Outstanding attendance, an appearance by State Sen. James Brochin, the election of officers and a tribute to Don Gerding were all aspects of the Rodgers Forge Community's annual meeting last month.

Approximately 100 Forgers came to Rodgers Forge Elementary School's cafetorium in anticipation of the evening.

Brochin outlined his plans and then took questions. He was followed by Rodgers Forge Community President Jennifer Helfrich, who gave a summary of the year's activities and then took questions from the floor.

Naturally, the questions covered a wide range of topics, and Helfrich handled each with aplomb.

After the introduction of the candidates for the Board of Governors, elections were held. Jason Carter, nominating chair, explained the procedure and distributed the ballots. While they were being counted, several tributes were made to 50-year board member, Don Gerding.

Don was presented with a plaque from the Rodgers Forge Community Inc. recognizing his five decades of dedicated service to Rodgers Forge. He also received a proclamation from the Baltimore County Council for his numerous contributions to the county.

His lovely wife, Taffy, who has always been by his side, was given a dozen, long-stemmed yellow roses for her support. Everyone loves Don and appreciates all that he has done over the years for the community. Those in attendance were thrilled to know that Don will continue on the Board of Governors.

In acknowledging his tributes, Don displayed his trademark modesty, and said, "Every minute was a labor of love."

The 2011-12 Rodgers Forge Community Inc. Board of Governors consists of: Jennifer Helfrich, president; Tyler Mays, vice president; Janice Moore, treasurer; Carol Zielke, recording secretary; and Jay Dunn, corresponding secretary.

Board members are: Ginny Allen, Mike Calwell, Scott Carlson, Jean Duvall, Pat Foretich, Don Gerding, Jennifer Helfrich, Tyler Mays, Ada Montessoro, Del Schmidt, Stu Sirota and Bryan Tillman.

They are joined by district representatives: Joan Brooks, Doug Campbell, Jay Dunn, Bill Grothman, Brandon Mollett, Janice Moore, Roxanne Rinehart, Janine Schofield, Lawrence Swoboda, Jeff Wible and Carol Zielke.

Since our last column, we have received information on St. Pius X's Home and School Association for the current year. Our congratulations to officers for the 2011-12 board: Sheryl Piron, president; Vanessa Burnham, first vice president; Erin Holler, second vice president; Jeanne Oswald, secretary; and Cathy Cook, treasurer.

From time to time we check in with residents Chris and Dave Batten, who are always doing something exciting. Well, this time, Chris wrote us to describe their six- week, 9,345-mile road trip all around the country.

The trip took them from Lincoln's home in Springfield to the Black Hills of South Dakota; from Seattle to the Grand Canyon; and from Lake Tahoe to a hot air balloon ride in Colorado Springs. It was fun, fun, fun, she said.

"Each state has its own beauty and history. … God bless America," Chris said. Her narration is so vivid and so fascinating that it may just entice fellow Forgers to hit the road!

Word has it that neighborhood carpools are already forming for the Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Nearly New Sale, which runs from Oct. 22-29 at the GBMC Farmhouse, 6701 N.Charles St.

For bargain hunters, we have the dates and times: Oct. 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; Oct. 24, 26 and 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. each day; and Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Till we meet again …