The Severn Town Club supports several local organizations and programs. Currently our community supported programs are:
The club organizes an annual art competition and exhibit for several Anne Arundel County middle and high schools. A Youth Art committee plans and completes tasks related to the competition. Club member and artist Joan Johnson judges our event. Winners of our local event go on to District and State competitions. A reception and art exhibit of the local artwork is held at Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts for participating students, families, art teachers and Severn Town Club members.
Our club sponsors several Anne Arundel high school students for the annual Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference held during the spring. The Education Chair invites the participating students to come to our September General meeting so our members can meet them. The students also speak about their experiences at the Leadership Conference and what benefits the event has had for them.
Domestic Violence: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Residence:
The YWCA operates the Weinberg Residence, a domestic women’s shelter in Anne Arundel County. Our club annually provides monetary funds, linens, toiletries, small suitcases and other supplies, and volunteer support for the shelter.
The Severn Town Club holds a formal dinner dance, The Holly Ball, at a local hotel as our annual major fundraiser. The HB committee puts in hundreds of hours, as well as generous participation from the membership at large, to insure that every aspect of the event, has been taken care of proficiently. The Holly Ball is not only a financial success that enables our club to donate thousands of dollars each year to several worthy non-profit organizations, but also gives our members and all the attendees at the event a truly magical evening to remember.
International Outreach and Education:
Our club collects and donates books to B.I.G. , Books for International Goodwill. This non-profit organization sends thousands of textbooks, non-fiction and fiction books each year to underserved schools and literacy programs, prison systems, Indian reservations, veterans centers and hospitals both internationally and domestically.
The club also has various committees and chairs to organize the functions and activities of our organization.
STANDING CLUB CHAIRS AND COMMITTEES
Chaplain: Starts our General meetings with an inspiration reading and request for support of club members who are having health or family issues.
H.O.B.Y., Youth Art, Weinberg Residence, B.I.G: see the above descriptions.
Finance: The Finance committee determines the annual budget and reviews and selects the recipients to receive grants generated from our fund raising.
Historian: Maintains all materials depicting the various activities of the club throughout its history.
Membership: Our membership co-chairs maintain the club roster, name tags, greet members at our meetings, contact prospective members and induct new members into the club.
Hospitality: The hospitality committee arranges for food and drink at our general meetings.
Parliamentarian: Advises the Club on Bylaws regulations and procedures.
Publicity: Maintains the Facebook page, Severn Town Club website, and submits club information and photos to the newspaper and other publications.
SPECIAL CHAIRS AND COMMITTEES
Holly Ball: The chair and her committee organize this annual event which is held at a local hotel on a Friday late in November. This is our major fund raiser and the formal-attire evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, 50-50 raffle, and a Silent Auction.
Newsletter: The Crier, our monthly newsletter, publishes information about club activities, our members and upcoming events.