October 2016

In This Issue
Update: Hope Re-imagined Kokua Luau; Computer Lab Revised Update; Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation Grant
Highlight: Reflections Art Show
Did You Know...? 7 Ways to Help Students Who Experience Trauma
Arundel Lodge FAQs
Community Happenings: 5th Annual Recovery Walk; Suicide Prevention Walk
Staff Corner: Pumpkin Contest
How Can I Help?: AAWGT visits Arundel Lodge; Volunteer Opportunities


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Monthly Meetings and Groups

Open Eye Gallery

Committee Meeting

All are welcome. 

Email Lindsey Aumick 

for dates  and questions 

or call (443) 433-5914.



Family Support Group

Thurs.,  November 10th

6:30 - 8:00 pm

At Arundel Lodge.


Thurs., December 8th

6:30 - 8:00 pm

At Arundel Lodge


For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel



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Fall has brought with it many blessings already, including a successful annual fundraiser, unexpected gifts, the opportunity to support other organizations in our community, staff that gives beyond measure, and much, much more. Thank you all for your support!   
Hope Re-imagined Kōkua Luau a Resounding Success!

Bill Richardson-Pearson, John and Cathy Belcher, Milo Mason, Catherine Purple Cherry (back), Veronica Tovey (front), James Tovey(back), Janet Richardson-Pearson(front), Joanne Santospago (back)

The setting and the weather could not have been more perfect for Hope Re-imagined Kōkua Luau, held on September 23rd at Historic London Town and Gardens. Guests' colorful island wear, leis, ukulele players, and pineapple and orchid decorations made everyone feel like they were truly in paradise.

More than 150 guests joined us in celebrating hope and recovery and more than $70,000  was raised  through  sponsorships and individual donations!

The Main Ingredient pleased the palates with passed hors d'oeuvres - crudité shooters, coconut shrimp with orange mustard sauce, lemongrass beef, sticky cucumber sauce, and bacon-wrapped dates - while guests sipped on "Man-go Help Your Neighbor" and "Com-passion Fruit" mojitos and browsed the silent auction tables. 

Also on the menu were Mandarin orange teriyaki glazed salmon, Hawaiian quinoa salad, grilled asparagus, Caribbean jerk chicken sliders, and veggie slaw.  And the piece d 'resistance, a whole roasted pig, was prepared and served by Maryland Pig Roaster. 
Ukulele player, Darcy St. John greeted guest with island sounds 
Ukulele players, Kate Hutchinson and Daphne Eckman provided dreamy harmonies
Tanya St. John, Stephen and Beverly Marcus

Arundel Lodge Executive Director, Mike Drummond, addresses guests  
Victor and Lynne Brick

Victor and Lynne Brick, of Brick's Bodies, delivered a powerful and inspiring message on the importance of incorporating a healthy lifestyle into treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. This concept became very clear to Mr. Brick when his brother, John, was diagnosed with schizophrenia, but none of the best hospitals and institutions in the world, which treated him, ever recommended that exercise, diet, or a healthy lifestyle be included in his treatment plan.              

Aloha Hula NYC/DC gave a mesmerizing performance with hula dancers and a fire-knife dancer. To everyone's delight, guests were invited up on the stage for an impromptu hula lesson.

Thank you to all of our sponsors!
  • Purple Cherry Architects
  • Terrapin Pharmacy
  • Asymmetrik
  • Coastal Reflections
  • Mullen, Sondberg, Wimbish & Stone, PA
  • Elizabeth Glasgow
  • RPS ISG International
  • Sandy Spring Bank
  • Chinwe Okoye
  • Tam Financial
  • Chesapeake Employer's Insurance Company
  • Peter  & May Frances Ramsey
  • Beverly & Stephen Marcus
  • Robert & Cindy Riera
  • Prue Clendenning
  • Paul & Carol Gianakon
Thank you to Janna Ashton and JoAnn Marymee for the wonderful photos of the event, to all of our staff volunteers, community volunteers and to everyone who contributed to a successful evening benefiting children, adults, and families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders.  


Computer Lab Update - REVISED!

Last month I realized one of my worst nightmares! It was a "Home Alone" moment. The kind of thing that Development Directors wake up in a sweat over, "Who did I forget to thank?  Aaaahhhhhh!" In our September newsletter we provided an update on Arundel Lodge's computer lab and failed to mention some  very important people. Donors Cindy and William Garmoe provided a matching grant (and then some) of $2,500 to make the computer lab a reality. Without their generosity, the computer lab just wouldn't exist today. Cindy Garmoe, Arundel Lodge's Volunteer Coordinator, also donated paint and helped paint the room along with  Andi Brown (one of Arundel Lodge's ASL interpreters), Andi's son, Gabriel, and his friend. Laura Dreany-Pyles, Arundel Lodge's therapist for Deaf clients, donated supplies. Employee of The Quarter, Carol Fields, picked out the beautiful colors. Finally, Peter Palmquist, Arundel Lodge's Facilities Director, worked with First Book,  a non profit  organization whose mission is to provide disadvantaged children with new  books, to obtain furniture for the room. Each and every individual played a critical role in addressing this need and helped make the computer lab the beautiful, useful space that it is. Our sincere apologies and our heartfelt thanks!


Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Presents Arundel Lodge With $20,000 Grant

Bob Gambel, Mike Drummond, Tanya St. John, Brian Clark (Harry and Jeanette Weinberg employee)

Arundel Lodge recently received a $20,000 grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. This one time grant was submitted by Brian Clark through the Foundation's Employee Giving Program and can be used to support Arundel Lodge's mission of improving the lives of children, adults, and families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders. The check was presented at an Awards Luncheon in Baltimore where Bob Gambel was invited to speak on how Arundel Lodge has had a positive impact on his life.

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Reflections: Celebrating the Artistic Identity of a Healing Community

Thursday, November 3: VIP Create Night
Come join Arundel Lodge as we host our annual art show and be the first to see, Reflections: Celebrating the Artistic Identity of a Healing Community. Experience powerful images created by the Arundel Lodge community. Enjoy food, music, and wine. A $35 registration fee includes an exclusive demonstration by Artist in Residence, Katerina Evans, plus an opportunity to create your own mixed media art piece. 
Katerina Evans

Date:  No vemb er 3  
Time:  5:30 - 8: 30 pm 
Location: 2600 Solomons Island Rd, Edgewater
Participation  Fee:   $35 

Friday, November 4: Open Reception
Join Arundel Lodge as we host our annual art show. Participate in creating mirrored Flashies for our community Flashie Tree or make a flashie and take your creation home with a $10 donation, benefitting Arundel Lodge's Serenity Garden project. Light refreshments provided. 


Date:  November 4
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm
No cost to participate 

For more information, contact  Lindsey Aumick  or call  443-433-5914.

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Did You Know...?

7 Ways to Help Students Who Experience Trauma

Childhood trauma can produce behavior that is similar to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - characterized by impulsive behavior, hyperactivity, and an inability to focus. Caelan Kuban, a psychologist and director of the Michigan-based National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, explains, "Traumatized children often find it difficult to control their behavior and rapidly shift from one mood to the next. They might drift into a dissociative state while reliving a horrifying memory or lose focus while anticipating the next violation of their safety. To a well-meaning teacher or clinician, this distracted and sometimes disruptive behavior can look a lot like ADHD." Read more... 

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Arundel Lodge FAQs
Arundel Lodge receives many recurring questions from community members wanting to know more about what we do, those we serve, and the programs and services we offer. We are pleased to provide the community with answers in this section, "Arundel Lodge FAQs."  

If you have questions, email them to I Have a Question and we will do our best to address them. You might even see your question answered in our newsletter!

Q: How many staff  does Arundel Lodge employ?

A: Arundel Lodge employs about 160 staff members between our main campus at 2600 Solomons Island Rd in Edgewater, our satellite office at 1419 Forest Dr in Annapolis, and 32 Residential Program homes around Annapolis and the Odenton/Gambrills area.

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Community Happenings
5th Annual Anne Arundel Recovery Walk  
Mike Drummond and Leigh Ragan manning the table

The September 25th Recovery Walk was so inspiring!  More than 500 people walked together in celebration of one more day of overcoming substance use disorders.

Suicide Prevention Walk

Arundel Lodge staff  and friends volunteer at Suicide Prevention Walk

The Navy Marine Corps Stadium was the scene of this year's Suicide Prevention Walk held on September 24th.  This demonstration of support by the community shows those at risk that people care and will listen.

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Staff Corner
Pumpkin Contest
Arundel Lodge Staff enjoyed a spirited (pun intended) pumpkin decorating contest. The theme - holidays! First place was awarded to Deaf Residential Program for their Black Friday Sale. Second place went to Day Program for Arbor Day.

Black Friday Sale by Deaf Program

Arbor Day by Day Program

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How Can I Help?

AAWGT Gives Their Time and Receives Lifted Hearts
Marilyn Lyons of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together summarizes the groups visit to Arundel Lodge: 

As part of AAWGT's (Anne Arundel Women Giving Together) 10th Anniversary celebration, we offered to all of our past grantees the opportunity to have our members participate in a one time, hands-on Service Project. The first of those took place on October 25 at Arundel Lodge, where 8 of our members met with a number of Arundel Lodge clients at their weekly socialization group. Many of these ladies are partially integrated into the community and others are preparing for that opportunity.

When asked what they would like to discuss, the ladies quickly said "men" and "money." They offered insights between men and women, such as women are kinder and wiser and men more logical. They also addressed the difficulty of needing to manage their money. We discussed families, aging, working and the wish to give back to the community. Curiosity and appreciation was expressed as they asked about our AAWGT group of over 200 women who join together to improve life for women and families in Anne Arundel County. It was a remarkable opportunity to learn about different life perspectives. We were all touched and hope to return as a group, periodically.

A huge thank you to AAWGT member, Tanya St. John, who arranged the morning. We left with lifted hearts.  

(back row) Bronwyn Belling, Linda Eggbeer, Martha Schwieters, Karen Davis, Helen Chin and Nancy Greene; (front row) Betsy Chotin, Marilyn Lyons


Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in Volunteering at Arundel Lodge? There is a spot just for you! Our current volunteer opportunities include:
  • Serve on a Committee or on our Board - help guide Arundel Lodge as we fulfill our mission and implement our strategic plan.
  • Computer Lab Volunteer - help the individuals we serve learn basic computer skills, such as setting up an email account, how to use Microsoft Word or resume building. Volunteers are needed for afternoon hours, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Monday - Thursday.
  • Arundel Lodge Angels - join a group of people that care about mental health and care about the Lodge as they identify needs and perform service projects and advocate to the community at large on our behalf.
  • Tutoring Volunteer - help persons served who would like to take the GED test prepare and improve math, science and writing skills.
  • Event Volunteer - in the fall and winter, we do special projects with our clients. We collect and provide holiday gifts, run a toiletries drive/spa day, and collect hats, gloves and scarves for winter. Or volunteer to help out at our next Annual Fundraiser in September!
  • Painting Project Volunteer - there are also painting projects that we would love to have done, including some at our headquarters at 2600 Solomons Island Road and others in our many residential homes. If you're an artist and would like to paint a mural, we want to know.
Have another idea you want to share? Contact Cindy Garmoe, volunteer coordinator at 443-433-5906. Our volunteers are an integral part of what happens here, and we would love to include YOU!

Be a part of the Arundel Lodge volunteer team! Contact:

Cindy Garmoe or call 
(443) 433-5906  

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