Published May 16, 2007

High Fives

Hernando Christian Academy had its Family Jamboree in the school's gym on March 30. The jamboree was an evening of family fun with door prizes, food and discussions about the vision for the future of HCA.

Hernando Christian is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and is a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association. Since 1981, the mission of the school has been "Building Leaders with Christian Character."

Clubs and Organizations

Through its bingo charities and in conjunction with past state president Ben Brown Jr., administrator of the Florida State Elks Children's Therapy Services, Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 was able to purchase a tilt table for Joey Burns, 16, of Brooksville.

Burns has been in a coma-like state for two years following a football accident. To stimulate his breathing, relieving him of fluid in the lungs and possibly keeping him from static-pneumonia, the table will assist his liquid feeding and help with muscle stimuli, as well as elevate him.

Yevette Lambert, a therapist from the Florida State Elks Children's Therapy Services, instructed Tania Burns, Joey's mom, on the use of the table and exercises. The total cost of the table was $2, 334.

In other news at the lodge, $125 was donated from the lodge's charity account to have a pizza party for the veterans at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes.

Wayne Getz, chairman of the lodge's bingo charity account, donated the following: $500 to Toy Makers Inc. to make wooden toys for children in area hospitals; $500 to the National Veterans Service Commission for birthday parties, bingo prizes and refreshments at Baldomero; $500 to the Relay for Life Cancer Walk in Hudson; and $1, 000 to the Haley House.

During the past month, Bill Tousignant, chairman of the lodge's blood bank, said the lodge collected 12 pints of blood. Bill Borrusch, chairman of the lodge's Adopt-A-Road program, with the assistance of 14 volunteers, collected 16 bags of rubbish from a 2-mile stretch of U.S. 19.

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At the suggestion of members Angie Baldwerson and Kathy Minotti, Elks Lodge 2582 in Brooksville sponsored an Elk Idol Contest.

Following three weeks of tryouts, eight participants competed. Then there were three. The master of ceremonies was Lynn Hagerman. The finale was April 8, and the judges included Bill Woods, Melissa Locke and Jerry Haensler. Paper ballots were passed out so people seated in the lounge could also vote.

The first-place winner was Ed Gallaway, who appealed to the crowd with his country and western style singing. He received $75. Second place went to Jane Aylwin, who took home a $50 cash prize. Third place was awarded to Joe Morrow, who received $25.

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The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill invited Mark Henderson, assistant manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on U.S. 19, and Stacey Leggett, program manager for the Hernando County Library System, to its recent lunch meeting.

President Al Johnson, Godfrey Eason and Mark Henderson presented a check for $1, 000 to Leggett. The check will help with new laptop computers for the teen room at the Spring Hill Branch Library.

The club, which had previously made its own donation toward the project, donated the additional funds thanks to a grant from Wal-Mart. The laptop computers will support after-school tutoring and homework help in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill.

Kiwanis members on the committee include Godfrey Eason, Beverly Reso, Cathy Edmisten, Al Johnson, Irv Homer and Rich Boothby.

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The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill recently nominated member Richard Boothby as lieutenant governor-elect to represent Division 8 of the Florida District of Kiwanis. Division 8 spans Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties, and the clubs include Brooksville, Central Ridge/Crystal River, Dade City, Dunnellon, Homosassa Springs, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill and Zephyrhills.

Boothby has been a member of the Spring Hill club for more than 10 years. He was distinguished president from 2001-02 and distinguished secretary from 2005 to present.

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