August 26, 2007

The Exchange Club of Hagerstown, chartered July 6, 1950, is celebrating 57 years of community service. Officers for 2007-08 were recently installed by the National Exchange Club's regional vice president of Region II, Anna Marie Logue.

They are: President, Paul Perini; President Elect, Robert Adair; Vice {resident, Victoria Nelson; Treasurer, Gilbert Crumrine; Secretary, Mildred Lowman; and Immediate Past President, Richard Vidoni. Serving on the board of directors are T. David Walker, Sharee O'Haver, Joseph Consoletti and Robert Maginnis. Foundation Board members are J. Michael Nye, Vincent Dellaposta, John Abbot and Gary Poole. The club meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at Nick's Airport Inn.

Exchange Clubs focus on community projects, including Americanism; youth-related activities, i.e., scholarship awards; crime and fire prevention programs, and the National Project of Prevention of Child Abuse. Locally, it sponsors the Parent-Child Center at 998 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. For more information on any club-sponsored event or membership, call 301-791-2224.


The Manor Church Senior Citizens met Aug. 1 in fellowship at Manor Church.

It was Odd Shoe Day, as members and guests arrived wearing mismatched shoes.

At noon, Pastor Joy Zepp offered the blessing and a covered dish dinner with lots of desserts was enjoyed by 55 jolly people.

After lunch, President Ruth South called the business meeting to order. Secretary Dorothy Jamison gave a report on the previous meeting and treasurer Ruth Shank gave her report.

An impressive Prayer Shawl program was performed. Iolene Coss placed a pink shawl around the shoulders of Pastor Zepp and Dorothy Jamison placed a shawl around the shoulders of Mary Powell. Both offered words of love and blessing. Naomi Thomas sang a beautiful solo, accompanied by Sara Jane Palmer on piano. The Rev. William Stoner Jr. concluded the service with a prayer.

During the business meeting, members discussed the "blankets for children in need" program. Dorothy Jamison and Mary Hamilton were appointed to lead the project.

In step with Odd Shoe Day, a "stop the music" march was enjoyed with William Bitener at the piano. Seven people won prizes. No one guessed that Jane Ahalt was the mystery guest; thus, she won the prize.

Gifts were given to club members who are celebrating birthdays..

Debra Leatherman of Clear Spring recently enrolled in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horseback Riding Program.

The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarter Horses in activities such as trail rides, shows, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.

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