Mission Carroll County Md. NAACP Branch #7014

Our mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. Our vision is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.

The NAACP works to educate all political candidates to support policies that improve access to quality education and economic opportunity, criminal justice reform, the environment, healthcare and youth empowerment, with a dedication to removing race-based hatred and discrimination from society.

For questions or more information, please contact me directly: kevindayhoff@gmail.com Kevin Dayhoff, Carroll County NAACP secretary. Thanks.

Carroll County NAACP Branch #7014 Executive Officers and Executive Board Nov. 10, 2016: https://ccnaacp7014.blogspot.com/2018/01/carroll-county-naacp-branch-7014.html

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Feb. 14, 2018 Carroll County BoEd meeting will discuss flag issue

President Jean Lewis has asked that the membership be made aware of an upcoming Carroll County Board of Education meeting in which the display of the Confederate flag in public schools, will be discussed.

At the Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 board meeting the “Legal opinion on restricting school dress” is agenda item number 7. Find a copy of the agenda attached.

According to 1st Vice President Dr. Pam Zappardino, “The Carroll County Board of Education will again take up the issue of Confederate flag clothing and other articles in the schools at its meeting on Wednesday, February 14 at 5pm in the Board Room at the Public Schools Central Office Building at 125 Court Street Westminster.

“The legal report should be completed. Please be there to support the removal of these symbols and to let Supt. Steve Guthrie and the Board know they have your support in doing so. We need folks to turn out!”

According to a recent release by the Carroll County Board of Education:

Board of Education Meeting – Wednesday, February 14

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be time for citizen participation at this meeting.

Citizen participation will be held following administrative items and presentations. Citizens who wish to address the Board during Citizen Participation are encouraged to check the agenda prior to the meeting to determine what time the public comment portion of the meeting will begin. 

The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting can be found by going to the school system’s website at www.carrollk12.org and clicking on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go directly to:

The Board meeting also will be broadcast live on Channel 21, with rebroadcasts on Thursday, February 15, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 17, at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, February 18, at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, February 18, at 8:00 p.m.

Any questions, please contact President Jean at jjlewis2@comcast.net

Dr. Pam Zappardino may be reached at pzappar@aol.com

Monday, February 12, 2018

Carroll Community College Observes Black History Month

Carroll Community College Observes Black History Month

Westminster, Md., Feb 8, 2018

In support of diversity awareness among students, faculty and staff, and the community, Carroll Community College (Carroll) is observing Black History Month by offering events in recognition of the commemoration.

According to Carroll Community College spokesperson Trish McCarthy Carroll, “Black History Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions and achievements of African Americans as well as important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.”

In a recent news release. Ms. McCarthy Carroll provided a rundown of upcoming events:

“Black History Month Exhibit: Monday, February 12-Friday, February 16, 2018
8 am-10 pm in the Babylon Great Hall

“Black History is happening now! This interactive display, presented in collaboration with the Community Media Center of Carroll County features local documentaries highlighting the African American experience in Carroll County along with clips from the Center's Oral History Project. Learn about and hear from current and past local figures whose work has influenced our community and the world.

“On Monday, February 12, 2018, Carroll will hold a documentary screening in the Babylon Great Hall that is open to the public. Local filmmaker Patricia Mack-Preston’s documentary titled “Robert Moton: The Hope of a Community” was produced in 2013 in collaboration with the Community Media Center of Carroll County (CMC). The event’s agenda is as follows:

          10:30 a.m. Guests arrive
          11:00 a.m. Welcome and introductions
          11:05 a.m. Documentary presentation
          11:30 a.m. Filmmaker comments and panel presentation
          12:00 p.m. Question and answer session with panel
          12:20 p.m. Conclusion

“This documentary highlights the experiences of local African Americans who began their studies at one of Carroll County’s segregated schools, later transitioning to integrated schools following Brown v. Board of Education. 

“‘Carroll Community College joins the nation in celebrating Black History Month with reverence and dedication,’ said College President Dr. James D. Ball. ‘We recognize and reflect upon the contributions of the individuals who collectively developed the important moments in black history which shape our world today. We draw great meaning from the experiences shared by local African American citizens who lived during segregation in Carroll County.’

“Mack-Preston will join a panel of former Robert Moton students as they share with Education students their experiences during the late 1950s and beyond. The featured members of the panel/discussion will include Sally Green; James Purnell Hammond; Delores Jones Mack; Ronald Hollingsworth; Sharon Jones; and William “Billy” Hudson.

“The link to access the entire documentary:

“‘This is an exciting opportunity for Education students to hear first- hand accounts about segregation and integration in Carroll County—where we live-- from former students of the Robert Moton School,’ said Susan Sies, division chair of education transitional studies & academic services.

“‘This discussion will help students connect the academic content with real life experiences. Living history! I had a wonderful professor at Morgan State University, Dr. Maurice Taylor, who thoroughly engaged me in the study of the history of de-segregation of American public schools. I want to encourage the study and discussion as he did.’

In addition to the Mack-Preston’s documentary screening, the College will host a Black History Month Exhibit opening at 9 a.m. in the Babylon Great Hall between Monday, February 12 and Friday, February 16.

“The interactive display called ‘Black History is Happening Now!’ will highlight other local documentaries from CMC’s collection including the African Trailblazers series, along with clips from the Center’s Oral History Project. Visitors to the College’s exhibit are encouraged to learn about and hear from current and past local figures whose work in education, politics, and community advocacy has influenced Carroll County and beyond. Documentaries and interviews from CMC's Oral History collection will also air on Channel 19 throughout the month of February. For more information visit:

“‘The Community Media Center is Carroll County's resource for learning how to create your own documentary and provides access to professional level production equipment,’ said Community Media Center Executive Director, Richard Turner. ‘The CMC is dedicated to empowering local voices so they can tell their own story. We are pleased that Patricia's documentary continues to be shared with new audiences.’

“As part of Black History Month, Carroll Community College will also provide special lunches called “A Taste of Africa” on Wednesday, February 14, Thursday, February 22, and Tuesday, February 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Café. Guest chefs from the African Culture Club will feature samples of some of their favorite dishes while providing learning opportunities about their homelands.”

For more information, contact Becki Maurio at 410.386.8641 or rmaurio@carrollcc.edu


Kevin Dayhoff writer’s note: This information was provided by Carroll Community College Public & Corporate Relations Officer Trish McCarthy Carroll. In full disclosure this writer has worked with both Ms. Maurio and Ms. Maurio in numerous writing and artistic capacities.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Carroll Community College celebrates Black History Month

Carroll Community College celebrates Black History Month

This February Carroll Community College will celebrate Black History Month with a number of events:

Pop-up Trivia
Wednesday, February 7 and Thursday, February 8, 2018
11 am-1 pm in the Café
Stop by for prizes and fun as you test your knowledge of people, places, and events in celebration of Black History Month. 

Black History Month Exhibit
Monday, February 12-Friday, February 16, 2018
8 am-10 pm in the Babylon Great Hall
Black History is happening now! This interactive display, presented in collaboration with the Community Media Center of Carroll County features local documentaries highlighting the African American experience in Carroll County along with clips from the Center's Oral History Project.  Learn about and hear from current and past local figures whose work has influenced our community and the world.

Lunch Special: A Taste of Africa
Wednesday, February 14; Thursday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 27 11 am-1 pm in the Café
Join guest chefs from the African Culture Club to sample some of their favorite dishes while learning about their homelands. 

For more information, contact Becki Maurio at 410.386.8641 or rmaurio@carrollcc.edu

Carroll County District 5 Delegate Scholarship available – Deadline is April 1, 2018

Carroll County District 5 Delegate Scholarship available – Deadline is April 1, 2018

February 4, 2018 - Member Patricia Mack-Preston has called to our attention that a Carroll County District 5 Delegate Scholarship is available:

February 4, 2018 – From Delegate Susan W. Krebs:

Through the Delegate Scholarship Program, I have the opportunity to award scholarships to hard-working District 5 students. I encourage all graduating high school seniors who live in District 5 to apply.

Please use the link to confirm you are a District 5 resident, and will be attending an in-state Maryland college or university (this is a must!) to apply.

The deadline for the scholarship application is April 1, so you must hurry!

The Scholarship Application Instructions can be found here. (Please Read!)

The following materials must be included in your application submission:

1. 2018 Delegate Scholarship Application (Deadline April 1 - ALL applications must be typed-not hand written)

2. An official sealed high school transcript that includes grades (both weighted and unweighted), SAT/ACT scores, class rank (both weighted and unweighted), and attendance.

3. A short letter (one page maximum) explaining your career goals, why you should receive a scholarship and any special circumstances or needs.

4. Student Excellence Profile (page 2 of the application).

Please mail the completed scholarship form along with items 1 through 4 to:

Legislative Scholarship Committee
C/O Delegate Susan W. Krebs

Thursday, February 1, 2018

4th Annual CC African American Read-In Feb. 6, 2018 Carroll Arts Center

The 4th Annual Carroll County African American Read-In will take place on Tuesday, February 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center. https://ccnaacp7014.blogspot.com/2018/02/4th-annual-cc-african-american-read-in.html

All CCPS high schools, as well as students from Silver Oak Academy, will be participating. http://bit.ly/2n8srhE

The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 West Main Street in Westminster, Maryland. The “snow date” is Tuesday, February 13.

The Read-In is sponsored by Carroll County Public Schools, Carroll County Public Library, the Carroll County Arts Council, and the Carroll County Branch of the NAACP. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. A reception with jazz music will be held from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Readings and performances of African American literature will be presented from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

Tribute to Jim Reter

Tribute to Jim Reter

February 1, 2018

Longstanding Carroll County NAACP member Jim Reter passed away on January 2, 2018. 

For those who are not aware, Jim was one of the first members of the Carroll County NAACP when the branch reformed in May 1999, after an absence from the community since 1993.

Jim was a firefighter, an Army veteran of the Korean War and Delegate Nancy Stocksdale’s brother.

On Jan. 20, 2018, Carroll County NAACP member Larry Helminiak wrote, “Remembering Jim Reter”

When I think of the Republican Party in Carroll County, I think of Jim Reter. I remember going to vote at the polling place and seeing Jim Reter passing out Republican literature. I remember going to Republican dinners and seeing Jim Reter's name on table signs.

In 2002 I became a member of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee. Jim Reter was there.

What I'm saying is that every time I went to anything Republican, Jim Reter was there.

A few years ago my son and I attended an NAACP fundraising dinner and saw that Jim Reter had a table.

Turns out that Jim was an NAACP member, and convinced me to join. I have been a member ever since.

Jim was a great person and a great Republican and will be sorely missed.

Larry Helminiak
Carroll County Republican Central Committee

January 7, 2018

With heavy hearts, the Carroll County Republican Central Committee CCRCC reports the passing of a great Carroll County Republican, Jim Reter. Recently, Mr. Reter's years of service were recognized by the CCRCC with the Reese Starner Award. Join us in praying for God's comfort for Jim's beloved family and friends as they mourn his loss.

Obituary for James Ellsworth Reter

James Ellsworth "Jim" Reter, 86, of Westminster, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Levindale Hospital in Baltimore.

Jim was born on October 24, 1931 in Baltimore and was the son of the late William Henry and Susie Rebecca Reter. He was the long-time companion of Louise Black of Westminster.

Jim was a veteran of the United States Army and served as a Corporal during the Korean War, from 1951 to 1954.

He was a graduate of Franklin High School, class of 1948; and Western Maryland College in 1957 with a Masters of Business Administration in Economics. Jim began his working career at his family's store, "Reter's Groceries,” in Glyndon.

He was the Comptroller for Carroll County Public Schools, and during retirement owned his own tax business, James E. Reter Company, Inc., until 2016. Jim was serving as a current elected official for the Carroll County Republican Central Committee.

Jim was a volunteer fireman at Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department for many years, and was honored as Firefighter of the Year in 1986.

He was actively involved in numerous organizations including the Kiwanis Club where he served as past president, V.F.W. Molleville Farm Post #467, Westminster, and American Legion Carroll Post #31…

Westminster, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1381, Korean War Veterans Association Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313, Historical Society of Carroll County, Carroll County Arts Council, the Board at Parrs Ridge Community, and the Church of the Ascension in Westminster. Jim enjoyed traveling and politics.

Surviving him are sons Ron Reter, William Reter II and wife Kathy, Thomas Reter and wife Susan all of Westminster; brother Calvin Reter and wife Betty of Reisterstown; sister Nancy Stocksdale of Westminster; 6 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Feb. 17, 2018 annual Carroll County Republican Party Legislative Breakfast

Feb. 17, 2018 annual Carroll County Republican Party Legislative Breakfast

On Jan. 20, 2018, the Carroll County Republican Party sent out the following information:


The Carroll County Republican Party invites you to "Make Breakfast Great Again"

Join us on Saturday, February 17, 2018 for a breakfast with great guest speakers including Carroll County's delegation to Annapolis.  Topics include the latest news from the Maryland General Assembly, the 2018 election, Maryland's sanctuary state status, and more.

Best Western Hotel
451 WMC Drive in Westminster
8:30AM to 11AM
$40 per person

Please RSVP by calling 410-707-9063 or emailing us at carrollmdrepublicans@gmail.com

We accept checks and cash at the door, and will be able to accept online payments soon.

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