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Women's clubs active in the community

Published September 10, 2006

Two North Pinellas chapters of the General Federation of Women's Clubs GFWC have been active in fund-raising and recognized for their service to the community.

One was named club of the year by the state GFWC, while the other's fundraising has enabled it to award 10 grants to local community groups and projects.

North Pinellas Woman's Club (GFWC) has been named Club of the Year for the second consecutive year by the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs GFWC.

Other awards presented to the club included first place in conservation, education, newsletter, public relations, leadership and membership, and second place in programs.

The club also received first place and a monetary award from Shell Oil in the community improvement contest for its involvement in Parent University at Countryside High School in Clearwater.

Some of the group's service projects include making comfort pillows for breast cancer patients, placing children's books in local laundromats, making afghans for Boley Mental Health Centers, and supporting the Children's Cancer Center, Clothes to Kids, Kimberly Home and The Haven.

It also partners with the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce and produces the Harbor Sounds Arts and Crafts Show in the spring and the Dock of the Bay Arts and Crafts Show in the fall, which is planned for Oct. 7 and 8 at Marina Park in Safety Harbor.

Palm Harbor Women's Club (GFWC) has returned service to the community by awarding 10 grants as part of the club's Making a Difference grants program. Funds for these grants were raised at the 2005 Taste of Palm Harbor.

Grant money went to purchase new release DVDs for Movies for Troops in Iraq; art supplies for Riverside Academy; support for the after school programs of Cops/Kids; layettes for newborns at Pregnancy Center of Pinellas County; an outdoor swing/slide for UPARC; support for the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life; support for the Palm Harbor Library Adaptive Toy Program; equipment for Hospice of the Florida Suncoast Lifetime Legacies program; animal respirators for area fire trucks to assist the Humane Society of North Pinellas; and a cleft palate operation by Operation Smile.

Veterans install officers

Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars recently installed the following officers: William Justice, commander; Marilyn DiGirol, senior vice-commander; David Berry, junior vice-commander; George K. Smith, finance officer; Clair L. Miller, adjutant; John Krey, marshall; and Loyd Johnson, chaplain. For information on the group, contact G.H. Miller, 733-1291, or

Sisters attend convention

Four local members of Beta Pi Chapter of Phi Beta Psi recently attended the sorority's national convention held in St. Louis. They were Glenda Robinson, national first vice president and convention coordinator, Sarah Thompson, Vicky Cuevas and Patricia Mann. The national sorority donated $283,500 to cancer research and the local chapter was honored for contributing the most per capita. For information on the group, contact Thompson at (727) 452-4321 or Robinson at (727) 787-4066.

Kiwanis Club picks officers

Countryside-Clearwater Kiwanis Club recently elected the followingslate of officers and directors: Sarah Byars, president; John Nelson, vice-president; Bill Greer, secretary and Dan Palmisano, treasurer; Sal Gentile, Frank Ward, and Dick Luce, directors for a one-year term; and Wendy Hoy, Elmer Luoma and Jan Horn, directors for a two-year term. Outgoing President Tom DuLaney will also serve on the board. For further information on the club, see its Web site at or call (727) 723-0775.

UDC installs new officers

Mary Custis Lee Chapter 1451 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) Clearwater, recently installed the following officers: Ruth Mallonee, president; Jean Stuart, second vice- president; Mary Kitchen, third vice- president; Kay Holley, historian; Dorris Folwell, treasurer; Diana Byther, registrar; Rose Warren, recording secretary; Ruth Byther, recorder of military service awards; and Kris Armitage, chaplain. Carol Grimmer, first vice-president, was out of town and will be installed at a later date.

Educators install officers

North Pinellas County Retired Educators Association (NPCREA) recently installed the following officers: Barbara Watts, president; Mary Blackmon, vice president; Emile Carter, recording secretary; Nan Lanham, corresponding secretary; Patricia Berry, treasurer; and Lillie McGarrah, historian.

To submit an item write to Club News - Betsy Bolger-Paulet, 710 Court St., Clearwater FL 33756, fax to 727-445-4119 or E-mail to

[Last modified September 10, 2006, 07:11:56]

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