Club News

Published December 17, 2006

Genealogical society honors local members

The Florida State Genealogical Society honored three local members at its 30th annual conference held last month in Melbourne.

The three - Roger Blohm of Dunedin, Leone Rouse of Safety Harbor and Kathryn Kay Turansky of Indian Rocks Beach, all members of the Suncoast Genealogy Society - were among 10 recipients of the society's Genealogy Outstanding Achievement Award.

Blohm is a founder and first vice president of the local society and later served as president. He held the position of librarian from 1983 to 1994. In 1996, he created an inventory of the Society materials on loan to the Palm Harbor Library, and in 1997 he was appointed to the library committee. Since 1991 he has been a substitute volunteer for genealogy at the Palm Harbor Library and is a regular volunteer in the Largo Library genealogy department. He served as archivist from 2000 to 2002 and has assisted the Seminar Committee since 1994. He also is a member of the Chautauqua County Genealogy Society in New York.

Rouse has been a member of the Suncoast Genealogy Society since 1997, and prior to that was a member of the Pinellas Genealogy Society. She has been active on the Cemetery Committee since 1999. She initiated and completed the canvassing of four local cemeteries to create a listing of names, grave locations, birth and death dates, tombstone inscriptions, and other relevant information. She is a docent at the Andrews Memorial Chapel in Dunedin and participates in the History Comes Alive programs presented every October at Dunedin Cemetery, where actors take on the roles of pioneers or family members who are buried in the cemetery and tell stories of Dunedin's history.

Turansky joined the Suncoast Genealogy Society in 1991, is a past secretary and has chaired several committees. In 1994 she became the editor of the Society's monthly newsletter, and she also edits a family newsletter, The Kroner Chronicles, which is now housed in the Wisconsin Archives. In 1997, she helped with the canvassing of Midway Cemetery in Palm Harbor. For seven years she has conducted classes on personal life history writing. She has completed three books and is working on a fourth.

The Suncoast Genealogy Society meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday at Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. in Palm Harbor. Guests are welcome. For information, call (727) 791-1983 or e-mail jamesamsj@aol.com.

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Lawn bowler honored; club selects officers

Clearwater Lawn Bowling Club member Barbara Roller was recently selected to represent the United States in the 2007 Asia/Pacific Lawn Bowling Tournament to be held Jan. 13-23 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Roller will be part of a 10-person team competing in the Triples and Fours.

She has accumulated points playing in tournaments throughout the 2005-06 Lawn Bowling season.

She also attended a camp where the USLBA Selection Committee made the decision that she would be a member of the USA Team.

The Clearwater Lawn Bowling Club also recently announced these following new officers: Cecilia Noble, president; Cathie Stephan, secretary; Jill Orchard, treasurer; and Pauleen Keenan, Joyce Lannan, Bruce Miller, LouAnn Mulvaney (assistant treasurer), Lenore Roach and Ken Roberts, directors.

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