By BETSY BOLGER-PAULET
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2001
Lodge brothers, friends, family, and city dignitaries were on hand when Dunedin Lodge No. 192 F&AM recently celebrated the 100th birthday of longtime member James F. Sullivan. Master of ceremonies and lodge secretary Romeo Scerbo presented the centenarian with a special plaque commemorating the milestone event.
John Drewett, deputy grand master of the 20th Masonic District, presented Sullivan with a special Grand Lodge pin on behalf of Louis A. King, grand master of the state of Florida.
Cecil Englebert, Dunedin councilman and former mayor, presented Sullivan, also a longtime friend and fellow lodge brother, with gifts on behalf of the city of Dunedin.
Sullivan was born March 24, 1901. He has been a Mason for 79 years. When he moved to Dunedin in 1955, he became an active member of the Dunedin lodge.
He served as secretary for several years and in 1969 was elected worshipful master. In 1976, Sullivan was appointed deputy grand master of the 19th Masonic District (which has been divided into the 20th and 21st Districts).
The GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club recently presented its prestigious Daisy Award to the Watson Center (formerly the Pinellas Center for the Visually Impaired).
The center provides services and education to visually impaired people of all ages in Pinellas County.
The Woman's Club gives the annual award to a local non-profit organization for outstanding service to the community. This is the 30th year for the award. For information on the group, call Dee Davis at (727) 560-8707.
Upper Pinellas Chapter of American Business Women's Association recently named Jane Obergfell as the Chapter Woman of the Year, an annual award that recognizes a member who upholds the organization's mission and makes a significant contribution to the chapter.
Obergfell, a member for 12 years, has held several committee and officer positions and currently is membership committee co-chairman. She was an ABWA team leader for Race for the Cure, a fun-run and walk for breast cancer research.
She works as a nurse at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, and is co-owner of Phoenix Services Inc.
Retired Army Col. Curtis L. Lamm was installed president of Mid-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Retired Officers Association at a recent ceremony at Louis Pappas Riverside Restaurant, Tarpon Springs.
Other officers installed by retired Marine Lt. Col. Fred Edwards, president of the Council of Chapters TROA of Florida, include Jessica Monk, secretary; Maj. Susan Berehulka, treasurer; and Lt. Col. William J. Cichanski, Lt. Col. William H. Schnepp, Capt. Elsie Cichanski, Doris Bary and Sharon Lamm, directors. Retired Navy Capt. William M. Monk was recognized as immediate past president.
Lamm appointed Col. Michael N. Mattie to the office of first vice president, and Lt. Col. Rebecca S. Carlson as second vice president.
For information, call (727) 943-9544.
-- To submit an item to Club News, write to Betsy Bolger-Paulet, 710 Court St., Clearwater FL 33756.