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HONOR YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WITH A GIFT TO BARC Many people remember the life of a loved one or recognize a special occasion or achievement by making a gift to BARC. "In Honor Of" or "In Memory Of" gifts help the association provide services for more than 2,000 individuals in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Please call the Development Office at 410-296-2272, ext. 5220, for more information about structuring your gift to provide a lasting tribute to both BARC and your friend or loved one.

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KUDOS...BARC's Landscape Service was named "Baltimore's Best Landscaping Service" in the August issue of Baltimore magazine. Editors cited reasonable rates and excellent work as reasons for the honor.

Down Syndrome Drug Found Ineffective The drug Piracetam does not appear to boost the intellectual ability of children with Down syndrome, according to a study that appeared in April’s issue of "Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine." In fact, the drug caused side effects such as aggression, irritability and poor sleep in some youngsters who took it. The study of 18 children, ages 6 through 12, found no significant difference in mental function between those who took the drug and those

who were given placebos. Each child received four months of Piracetam and four months of placebos. Although parents of 11 children thought they seemed brighter or more focused while taking Piracetam, intelligence tests showed no improvement compared with the placebo. Researchers said the behavioral side effects in seven children suggested that the drug had a stimulant effect. Piracetam, though legal, is not approved for use in the United States.

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Legislature Passes Bill to Establish Wage Parity

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n the final days of this year’s session, some of BARC’s key supporters in the State legislature brought the wage bill to a successful vote in the House after overcoming an effort to "stall" it in committee. Weeks earlier, the amended Senate version of the bill (SB432) had passed after several key legislators had received assurances that the Governor would sign the bill in its amended form. When the House version (HB922), amended to conform to the Senate version, was finally put to vote in the full House, it, too, passed with an overwhelming majority. The Governor did sign the bill as promised on April 20th, culminating years of

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From left: Mary Ruth Williams, Claude Young and Chris Singer stroll through the BARC Employment Center gardens, designed by Brian Durkin. Story and photo highlights of the Employment Center’s first year on page 4.

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BARC services are provided without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, medical condition or handicap.

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Employment Center Marks First Anniversary

From left: Debbie Forsythe, Robert Parks and Mary Ruth Williams prepare to

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t all began with a dream. For years, administrators had wanted a centralized location for BARC’s Supported Employment program as well as room for adult education courses, community meetings and social activities for consumers. The dream came true when the new BARC Employment Center opened its doors in Seton Business Park on July 18, 2000, the result of generous support from BARC parents, friends and staff— combined with exceptional commitments from Baltimore businesses and foundations. Stop by the Center and you’ll see 28,250 square feet of activity. In the morning, you’ll spot dozens of consumers heading out for a day at work in the community while conference rooms fill with people attending meetings and training sessions. After hours, you can take a peek at consumers learning to read or participating in music, art or cooking classes. BARC owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Donna M. Sills, Esq., who chaired the Campaign for the New BARC Employment Center, as well as to honorary co-chairs Dennis F. Rasmussen and the Honorable William Donald Schaefer. In addition, the agency salutes the following

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CHARTER GIFTS The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation The Jerome and Sonia Baum Charitable Foundation

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MAJOR GIFTS Comcast Cablevision of Maryland The Dresher Family Foundation, Inc. The France-Merrick Foundation The Middendorf Foundation, Inc. The Rouse Company Whiteford, Taylor and Preston

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Landscape and janitorial service employees socialize before heading off to work. Front row: Shanne Fields. Back row: Alex Brown and Wilma Williams

Legg Mason Wood Walker McCormick & Company MIE Escrow Company, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Morgan Nottingham Properties, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Sean P. O’Conor Provident Bank of Maryland Mr. and Mrs. Dennis F. Rasmussen Mr. and Mrs. James F. Rosner Ms. Donna M. Sills, Esq. and Mr. J. Michael Sloneker, Esq. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Smalley Ms. Lois Lee Speed Stanton Communications, Inc. Stout, Causey & Horning, PA Verizon Communications Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Watts Mr. and Mrs. Michael Young

SPECIAL GIFTS Anonymous Arthur Anderson LLP William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund Baltimore Life Companies BD Biosciences Blades & Rosenfeld, PA Civitan Club of Baltimore Constellation Energy Group Mr. and Mrs. James P. Daly, Jr. Mr. Robert L. Davison Mr. Thomas DeRosa Erickson Retirement Communities Hogg Construction JONAN Foundation Mr. and Mrs. George Knipp

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Claude Young and Tricia Chance talk business in the Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Conference The spacious

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equipment garage is a big improvement over cramped quarters in the coal room at St. Mary's Seminary.

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Golf Tournament Boasts Record Turnout

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ormer Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson and WBAL-TV meteorologist Tom Tasselmyer were just two of more than 150 golfers who hit the fairways of the Rocky Point Golf Course to raise nearly $43,000 for BARC programs on May 18. Other celebrity golfers included Mary Ellen Pann, WBFF-TV meteorologist; Scott Garceau, WMAR-TV sportscaster; Dave Johnson and Tippy Martinez, former Orioles pitchers; and Vince Bagli, retired WBAL-TV sportscaster. Dave Johnson, Ray Jackson, Gil Kennedy and Roger Wittenbach made up the winning foursome. Individually, Linda Corea and Phil Kunzelman had the lowest scores. Those who wracked up "Closest to the Pin" honors included George Kokinos (two!), Stephen Heller and Patrick Reagan.

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Eagle Sponsors included: Clifton Gunderson, LLC, Crown Central Petroleum, First Union, Provident Bank of Maryland and Scientific Plant Service, Inc. Birdie Sponsors included: Advance Business Systems, Boyd’s Transportation, L.H. Cranston & Sons, Inc., Expressway Office Interiors, Metro Data, Inc., Oak Contracting Corporation and

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OFFICERS & DIRECTORS 2001-2002

Diann J. Churchill, an attorney with Churchill and Morrell, LLC, was presented with the Thomas Ferciot Memorial Award. The award recognizes professionals outside of the BARC workforce who display understanding of—and commitment to—people with mental retardation and their families.

Waste Management of Maryland. Many thanks to volunteers Mike Eikenberg, Kathleen Timpson and Chuck Shettle as well as BARC helpers Kim Becker, Barbara Bird, Libby Bryant, Gretchen Buchholz, Varnzoleigh Dansbury, Dave Davis, Alicia Duckett, Marre Fanning, Dawn Fatkin, Dorothea Gioutlos, Michael W. Howard, Kimberly Lyons, Maureen Marcantoni, Mark Markmaneski, Valerie Raymond, John Weakland and Don Watts. Thanks, too, to the Chesapeake Golf Club, for its special donation in honor of Mike Eikenberg, who has organized the annual event since its inception.

Members of the Chesapeake Golf Club presented a check to BARC for $5,100.

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President: William H. Oliver Vice President: Edmond P. Nolley, Jr. Secretary: Jane L. Waller Treasurer: Matthew Yancisin Past President : Michael J. Young

James Wilson (center) happily accepted his Outstanding Employee Award. James is employed as lot man at Home Depot in Owings Mills.

DIRECTORS (2004)

The Mary Ellen McCormack Memorial Award was presented to Glender Jenkins, a BARC foster parent, for providing an environment that meets the physical, emotional and developmental needs of a child.

Susan Abbott William C. Bilo Gordon S. Bonham, Ph.D. George Ellis Eric L. Gross Rhoda P. Levin Frances Macsherry Sean P. O’Conor

DIRECTORS (2003) Gilbert F. Kennedy, III Barbara (Bebe) Kernan Dennis F. Rasmussen Mary E. Scott Donna M. Sills, Esq. Earnest Woodard

Center: Eric Gross accepted the "Employer of the Year" award on behalf of Oak Crest Village/ Erickson Retirement Communities.

DIRECTORS (2002) Robert Davison Sharon A. Miller Fronda Cohen Ottenheimer Pearletha (Micki) Peguese James F. Rosner, Esq. Stephen J. Sfekas, Esq. Sharon Smith

Sister Carrie Schindler (left), support specialist, posed with her Louise Dasch Memorial Award and boss Marre Fanning, Sr. Director of Support Services. The award is presented to direct-care staff for all-around job excellence.

Brian Campbell and Vince Bagli discuss strategy.

DIRECTORS EMERITUS: Philip W. Chase, Jr., Howard Cohen, Matthew J. Dillon, Christine Ferciot, Charles A. Herndon, Jr., Jerome G. Katz, James P. O’Conor, Alyce Reiter, Harry Shriver, Eugene P. Smith, Richard Spooner and Frank Thatcher

Don Watts (left) and Jerry Bullinger (right) presented Ken Henley with the Herbert L. Fedder Award for management excellence. Ken is chief of BARC’s Janitorial Service Division.

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ARC staff and volunteers gathered in Towson University’s Potomac Lounge on May 2 to elect a new Board of Directors and salute agency heroes. The evening included cocktails, dinner and a performance by consumer vocal group "The Dreamers." In addition to the awardwinners shown here, the following presentations were made:

Length of Service Awards: Wally Watkins (20 years); Jackie Burke, Nettie Burton, Jane Conrad, Claudette France, Renee Hall, Gladys Henry, David Higgs, Ori Natividad, Brenda Smith, Cacine Vance, Donna Westbrook, and Sandy Yingling (15 years); and Chris Atkinson, Roland Brown, Lois Carter, Samuel Clarke, Bertha Edwards, Sharlene Harding, Diane Harris, Florence Higgins,

Executive Director Stephen H. Morgan (left) and President William H. Oliver presented Delegate Martha S. Klima, a longtime supporter of BARC and other community-based service programs, with a Public Service Award.

Patricia Johnson, Darlene Jones, Diana O’Brien, Cletus Ogbennah, Mary Patrick, Sandy Schleicher, Lynette Shoats, Keith Simms, Hazel Smith, Norman Sydnor,

Donald Wiley and Tesfa Yohannes (10 years). Employee of the Year: Nancy Bareis, agency nurse, BARC Nursing Services Special Appreciation Awards: Vince Bagli, Diane McComb and the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Hope Council Volunteer Service Award: True Vine Worship Center Selma Greenfeld Friendship Memorial Award: Gretchen Buchholz, center manager of BARC’s Dundalk Day Center James F. Rosner Award for Advocacy: Luciene Parsley, student, University of Maryland Clinical School of Law.

"The Dreamers" wowed the audience with their songs.

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Senators Barbara Hoffman and Tom Bromwell were key leaders for the cause and deserve special thanks. Last but not least, thanks to all of you for your phone calls, letters and e-mails. The outpouring of support for this bill was pivotal in securing its passage and in ensuring the Governor’s willingness to sign.

effort on the part of advocacy and provider organizations seeking to remedy chronic staffing difficulties resulting from inadequate compensation levels. The bill creates wage parity between direct support professionals in DD/MR community programs and their counterparts in State government. The original bill proposed a three-year initiative beginning in FY03 but was amended to a five-year initiative. Throughout, there also was an ongoing effort to secure supplemental funding to begin addressing the gap in FY02, which begins this July 1st. Unfortunately, no additional funds were secured, leaving agencies with the rather paltry 2% inflation allowance contained in the original budget. Though the impact will not be immediate, this is, nonetheless, a tremendous legislative victory. Historically, legislators have been reluctant to "obligate" the administration to fund particular initiatives. For these measures to pass is indicative of the widespread support our programs and our dedicated staff enjoy with the legislature. "Thank you" calls and letters to all of the Baltimore area Senators and Delegates are in order. Once again, very special thanks go out to Delegate Martha Klima for her leadership role in pushing the bill to a full vote on the House floor. Delegate Klima is a longtime champion of community programs and, again this year, she stepped to the forefront as our advocate. On the Senate side,

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--Stephen H. Morgan Note: During this year’s session, the BARC Network News and action alerts have focused exclusively on the wage bills and related supplemental budget process. If there are other legislative initiatives of interest to you, please let us know and we’ll get details to you right away.

FAMILY CAMPAIGN SETS $35,000 GOAL For many years, BARC conquality of family life. The agency ducted an annual Parents also reaches out to emotionally Pledge program to raise needed disturbed or abused children funds. This year, for the first through a Foster Care program time, the campaign broadened that currently supports 189 chilits scope to include foster pardren in loving homes throughout ents, siblings and other relaBaltimore. Other children are tives, in addition served by the to parents of Towson Child ▼ BARC conCare Center, “Your support will sumers. which is Frances and equipped to John Macsherry, provide day make a meaningful whose daughter care for all chilhas been receivdren in the difference in the ing BARC sercommunity, vices since including those programs offered for 1975, are camwith special paign co-chairs. needs. BARC’s consumers.” Beginning in "In light of April, more than the scope of Frances Macsherry 700 letters were programs and mailed to potenservices BARC tial donors; at provides for press time, nearly $14,500 had families, John and I are proud to been raised towards the serve as chairs of the 2001 $35,000 goal. Family Campaign," says Since 1949, parents and Frances. "Your support will their children with special make a meaningful difference in needs have depended on the programs offered for BARC’s BARC’s dedicated staff for consumers." assistance in enhancing the

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this summer advocate describes a great gift to give, the golf tournament, 1st anniversary, and the new meeting highlights.

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