General Membership Breakfast
Building Community through Corporate Social Responsibility
Sherifah Munis, Founder and Exeutive Director - New Wave Foundation
May 4 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
The Meeting House, Columbia
"Doing well by doing good" is a business model that is meeting with greater success. Join us to hear how one business leader went from a corporate career to directing a foundation with a vision to develop community partnerships and provide broader access to healthcare and education.
$30 active members
Service Project: MD Food Bank
May 30 from 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for an opportunity to learn more about the mission of the Maryland Food Bank and its partnership with the Howard County Food Bank, while helping prepare food distribution for those in need.
LHC members are invited to take a shift at the Food Bank warehouse in Baltimore, packing boxes on the conveyor belt. A limited number of slots for youth ages 12 - 17 are also available.
Space is limited and registration is required through the MD Food Bank portal.
Information and instructions here
Tuesday, June 12 at 5:30 pm
Ten Oaks Ballroom
Join us for a celebratory evening to honor outstanding leaders who have created a legacy of service to the community:
- Distinguished Alumni Award: Rob Moxley, Security Development Corporation - Premier Class of 1993
- Leadership Legacy Award: Vivian M. Bailey - lifelong volunteer and philanthropist
- Unsung Hero: Pete Mangione, Turf Valley Resort - Premier Class of 2001
We will also celebrate the graduation of the Premier and Essentials classes of 2018, and announce the 2018 Best Class Ever.
Do you know someone who is interested in applying for the upcoming Premier program?
The deadline to apply for the Leadership Premier Class of 2019 is May 21.
Criteria and application information is available online.
This Just In Session Addresses Medical Cannabis
An informative session on the challenges of medical cannabis businesses was presented at a "This Just In" forum in April. Panelists included Tony Salazar, t
he Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation; C
, Labor and Employment Attorney at Davis, Agnor, Rapaport and Skalny;
Blaize Duggan, Owner/Operator of
, a medical cannabis dispensary in Howard County; and Joy Strand, Executive Director, Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
. "From a business perspective, a political perspective and in view of the issues surrounding both the opioid and pain control/health concerns, there are few hot buttons that are more vital, particularly with respect to conflicts between Federal and State Law," said Don Barrick. "One of the best sessions yet."
Keep the LHC Membership Strong:
If you have an interest in helping plan events for LHC members, consider volunteering for the General Membership committee. The committee meets monthly and is responsible for keeping members engaged through social events and selecting innovative speakers and topics for the quarterly breakfasts and luncheons, and This Just In. The committee starts planning the next program year in July; if you are interested or want more information, contact GM chair Kari Staddon at
Calling for Community Impact Projects
Proposals are now being accepted for Community Impact Projects projects for the Leadership Premier Class of 2019. These are projects designed for the senior level leaders who will work on the projects from Oct. 2018 - May 2019. All projects are assigned a committee liaison to serve as a resource to both hosts and team.
CIP Information Sessions: Loyola Maryland - Columbia Campus
Friday, June 8 from 8:30-9:30am
Wednesday, June 13 from 4:30-5:30pm
April session: Public Safety
The Premier class visited the James Robey Public Safety Training Center in Marriottsville in
April to learn about all aspects of safety in our community. The highly interactive day helped class members learn that community leadership may require the knowledge of how to help in an emergency: from recognizing red flag situations, to administering CPR and calling for first responders. Many bystanders can save lives and mitigate disaster by taking decisive action.
Useful Facts: Did You Know?
The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services reports that 84% of their calls are medical emergencies. And the Howard County Police Department takes 1000 - 1200 mental health calls per year.
County experts discussed and demonstrated immediate responses individuals can take to help in emergencies, such as resuscitating someone with sudden cardiac arrest, applying first aid techniques until emergency help arrives, and quick thinking in an active shooter situation.
Did you know that the HCDFRS will come to your workplace and teach your staff emergency first aid skills? Or, you can attend free training sessions offered through the county. Get more information here.
, Senior Vice President with NAI KLNB, recently received NAIOP Maryland's 2018 "Best Transaction" Award of Excellence for her role in making it possible for more than a dozen human services providers to co-locate under one roof at the new Howard County Nonprofit Center. The co-location initiative had remained an unfulfilled dream for Howard County human services providers for more than 20 years. Previous efforts failed due to lack of funding, the significant challenge of pulling together so many organizations, and locating suitable office space.
Paul Skalny (LP 1998), Managing Partner of Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration Baltimore District Office as the 2018 Attorney Advocate of the Year.
Brenda McChriston (LP 2006) has been appointed as a commissioner to the Maryland Commission for Women. Brenda is CEO of Spectrum HR Solutions, a human resources advisory practice.
Karen Mardock (LP 2014) has been named Assistant Director, Employer and Market Development at the JHU Career Center.
Joan Webb Scornaienchi (LP 2011) was honored as "Employee of the Year" by the Association of Community Services at their Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Award luncheon. Joan is Executive Director of HC DrugFree.
Spotlight: Mary Lasky
Howard County Volunteer of the Year
At a ceremony recognizing the generosity and achievements of individual volunteers and organizations in April, Mary Lasky was honored as Howard County's Volunteer of the Year. Dedicated to strengthening the community through her volunteer service, Mary Lasky has been recognized for her qualities of leadership, energy and expertise as showcased through her work with the Community Emergency Response Network (CERN) since its beginning, and serving as chair of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center during a time of growth and significant transition.
Mary has also served as the co-chair of the Premier steering committee, helping guide the program to meet its goals of preparing effective community leaders. Mary's primary career is program manager for business continuity planning at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and is a member of the Premier class of 2010.
Saturday, June 16 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Outdoors on the campus of Howard Community College, in Lots B and C
The Longest Table is a community initiative to build new relationships and talk about the future of Howard County. It brings people together to break bread and share conversation with someone they don't know, and explore both common ground and new ideas with our neighbors.
The event in 2017 was the first of its kind in Maryland and drew more than 300 people. This year's event on June 16 will be an even bigger and more ambitious event you won't want to miss. Check out the details and information here, and get your tickets today.
Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for high school and college students
Co-hosted by Choose Civility, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Howard Community College, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Howard County Economic Development Authority, Howard County Library System, Leadership Howard County and #OneHoward
Community Walk a Mile Experience
An exclusive opportunity to participate in United Way's powerful "Walk a Mile" experience in Howard County.
Friday, May 11, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Howard County General Hospital - Wellness Center
About the "Walk a Mile" Experience
Throughout the "Walk a Mile" experience, you'll play the role of a family member who is struggling to make ends meet. This role is the story of a real person currently living in poverty in central Maryland. The goal of Walk a Mile is not to recreate what it's like to live in poverty, but to provide an experience that will raise questions and prompt dialogue about how to help struggling families who face the reality of poverty every day.
Columbia Festival of the Arts - June 14 to 30
If you have enjoyed Howard County's annual Festival of the Arts, consider becoming a volunteer. This is CFA's 31st year of providing fabulous performances and artists for people of all ages and backgrounds. Last year, 20,000 people enjoyed the free LakeFest weekend, and several thousand came to ticketed events.
More than 150 volunteers are needed to make the Festival possible. Volunteers are asked to fill out an online application and attend one training session. For more information, visit columbiafestival.org or contact Karen Douglas, CFA's volunteer coordinator at
The Howard County Commission for Women is conducting its annual Feminine Hygiene Products drive on behalf of the Howard County Food Bank.
In 2017, there were 16,000 people in poverty in Howard County; more than 60% women - and food stamps do not cover these products.
You can help by buying or collecting feminine hygiene products and dropping them off at the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, 6751 Gateway Dr., Suite 300, Columbia; or making a donation
to the Community Action Council
(select "Feminine Hygiene Drive" on the "Donation Restriction" pull down menu when making a donation
Nonprofit Board Opportunities
Howard County Board of Health
The Board has general responsibility for the health and sanitary interests of the people of the County and works in accord with the County Council to ensure the health and safety of those in Howard County.
The Board of Health consists of 11 members appointed to five-year terms by the County Executive. Applicants should send a resume and a brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the Commission by May 18.