Optimist helps youths


The volunteer: James Hubbard's volunteer work may be described best by John Donohue, a friend and president of the Severna Park Optimist Club: "Jim has dedicated his life to serving youth and the community of Severna Park giving unselfishly of his time and talents to community groups in scores of activities for the betterment of youth and the entire Severna Park community.

"He is deeply involved in the Optimist-sponsored Oratorical and Essay Contest on local, state and national levels.

"He has spearheaded the club's involvement with Youth Recognition and Crossing Guard Recognition programs, the Severna Park Assistance Network, Students Against Drunk Driving and the Hugh O'Brian Leadership Seminars, to name only a few."

Retired from the federal government, Mr. Hubbard and his wife, Sherry, a retired teacher, are longtime residents of Severna Park. They are volunteer docents at the Baltimore Zoo.

As a result of Mr Hubbard's work in the community, he was nominated by the Severna Park Optimists last spring for the Service Above Self Award, presented by the Rotary Club.

Volunteer's comments: Mr. Hubbard said the zoo and the Optimists have provided wonderful opportunities to help people and learn something.

"My wife and I both have gotten extremely involved with the volunteer organization at the Baltimore Zoo, which is very interesting work. We went through the training program to become trained docents, volunteering on an average of a couple of days a week, doing interpretation and responding to questions.

"The primary thrust of the Optimists is service to youth; it's almost exclusively that.

"Our motto is 'Friend of Youth.'

"There are a number of Optimist clubs which are primarily sports-oriented, almost what you would think of as a rec council. On the other hand, there are clubs like Severna Park, where we concentrate our efforts in other areas, helping youth."

Information: Mr. Hubbard urges anyone interested in volunteer work at the zoo to call 396-7102 or 396-7623.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time or fax information to 315-8916 or mail it to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, 21122.

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