Saturday, November 6, 2004

Memory of mom in students' hearts

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

The memory of Linnea Rocklin, a Lakeside Elementary School mom and volunteer, is still a source of energy and caring to students and staff at the school in Winton Woods School District.

Rocklin died in April after surgery for heart disease.

Physical education teacher Sheri Conrad organized a rope-jumping event to raise money in memory of Rocklin.

Tyler Morgeson (left); his brother Zach; and their mom, Tina, jump for the American Heart Association.

More than 200 students and parents gathered in a playground at the school from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 for the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart program.

By the end of the night, they had raised $1,417, Conrad said.

The kids raised money by handing out pledge packages, and some donations came on the night of the event, Conrad said.

"This was a wonderful event,'' said Conrad. "Most every one was excited about the event because Linnea was a very special person to all of us. She and her husband, Bob, were always here, volunteering to help the school.''

Missionary leader named

The Rev. Louis Gasparini, pastor of St. Donatus Church in Blue Island, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, has been selected to lead the North American Province of Comboni Missionaries, which is headquartered in Anderson Township.

Gasparini brings 44 years of missionary experience, including a stint in Peru. He was involved in preparing young men to become Comboni Missionary priests while in Peru and was chaplain of a maximum-security prison for women.

"I believe the North American Province has a special mission to witness and work in situations where the evangelization of persons and cultures has unique possibilities,'' said Gasparini, 65. "If we can evangelize people here in the U.S.A., to a point where they are instilled with a spirit of mission, then we can influence the whole world.''

He completed his theological studies in 1966 in Cincinnati at the Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount St. Mary's Seminary.

He will start his new job on Jan. 1, succeeding the Rev. Dennis W. Conway, who will be reassigned.

The North American Comboni Missionaries are part of an international Catholic group. It ministers in Africa, Asia, Europe and North, Central and South America.

Doctors to discuss disorder

Dr. Robert Kuykendal and Diana McIntosh will discuss borderline personality disorder at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Lewis Auditorium at Summit Behavioral Healthcare, 1101 Summit Road, Roselawn.

Kuykendal is a psychiatrist, and McIntosh is director of Mental Health Point at Summit Behavioral Healthcare.

Information: (513) 948-3094.

Food and clothing drive

Give Back Cincinnati and Panera Bread are conducting a one-day food and clothing drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Panera Bread locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

To participate, visit any of the Panera Bread locations and drop off a contribution.

Needed items include canned and boxed foods, such as peanut butter, soup, rice, and cereal. Also in demand are clothing, bed sheets, coats, gloves, hats, scarves and gifts suitable for giving as holiday presents. Clothing and gifts should be new or in good condition.

The drive will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

For information or locations, call St. Vincent dePaul at (513) 562-8841 or go online at

'S' drive for homeless

The Madeira Woman's Club participated in the Make-A-Difference Day Oct. 23 by conducting an "S" drive for the homeless to collect items such as socks, shirts, soap and shampoo. The items were donated to Prospect Halfway House and the Salvation Army's Shelter House for the homeless.

The club is a member of the West Ohio River District of the Ohio and General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Holiday wreaths for sale

Members of Work Resource Center's Consumer Council are selling fresh-cut holiday wreaths they made to raise money to pay for a consumer lounge makeover.

The council is a self-governing board of 25 participants with disabilities and disadvantages in training for employment.

Amanda Harper, communication manager for WRC, said the wreath sales project requires the participants to work as a team and communicate clearly.

"These are two skills that are integral to success in the work force," Harper said.

WRC focuses on removing barriers to work for people with disabilities and disadvantages.

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