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    Kiwanis in Seminole named Florida's best

    The club is again selected No. 1 among 350 clubs in the state. It also corralled 13 awards.

    By JULIANNE WU

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 28, 2001


    SEMINOLE -- For the second time in three years, the Kiwanis Club of Seminole was selected as the best local Kiwanis Club among 350 in the state.

    The Seminole club won "distinguished club" as well as 12 other awards for a total higher than any other club in Florida. The awards were presented March 11 at the state convention in Orlando.

    Although the local club won a record 16 awards in 1999, 13 awards is nothing to sneeze at, said Jerry Tennant, co-editor of the club's bulletin. "It's still something special," he said.

    Among the awards: Bill Miller, the first Seminole Kiwanian to serve two different terms as president, won "distinguished president," and Bob Grant, who has served as secretary eight consecutive years, won "distinguished secretary."

    "I'm very excited," said Miller, who has been succeeded by Steve Zazzaro as president. "But it really doesn't surprise me. We have the hardest working Kiwanians around. They are a great bunch."

    He said he was thrilled to have been named distinguished president for a second time. He also received the honor in 1992-93, his first term as president.

    Members of the 47-person Seminole club received four first-place awards at the recent convention: Bob Sims for the Every Child A Swimmer project, which teaches youngsters how to swim; Gene Harris for the Horses and the Handicapped, which provides horseback riding for disabled youngsters; Bill Kinsey and others for the Key Club, the Kiwanis program at Seminole High School; and Jean White, who won the Frank S. Wright award for public relations.

    The club received four honorable mentions.

    Also, Scott Rose was honored with an outstanding sponsor award for the Builders Club, the middle school program. And the local club got kudos for its efforts at the Caring Corner, a convention project where Kiwanis wives sold handicrafts. The Seminole group raised more than $200, which supports Kiwanis projects.

    Last October, the Kiwanis Club of Seminole celebrated its 40th anniversary.

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