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					            SPRING 2004                             A newsletter for the friends of Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland




                                                                           Matters
                                                   Mother’s Day Cards to Raise Funds for Family and Children’s Services
                                                   In these difficult times, FCS must             agency Women In Need in New
                                                   develop new ways to encourage                  York City. “Rather than sending
                                                   individual gifts to support our                their mother flowers that will last
                                                   programs for families, children and a few days, or a nightgown she
                                                   the elderly.                                   doesn’t need, I think many people
                                                       A new fundraising program has would prefer to make a meaningful
                                                   been developed with                                                   gift to Family and
                                                   the help of Family                                                    Children’s Services
                                                   and Children’s                                                        to help them
                                                   Services Board                                                        continue their
                                                   Member Terri Becks.                                                   work with mothers
                                                   In April, the agency                                                  and families,”
                                                   will be encouraging                                                   explains Becks, a
                                                   donations to FCS                                                      new mother for
                                                   made in honor                                                         the third and
                                                   of all types of                                                       fourth time herself,
                                                   mothers. A donation                                                   having added twin
                                                   made in honor of                                                      boys to the Becks
                                                   one’s mother, mother-                                                 family just a few
                                                                            Art featured on the Mother’s Day card was
                                                   in-law, aunt, sister     created by participants of the AKAdemy       weeks ago.
                                                   or friend makes a        afterschool program, one of 23 FCS pro-           Depending on
                                                                            grams devoted to guiding families, helping
                                                   wonderful gift. The individuals reach their potential, and            the success of the
                                                   mothers you honor        strengthening communities throughout         Mother’s Day
What’s Inside                                      will be informed of
                                                                            Central Maryland.
                                                                                                                         cards, the agency
From the President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2   your donation with a beautiful card may develop holiday cards to offer
                                                   created by middle school girls in              for Christmas and Hanukkah.
Emily Lincoln Honored . . . . . . . . . . . . 2    our arts-based AKAdemy                               Show your mother she raised
A Good Time Was Had By All . . . . . . . 3         afterschool program.                           you well by making a donation in
                                                       The idea of promoting donations her name to Family and Children’s
Howard County Adds Office . . . . . . . 3          in honor of a loved one was sug-               Services of Central Maryland.
Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
                                                   gested by Becks, who first saw the             To honor the mothers in your life, start by filling
                                                   program in use by the non-profit               in this form.
From the President                                                                             Family Matters is published by Family and
                                                                                               Children’s Services of Central Maryland, 4623
                                                                                               Falls Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21209-4914.




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                                                                                               Phone 410-366-1980; fax 410-366-8530;
      he board of Family and Children’s Services of Central                                    tdd 410-669-0770; e-mail info@fcsmd.org;
                                                                                               website www.fcsmd.org.
      Maryland recently held a two-session retreat to consider
                                                                                               Family and Children’s Services is a private,
      a number of timely issues. The first session was held                                    nonprofit agency serving Baltimore City and
                                                                                               Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and
      in January of 2004, and a follow-up session took place                                   Howard Counties. We address the needs of
                                                                                               families as they relate to single parenting,
in February. We invited Martina Martin, an experienced and                                     parent-child relationships, teen pregnancy
                                                                                               prevention and parenting, adult relationship
knowledgeable group leader and facilitator, to guide us in                                     problems, child sexual abuse, domestic
these meetings. Martina is a vice president with United                                        violence, and issues of aging. FCS is accredited
                                                                                               by the Council on Accreditation of Services for
Way of Central Maryland.                                                                       Families and Children, Inc., and is a member of
                                                                                               the Child Welfare League of America, the
      I am pleased to report that the meetings were a success. By success, I don’t             National Association for Home Care, and United
                                                                                               Way of Central Maryland.
mean that we solved all the complex issues and challenges before us. What we did               For a copy of the agency’s financial statements,
accomplish was to take a hard look at the strengths and weaknesses of Family and               call 410-366-1980, or mail your request to Margy
                                                                                               Ryan at the address listed above.
Children’s Services and begin the process of examining what we, as a board, can do
to augment the quality and quantity of the services we deliver. Our goals are to               Stanley A. Levi, LCSW-C,
improve the quality of life for those we serve while making the work life of our               Executive Director
able staff more rewarding.
                                                                                               Board of Directors
      Many ideas and insights were generated during the retreat, and now we intend
to take advantage of the broader perspective we gained. Our plan of attack is two-             James C. Holman, President
fold. First, we will re-examine our long-range plan for the organization. In these             Hope M. Moore, VP, President Elect
times of funding uncertainty from both private and governmental sources, it is                 David G.F. Mock, VP, Secretary
difficult to project further than a few years ahead. We will refine the road map of            Larry D. Pickett, Treasurer
where we want the agency to go. Secondly, we will undertake in-depth consideration             James Downing, Asst. Secretary
of troublesome issues to decide how to best overcome the challenges before us.                 Theresa D. Becks, Asst. Treasurer
      We will keep you posted on any new actions we are considering to make Family             Charles B. Keenan, Jr., Immed. Past Pres.
and Children’s Services a better safe haven for our clients and a better place for our
staff to enjoy the satisfaction of their hard work for the welfare of those in need. The       Anne D. Bailliere
                                                                                               Jenny H. Baker
journey can be rough sometimes, and the trip can be exhausting, but if we take some
                                                                                               Stephen L. Blum
curves out of the road ahead, we hope that the agency will be even better than it is           Geoffrey R.B. Carey
now. Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland has a long history of success          Audrey S. Cimino
and a sturdy foundation. The board intends to build on this heritage as we seek to             Pamela F. Corckran*
keep pace with the ever-changing world around us.                                              Maria Karla Lin Eng
                                                                                               Gregory A. Farno
                                                                                               Guy E. Flynn
                                                                                               Lori A. Fuchs
Emily Lincoln Receives Robert B.Russell Award                                                  Eleanor G. Hale*
                                                                                               Lisa H.R. Hayes
                                   Emily         County Advisory Board, Emily reached          Page Huddles
                                   Lincoln, a    out to the community and within a year        Robert I. Jeffrey
                                   FCS board     had established a fully functioning and       Jayne Z. Klein
                                   member        enthusiastic board that became a model        Armand H. Levin
                                   since 1998,   for all those that have followed.             Emily Lincoln
                                   was honored        Emily’s efforts have led to the estab-   Kevin A. McCreadie
                                   with the      lishment of a Howard County satellite         Martha Post Miller
Above, Emily Lincoln and Stan Levi
                                   Russell       office in Laurel, the creation of market-     Thomas M. Neale
Award last December during the                   ing plans for elder services, and a new       Robert R. Niccolini
agency’s annual meeting. Emily joined            working relationship with the Howard          Carrington C.S. North
us as a representative from the Family           County Depart. of Housing and                 D.W. Wells Obrecht
Life Center in Howard County during              Community Development that will
                                                                                               Anne Russell O’Connell
its merger with Family and Children’s            allow the agency to expand services to
                                                                                               Victor H. Reiger, Jr.*
Services. Her focus, determination and           older residents of middle- and low-
dedication have been inspiring to all            income housing.                               Paula Silverman
who have come in contact with her.                    Emily continues to push all of us        Antoinette P. Williams
     The guiding force for the Howard            to do better and be more effective.           Lynn Wintriss
                                                                                               *honorary

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A Good Time Was Had By All
Two exciting events were recently held to           February                                                                member Sonya
benefit Family and Children’s Services of      brought the 34th                                                             Weinfeld.
Central Maryland (FCS).                        annual Hunt                                                                      The following
     The first annual Chrysanthemum            Valley Antiques                                                              morning, Guest
Ball (formerly Spring Thaw) was held in        Show. This year’s                                                            Lecturer Dan
October 2003 at the Grand Lodge at             show was held at a                                                           Carithers, the
Bonnie Blink. The over 240 guests              new location, the                                                            quintessential
enjoyed a gourmet dinner, music by             Holiday Inn Select From left: FCS Executive Director Stan Levi, Hunt         southern gentle-
Bobby and the Believers, and a festive         in Timonium.            Valley co-chair Page Huddles, guest lecturer Dan     man of interior
                                                                       Carithers, co-chair Paula Silverman and Hope Moore,
silent auction featuring eclectic items from   The new venue           Vice President of the FCS Board of Directors.
                                                                                                                            design, was intro-
sports memorabilia to botox injections.        brought rave                                                                 duced by House
     According to Ball co-chair Martha         reviews for its convenience and atmos-              Beautiful Editor Colleen Scully, and capti-
Miller, “It was like a giant neighborhood      phere. This year’s theme, “Antiques                 vated the audience of over 100 with his
party, with old friends catching up and        Southern Style” was carried throughout work and design philosophy.
introducing new friends. The food and          the gala, lecture and antiques show. The                 Antiques Show co-chair Paula
band were both excellent, and the silent       preview party even featured a grits bar! A Silverman said of the event, “The team
auction was the best ever.                                   record 350 partygoers                 of dedicated Auxiliary members pro-
This was our top year for                                    attended. One highlight of duced a charming southern affair with
corporate sponsors and the                                   the evening was a luxury raf- style and grace. Their hard work resulted
auction, netting us over                                     fle featuring diamond ear-            in an exceptional evening and raised
$50,000. Committee chairs                                    rings from Radcliffe Jewelers crucial funds for the agency. Page
and members really deserve                                   and a rug from Alex Cooper [Huddles, co-chair] and I feel lucky to be
the credit. Without their                                    Oriental Rugs. Guests were a part of this amazing group of volunteers.”
hard work, dedication and                                    also invited to bid on a stun-             Family and Children’s Services extends
sense of humor, the Ball                                     ning beach house in Naples, its appreciation to the volunteers, spon-
would not have been such                                     Florida, donated by auxiliary sors and guests who were instrumental
a success.”                                                 Left, guests make their final bids     in the success of these events.
                                                            before the table closes.



  Upcoming Events                                                                               Howard County Adds Laurel Office
                                                Save These Dates
              Second Annual                     Mother’s Day donations
              Golf Tournament                   Act now! For your best chance of card
                                                delivery by Mother’s Day, we must
          May 17th                              receive your donation and card order
   Chestnut Ridge Country Club                  form by April 30
   Be a part of our second annual golf          Chrysanthemum Ball
                                                Saturday, November 13                           To expand services to Howard County
   tournament! Our goal is to raise             Scottish Rite Masonic Center
   $20,000 for critical agency programs.                                                        residents, Family and Children’s Services
   We’ll start at 11:30 a.m. with a             Annual Meeting                                  has added an office in Laurel, with help
                                                Thursday, December 9                            from a generous grant from the Horizon
   cookout buffet. The shotgun goes             Admiral Fell Inn
   off at 12:45 p.m. We’ll wrap up                                                              Foundation. The new office is located in
   with a cocktail awards reception             To order tickets to any event,                  the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center at
                                                please call Kathleen Jensen at                  9105 All Saints Road. Here, the ceremonial
   once everyone comes in from the              410-366-1980, ext. 232.                         ribbon is cut by Rachel Qualls, director of
   course, around 4:30 p.m. The cost
                                                Get information about Family and Children’s     FCS Howard County programs, with help
   of the day will be $1,000 per four-          Services’ history and programs plus updated     from Stan Levi, FCS executive director,
   some ($400/tax deductible) or $275           details of all Family and Children’s events     Guy Guzzonne, chair of the FCS Howard
   per individual ($125/tax deductible).        24-7 by visiting www.fcsmd.org.
                                                                                                County Council, pictured at left. To the
       If you are not a golfer, you may         To make a Mother’s Day donation, please fill
                                                                                                right of Qualls is Horizon Foundation CEO
   wish to join us for dinner only.             out the form on page 3 and mail to Family
                                                and Children’s Services of Central Maryland,    Rich Krug, Lori Fuchs, Howard County
   Tickets are $50 to attend the dinner         4623 Falls Road, Baltimore, Maryland            Advisory Board chair, and County Executive
   and awards ceremony.                         21209-4914, attn: Development Office.           Jim Robey.
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