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'Run for Rod' in memory of Glenelg guidance counselor [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Rider Jordan, Toby Dilworth and Madi Stepherson, Glenelg High School student members of the Rodney Williams Memorial Committee, are planning a "Run for Rod" on Sunday, Nov. 16 between 9 a.m. and noon. Participants of all ages will run or walk through the Burntwoods neighborhood across from Glenelg High School, following one of two routes, both of which will start and finish at the high school.

Rodney Williams, a guidance counselor at Glenelg for 18 years, was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident on the last day of school in June. He was the class advisor for the Class of 2013 and coached and sponsored many sports teams, clubs and activities, most recently the Allied Soccer Team. He was a runner who loved to race, so the students decided that a run would be the best way to remember him.

Williams was Rider Jordan's counselor for three years. Jordan said that Williams had a way of showing that every single student mattered to him. "He remembered every little snippet you would ever tell him, and he was so helpful. There was literally no problem you could have as a student that he couldn't solve," according to Jordan. Williams always had time for the students, and was quick to rearrange his schedule to help a student with a problem. He greeted every student with, "What can I do for you?" and actually listened to, and remembered, the things the students told him. He would find answers to all the questions the students asked, and Jordan describes him as the quintessential guidance counselor, who will be greatly missed.

Williams is survived by his wife and two young daughters. All proceeds from this "Run for Rod" will be donated to the Rodney Williams Children's Educational Fund. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Race T-shirts will be available for purchase and all proceeds will go to the scholarship fund for Williams' daughters. Williams was a caring and selfless man who gave much to the school, and the members of the Student Memorial Committee want to give back to help his family. Register as soon as possible if you plan to walk or run either the 5K or the 2K course, so the students know how many people to expect. Registration information can be found at active.com/glenelg-md/running/races/glenelg-memorial-5k-run-for-rod-2014.

Ellie Feaga will hold another bake sale for charity on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at her home at 15211 Frederick Road in Woodbine. This will be the sixth year for Ellie's Bake Sale, and the contributions this year will be split between the Wounded Warrior Project and the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department. Many local businesses including Larriland Farm, Amy Brendel Photography, the Hough Family and Walnut Springs Nursery have donated wonderful prizes, which will be raffled, or sold at a silent auction, and there will be a chili competition. You can vote on the best tasting chili by putting money in the chefs' tip jars. Limited edition "Ellie's Bake Sale" T-shirts are also available for sale. For more information, please call 410-489-5115 or go to elliesbakesale.weebly.com.

Previous bake sales have raised almost $15,000, which was donated to the American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, March of Dimes, Glenelg United Methodist Church Food Pantry, The Shaughness Children's Education Fund and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You can buy yummy baked goods, take chances on some wonderful items and sample delicious chili, while you help Ellie raise money. Ellie is "Making a difference one cupcake at a time."

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