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Rotary Club planning for multicultural event

March 17, 2013|Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown
  • Mercedes de la Cruz, left, and Sila Alegret-Bartel display fliers to promote the Tri-State Multicultural Festival, which will be Saturday, May 26, in City Park.
Photo courtesy of Sharon Ruppenthal

February was World-Understanding Month in Rotary. In keeping with that theme, Sila Alegret-Bartel, International Service Committee chairwoman for Rotary Club of Long Meadows, has chosen the Guatemala Literacy Project as a focus of that committee, and as a result the Long Meadows Rotary has given financial support to the literacy project for two consecutive years.

Alegret-Bartel is also passionate about education and recognizing diverse cultures, and has recently spearheaded the Tri-State Multicultural Festival along with Mercedes de la Cruz. Many cultures are present in the Tri-State area and some of these cultures will be represented at the festival.

The event will feature entertainment, education, food, community and ethnic arts and crafts. It will take place at City Park in Hagerstown on Sunday, May 26, and is free to the public.

TOPS 0077

Losses for the week totaled 20 3/4 pounds for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 0077. 

The best TOPS losers were Shirley Knode, Louise Cline and Audrey Smith. 

The Best KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) losers were Lu M., Dorothy Smith and Mildred Hluchey.

The no-no snack for this week is candy. 

The group welcomed new member Gerdie Kerr.

Mary Jo Cunningham presented the program on “How Important is Sleep?”

Awards were presented for February. 

The best TOPS losers were Valerie Eccard and Shirley Knode. Honored KOPS were Dorothy Smith, Kathy Renner and Pat Sites. KOPS members who were at or below goal for the month were Judy Purdham, Sites, Deloris Hays, Hluchey, Nancy Itnyre, Rose Shockey, Lu M.,  Maida Law and Darla Hartley. 

Dorothy Smith received a birthday charm. Peggy Robinson and Patsy Martin were voted shining stars for the month. 

The team challenge for February was won by the Topsy Girls with a 48 1/4-pound loss.

The chapter meets Mondays at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown. Weigh-in is from 7 to 9:15 a.m. and the meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

For more information, call Patsy P. at 301-582-2292 or Patsy M. at 301-842-3615.

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