Timonium: Optimists celebrate past efforts, greet new leaders

The changing of the guard recently took place at the annual installation dinner of the Optimist Club of Timonium.

The following members were installed: Skip Sheeler, president, Don Imwold, vice-president (youth programs); Jocelyn Sandy, vice-president (other programs); Joe Seeger, secretary; Joe Pescrille, treasurer; Jim Righter, sergeant-at-arms; and Joanne Bange, bulletin editor.

In addition, Betty Barth, Dick Price, Bruce Robinson, Sue Cavanaugh, Chez Miller and Gary Shultz will serve on the Board of Directors for the upcoming year.

Mark Harris, immediate past president of the Timonium Club, recently presented longtime member Mickey Price with a President's Citation — which was granted from Optimists International President Jack Creswell.

Mickey was selected for this honor for her years of dedication to Optimist causes. Most recently, this past year she revitalized the district Children's Cancer Family Support Foundation by updating registrations with Maryland and successfully registering the CCFSF as a 501-c-3 charitable nonprofit with the IRS.

This was no small feat, and required detailed work and multiple submissions to the IRS and several state agencies.

Parallel to this important work, she reestablished the Optimist working relationship with the Believe in Tomorrow Foundation and the Kimmel Children's Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

Also, with the untimely death of Dan Hitzelberger, who was governor of the Optimists' Maryland Delaware South District, Mickey stepped up to work with other leaders in the region to help organize the organization's successful fourth quarter Conference and Convention. Congratulations, Mickey.

Meanwhile, Heather Burke, a student at Villa Maria, was recognized as the Timonium Optimist Club's Student of the Month for September. Heather loves to help others and served as a volunteer at a Catonsville nursing home and a shelter for battered women in Reisterstown. She enjoys sitting with younger children and keeps busy with soccer and softball. Way to go Heather!

The pumpkin patch on the grounds of Timonium United Methodist Church has officially opened for the season, and will continue from 10 a.m. to dusk every day through Oct. 31 (or until the pumpkins are sold out).

Come pick out the perfect pumpkin and support a worthy cause: the church's mission project.

By Scout Troop 328 hit the ground running for the 2012-13 year. On Sept. 22 and 23, Scouts honed their canoeing skills on the Logans' farm in Parkton. The next morning they tested themselves on the waters of Lake Codorus in Pennsylvania.

The Court of Honor celebrated on Oct. 1 in the Fellowship Hall at Timonium United Methodist Church highlighted the following rank advancements: Sebastian Zea and Dimitri Plagianakos earned Tenderfoot; Dimitri Plagianakos, Scout Second Class; Michael Donaldson, Dimitri Plagianakos and Robbie Wheeler, Scout First Class; and Ben Paulis, Life Scout.

And yes, you read correctly — Dimitri Plagianakos advanced three ranks since the last Court of Honor held in June. That's quite an accomplishment!

New Scouts completing the joining requirements are Adam Beckey, Joe Carroll and Andrew Lee.

Grace Fellowship Church will hold its quarterly blood drive for the American Red Cross on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the church, 9505 Deereco Road in Timonium. The drive is in honor of Bailey Lightner, 4, who needed life-giving transfusions due to Diamond-Blackfan Anemia, and Nick Hamel, who was severely burned in 2010 and is still recovering.

Donors can register to give the gift of life at http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS and asking for an appointment at the Grace Fellowship Blood Drive on Oct. 24. For details, contact Donna Hill, at hillhouse103@yahoo.com.

Happy October birthdays to Jim Righter, Marie Nickel, Yvonne Degener, Gene Holmen, Audrey Rhodey, Linda Costa, Susan Cellito and Antonio Winkler.

And congratulations to Jessica Resnick and Patrick Hollingshead who were married at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church on Oct. 6.

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