About 1,000 hot-off-the-presses coupon books -- filled with 57 savings certificates offered by Mount Airy area merchants -- represent more than just an advertising tool to the Greater Mount Airy Business Association.
The coupon book project, as well as the first Mount Airy business exposition Oct. 24 and monthly morning meetings with guest speakers of local interest, give the organization "a reason for being," said Bob Robertson, Greater Mount Airy Business Association vice president.
This year's coupon books, which cost $10 each, will help non-profit groups that are selling the books. They include the Linganore Band Boosters; the Montgomery United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship; and Mount Airy's Recreation Council, Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club.
"We pay $4 [per book] commission," explained Mr. Robertson. "It's a fund-raiser for them and we take the revenues and cover costs. The balance goes to a scholarship. It's not a profit-making business at all."
Last year was the first year for the association's coupon books. The proceeds financed a $500 scholarship, which was awarded to 1992 South Carroll High School graduate Brad Baker.
"This year we hope to double that," Mr. Robertson said.
He said most of the coupons are buy-one, get-one-free or for half price. They offer a total value of $250 per book if all the certificates are redeemed.
"We've got folks clamoring for it," he said.
The Greater Mount Airy Business Association, which was formed more than five years ago, has 62 members.
"This group is a collection of all types of business owners in this area," Mr. Robertson said.
Colleen Isennock, executive director of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, was the guest speaker at the association's meeting Oct. 1.
The next meeting will be at 8 a.m., Nov. 5, at the Beaverbrook Inn.
A Business Open House is being planned for Jan. 19, 1993, at the Quail Ridge Inn.