Albert N. Warfield
Received Lion of the Year award
A sign that reads "Mayor of Claggettsville" stands in Albert N. Warfield's front yard. It's an unofficial title, but the area's two dozen residents haven't objected. His grandchildren posted the sign in jest on the 50th anniversary of the marriage of Warfield and his wife, Kate, two years ago.
"Half of [nearby] Damascus calls him that anyway," Kate Warfield said. Her husband's work on behalf of his neighbors in the Damascus area will now receive much wider recognition. The International Association of Lions Clubs has given him its Life Membership Honor and Lion of the Year award for outstanding service.
Warfield, 85, has been a member of the Damascus club for 22 years. He serves on its board of directors and is chairman of the group's fund for needy families. Last year, he collected more than $5,000 from businesses and individuals for that fund. "I hit some new business places. Only two people turned me down. Lions members made good donations this year," Warfield said.
Warfield is a 50-year resident of the Damascus area whose colorful personality is expressed as much in his good humor as in his clothing. "I've been wearing red all my life. Red's my favorite color. Three-fourths of my clothes are red--even underwear!"
Warfield drove a school bus for 30 years before his mandatory retirement in 1987 and made a tradition of giving out lollipops on Fridays and driving in costume on Halloween and as Santa Claus at Christmas. For years, his fellow Lions knew him as the "Tail Twister," a good-natured needler collecting "fines" (usually 25 cents) for such minor infractions as failure to wear a club pin or to bring a spouse on Spouse Night.
"If someone advertises their business or is late to a meeting, I fine them," Warfield said. Raffle winners at the club also expect a visit from him for a "voluntary" donation. During his last year as "Tail Twister," the fines added up to more than $100 for charity.
"Even when he shouldn't be going, he keeps going," Kate Warfield said of her husband's activities. "He's had a triple bypass, a new kneecap, lung cancer." After the bypass, he had to slacken the pace of a firewood-delivery business he had run for 45 years, but he stays busy on the couple's small farm and keeps a self-service produce stand on the road. Some of its proceeds are donated to a local church's youth activities programs.
He is also an honorary member of the Damascus Fire Department for volunteering his time helping with their parades and serving as a bingo caller. With so much to do, Claggettsville's own International Lion of the Year still found time this year to dress in a red Santa suit for visits to the Lions Christmas party, Safeway, a senior home and the library.
Received Youth Participant of the Year Award
The Montgomery County Chamber-Workforce Development Corporation honored Bruce Wallace, of Silver Spring, with its Youth Participant of the Year Award. The $1,000 award is in recognition of an individual "under 21 years of age, who has overcome exceptional personal challenges to pursue education and employment goals and/or has demonstrated outstanding achievements or accomplishments."
Born with Down's syndrome, Wallace, now 22, graduated from Wootton High School in 1998, completed the Life Skills program at Montgomery College and moved into an assisted-living apartment, all in the same year. He is credited with being a reliable and positive worker at jobs he has held for the past six years and as a volunteer at So Others Might Eat, which provides meals and services to the homeless. He currently works at La Madeleine French Bakery and Cafe in Rockville and as an intern at Discovery Communications in Bethesda.
David Sutton, spokesman for the Chamber-Workforce Corporation, said Wallace has shown "tremendous spirit," making "great strides in overcoming personal challenges."
Received Chemistry Achievement Award
Navin Kadambi, of Bethesda, a student at the University of Maryland, is among this year's recipients of the Chemical Society of Washington College Chemistry Achievement Award. The award recognizes the outstanding senior majoring in chemistry from each of the 10 area four-year colleges and universities. Awardees were honored at a dinner held by the Chemical Society at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.
Received POWERaDE Five-Star Award
Michael Glasby, of Silver Spring, received the POWERaDE Five-Star Award in October for demonstrating exceptional basketball skills while attending Five-Star Basketball Camp in Honesdale, Pa. The basketball instruction camp, founded in 1966, has nearly 500 alumni who have gone on to play in the NBA or coach college basketball.
NBA TeamUp All-Star 2000 Awards semifinalist
Kensington's Max Lesko was among 15 semifinalists for the NBA TeamUp All-Star Awards--the National Basketball Association's annual awards for exemplary dedication to community service. Lesko is a sophomore at Walter Johnson High School. His 10-year campaign against smoking--which includes testimony before the Maryland legislature and a meeting with President Clinton and Vice President Gore--was a factor in his selection. Lesko will receive a $500 grant to implement service projects for National Youth Service Day, April 15-16.
Maryland's Most Beautiful People Award
Delores Hawkins, of Annapolis, received the 1999 Maryland's Most Beautiful People award for Anne Arundel County. She was honored for her dedication to volunteering with Anne Arundel schools, church outreach, health fairs, Sunday school and many nonprofit organizations such as the March of Dimes and the MS Foundation.
Hawkins said that by volunteering on behalf of youth, seniors and the less-privileged in her community, she is rewarded spiritually "many times over" and refers to such rewards as adding to her "blessings basket."
"Volunteering makes me feel good," Hawkins said. "Every time you help someone, you get a blessing in return."