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Hometown Pasco

What's happening

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 22, 2006

Lamar Roberts, president and CEO of First National Bank of Pasco, was a recent guest speaker for the Dade City Kiwanis. Roberts shared observations of the ever-changing banking industry and the effect on local growth and economy.

Robert's extensive knowledge began many years ago when he became a president of a bank while in his 20s.

During his career, Roberts has worked for the betterment of his community. He has been a council member, mayor, judge and held many civic posts. As a banker, he has reached the pinnacle of success as a leader in that industry. Over the years, Roberts has maintained his home-spun friendliness and charm.

The Dade City Kiwanis recognized Roberts and are grateful for his efforts in the community.

The Dade City Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at the Charles McIntosh American Legion Building on Church Street. For information, including inquires about becoming a member of the Kiwanis e-mail call 352 567-5618 or write Kiwanis Club of Dade City, Box 352, Dade City, FL 33526.

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The Lutz/Land O'Lakes Woman's Club celebrated the holidays with its annual luncheon at the University Village.

President Cheryl Benton welcomed members and guests, including club members' husbands who helped with the club-sponsored Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival in early December.

The festival was billed as a huge success.

Lorraine Dabney, membership chairwoman, dramatically recited The Christmas Story.

Club members brought unwrapped gifts for residents of the local spouse abuse shelters. The gifts were later divided and delivered to the Spring of Hillsborough County and Pasco County Salvation Army shelter.

Auralee Buckingham and Kay Dahman were recognized for passing the 25-year mark as members of the Woman's Club.

Jo Van Bebber, hospitality chairwoman, announced that, so far, the club has raised $5,815 for the Florida Federation of Woman's Club President's Project called Operation Smile. The project pays for reconstructive facial surgery in Third World countries. Doctors donate their services for this project. The amount of money the local club has raised will pay for five surgeries.

Five new members were installed by Dabney, membership chairwoman, and 15 past presidents were honored for their continued contributions to the club.

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The Little Women of Lutz held a successful fundraiser during the holidays. Members of the club wrapped packages at the South Tampa Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Money raised will go toward the group's community improvement project. The project involves buying and planting plants at two of the Lutz Fire Department buildings, where meetings and fire department classes are held.

The Little Women of Lutz is a service organization that allows girls to earn their needed service hours for graduation. Members learn to conduct a proper meeting using Roberts Rules of Order, complete projects and invite guest speakers related to their departments of arts, conservation, education, home life, international affairs, and public affairs. Parents are encouraged to attend meetings and take part in projects.

Little Women of Lutz is the junior club of the Lutz/Land O'Lakes Woman's Club.

For information call club sponsors Marilyn Wannamaker at (813) 949-1482 o r Annie Fernandez at (813)932-0182.


University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Pasco County faculty, Betsy Crisp and Jean Hink, along with program assistant Caroline Shelton, are teaming up again this year to give local youth a chance to show their creativity by sponsoring the Trash-To-Treasure contest.

For the contest, youth are encouraged to come up with recycled, recyclable or throw away items from around their homes or from Creation Station, the school district's reuse center, and use their imagination to create a piece of art. Youth compete for cash awards and prizes.

The Trash-to-Treasure contest is open to all youth attending public/private/home schools, preschool through eighth grade. For this contest, students may contact Crisp, Hink, or Shelton at (352) 521-4288.

Students in grades 9-12 may enter a separate contest, Art of Recycling. For information about this contest, contact Rachel Cheever at (727) 847-8041 or Karen Bryant at (813) 794-2752.

Entry forms are available from the Pasco Extension office at 36702 State Road 52, Dade City, 33525-5198.

All Trash-to-Treasure entries must be delivered to the extension office by 5 p.m. Friday. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Items will be judged on Feb. 1 for first, second or third place in each age group as well as individual or group categories. Winning entries will be on display during the Pasco County Fair, Feb. 20-26.

The contest is sponsored by Pasco County Extension, Pasco County Utilities, Pasco County Parks and Recreation, Keep Pasco Beautiful and the Pasco County Fair Association.

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Runners of all ages can help abused and neglected children while competing in a certified 5K race Saturday. The 8 a.m. event, which will kick off this year's Kumquat Festival, will begin at 17th Street and Florida Avenue in Dade City. Early registration is $15 per person. On race day, the entry fee is $20 per person. All money collected through entry fees goes to benefit children.

A professional race director will set the course through Dade City's hilly terrain. Participants will run for prizes, including trophies for men's and women's overall winners and first, second and third place awards in each age group.

The title sponsor for this year's 5K Run for the Children is the Suncoast Voices for Children Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization supporting the Guardian ad Litem programs and the children it serves.

A Guardian ad Litem is a court-appointed advocate for an abandoned, abused or neglected child. "A trained volunteer is a powerful voice in a child's life," says Jodi Bixler, community relations and volunteer coordinator for the Guardian ad Litem Program in Pasco County.

A Guardian ad Litem is the eyes and ears of the court, talking with everyone in the child's life, making sure the court's orders are carried out, and acting in the best interests of the child. As an advocate, the volunteer ensures that the child will not get lost in, or neglected by, the social services system. Volunteers undergo 30 hours of training at no charge.

In 2002, a Blue Ribbon Task Force appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush concluded that of all the state's programs for children, the Guardian ad Litem program costs the least and benefits the most.

In Pasco County, at the end of December, 342 of 829 children in dependency proceedings had a volunteer to speak up for them. The Guardian ad Litem's goal is to have 100 percent representation.

Run for the Children entry forms are available at the Dade City Chamber of Commerce, 14112 Eighth St., Dade City, or at the Guardian ad Litem Program Office, 13920 17th St., Dade City. Applications are also available online at

For information about the 5K run, call (727) 235-8208 or (352) 521-5178. For information about the Guardian ad Litem program, call (352) 521-5178 or (727) 834-3493.

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The Lutz/Land O'Lakes Woman's Club will meet Thursday at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Coffee hour will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a general meeting with President Cheryl Benton presiding.

This month's program will be provided by the international affairs committee, chaired by Marilyn Bedke and Sharon Thomas. Members and guests will view a video of an international project call Feed the Children.

Also at this meeting, many of the club members will be entering their arts and crafts projects for judging. Winners of the local competition will continue to the district and state federation competition. All entries will be presented for viewing at this meeting.

The public is welcome to attend. For information call Benton at (813) 948-0823.

[Last modified January 22, 2006, 01:02:19]

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