Recently, Cockeysville Senior Center was the site of a Volunteer Recognition Dinner, on April 24, with a special volunteer being recognized: Eda Mahan.

Citations were presented to Eda by a representatives of U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Councilman Todd Huff.

Mahan has been scheduling trips for the Cockeysville Senior Center for 13 years, and before the center existed, she was scheduling trips for the Lutherville Senior Club.

Throughout her 18 years as a travel coordinator, she has planned almost one trip per month. That's more than 200 trips.


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Mahan, 91, is a Baltimore native who has four children, 21 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Asked what is the most rewarding part of planning trips, she said she enjoys benefiting the center while providing seniors the chance to get out and have fun.

In addition to her, more than 60 volunteers, who contribute at the center, were honored.

At Dulaney High, the National Honor Society held its induction ceremony recently. Sixty-four new members were inducted this year – 44 sophomores, 16 juniors, and four seniors. This year the speaker at the event was Kendel Ehrlich, wife of our former governor. The ceremony also included a speech from Principal Lynda Whitlock and musical performances from the student musicians.

The Rotary Club of Hunt Valley honored winners of its Four-Way Test ethics program at a eremony April 26 at Dulaney High School. Joseph Hairston, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools — and a Rotarian — was the keynote speaker. Hairston was recognized for his 12 years as superintendent with the club's first Ethical Service Award.

Some 1,500 students from 13 north county and Towson area schools participated in the program. The Four-Way Test is the principle of Rotary International, and asks these questions of what we say and do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Elementary students illustrated their understanding of the test by making posters; middle schoolers wrote essays; and high school students delivered speeches applying the ethical standards to problems or issues.

Dulaney High junior Minwei Cao, the Hunt Valley Rotary winner, presented her speech before 300 attendees. Her speech focused on organ transplants. Cao, 16, said she intends to continue to advocate for organ transplants for patients in need. An accomplished flutist, she also played two short pieces for the audience.

Cao was selected the high school winner from a group of her peers at Dulaney High. She received a $100 check for first place at Dulaney and an additional $250 award as overall high school winner from Hunt Valley Rotary high schools, which also include Hereford and Loch Raven. Amber Bollinger, from Hereford, was runner-up and received $150 in addition to her prize as Hereford's winner.

Recognition Sunday was held May 13 as part of the worship service at Ashland Presbyterian Church. These second graders received Bibles: Andrew Bednarik Nate Droski, Joanna Shang, Hannah Wagner and Katie Zhu.

The following high school seniors received book grants: Amanda Kobokovich, who will attend Bucknell University; and Julia Kern, attending Northeastern University.

Teachers who were recognized were Kim Ceimian, Cathy Griffiths, Dave Droski, Debbie Berlin, Gail Bending, Debbie Modisette, Adam Modisette, Carla Ulgen, JoAnn Ruther, Clary Simmonds, Fred Wagner and Julie Wagner. Katie Cashin is director of Children and Families Ministries and Sara Carney is Youth Ministries Coordinator beginning in late August.

St. Joseph Parish, of Cockeysville, 100 Church Lane, will host a Life in the Spirit seminar, June 8-10. Free. For details, go to http://www.sfxcityofgod.org or call 410-252-6149.

Greetings to fathers as we celebrate Father's Day in June. A special greeting to my brother, Fred, who truly embodies the ideal of what a father is (especially to his twin daughters). Happy Father's Day!