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By BETSY BOLGER-PAULET
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 11, 2000
Tom Collias of Palm Harbor recently was raised to the degree of Master Mason at Sutherland Masonic Lodge 174, Palm Harbor. Collias works with R.S. Hughes Co., Tampa, and lives in Westlake Village with his wife and three children. He is a member and elder of Community Presbyterian Church, Palm Harbor.
The degree team that performed the ceremony included Walter Mazelis, Ken James Sr., Frank Sloan, Ken James II, Tim Bryce, Steve Branham, Louis Thomas, Warren Bundy, Sid Heller, Mike Beijar, all from Sutherland Lodge, and special guests Tom Cox of Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge 291, Madeira Beach; Andy Nicholson of Tampa Bay Masonic Lodge 252, Safety Harbor; Carl Gilmore of Tarpon Masonic Lodge 112, Tarpon Springs; Ed Phero of Masonic Lodge 127, Clearwater; and Romeo Scerbo and Mike Wheeler, both of Masonic Lodge 192, Dunedin. The Master Mason lecture was delivered by Jim Rocha of Tampa Bay Lodge No. 252 F&AM.
At the Adopt-A-Class pancake breakfast last month sponsored and served by members of Kiwanis Club of Palm Harbor at Lake St. George Elementary School, the theme was "Pride of America." More than 200 tickets were sold, which raised more than $470 to help pay for the Adopt-A-Class program at the school.
Students had their faces painted in patriotic colors by fourth-grade teacher Debby Wertz, and patriotic music was presented by the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus directed by Suzanne Norcraft. Table decorations included red, white and blue place mats made by kindergarteners and centerpieces made by the fourth-graders.
Tiffany's Restaurant donated pancake mix for the event, which was hosted by Kiwanians Nick Ottiano, Carl Heifetz, Murray Smith, Marty Bretthauer, Gene Davis, Joe Varsalone, Seth Bliven, Darry Schroader, Richard Deisler, Duane Young, Bud Stein, John Burnham, Nat Middleton, John Papuga, Del Disler and John Kiker. Locations and dates of upcoming breakfasts are Sutherland Elementary School, Jan. 27; Palm Harbor Elementary School, Feb. 10; and Palm Harbor Middle School, March 17.
Since the program started in 1996, the club has raised more than $20,000 for elementary and middle schools. For information call Heifetz at (727) 945-0061.
In a collaborative effort, members of Caladesi Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and Clearwater Harbor Confederate Sentinels Chapter of the Children of the Confederacy recently brought gifts to residents of the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines.
The DAR members brought handmade lap robes, caps, toilet articles and books, and the Children of the Confederacy made and filled 41 ditty bags for residents. Also, an American flag was presented by the Caladesi Chapter to become part of the Bay Pines Avenue of Flags.
- To submit an item to Club News, write to Betsy Bolger-Paulet, 710 Court St., Clearwater FL 33756.