Optimist Club honors members for service to community, group


AT THE Westminster Optimist Club's annual installation night held Sept. 30, the agenda included more than just the swearing-in of new officers. At the meeting, a number of members were presented with service awards for their outstanding efforts and dedication to the club and the community.

The Optimist of the Year award went to Al Liebno, editor of the club's monthly newsletter. Mr. Liebno said he believes in the philosophy of Optimist International and the Westminster Optimist Club and he was honored to receive the award.

Bill Aversa won the Friend of Youth award. According to Mr. Liebno, Mr. Aversa donates thousands of hours working with young people in the community. Mr. Liebno said, "He is always there to help with any fund-raiser or event that benefits the youth of Westminster."

Marv Hollinger won the Past President's Award for assisting President Larry House and for serving as lieutenant governor for this Optimist region.

Also receiving service awards were: Kathy Hollie, phone call coordinator; Terrie Crabbs, coordinator of the annual cartoon and magic show for children; Karl Byers, card coordinator; Gregg Quedeweit, coordinator of the youth appreciation meeting; Rich Chaney, coordinator of the oratorical contest; John Meyer, coordinator of the football league; Dale Lippy, coordinator of the bull roast and Entertainment Book fund-raiser; Chuck Dorsey, fellowship director; Henry Lysy, financial director; Bill Thomas, membership director; Jay Voight, coordinator of "Fall Ball" as well as the annual Little League picnic; Jim Litz, community service director; Jeff Barrett, club vice president and coordinator of the shopping spree event; Dale Geiman, club secretary and president of the Little League for part of the year; and John Wilson, pizza stand coordinator.

Congratulations to all the Westminster Optimist Club award winners.

National 4-H Week winners

The week of Oct. 1-7 was National 4-H Club Week and 4-H clubs across the county worked to promote 4-H through bulletin board, window and table top displays they created and set up in businesses around Carroll.

The displays were judged by a team from the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Office.

, Many central Carroll 4-H clubs

were winners.

Of the winners were the Champion Window Display, created by Fashion Trends 4-H Club and the Reserve Champion Window Display by Deep Run 4-H Club. Other window display winners included blue ribbons issued to Mason Dixon 4-H, Manchester Maniacs 4-H, New Kids 4-H, Horse Force 4-H, and Gunpowder 4-H. Red ribbon awards were won by Sams Creek 4-H and Carroll County 4-H Dairy Club.

Champion Table Top Display went to Carrollton 4-H Club and Reserve Champion Table Top Display went to Progressive Clovers 4-H. Other table top winning awards included blue ribbons to Deer Park 4-H and Flying Pencils 4-H Writing Club.

Champion Bulletin Board Display went to Rolling Clovers 4-H and Reserve Champion Bulletin Board Display to Carroll County 4-H Horticulture Club.

Haunted house

How do you gear up for Halloween? What will help you get that haunting Halloween spirit? The answer may lie in a visit to Roaring Run Lions Club's haunted house.

Set to open Thursday, this haunting lair may give you a scare, raise your hair and lift you out of your chair! As you wander through the maze of hallways you may have an opportunity to visit the butcher shop. But what's that on the butcher block?

Roaring Run Lions Club has sponsored a haunted house for three years with proceeds going toward community projects, including baseball and softball teams for local youth.

"All of our Lions worked on this with the Little League to make it great," club president, Atlee Conaway, said of the newly constructed haunted house, which was built at Roaring Run Community Park on Sterling Drive in Finksburg.

The Roaring Run Lions Club Haunted House will be open Thursday through Saturday, at 7 p.m., and Oct. 26-29, at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. Information: (410) 833-2668.

Lois Syzmanski's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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