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<lst>Send your organization's announcement to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to (703) 917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged. Questions? Call Michael O'Connell at 703-917-6449.

Kristian Nielsen from Venturing Crew 761 in Sterling received the award for Outstanding Venturer, Sea Scout, or Explorer from the National Capital Area Council. Kristian was the first president of his crew and organized the initial leaders council and helped teach new Venturers to organize crew events.

Venturing Crew 761 received the Council's Outstanding Venturing Crew, Sea Scout Ship, or Exploring Post Award at the Venturing Awards ceremony at the Rendezvous. Venturing Crew 761, chartered by the Rotary Club of Sterling, jointly hosted "American Spirit Day" shortly after the events of September 11, 2001, and a short time after that began an effort to raise money for Afghan Children's Relief. Crew 761 has spelunked, camped, skied, attended or

worked at the National Scout Jamboree, marched in a parade, and has worked on their scuba certifications in preparation for their Summer 2002 expedition to the Florida High Adventure Sea Base.

The Local Human Rights Committee-Loudoun is looking for new members. The purpose of the committee is to monitor treatment and practices that impact the legal and human rights of consumers of mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services and promote practices and policies which will insure their humane and equitable treatment. Consumers and family members of consumers are needed as well as other interested individuals.

The Local Human Rights Committee-Loudoun meets bimonthly on Wednesday evenings. Those interested in serving on the committee can contact Marjorie Miller at 703-737-8977.