The Arundel High School Key Club has been busy this past year.
At the Capital District Convention, April 10-12 in Roanoke, Va., and featuring Key Clubs from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, Arundel won first place in the Platinum division of clubs with 86 or more members.
The award was given for the Achievement Report, a summary of activities in which the club participated during the past year.
Arundel also took first place in the Single Service project for building a tot lot at the YWCA Battered Spouse Home.
The club's Scrapbook, a compendium of the year's activities, took third place in the Platinum division.
The Key Club is a high school community service organization.
Arundel's officers, Beth Motzer, Chris Hoffman, Amy Lettis and Emily Klimkiewicz, received awards for their outstanding jobs as officers. Payal Gupta of Arundel High School, immediate past lieutenant governor of Division 1-14-22, received a Distinguished Lieutenant Governor's Award. Laura Jones was installed as lieutenant governor.
The club also received an Outstanding Involvement Award in Division 1-14-22.
To recognize its achievements, the club had an Honors Banquet in April at Kaufmann's Tavern. Officers were retired and newly elected officers installed.
The 1992-1993 officers are Chris Hoffman, president; Kristi Swartz vice-president; Sandra Whitmire, secretary, and Jason Birch and Aaron Krouse, co-treasurers.
Many chairwomen were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the club. Melissa McCormick received the Distinguished Service Award for her continued excellence in service, while Carrie Breitbach received the Faculty Adviser's Award for her work as vice president.
Beth Motzer, immediate past president, and Payal Gupta, immediate past lieutenant governor, were awarded plaques. Kristi Swartz was also recognized for being the only Arundel sophomore selected to attend the annual Hugh O'Brien Youth Conference held in April.
* The Kiwanis Club of Crofton's 1991-1992 scholarship recipients have just been announced. Receiving $250 scholarships are Arundel seniors Sean Kreiger and Melissa McCormick. Receiving scholarships are Arundel seniors Beth Motzer and Payal Gupta.
* Science teacher Don Patterson will bring "Science Fun" this summer to Anne Arundel County public library branches. The show will include simple and fun scientific activities kids can duplicate at home. Kids will also get to participate in the demonstrations.
The show is free and open to children from preschoolers through sixth-graders. Registration is not required for the hour-long show, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. "Science Fun" will be at 2 and 3 p.m. July 1, at the Odenton Library, 1270 Odenton Road.
* Do you value your family's financial security? If so, plan to attend Money Management Seminar from 7 to 8 tonight at Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church in Odenton.
Learn to save money and reduce taxes, get out of debt and control your monthly bills, shorten an existing mortgage, save for the future and reach your financial goals.
The speaker will be John Bertran, regional vice president of Primerica Financial Services. Primerica Corp., one of the nation's largest financial holding companies, is a Fortune 500 firm with over $20 billion in assets.
Anyone attending this seminar will receive a complimentary copy of "Common Sense, a Simple Plan for Financial Independence."
Baby-sitting will be provided, as well as coffee and refreshments.
For more information, contact David Baldwin, 721-9642.
* The West Anne Arundel County, the Route 29, the Greater Bowie and the Balti
more/Washington Corridor chambers of commerce will sponsor a seminar, "When Wal-Mart (and Other Mass Merchandisers) Come To Town," from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Phelps Senior Citizens Center, 701 Montgomery St. in Laurel.
The speaker will be Kenneth Stone, a professor of economics at Iowa State University and authority on competing with mass merchandisers. Stone has made similar presentations in 38 states and conducted retail trade analyses in over 700 towns and cities.
The program will be presented in four parts: an overview of the Wal-Mart Co. and other mass merchandisers, the impact of a large retailer on local market areas, strategies for co-existing in a mass merchandising environment and questions and answers.
This seminar is geared to understanding the economic power of the mass merchandiser and how existing businesses, both large and small, may remain competitive. The cost is $10 for chamber members, $15 for non-members and $20 at the door. Register by June 19.
For more information: 725-4000.