Members elect FY14/FY15 Arc Carroll County Board

First Row, Left to Right: Brenda Fisher, Lynn Davis, Sherri Chavis, Sherri-Le W. Bream Back Row, Left to Right: Lou Salafia, Robert Burk, Chuck Herboldsheimer, Doug C. Myers and Charles O. Fisher Jr.

First Row, Left to Right: Brenda Fisher, Lynn Davis, Sherri Chavis, Sherri-Le W. Bream
Back Row, Left to Right: Lou Salafia, Robert Burk, Chuck Herboldsheimer, Doug C. Myers and Charles O. Fisher Jr.

Arc Carroll County members elected new officers and directors Tuesday night during the annual membership meeting at The Arc Carroll County in Westminster.
Sherri-Le W. Bream and Doug C. Myers joined The Arc Carroll County board as a director for FY14/FY15. His term will start on July 1.

Bream is Director of High Schools for Carroll County Public Schools. Bream has been an educator for 39 years. Most of her career has been spent working with Carroll County students. She has served as principal at both Winters Mill High School and Westminster High School. Bream holds a bachelor’s of science degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a master’s degree in biology from the University of California-Humbolt. She earned her certification in education administration from McDaniel College. Bream and her husband, Robert, live in Westminster. They have a daughter.

Myers is President and CEO of The Asbury Foundation in Gaithersburg. Myers has also served on the board of the Carroll County District of the American Red Cross and on The Carroll County Public School Foundation. Myers holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Gettysburg College. Myers and his wife, Ellen Finnerty-Myers, live in Mt. Airy. They have four children.

Don Rowe, The Arc’s executive director, welcomes the latest additions to The Arc’s board.

“I am excited with the level of expertise, compassion and knowledge of our officers and directors,” Rowe said. “The Arc is embarking on several meaningful projects that will further our ability to provide great services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I’m looking forward to working with the board this year in positioning The Arc as one of the leading organizations in our community.”

Bream and Myers, who will serve two year terms, join the following officers and directors on The Arc’s board:

• Lynn Davis – President, Carroll County Youth Service Bureau/Parent

• Brenda Fisher _ Vice President

• Chuck Herboldsheimer _ Parent

• Rob Burk _ Carroll County Government Treasurer

• Sherri Chavis _ Immediate Past President, Parent

• Charles O. Fisher Jr. _ Walsh and Fisher

• Charles Rachel _ Self advocate

• Lou Salafia _ International Financial Services

Carroll County Judge Barry Hughes installed the officers and directors at the conclusion of the annual meeting. The new officers and directors begin their terms on July 1.

The Arc Carroll County provides services a variety of services including: housing, support services, vocational training and transportation for about 700 children and adults in Carroll County with developmental and intellectual disabilities. For more information about The Arc Carroll County, visit www.arccarroll.com.

Self Advocacy Club

Charlie hard at work on his next blog post.

Charlie hard at work on his next blog post.

By Charles Rachel

The Arc Carroll County wants to create and host some new activities aimed at encouraging more social interaction between our community and the clients we serve. One of these programs has been known as the Self Advocacy Group. This program has been part of the Arc in the past and gives people with intellectual and developmental disabilities a chance to talk about any problems or issues they may be facing. It also provides an opportunity for them to plan and participate in community activities that they may not otherwise get the opportunity to take part in. We are currently working out the details of this program. All are welcome. Including those who are not currently being served by The Arc’s Day Program, but would still like to be involved.

Thank You for supporting The Arc @ The Greene Turtle

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Thank you to everyone who came out to support us at The Greene Turtle in Westminster.

It was a lot of fun and all for a great cause! We would like to thank all the families who turned out last night to support The Arc. It was great so many of us could get together.

We would like to congratulate Wes Cook who won are 50/50 contest and Debi Robertson who won the 50-inch TV!

We would like to say a special thank you to Arc Board Vice President Brenda Fisher and Board member Lyndi McNulty. Brenda is the ultimate salesperson. She is largely responsible for the many, many, many raffle tickets sold at The Greene Turtle. We are very lucky to have Brenda on our board.

We had had 14 guest bartenders at our event! Our awesome list of bartenders is due in large part to Lyndi. She is truly amazing!

We also want to thank are bartenders. They were naturals behind the bar. Here is a breakdown of our bartending contest:

1. Brenda Fisher
2. Kelly Hill
3. Wes Cook
4. Krissy Heuer
5. Steve Aquino
6. Lori Blake
7. David Baker
8. Bill Gavin
9. Tom Long
10. Sandy Soyke
11. Tom Long
12. Tom Cunningham
13. Anne Marie Parish
14. Maria Hawn

Deadline for Timothy J. Atkinson Memorial Scholarship fast approaching

Timothy J. Atkinson Memorial Scholarship
Deadline to apply is April 1, 2014

(Westminster, MD) March 14, 2014 — The Arc of Carroll County is accepting applications for the Timothy J. Atkinson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in honor of the former executive director of The Arc, who passed away in 2008. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who intends to enter a field that will assist or advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

To be eligible the student must be a Carroll County resident and must be a graduating high school senior accepted for admission or a current college student attending as a full-time student at an accredited college or university in pursuit of a related degree.

Applicants are required to complete the application form and provide a high school transcript, a letter of recommendation from a school administrator, teacher, or volunteer coordinator, an essay explaining why they would like to enter the field, and a description of any volunteer or community service work completed involving service to the developmentally disabled. Finalists may be asked for an interview. Applications are due by April 1, 2014. Application forms are available at http://www.arccarroll.com under publications and resources, or by calling 410-848-4124 ext. 146.

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The Arc 2014 Annual Dinner & Community Awards

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The Arc Annual Dinner & Community Awards is a special night here at The Arc Carroll County. It’s a night meant to celebrate the accomplishments of the people we serve and those who make a difference in the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For those we serve, the Annual Dinner is a big night. It is a chance to dress up, socialize and look back at the friendships they’ve formed and the milestones they have achieved. This night is really about them. This night is for them. You can help make this night special. We are holding The Annual Dinner & Community Awards this year at The Portico at St. John Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. This is our first time at this venue, and it is a chance to make this night magical. We have new levels of sponsorship this year. For example, people can sponsor at table this year. A table sponsorship will defray the costs of the dinner for those we serve. Last year, we honored several indviduals through 12 different awards. An award sponsorship is a wonderful way to bring a smile to those we serve. For sponsorship details, please visit our website at www.arccarroll.com

The Arc Carroll County accepting nomination forms – Carroll County Times: Local

The Arc Carroll County accepting nomination forms – Carroll County Times: Local.