Alfred H. Smith, who was cited for volunteerism in creating an endowment fund at Melwood, is former CEO and chairman of the board of Citizens Bank of Maryland, which has since become SunTrust Bank. An item in Business Notes in the Nov. 28 Prince George's Extra incorrectly described Smith's affiliation with SunTrust. (Published 12/5/02)

Chamber, Council

Hold Year-End Review The Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual year-end review with members of the County Council last week. Chair Peter A. Shapiro (D-Brentwood) discussed the council's business accomplishments, including establishing an arts district in central Prince George's and writing new rules for the county's airports.

The chamber also presented outgoing council members with plaques.

Departing council member M.H. Jim Estepp (D-Croom) told the chamber: "You've done a tremendous job in helping to rebuild this venerable organization, and, believe me, we want you to be stronger advocates in the future, now that you have rebuilt."

Former Personnel Chief

Goes to Montgomery Joseph Adler, former director of personnel and labor relations in Prince George's County, has been named director of Montgomery County's Office of Human Resources.

Adler served for seven years in his position in Prince George's and previously worked as secretary and deputy secretary of the state's department of personnel and as director of employee relations in Baltimore. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore and University of Maryland.

In his new position, Adler will oversee the development, implementation and administration of human resources programs for Montgomery's 7,000 employees, administering a budget of $6 million. Adler, who was named by County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D), was scheduled to begin his job Monday.

Leaders Participate

In School Career Event Fifty-eight government, business and labor union leaders celebrated American Education Week yesterday by participating in the 2002-2003 Eleanor Roosevelt High school Career Connections Series. The event is designed to help students understand how classroom instruction is linked with success in the workplace.

The Career Connections Series is sponsored by the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Academy Programs with the support of a U.S. Department of Education Smaller Learning Communities Grant. Each Career Connections Day is hosted by an academic department and has a theme. The English department hosted this event using the theme, "Oral and Written Communication in the Workplace." For more information, call Laura Grace at 301-513-5400, Ext 263.

Upper Marlboro Man

Wins Volunteer Award Alfred H. Smith Jr. was presented the Volunteer Award from the Maryland Association of Community Services on Oct. 30 by Melwood Community Relations Chief Operating Officer Frank Herron and Melwood Board Chairman Bill Friel.

Smith, of Upper Marlboro, was given the award for his role in creating an endowment fund at Melwood to provide financial stability for the nonprofit, as well as to help fund programs for people with developmental disabilities, including dental care.

Smith, a former CEO and chairman of the board of Citizens Bank of Maryland, is CEO and chairman of SunTrust Bank of Maryland. He continues to operate a sand and gravel business and is active in real estate development.

Melwood serves more than 2,200 people with developmental disabilities in the Washington metropolitan area, providing job training, employment, housing and recreation.

-- Willie Pugh and Krissah Williams

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Alfred H. Smith Jr. receives the Volunteer Award, given by the Maryland Association of Community Services, from Melwood Community Relations Chief Operating Officer Frank Herron, left, and Melwood Board Chairman Bill Friel.