Lumm counts volunteering among favorite pastimes

March 20, 2006|by JANET HEIM

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Marty Lumm

Age - 55.

Occupation - Insurance agent for New York Life Insurance Co.

Hometown - Hagerstown.

Where would you see Lumm? - Lumm is a firm believer in giving back to the community. The activities of his two sons and living in Maugansville from 1980 to 1996 inspired his spirit of volunteerism.

He said it was his wife, Vicki, who works in the County Attorney's office, who first started volunteering.

When their sons went to Maugansville Elementary School, they walked them to school and volunteered. When they played Little League in Maugansville, the Lumms got involved.


Marty Lumm has been a member of the Maugansville Ruritan Club for 25 years. In that time, he has been president twice and secretary for the past 10 years.

He also coordinates the "Kevin's Fund" golf tournament, which raises money to help children with special needs or disabilities. The tournament is named for his youngest son, who died in 2003 at age 20 of Batten's Disease.

"It's a great club. Sixty of the best people in the world belong," Lumm said.

With no town government in Maugansville, the club functions in that capacity. The club owns and maintains the town park, Little League fields and tennis courts.

In addition, the 1969 South Hagerstown High graduate is coordinator of Challenger Little League, a baseball program for children with disabilities; is on the District 1 Little League staff as the Challenger representative; and is a volunteer umpire to District 1 and Maugansville Little Leagues.

Lumm, who grew up in a family of seven children in Halfway, also coordinates blood drives at the Ruritan Club and has donated more than six gallons of blood.

He serves on the Board of Washington County Citizens Advisory Council, representing Marshall Street School, Conococheague Elementary, Maugansville Elementary and Potomac Heights Elementary.

Even though the Lumms moved to a home on Paradise Church Road 10 years ago, Lumm still remains involved in the Maugansville community.

"We've been helped so many times in the past," Lumm said. "It's neat to give back. It makes you feel good."

Lumm is proud of his oldest son, Brian, 25, who teaches math at Tuscarora High School in Frederick, Md.

Since 2002, the Maugansville Ruritan Club has donated more than $23,000 from its annual Community Auction to help individuals in the community with medical needs. The club hoped this year's auction, which was held Saturday, would raise $10,000 to benefit Allyson Semler, an 11-month-old Hagerstown girl with Moyamoya disease, a rare progressive disorder.

Hobbies - Lumm considers volunteering with the Maugansville Ruritan one of his hobbies. He enjoys flipping pancakes, working at spaghetti dinners, selling Christmas trees - whatever it takes - and said his best friends are Ruritan members.

He also likes to umpire Little League games and to play golf. Lumm used to run a lot, including several JFK 50 Mile races, the Marine Corps Marathon and other marathons, but gave up running last year because of problems with his knees.

What does Lumm like best about Washington County? - "I've lived here all my life," Lumm said, except for five months during his college years, when he lived in New Orleans.

He added that it's close enough to Baltimore-Washington to see professional sporting events or to visit the Inner Harbor. Lumm enjoys the four seasons and likes that it's a "laid-back community," although he said it's changing rapidly.

"I just enjoy the community as a whole," Lumm said.

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