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    Club news

    By BETSY BOLGER-PAULET

    © St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000


    Clearwater Civitan Clubs welcome members, officers

    Two new members, Evelyn Dorova and Rachel Ratekin, were recently inducted into Clearwater Civitan Clubs, and donations were presented to several local schools at the annual installation meeting.

    Dr. Mary Sackoff of Calvin Huntsinger School, Ginger Baptist of Paul Stevens Special Education Center and Paul Wirth of Safety Harbor Secondary School were each presented with a check for $500. The money came from the Civitan Adopt a School project funds.

    The presentation was made by George Van Diver, chairman/treasurer of the Civitan Candy Box project, which supports the program.

    Also 2,000 pens and pencils were donated to the three principals and to Civitans Bonnie Skaggs, director of the Suncoast Epilepsy Association, and Barbara Green, director of the Homeless Emergency Project.

    Officers installed by Guylene Kelly of Auburndale, state governor of Civitan, include Betty Leiby, president; Priscilla Ingraham, president-elect; Fred Novo-Mesky, secretary; Sue Meir, treasurer; George Vandiver, chaplain; and Carl Leiby, sergeant-at-arms.

    Sutherland Masonic Lodge initiates new members

    Sutherland Masonic Lodge 174, F&AM, Palm Harbor recently initiated three new members as entered apprentices: Jack Bostrom of Clearwater and Bryan Cook and John Hanson, both of Dunedin. Bostrom runs a taxi service in Clearwater; Cook is the owner of the Blue Smoke Cigar shop in Dunedin; and Hanson is the proprietor of Hanson's Sign & Neon Inc. in Palm Harbor.

    The degree team for the evening included Tim Bryce, Sid Heller, Tom Cox, Clarence Jennings, Ken James II, Garry Sullivan, Ken James, Walter Mazelis, Steve Branham, Louis Thomas, John Grasso, Alan Leverock, Warren Bundy and John Tyrkala. The lecture was delivered by Jerald A. Puigdomenech of Tarpon Lodge No. 112 F&AM.

    Suncoast Basha veterans group elects officers

    Suncoast Basha of the China-Burma-India Veterans Association recently elected Charles "Buddy" Fisher as senior vice commander. Fisher, a fighter pilot with the 14th Air Force during World War II, was recognized in 1999 as Volunteer Coordinator of the Year at MacDill Air Force Base, where he has logged more than 2,000 hours of volunteer time.

    Members, all of whom served in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II, reside in northern Pinellas, western Pasco and southern Hernando and meet on the first Sunday from September through June. For information, call Elizabeth Robinson at (727) 445-0693 or Gene Harris at (727) 784-4455.

    - To submit an item to Club News, write to Betsy Bolger-Paulet, 710 Court St., Clearwater FL 33756.

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