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Photo | Martin Schipper Past Rotary Club of Southern Frederick County President Jenn Coppit pins new President Dario Cavazos at an induction ceremony held July 12 at the Monocacy National Battlefield. District Governor Rich Glover looks on.

Photo | Martin Schipper
Past Rotary Club of Southern Frederick County President Jenn Coppit pins new President Dario Cavazos at an induction ceremony held July 12 at the Monocacy National Battlefield. District Governor Rich Glover looks on.

New Rotary Officers Installed

An installation for Rotary Club of Southern Frederick County officers for the 2018-2019 year was held at the Monocacy National Battlefield on July 12. District Governor Rich Glover gave an inspiring talk about the benefits of Rotary to the community and service above self. Past President Jenn Coppit reviewed the accomplishments of the past year. Incoming President Dario Cavazos stressed the importance of maintaining an active and generous presence in the community for the coming year. The club meets at Surf House 8925 Fingerboard Road, Urbana, on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. Meetings last for one hour and guests are welcome.

Rotary Club of Southern Frederick County officers include Dario Cavazos, president; Joe Richardson, president elect; Tom Seymour, vice president; Jenn Coppit, past president; Cliff Barr, secretary; and Steve Fennington, treasurer.

Photo | Pam Schipper Ariana Bennett, UHS senior and Mini-THON relations director, and Matt Ferrante, UHS teacher and Mini-THON co-advisor, run the Coke Bottle Toss at the Urbana Carnival.

Photo | Pam Schipper
Ariana Bennett, UHS senior and Mini-THON relations director, and Matt Ferrante, UHS teacher and Mini-THON co-advisor, run the Coke Bottle Toss at the Urbana Carnival.

UHS Mini-THON Raises Funds at Carnival

The Urbana High School Mini-THON raised $400 at the Urbana Carnival with its Coke Bottle Toss. Look for a car wash right before school resumes, an in-school penny drive, and a Nov. 17 Turkey Trot—all proceeds benefit the Four Diamonds Fund to conquer childhood cancer.

UHS Senior Plans Red Cross Blood Drive

Erinn Sanders, UHS senior and member of Girl Scout Troop 81369, is planning a Red Cross blood drive at the Urbana Volunteer Fire Department. 3602 Urbana Pike, on Aug. 22, 12:30 to 6 p.m. Goody bags and an Orioles ticket voucher will be handed out to all who donate.

Sanders said that she has donated blood several times. “I think it’s a fun way to give to others,” she said.

She credits members of her Girl Scout troop with giving her the encouragement to coordinate her own blood drive.

The drive is part of the American Red Cross’ Leaders Save Lives program, which encourages high school students to coordinate a blood drive while school is out of session. Through the program, students are given the opportunity to win a scholarship, gain leadership experience, and win a gift card award.

Photo | Pam Schipper Carolyn and Tom Maher have been making funnel cakes at the Urbana Carnival for 28 years. On Monday, July 16, they trained a new funnel cake crew.

Photo | Pam Schipper
Carolyn and Tom Maher have been making funnel cakes at the Urbana Carnival for 28 years. On Monday, July 16, they trained a new funnel cake crew.

Food Bank Needs Volunteers

The Greater Urbana Area Food Bank is looking for student volunteers to organize summer food drives. Students can make a flier or social media post, distribute this to family, friends, neighbors and coworkers, give them 10 days to donate requested items in a bin on their front porch, and deliver items to the food bank.

The food bank also needs students to organize pet food and supplies collection in their neighborhoods. Needed are pet foods (dry and canned), lightweight cat litter, and pet flea and tick prevention.

Students can earn community service hours. Text or call Jo Ostby, 240.529.4815, if you would like to volunteer. Search “Greater Urbana Area Food Bank a Non-Profit Organization” on Facebook for more information.

Food Bank Collects School Supplies

The Greater Urbana Area Food Bank is collecting school supplies for more than 250 students until Aug. 15. Supplies needed include binders and binder dividers, large backpacks, three-subject spiral notebooks, math compass and protractor, sketch pads, index cards, Sharpie markers, earbuds, USB flash drives, white erasers, and pocket folders with prongs. Text or call Jo Ostby at 240.529.4815 to drop off supplies.

Capital Campaign Ongoing for South County YMCA

According to Tom Clingman, chief development officer, the YMCA hopes to have the South County branch open in 2020. The 60,000-square-foot facility will include three pools, a large gym, a kids’ family adventure center, an indoor running/walking track, group exercise rooms and more. The $22-million capital campaign is ongoing. To learn more, visit www.diveinymca.org.

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