Authors to speak at women's luncheon

February 20, 2005|By Andrew G. Sherwood | Andrew G. Sherwood,SUN STAFF

Connie Beims and Christine Tolbert will speak about their book on the Berkley community at the Harford County Commission for Women's annual Women's History Month luncheon from 12:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 6 at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood.

This year's luncheon theme is "Plant a Seed ... Grow a Future."

Beims, a resident of Berkley and a member of the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, is retired.

She served in several positions, including executive director of the Maryland Commission for Women, appointments officer and deputy chief of staff for Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes and vice president and executive assistant to the president at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Tolbert, also a Berkley resident, is a seventh-generation descendant of African-Americans who settled in Berkley, a community where whites and blacks lived as neighbors during segregation.

Tolbert began teaching in Harford County when the schools were segregated. She eventually became a high school guidance counselor.

She was the supervisor of elementary and secondary education for Harford County schools until she retired.

Both women were instrumental in the entry of Berkley into the National Register of Historic Places.

A silent auction will be held to benefit the commission's scholarship program.

The auction proceeds will be used for scholarships to Harford County high school students or women in need of assistance with post-secondary education costs. Eight scholarships were awarded last year.

At least two $500 scholarships will be awarded to Harford County female high school students, along with college students in need of financial assistance. Applications must be received by April 1.

Scholarship application forms are available online at; or in the Office of Community Services at the Harford County Government Administration Building in Bel Air.

Luncheon tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call Tina McCarthy Potts at 410-638-3389.

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