SPAN’s volunteer, Fran Seaman was recognized by the Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement (ASPIRE) at the organization’s annual Community Leadership Awards banquet.
In July of 2009, Fran walked through the doors of SPAN with the desire to make a positive difference in our community. Fran immediately became an intricate part of SPAN’s total operation. She is a client interviewer and assists clients on a one to one basis to determine how we can help, is on SPAN’s Board of Directors representing our partner church, Severna Park United Methodist, and also a member of SPAN’S review committee.
Whether working directly or indirectly with our clients, Fran faces unique and sometimes overwhelming challenges in responding to the needs of our neighbors. Her devotion in helping families through critical situations never falters, and her compassion has no boundaries. From assisting our neighbors, to clearing the entry way after a storm, creating and maintaining a data base, to assisting with the Holiday and Easter Caring programs, or encouraging others to do whatever they can, her passion to help our community remains strong.
When asked why you volunteer at SPAN, Fran said “because I really am touched by the significant challenges many people experience in our community just to stay warm or to feed their family. It makes me a passionate supporter of SPAN; it makes me want to be there and volunteer in different ways.”
Because of her endless energy, dedication, and love for her neighbors, Francie Seaman is making a difference every day – and together – we are making a difference today that will last for many tomorrows.
On February 26, ASPIRE (Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal, and Enhancement, Inc.) presented Ted Mathison with an ASPIRE Community Leadership Award for his “sustained, positive and visionary leadership” within SPAN “with the goal of serving the larger Severna Park Community.”
Ted fits this description perfectly. He came to SPAN as a pantry worker in 2005, but in 2006 stepped in as President of the Board of Directors because of his well-known administrative ability (He had been CEO of the Baltimore-Washington International Airport for 14 years). During his four-years as President, Ted guided SPAN into the 21st century. Responding to the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act and drawing from resources such as the Maryland Association of Non-Profits, Ted and his committee tied loose ends together, updating and formalizing SPAN’s structure, policies, and procedures. One product of his labors was the Board of Directors’ Handbook and Governance Manual, an important collection of SPAN’s credentials, Bylaws, policies, and procedures for Board members.
After his time as president, Ted took on another challenging and complex mission: management of the reinvention of SPAN’s building—construction of a new addition along with renovations to bring the building up to commercial code. It all started when a SPAN volunteer (who wishes to remain anonymous) had suggested that SPAN’s small porch be enclosed to provide more space for food storage; she donated over $22,000 for the project. According to Ted, “It took 11 months to get the building permit,” dated October 31, 2011. That marked the beginning of an increasingly complicated project that was not for the faint of heart. “Once we started building, we had to bring the building up to code, including a ramp for the handicapped and fireproof wallboard and heavy fire doors, along with many other modifications.” Ted’s expertise, persistence, and dedication guided the process step by step, finally resulting in an Occupancy Permit secured in February 2014. Congratulations and a big thank you to Ted, a wonderful SPAN leader and volunteer.