Charlotte Lund just celebrated her 100th birthday with a band, food, a cake - but most importantly, with the people she loves.
"My favorite part of the party was being with my family and friends, especially my son," Lund said. "He made this really special for me because he put it all together and made all the arrangements."
For her son, Glenn Dixon, nothing was too much for his mother.
"I wanted to throw her a party because she's my mom and I love her," Dixon said. "She's the best mom a guy could ever have and I'm not kidding about that."
Fifty-five of her family and friends gathered Sunday at Gardens of Annapolis, a senior living home where Lund resides, to celebrate her century mark.
Over her 100 years, Lund has had her share of experiences. After growing up in Jessup, she married and live in Savage for 45 years. She has had careers ranging from insurance broker to secretary at Fort George G. Meade.
In her 25 years at Fort Meade, Lund worked her way up from secretary to community relations officer and wrote for Sound Off!, Fort Meade's newspaper. Lund also worked as a human interest reporter for Stars and Stripes, the U.S. armed forces newspaper.
Though she had many interesting jobs, a standout part of her life was traveling with her late husband.
"My husband and I went everywhere together, from the Yucatan Peninsula, to Peru, South America, Australia, New Zealand and our several trips to Mexico," Lund said.
These trips provided some memories very special to her.
"We enjoyed traveling so much," Lund said. "Traveling was exciting because we were able to meet so many different people in the different countries, and were able to see the way they lived and the way they dressed."
As much as Lund has experienced, she also was witness to many changes over the last century since she was born July 23, 1914 - she was there when women were given the right to vote in 1919, when Prohibition started in 1920 and repealed in 1933, through World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
"I remember when they introduced the A-bomb and the nuclear bomb," Lund said. "That stood out as a big deal to me."
Lund said everyone seemed to have a good time at the party, especially her.
"All the music was really nice, the food was great and the birthday cake was beautiful," she said. "I had a really good time and am so thankful of my son for having the party for me."
"She is such a caring person and I wanted to give that back to her," Dixon said. "She stuck by me my whole life through thick and thin and cares greatly about other people."
The party was a highlight for Lund, but the real treat for her was the 100 years that came before it.
"I think my life has been wonderful," Lund said.
Borrowing life jackets
Five new Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stands were opened July 17 after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sandy Point State Park.
The Annapolis Boating Safety Partnership worked with the foundation, Anheuser-Busch and Katcef Brothers, Inc. to install the five life jacket stands.
"These five new Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stands are made possible through a generous $5,000 donation from Anheuser-Busch and Katcef Brothers," said Gail Kulp the foundation's executive director.
"All boaters should ensure that they have enough life jackets for everyone onboard and that the life jackets fit properly before heading out on the water," Kulp said. "Boaters may borrow the life jackets at no cost and we only ask that they be returned at the end of the day so that they are available for others to use."
The five new stands brought 350 life jackets to the area free for boaters to borrow for a day. Two stands are located at Sandy Point State Park, one at Truxton Park and two at City Dock Annapolis.
For more information, visit http://www.seatow.com.
Nickels for Nonprofits
Grow Annapolis is the latest Nickels for Nonprofits recipient at Whole Foods Market in Annapolis.
After every purchase through Sept. 28, a cashier will ask customers if they would like to donate 5 cents to Grow Annapolis for every reusable bag they use.
Each register also will have an information card on Grow Annapolis with basic information on the organization.
Grow Annapolis is dedicated to fostering and sustaining community gardens and urban agriculture programs. "Creating partnerships between community, government, schools and local businesses, we harvest more than food by empowering people from diverse backgrounds to GROW Annapolis together," according to its website.
Rotary Club speakers
Annapolis Rotary Club recently announced its schedule of speakers and agenda for its August meetings.
- Aug. 7 - The club will have its post-crab feast meeting to discuss the event.
- Aug. 14 -
- Dr. Lou Lukas
- , chief medical officer for Hospice of the Chesapeake.
- Aug. 21 - Two club members will give classification talks on their careers and on their involvement with Rotary International.
- Aug. 28 -
- Maris Walker
- , patient advocate at Chesapeake Audiology.
For more information, call Jayson Thoemke, membership director, at 410-562-1616 or visit http://www.annapolisrotary.org.