Mother's volunteer efforts benefit Scouts, students


Mount Airy resident Stacy Roelands recently added a beret to her assortment of career hats, and she will soon be recruiting area girls to help her succeed at her new avocation.

Mrs. Roelands has been appointed to the service team of Community 64 of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, as liaison for the Mount Airy community. In this volunteer position, she said, she will recruit members and leaders for Mount Airy troops, assign membership and create troops.

She also will serve as a Girl Scout contact person and trouble-shooter during the year.

In addition to her liaison duties, Mrs. Roelands volunteers as the leader of the Brownie troop to which her 8-year-old daughter, Leah, belongs.

As a new leader, she brings two years of experience as an assistant leader as well as three years of experience as a Brownie and Girl Scout. She said she is following in the footsteps of her mother, who was her troop leader. "I grew up in a household where my mon volunteered for everything," she said.

Mrs. Roelands is also a member of the Mount Airy Elementary PTA's Reading Incentive Committee and volunteers as a substitute Sunday school teacher at Liberty Baptist Church in Lisbon. She has been a volunteer at the Montgomery County Fair for 26 years, where she is the "breads co-chairman."

She works part time and plans to become active in the Cub Scouts when her 6-year-old son, Keith, becomes a member. She and her husband, Mike, have lived in Mount Airy for 8 1/2 years.

Favorite memories of Girl Scouting for Mrs. Roelands are of day camp at Brighton Woods and community service performed at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. The thing she enjoys most about being a leader is "the opportunity to work with Leah and her friends."

"I've made new friends myself," she added.

The challenge in her position as liaison is to get the word out about the Girl Scouting program.

"Mount Airy is growing by leaps and bounds, but the percentages are just not there. They just don't realize we're here," said Mrs. Roelands. "We're here; we're here in force, and ++ we want to include everybody."

To promote Scouting, Mrs. Roelands and several Girl Scouts opened Mount Airy Elementary's Sept. 12 PTA and Back-to-School Night with a flag ceremony. She has also created a Girl Scouting display at the school and will have a recruitment night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 27, in the main lobby of Mount Airy Elementary School.

Youngsters who are kindergarten age and older are invited to join in Girl Scouting. A $6 registration fee per person will be required to cover insurance costs. Adults interested in being troop leaders and assistants are also needed. Free training is available.

For information, call (301) 831-7631.

Girls who attend Winfield Elementary School and are interested in Girl Scouting should call Girl Scouts of Central Maryland representative June O'Brien at 1-800-492-2521. A school liaison to Winfield and a Recruitment Night at that school have not been finalized.

Area Girl Scouts and Brownies will be out in force Sept. 24, marching in uniform with their troop banners and flags in Mount Airy's gala Centennial Parade.

Mrs. Roelands noted that Girl Scout cookie orders will be taken beginning Sept. 23. New this year is a low-fat iced oatmeal and raisin cookie called Snaps.


Area boys and girls in fourth through seventh grades are invited to join in the fun today from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Winfield

Fire Hall, at the Back-to-School Sock Hop for the benefit of the Warriors Wrestling Club.

The fund-raising event will feature music by disc jockey Mike Rogers, contests and prizes, for an admission price of $3 per person. Teen-pleasing treats will also be for sale at a concession table.

Winfield Fire Hall is at 1320 West Old Liberty Road in Winfield, adjacent to South Carroll High School.

Proceeds will support the Warriors, a local junior league wrestling club. The club, which practices at South Carroll High School, gives elementary and middle school youngsters starting at age 7 the opportunity to learn and enjoy the sport of wrestling.

For more information about the club or tonight's Sock Hop, call Diana Weber at (410) 875-9064.


Mount Airy's Senior Center is overflowing with unwanted treasures donated by area seniors for tomorrow's Yard Sale Extravaganza that will be held indoors from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 703 Ridge Ave.

Household goods, plants, crafts, silk flower arrangements and just about everything but clothing await bargain hunters. "Everything is priced to sell," said center manager Debbie Schleich.

Admission to the yard sale is free, and all proceeds will benefit programs at the Senior Center. The center shares its Ridge Avenue location with the Mount Airy branch library.

The center's entrance, which is on the opposite side and on the top floor, is handicapped accessible. For information, call (301) 829-2407.


"Let us run with patience the race that God has set before us" from Hebrews 12:1 is the theme for Ebenezer United Methodist Church's Heritage Sunday.

The event has been planned as a recollection and thanksgiving for the historic church's past. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 4911 Woodbine Road near Sykesville. Sunday school for all ages will follow at 9:45 a.m., featuring a variety of heritage activities. Morning worship will take place at 10:30 a.m., featuring guest speaker the Rev. Skip Keels, district superintendent.

A "Love Feast," a covered-dish luncheon, will follow the service at 11:45 a.m. An afternoon filled with fellowship, skits and reminiscing begins at 1 p.m.

People are also encouraged to dress up in heritage-style clothing -- similar to that of 100 years ago. For more information, call (410) 795-6136.

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