Glenelg's Key Club is still going strong

West Friendship Column

West Friendship

May 26, 2011|By Lisa Peklo

Glenelg High School Key Club President Emily Schweich couldn't be prouder than she is when she boasts that a club, which had less than 20 members a few years ago, can now claim more than 54 members.

The active club is involved in a passel of community service activities, including a late spring endeavor which involved writing letters for children who attend Deaf Camps Inc., a volunteer-run nonprofit camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The letters the Key Club members wrote will insure that all campers will receive mail during mail call in their first week at camp.

Glenelg Key Club members Schweich, Shelby Colson, Kirsten Ostrom, Mary Alice Allnutt and Jessica Cooper volunteered their combined services to pitch in for the Ellicott City Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast in late March. The Kiwanis are the parent organization of the Key Club and the local Ellicott City branch supports the Glenelg Key Club's service projects.

In late April, Key Club members and their families were joined by members of the Ellicott City Kiwanis Club to celebrate during a third annual banquet. Graduating seniors president Colson, historian Lexie Fine and public relations officer Bryan Pelkey were recognized for their outstanding service to the club.

Six members who received awards for achieving the highest number of Key Points for club service projects included Allnutt, Colson, Fine, Andrea Montanti, Schweich and Maria Smith. Current Key Club president Schweich sends out special thanks to the club's advisor, Carole Doermann, and to the Ellicott City Kiwanis.

The club is busy at the moment, preparing for another service project which will raise money for the American Cancer Society's Western Howard County Relay for Life. Glenelg Key Club members will host a booth during the Relay for Life event.

In late April, members of the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, including Dan Lottes, Gary Unverzagt and Justin Sosedee, visited the Rosenbauer Fire Equipment plant in Minnesota, where they observed the progress on Engine 32 which is being built for West Friendship's Station 3. The new engine is expected to make its way "home" to West Friendship by the end of this month.

West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department has been in operation for our community since 1944 and continues to serve our community on a daily basis. Welcome back fire fighters.

More news from Sunshine and Clover 4-H club reporter Rebecca Miller. Mariah Grosko is an avid fan of Netherland Dwarfs — as in rabbits. The 4-H member has been tending to several recent litters of the rabbits in preparation for showing them at the Howard County Fair this August.

The Sunshine and Clover 4-H Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Howard County Fairgrounds. New members are always welcome.

West Friendship Elementary School students are finishing out the school year with a bang. Field Day is set for May 26, when the great outdoors becomes an active classroom of sporting events and athletic competitions. Members of the school's chorus and strings band are also bellowing and waxing the strings in preparation for a culminating concert May 31, at 7 p.m.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are ready and waiting. The greens and flower bed goodies are stocked at the Howard County Farmers' Market at the Glenwood Branch library. The stalls will be open for business each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until Oct. 29.

Marcie Barnard has worked for months organizing a big fundraising sale which will benefit the American Cancer Society. The antique dealers of The Pink Cabbage shop, which is located at the corner of Route 144 and Triadelphia Road, have invited vendors to join them in an outdoor flea market set for June 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, which Barnard and the gang are calling The Funky Flea, is promising table after table of flea market marvels.

The Funky Flea Yard Sale is sponsored by the Pink Cabbage, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. Barnard says that this is always a fun-filled event, with great buys for customers and a shared common purpose of supporting the mission of The American Cancer Society.

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During the May 16 meeting of the Howard County Antique and Farm Machinery Club, members enjoyed a talk on labor and harvesting.

The club membership also discussed the upcoming National Road Yard Sale which the club will participate in. The National Road Yard Sale is set for June 4. Virginia Frank is looking for vendors who would like to participate in the famed National Pike sale which is said to run from Baltimore to St. Louis, Mo. — all along the old Route 40 or National Road which in our neck of the woods is Route 144 or Frederick Road.

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