Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Former Rossmoor Kiwanis Club makes big donation to TLC

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Members of the former Rossmoor Kiwanis Club in Aspen Hill recently donated $147,465 to TLC—The Treatment and Learning Centers.

It is one of the larger gifts received recently by the Rockville-based nonprofit agency, TLC officials reported.

TLC will honor Rossmoor Kiwanis as ‘‘Benefactor of the Year” at its Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees on May 21.

TLC’s longstanding relationship with Kiwanis led to naming its therapeutic groups for children between the ages of 2 1⁄2 and 5 years old the Kiwanis Clubs of Montgomery County Interaction Groups. The therapeutic groups provide speech⁄language and occupational therapy for young children with special needs.

Merger of the Rossmoor Club into the Leisure World Club created a one-time opportunity to award a substantial grant from the former club’s foundation, and TLC was chosen to be the sole recipient of the funds.

Kiwanis members Charles Falck and Betty Gardiner were among the Kiwanians who facilitated the grant to TLC.

‘‘When it came time to decide where the funds should go, the club’s choice was crystal clear,” Falck said in a prepared statement. ‘‘TLC has always been a perfect match for the Kiwanis Young Children Priority One Program.”

Added Gardiner, ‘‘The Kiwanis Clubs of Montgomery County have supported TLC for over 25 years and the members of the Rossmoor Club felt that TLC was the natural recipient, since both have a mutual focus for helping young children.”

TLC Executive Director Dick Pavlin, who has headed the agency for more than 28 years and cultivated the Kiwanis relationship, said that when Falck called him, ‘‘I literally dropped the phone.”

Pavlin added that the grant ‘‘will enable TLC to help the families of young children with special needs on levels never before possible.”

Increased tuition subsidies, new scholarships for low-income families, enhanced parent support groups, staff training and new technologies all are areas where the funds will be used.

Honored for theirpatriotic words

The Rockville City Council on April 21 recognized five students from St. Mary’s School in Rockville for being top winners in this year’s Americanism Essay Contest sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary of Post 86 in Rockville.

Marilyn Rykoskey, president of the American Legion Auxiliary and chair of this year’s Americanism program, helped Mayor Susan R. Hoffmann recognize the winners.

The winners in Group 1 included Genny Brune, first place; Samantha Durbin, second place; and Alana Hulse, third place.

The winners in Group 2 were Christina Hsu, first place; and Mina Rizkalla, second place.

Additionally, Hsu’s essay went on to win at the district level and is under consideration at the department level.

The American Legion Auxiliary will recognize all winners again in September during its Americanism Night.

A night on the townfor seniors

Area single seniors are invited to enjoy a night in the city with wine tasting, appetizers and plenty of mingling at the Rockville Senior Center Wine Tasting Social on Friday.

The get-together, designed for single seniors age 60 and older, will be held 7-9 p.m. at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr.

‘‘The Rockville Senior Center loves to host these fun social events for area seniors,” Lorraine Schack, senior social service coordinator for Rockville, said in a prepared statement. ‘‘We hope that everyone can take advantage of these recreational events that encourage a socially active lifestyle. Events like the Wine Tasting Social are perfect to bring area seniors together.”

Registration is required.

To register through Rock Enroll, the city’s online registration service, visit http:⁄⁄ and click on activity 24941.

The admission fee is $10 for members of the Rockville Senior Center, $12 for non-member Rockville residents and $15 for non-member non-residents. For more information, call 240-314-8810.

Getting readyfor Joe’s Ride

The sixth annual Joe’s Ride — Remembering Olney’s Kids will return Saturday as part of the Olney Days celebration.

The friends and family of Joe Sanford and the Greater Olney Civic Association (GOCA) have joined together to recognize and remember all the families in Olney and the surrounding communities who have endured the sorrow of losing a child.

The event was created in honor of Joe Sanford, a brave and inspiring 10-year-old Olney boy who courageously battled brain cancer for three years.

Joe’s Ride features events for the whole family — a 45-kilometer challenging bike ride, a 10-kilometer family bike ride, a leisurely 5-kilometer stride and a children’s bike rodeo.

Joe’s Ride will begin at 7 a.m. at Oakdale Emory Church, located at 3425 Emory Church Road in Olney.

For more information and to download registration forms, visit

Forms are also available at Fletcher’s Service Center, 17901 Georgia Ave. in Olney. Online registration is available at

Proceeds from the event benefit GOCA and the Joseph Patrick Sanford Memorial Foundation.

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