Stewardship group's Town Meeting set Thursday night
Vision Howard County -- a community group that advocates stewardship of a vision for the county's future -- will hold its annual Town Meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Bannecker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.
The meeting will provide a progress report on the group's "Call To Action" initiative, publicly announce its target issues and feature a panel discussion and dialogue with community leaders.
All county residents are invited to attend.
The evening will begin with a review of the group's work during the past year. County Council Chairman Guy Guzzone will speak, and a panel discussion on the group's goals for the next year will include county and community leaders.
Information: Ron Carlson, 410-772-5714, or www.vision howardcounty.org.
Columbia's 37th birthday to be celebrated Friday
The Columbia Association will celebrate Columbia's 37th birthday Friday at the Columbia Lakefront.
The event is to begin at 4:30 p.m. with a dance performance by Ballet Royale. The Young Columbians will perform from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A cake-cutting ceremony is planned at 5:30 p.m.
Entertainment and a lakefront walking tour are planned until 8 p.m.
Information: Barbara Kellner, 410-715-3103.
Soroptimist International installing officers Thursday
Soroptimist International of Howard County will install officers for 2004-2006 at its dinner meeting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Bertucci's Restaurant, 9081 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia.
President will be Ginny Smith; co-vice presidents are Ellen Cannon and Ann Harrison Ryder; secretary is Phyllis Parypinski; treasurer is Lori Little; delegates are Glenda Johnson and Karen Trennepohl; and board members are Mary Ann Kelly and Eileen Singleton.
Installing officer will be Gayle Griffith of Cumberland, governor-elect of the South Atlantic Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas.
Smith, who coordinated the group's team for the Relay for Life fund-raiser at Hammond High School, will give a report, and the Spring Fund-raiser Raffle drawing will be held.
Soroptimist International of Howard County is part of an international volunteer service organization for women in business, management and the professions; its mission is to improve life for women and girls through service projects.
Information and reservations: 410-750-9413.
Red Cross seeks applicants for its Survival Challenge
The Central Maryland chapter of the Red Cross is accepting applications for its new youth program, Survival Challenge.
The camping experience for high school students will teach wilderness survival and disaster preparedness skills. Students will also learn to deliver community disaster education workshops to local residents.
The camp is scheduled July 20 to 22 in Howard County. The cost is $40 for registration before June 20; $50 after that date.
Volunteers are needed to lead team-building activities, conduct leadership training sessions, prepare meals and supervise youth.
Information: 410-764-7000, or www.redcross-cmd.org.
Habitat for Humanity seeks full-time volunteer
Habitat for Humanity is seeking to fill a full-time AmeriCorps *VISTA volunteer position.
A college degree or at least three years of work experience is preferred. Candidates must be ages 18 or older. Training is available.
The one-year volunteer commitment, which begins in late August, includes a living allowance, limited health insurance, education and other benefits.
Resumes should be submitted by June 21 to Bob Warner, President, Habitat for Humanity of Howard County, 3273 Pine Orchard Lane, Suite D, Ellicott City 21042.
Habitat for Humanity provides affordable housing to low- and moderate-income families.
Information: Bob Warner, 410-290-6716; or Mary LaCount, 410-312-0203.
School-supplies campaign fund-raiser under way
Prepare for Success has begun its fund-raising campaign to buy backpacks and school supplies for the 2004-2005 school year for Howard County children from low-income families.
Contributions can be mailed to Prepare for Success, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21045.
The project has provided school supplies and a new backpack to almost 4,000 county children over the past three years.