Reisterstown: Chamber reorganizes, Brian Ditto leaves executive director position

At the close of 2012, the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce announced its plans to reorganize and restructure in an effort to "seek new directions and revitalize the organization." As such, the executive committee plans to take a different stance in "assuming an advisory role, rather than operational."

To this end, those current members of the executive committee and board will continue serving (unless they choose otherwise). President Brian Deleonardo will become the chamber's CEO. The chamber is then moving forward to seek and select a candidate for their newly created position of staff president.

This decision then eliminates the position of executive director, which has been held by longtime Reisterstown resident Brian Ditto for the last thirteen years. Brian is credited with having been a "dedicated and loyal administrator that has done a fantastic job of building administrative capacity, as well as synthesizing the initiatives of the Board of Directors and its volunteers".

Brian is proud of the legacy of service he leaves the chamber with. His thirteen-year tenure saw many changes in the area's business community. He brought together those who might not otherwise have interacted and made the chamber "a resource for information on the community." He also grew the chamber's membership through the offering of an electric cooperative.

Brian says he is "very much excited about new opportunities and endeavors and hopes to utilize and strengthen his community ties and relationship skills in his next position".

Note that the chamber's annual Charter Night will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Doubletree Pikesville (formerly the Pikesville Hilton) from 5 to 9 p.m. This year's theme, "Hometown Heroes," will honor the Reisterstown Fire Department, the Franklin Police Precinct and the Community Crisis Center.

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Rest assured, the Baltimore County Public Library is moving forward to help you make the most of your electronics and your library experience. Just last month it added an app, Zinio, that can be accessed through the BCPL website: Once you download the app, which is relatively easy, you then have access absolutely free to all magazines the library subscribes to.

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Beth Tfiloh Congregation welcomes its new chief financial officer, Patti Chandler. Patti has an MBA from Loyola University and has served as a CFO of a not-for-profit housing corporation. Patti then went on to establish her consulting company that targeted the specific needs of nonprofits in the areas of finance and business, facilitating their development of accounting systems, internal control processes, fundraising and endowment systems.

In this position with Beth Tfiloh, Patti will be responsible for the financial health of the organization. Also on her agenda is upgrading the synagogue's data base, as well as that of the school.

Hannah More School congratulates the following staff members on their service anniversaries. For 25 years, Frank Buppert and Jane Hurst-Bey; 20 years, Kim Reynolds; 15 years, Davis Shingleton, M.D., Pearl Holland and Bonnie Link; five years, Karen Guerrasio, Larry Derby, Michael Brown, Lynda Johnson, Rahsaan Eldridge, Kelly Riahin and Monica Thomas.

Hannah More School was the recent recipient of a grant from the Baltimore Ravens Plan in Motion Project. The grant, in the amount of $4,450, will allow the school to purchase new uniforms for the sports teams and a Smith machine for its physical education program.

Hannah More School also received a $5,000donation from the Motorcycle Club Five along with a grant from the Martin J. Smith Foundation, which enabled the school to install five Mimio interactive whiteboards throughout the school. These whiteboards make teaching more visual and creative, encouraging students to participate.

Adat Chaim Congregation will host a cooking demonstration of the Mediterranean diet by nutritionist Nadine Wolf on Sunday, Jan. 27at 10 a.m. Note the new location: 10989 Red Run Boulevard, Suite 109, in Owings Mills. For info, call 443-660-7029, or email

The Kiwanis Club of Reisterstown will hold its annual Oyster Roast and Shrimp Feast on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Hall, located at 16020 Carnival Avenue in Upperco. Tickets are $35 per person and can be had by calling: 410-356-5707.

A Mazel Tov to Willie Mazer! He celebrated the 80th anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah at Beth Tfiloh, where he was also recognized for the Mazer family's founding role of this synagogue.

A very special birthday wish to Irv Fishbein (90) and Walter Becker (91).

We offer our condolences to the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company who this year lost three of its own, two just this month.

Volunteer fireman of 42 years Murray Rodman lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 4 at age 70. Two weeks later, the company laid to rest 74-year-old volunteer fireman Lee Sachs, who died on Dec. 19, also from cancer.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Molly Ruthenberg, Murray's longtime significant other.

Look for my next column on Feb. 14, as we celebrate a little romance on Valentine's Day.

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