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Carol Miller announced as winner


Staff writer

Carol Miller was recognized Tuesday as the winner of the 2012 Calvert You Are Beautiful contest for all of her efforts at American Legion Post 274.

The Calvert You Are Beautiful Award is a way to recognize a volunteer, or committee, who “makes Calvert County a better place to live and visit,” according to the nomination form.

“She’s well deserving, and she’s gorgeous in her life,” said Susan Ude, who accepted the award on Miller’s behalf. “I’m happy to deliver it to her,” she said, still in shock.

Miller, of Lusby, was nominated by American Legion Commander Nate Stevens, who wrote that “we could not list all that Carol has done for our post, our community and our service members over the past years in 300 words but we will try.”

He wrote that she has “worked on, led the charge or assisted with” nurses’ scholarships, gift boxes for soldiers, adopting a member of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, the American Legion essay contest, children’s parties for the holidays, junior ROTC and cooking for fundraisers and events.

Ude wrote an endorsement, stating that “Carol is the epitome of dedication in all aspects of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary,” where Miller is president and has served in other positions with the auxiliary.

“Carol loves what she does and it shines through,” Ude wrote. “She is an inspiration to everyone around her and I am blessed to call her ‘friend.’”

“I can’t remember the last time my grandmother, Carol Miller, has had a day to herself,” wrote Miller’s grandson, Bryan Miller, in an endorsement. “She keeps busy with being a grandmother to me and doing many things for the American Legion.”

He wrote that she “doesn’t show signs of slowing down yet” in her volunteerism at the legion and that because of all of the time she spends there, he, too, tries to “do so much” there.

“I couldn’t imagine her not being at the Legion; the people there just love her and she is a big part of the community. I honestly think if she stopped going, things would be a lot different. She is the heart of the Legion in anybody’s eyes,” Bryan Miller concluded.

Miller will receive a plaque and a “beautiful gift basket full of Calvert goodies,” explained Calvert County Board of County Commissioners’ President Gerald W. “Jerry” Clark (R), who announced the winner during the ceremony at Calvert Pines Senior Center in Prince Frederick.

The basket includes a bottle of wine, Calvert Kettle Corn, Calvert Marine Museum passes and other items.

Calvert’s ‘Most Beautiful’ people announced

This year, there were 13 nominees for the Calvert You Are Beautiful award.

During a ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Calvert Pines Senior Center in Prince Frederick, each nominee was presented a certificate by members of the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners.

Nominees include Donna Barrett for her efforts as a Calvert County Master Gardener; John H. Brady for his volunteerism with the Calvert American Little League, the Calvert County Fair and as the Santa Claus in the annual Christmas Parade; Charron Dean for her volunteerism with Girl Scouts of Calvert County; Sylvia Dry for her time volunteering in the Development Office at the Calvert Marine Museum; Marjorie Fenner for her regular volunteerism at the Adult Day Care of Calvert County; Robert Fulton for holding many volunteer positions with the American Red Cross in Calvert County, as well as in neighboring counties; Anne Margolis for her volunteerism in the day-to-day activities and special activities at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center; Carol Miller, the winner of the award, for her effort and time at the American Legion Post 274 in Lusby; Roberta Safer for her efforts with the League of Women Voters of Calvert County; Suzanne Shelden for her time and effort as a Calvert County Master Gardener; Carole Shomette for her volunteerism as a Calvert County Master Gardener; Margaret Thompson for volunteering her business, Scalped Salon and Spa in Prince Frederick, to those at Calvert Hospice; and Tracy Vincent for her volunteerism with numerous causes, including the Rotary Club of North Calvert, Calvert Crusade for Children, Chesapeake Food Pantry, Fishing Creek Dog Kennel, the National Aphasia Association and the Parents Advisory Council for the University of Maryland.