On its final trip of this fiscal year, the Fine Arts Society traveled to St. Petersburg on April 21, where members were given a docent-guided tour of the new $36 million Dali Museum.
In addition to information on Dali's life and work, features of the new structure, such as its open, circular staircase, wall of windows overlooking the water, hurricane-resistant architecture, and surrounding pools and garden maze were explained.
The museum also houses a gift shop, cafeteria, children's play room and a theater that shows informational videos on the artist every 10 minutes.
Following the tour, the group stopped for a light lunch at the Parkshore Grill.
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Fifth-grader Reegan Fabian was named Kiwanis Student of the Month for April at Safety Harbor Elementary.
She was selected by her teacher, Chuck Parsons, who descibes Reegan as a student who challenges herself, her classmates and her teacher. She comes to school prepared to work and leads her class by example. The voracious reader is not afraid to ask for help when she needs it and enriches the classroom lessons by asking probing questions.
Reegan and her parents were congratulated for a job well done.
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Nelson Jantzen of the Clearwater Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution received the Patriot Medal, the highest award given by the Florida Society, Sons of the American Revolution. David Sympson, president general of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and Gerald Meeks. president of the Florida Society, presented the award to Jantzen at the Florida Society annual meeting Saturday.
The Patriot medal is presented for long, faithful and outstanding service to the state society. The sterling silver medal is suspended from a chest ribbon of royal blue. The medal's design was selected by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who received the first medal posthumously at his tomb in Norfolk, Va. Oct. 19, 1964, where it is on permanent display.
The Florida Society consists of more than 1,800 members in 33 chapters throughout the state. Activities promote the patriotic, educational and historical interests resulting from the American Revolution. Programs include essay contests for high school students and Eagle Scouts, presentation of medals to college and high school ROTC students, poster contests for elementary school students, American Revolution presentations to elementary and middle school students, presentation of medals to public safety officials, Revolutionary War grave dedications, volunteer work with veterans, presentation of flag certificates to deserving organizations and schools, and participation in historic battle sites observances.