands for the club's top honors. Not only is he the club's new president, but he also has been named Severna Park Kiwanian of the Year.

Retired from the Anchor Fence Co. in Baltimore, Stands - who moved to Maryland from Ohio 15 years ago - finds it hard to think of all the projects he has participated in. A short list includes serving as co-chairman of the Severna Park club's annual golf tournament in May, heading last year's countywide essay contest for elementary school pupils, and recruiting four new members for the club.

"The most heartwarming, fulfilling aspect of Kiwanis is knowing that you have helped someone else," says Stands, who lives in Chartridge with his wife, Beverly.

His two favorite projects are working with the Severna Park Assistance Network and the Community Center.

"We work very closely with SPAN," he says. Club members help pack and deliver holiday baskets of food at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The club recently gave SPAN a check for $1,700. This year's gift for the expansion of the Community Center is $3,500.

Besides the hundreds of hours donated to charitable programs by Kiwanians, the money the club earns is returned to the community through donations to organizations such as Crownsville Hospital, the Community Center, Partners in Care and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. "All total this past year," Stands says, "we gave out over $12,400 to local charities."

The next big Kiwanis event - and guess who's directing this one - is the club's annual breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 at St. Martins-in-the-Field Episcopal Church on Benfield Road in Severna Park. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, sweet rolls, coffee, tea, milk and juice.

With a cost of $5 (free for children younger than 12), it's the family breakfast buy of the season. Although Stands admits that the breakfast doesn't make a lot of money for the club, it does draw attention to the club's work - and "just like any other group," he says, "we need to attract new members."

The Kiwanian of the Year adds, "You can't buy the feeling of good that you get from helping those in need and helping to make the community be a better place to live."

Book sale

The Severna Park branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its annual fall book sale from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 next door to Garry's Grill in the Old Severna Park Shopping Center.

And the prices are right. Paperbacks will sell for 50 cents, hardbacks for $1.50. A few unique books will be specially priced, says branch spokeswoman Sigrid Dorf.

Proceeds help finance two scholarships for women who earn an associate's degree at Anne Arundel Community College and transfer to a four-year school. Money also goes to a branch educational foundation that funds graduate and community studies.

Donated books will be collected one last time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lots of the Safeway markets in Severna Park and Arnold.

Information: 410-255-8330.

Fall colors

What could be nicer than a Fall Colors Hike in Kinder Farm Park?

There's one scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Meet at the park office to walk about 1.5 miles.

Registration: 410-222-6115.

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