Maryland Scene


January 12, 2003|By Sloane Brown

Rotary Club of Baltimore

Take almost 2,700 people. Add 97 bushels of oysters, 64 kegs of beer, 320 pounds of pit beef and 140 pounds of ham. Mix them all together inside Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory. What have you got? The Rotary Club of Baltimore's "2003 Oyster Roast," the oldest and biggest oyster roast in the state, according to club president-elect Howard Weisberg.

"It's 82, 83 years old. Something like that," he recounted, as masses of hungry eaters swarmed into the armory.

Those who weren't lined up to eat lined up around the eight game wheels in the middle of the room. Sure, the stuffed animal and liquor prize wheels had their players. But the largest groups were found around the power tool wheel (80 power tools -- aargh! -- up for grabs), and the bacon wheel, where winners toted away 10-pound slabs (1,000 pounds in all). Many quickly hustled their porcine prizes to their cars -- sometimes getting stopped on the way by offers to buy the hard-won meat.

Milling in the throng: Michael Greenberg, event chairman; Jim Williamson, event vice chair; Jeff Penza, Lissa Caltrider and Lauren Mislak, event committee members; Art C. Tate Jr., Rotary Club of Baltimore president; Sandy Richmond, Danny Bands and Bob DeLisle, Rotary Club board members; Valerie Wheeler, Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Co. assistant manager; Jake Slagle, Coldwell Banker realtor; Barry Snyder, Smurfit Stone Container working supervisor; Gary Myers, SimplexGrinnell sprinkler fitter; Randy Miller, Frederick County physical education teacher; Janice Frey-Angel, League for People with Disabilities CEO; Steve Waters, Fireline Corp. president; George Brecht, Chesapeake Systems partner; John Ellis, Baltimore area CPA; Dave Shutz, Quest International supply chain manager; Paul Freiert, Covenant of Grace Church youth pastor intern; Debbie Miller, SunTrust Bank senior vice president; Fred Zeller, Legg Mason financial adviser; Lisa Wilson, Piper Rudnick legal assistant; Robert E. Latshaw Jr., Latshaw Realty Advisors president; Terry Squyres, GWWO Architects architect; Monica Williams, community volunteer; Lisa Ghinger, Hampden Family Center executive director; Alice Ann Finnerty, Finnerteas Tea Room of Hampden owner; Mark Davis, Miner Fuel Co. truck driver; Joseph Turner, Social Security Administration technical assistant benefit authorizer; Richard Ebb, retired Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital psychiatric aid; and David Stein, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation planning director.

The oyster roast raised around $73,000 for Rotary Club of Baltimore programs.

Morgan State University

Nothing like starting the New Year with the hearty and heartfelt "18th Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast," presented by the Howard L. Cornish Metropolitan Baltimore Chapter of the MSU National Alumni Association. Dignitaries and scholarship recipients gathered at a prebreakfast reception. Then they formed a procession into the Martin's West ballroom, decorated in the university colors of blue and white, to kick off the morning's festivities.

Among those in the breakfast crowd of 1,000: Anthony C. McPhail and Diane M. McPhail, event co-chairs; Traci N. McPhail, Marshall Brookes, Bernice McDaniels, Clarice F. Lee and Catherine W. Burks, event committee members; Gloria E. Wayman, Howard L. Cornish Chapter president; Virginia B. Coleman, chapter founder; Dr. Earl S. Richardson, Morgan State University president; Stephen O. Russell, MSU National Alumni Association president; Joyce A. Brown, MSU Alumni Affairs director; Andrea Contee, Jakisha Frierson, Danielle Scott, Kaneako Glenn, William Bracey and Anwar Hall, scholarship recipients; Lenzie Grice, May Co. merchandising associate; Earl El-Amin, American Society of Muslims Baltimore imam; Charles Simmons, Sojourner-Douglass College president; Clarence Vaughn, retired Aberdeen Proving Ground education specialist; Rev. Willie Ray, Save Another Youth-Stop the Violence Coalition chairman; Marion Garrett and Leah Goldsborough-Hasty, retired Baltimore school principals; Rosa Merritt, UPS staff accountant; Betty Eggleston, Howard County social services district manager; Randy Carroll, Maryland Department of Environment air quality planner; Kevin Tolbert, U. S. Supreme Court librarian; Mel Reid, National Park Service equal opportunity manager; and Dennis Edwards, WJZ-TV reporter.

The breakfast raised around $30,000 for the Morgan State University Alumni Association, Howard L. Cornish Metropolitan Baltimore Chapter scholarship program.

Social Calendar

Jan. 18: "Heartfest 2003." Benefits the Johns Hopkins Preventive Cardiology Center. Wine, cash bar, food stations from more than 30 local restaurants, heart-healthy exhibits, live music, dancing, performance by celebrity honoree Vicki Lawrence. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 410-560-2230.

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