Thursday, March 8, 2007

New Market Lions take lesson from volunteer

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Bill Ryan⁄The Gazette
Jacob Schaening, 9, of Frederick, and his mother, Joann, a den leader for Pack 1055, watch a race during the Cub Scout Pinewood Super Derby held in Frederick on Saturday.
The New Market District Lions Club recently welcomed Cindy McGrew, founder of a volunteer group helping injured military officials, as a guest speaker at a recent meeting.

McGrew is the founder and president of Operation Second Chance (OSC), which she established in March 2005 to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and servicewomen.

The Clarksburg-based program assists disabled veterans with modifying their houses to accommodate their mobility and transition of back into civilian society.

Volunteers also help the families of wounded veterans learn to adapt to their family member’s new lifestyle.

McGrew and OSC volunteers work each day at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to visit the veterans and find out what their needs are.

She received the Person of Distinction Award from the Mount Airy Rotary Club in 2006 and the Citizen of the Year Award for 2006-2007 from the Mount Airy Knights of Columbus.

The New Market club has donated funds to McGrew’s organization three times since it was founded, said New Market publicity chair Janet Capra. Last week, the club donated $1,000, she said.

For more, visit www.opertationsecondchance.org.

Used eyeglasses accepted for poor countries

As spring cleaning season nears, the New Market District Lions Club is asking for used, unwanted eyeglasses that you may find in forgotten nooks and crannies in your home as you clean.

Each month, the New Market Lions Club collects used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses as part of its Lions Recycle for Sight program, part of a nationwide effort.

The glasses are distributed to those in need in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

‘‘We need everyone to donate their old glasses,” said Jack Swearman, New Market District Lions Club president in a press release from the club. ‘‘In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month's wages, and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.”

The glasses will be shipped to one of 10 Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers, where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.

Donations are accepted at the Monrovia and New Market post offices or at Dr. Steven Schroeder’s dental office in the Green Valley shopping center. Look for the Lions Club bins.

Contact Lion Steve Stephan at 301-865-5450 to have the glasses picked up.

Kudos to localcollege student

Congratulations to New Market resident Kimberly Sandifer, a senior at Elizabethtown College, who was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2006 semester.

Sandifer is majoring in music education and earned more than a 3.5 grade point average at the school in Pennsylvania.

Families join March of Dimes effort

A kickoff on March 1, for the March of Dimes fund-raiser drew more than 40 teams who registered for the WalkAmerica event, said organizer Nancy Wiley of Ijamsville.

Wiley said she is next holding a Family Team Kickoff at 11 a.m.-1 p.m., March 24 at Adventure Park USA near New Market. Teams who have already registered and others who are interested are invited.

The Adventure Park event will provide an informal opportunity to meet other families and receive family team captain kits and fund-raising materials.

Frederick’s annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica will be held April 22 at Baker Park to raise funds to help improve the health of premature babies and to prevent premature birth.

Last year, the event raised more than $125,000 for the mission and the goal for this year is $135,000, Wiley said.

The walk has become the March of Dimes’ largest fund-raiser, raising more than $1.7 billion since it began 37 years ago, according to the March of Dimes statistics.

To register a team or an individual, visit walkamerica.org or call 301-865-1931.

C-SPAN foundercoming to Frederick

Brian Lamb, founder and CEO of C-SPAN, is the featured speaker in the Frederick County Historical Society’s inaugural ‘‘P. Newman Lecture” on Tuesday.

The program, free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m., at the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater at Frederick Community College.

Lamb founded the Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network, or C-SPAN, in 1979 and since its creation, has expanded to three, 24-hour cable television networks. For more information, call 301-663-1188.

Do you have an item for News and Notes? Contact reporter Rebecca McClay at 301-846-2125, e-mail rmcclay@gazette.net or fax news to 301-846-2124.

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