In October, Archbishop Keough Council 5263 of the Knights of Columbus in Odenton joined the order's national "Tootsie Roll" campaign, soliciting money for the mentally handicapped. The council collected more than $3,000.
On Jan. 26, a meeting was called by Grand Knight Jack McLaughlin in the council home on Becknel Avenue to award certificates of appreciation for this project. Also honored were members who have performed outstanding service in promoting activities associated with service programs for the first half of the 1993-94 fraternal year.
At the meeting, money was distributed to the following charities in Anne Arundel County: Handicapped Athletic Program, Association for Retarded Children, Bello Machre and Providence Center.
Rich Walz, cited as October's "Knight of the Month" for chairing the drive, presented the awards.
The council expresses its gratitude to all who contributed to this worthwhile charity drive, which greatly exceeded the amount collected last year.
During the week of Feb. 14-21, St. Bernadette parish will again host a homeless shelter.
The church needs help in staffing, and in preparing and serving simple nutritious meals.
Please contact Joe Dulany at 969-2783 for information.
The church address is 801 Stevenson Road in Severn.
* Also scheduled for St. Bernadette parish is a bull and oyster roast from 7 p.m. until midnight March 12. There will be raw and cooked oysters, pit beef, a hot and cold buffet and drinks. Tickets are $22.
Call Harriet Valenza at 859-8178 or Charlie Cannon at 787-8714.
The Greater Odenton Improvement Association works hard to represent the people of the Greater Odenton area. The problems, concerns and views of residents are important to the board. The more members, the louder the voice raised before elected officials at the county, state and federal levels.
Come and bring your friends to the next general membership meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Odenton Volunteer Fire Hall. A small investment of $3 for two years or $10 for a lifetime membership, plus a little bit of your time, can make a big difference in the future of the Greater Odenton area.
Other general membership dates are as follows: May 18, Sept. 21 and Nov. 16. All meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held at the Odenton Volunteer Fire Hall.
Become a PLANT (People Loving And Nurturing Trees) Community. Be actively involved in improving the quality of life through planting and caring for trees.
State Forestry Service personnel can work with your community to achieve your goals. Community or neighborhood associations may order "Treemendous" containerized or balled and burlapped trees for environmental planting on their community public open space.
Please note, this is not a program for planting on private property. All trees must be planted on commonly-held areas, such as parks and road easements. Most varieties are $15 for a 5- to 8-foot tree.
Call 974-3776 for a complete list of trees and information on this exciting project.
Tickets are available for a $10,000 raffle/bull and oyster roast being sponsored by West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.
The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. From 7 p.m. until midnight, the evening will include dancing to the music of Jerry and the Heartaches, games of chance, a buffet meal and the $10,000 raffle. Only 250 raffle tickets will be sold, and every 25th ticket drawn will win $100. The 249th ticket drawn will win $1,000.
The last ticket drawn wins the big pot of $10,000!
Raffle tickets are $100 each. Bull roast tickets (purchased separately) are $25 per person, and ticket specials are available. To order tickets, call the chamber office at 672-3422.
At Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church, off Route 175 in Odenton, the United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men are sponsoring a pancake supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 15. The menu will include all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, plus coffee and juice.
Tickets cost $5 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6-12. Children under age 6 eat for free. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Proceeds will be used to help the social hall renovations. For tickets and information, call (410) 674-2272.