When Boy Scout Troop 721 was formed, Dwight Eisenhower was president, Rocky Marciano was heavyweight boxing champion of the world, and everyone was talking about the movie, "From Here to Eternity."
Timeshave changed, but Troop 721 just keeps getting better. On Feb. 7, the Odenton Scouts celebrated their first Court of Honors for 1991.
Alex Buinickas, Billy Collier, Chris Cox, Walter Fletcher, John Howard, Chip Jett, Cullen Schar and Devin Schar were awarded sports merit badges. Howard also earned public speaking and emergency preparedness merit badges. Buinickas, Collier, Cox, Fletcher, Jett, Michael Leon, Matthew Linderman, Chris Miller, Cullen Schar and Devin Schar earned safety merit badges. The Schars, Jett and Miller advanced a rankto First Class Scouts, and Collier and Howard advanced a rank to Life Scouts.
Scoutmaster Michael Buinickas said, "The boys worked very hard during winter camp at Broadcreek to earn these badges and advancements. Troop 721 has been in existence for 38 years, but in the last year has done a complete reorganization and rebuilding."
In 1989, the troop consisted of just four Scouts. Today, there are 14, and by June, their ranks are expected to swell to nearly 30.
From Jan.1 to Dec. 31, 1990, Troop 721 earned over 150 awards, with each boy advancing two ranks. Collier, Fletcher, Howard and Greg Miller hold the title of Life Scout, which is one rank away from Eagle. Next year at this time, it is expected there will be at least four Eagle Scoutsin this troop.
The next meeting for the Odenton Heritage Society will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Odenton Library. The speaker will be Donna Ware, the historian from the county Office of Planning and Zoning. The topic will be the architecture of homes in our community and their historical significance.
The meeting is open to the public. Anyone who wants to join the organization should send $10 to: Odenton Heritage Society, P.O. Box 282, Odenton, Md. 21113.
The Greater Odenton Improvement Association will have its general membership meeting at 7:30 p.tonight at the Odenton Fire Hall. Representatives from the State Railroad Administration and the State Highway Administration will provide updates on the renovations at the Odenton train station, the status of the new train station site and Route 32 improvements.
The GOIA is a volunteer community organization that keeps residents up to date on issues of concern: the Tipton Airfield, theCunningham landfill hearing, recent developments in Piney Orchard and the 1991 Leo Babington Beautification project.
The GOIA publishes a newsletter, "Odenton VOICE," which is distributed approximately one to two weeks before general membership meetings as a public service. Area businesses support publication through advertising.
Members -- both individual and organizations -- receive the newsletter, andcopies of the current issue are available at the Odenton Library.
A two-year membership costs $3; a lifetime membership is $10.
The1991 GOIA officers are: Pat Wellford, president; Hazel Sanner, firstvice president; Sally Shoemaker, second vice president; Mary Louise Sinclair, secretary; and Roy Bryan, treasurer. The board of directorsconsists of Chet Allen, Dale Crane, John Knight, Jack Meyer, Norman Myers and Harry Sinclair. GOIA advisers are Robin Ireland, Janice Nanney and Alfred Shehab.
Members of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company have elected a new slate of administrative officers for the year: Charles Olson, president; Wylie Donaldson, vice president; Louis D'Camera, treasurer; Robert Rose, recording secretary; Dean D'Camera, membership secretary; Craig Harmon, correspondence secretary; William Rose, financial secretary; and Sunny (John) Rose and Jeffrey Wade, board members.
A bull and oyster roast is planned for 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 2, at the fire hall on Route 175. Music will be provided by the "Just For Fun Time Band." The cost is $18 per person. For tickets, call Capt. D'Camera, 674-4444.
The Fort Meade Retired Officers' Wives' Club monthly luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m. March 5, at the Fort Meade Officers' Club. Raja T. Nasr, former professor of education and linguistics at Beirut University College, will speak about "The Communication of Humor," a fresh analysis of humor from a language and social point of view.
Reservations are required for ROWC luncheons; the deadline is Feb. 28. The cost is $6.50. Reservations can be made with your area committee member or with chairwoman Mae Hudson, 964-8976.
The county Office of Economic Development and the Maryland Small Business Development Center Network will offer a workshop on advertising tomorrow: "Cover Your Bases -- Effective Advertising."
The workshop will explore advertising concepts and their application. It will be held at Arundel Center North, Room 209-C, 101 CrainHighway NW, Glen Burnie.
For additional information or to make reservations, please call 889-5772 or 222-7410.
The Greater Women's Information Network is sponsoring a program on personal safety at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26 at Arundel Senior High School, Route 175.
Countypolice Sgt. Bonnie Welsh will speak. For information, call 721-3637.