GFCW Clearwater Community Woman's Club member Urith Fitzgerald has been awarded the club's most coveted award, 2009 Volunteer of the Year.
A member since 1988, she has served the club in many elected and chairmanship positions, including president from 2006 to 2008 and at the state level as FFWC District 14 registration chair.
"It is an honor and a privilege to nominate this woman who is so unassuming, intelligent and giving to her club and the community," said Judy Lutz, club member and past GFWC international president, "Her quiet leadership and even demeanor make her the 'go-to' member in the club."
A practicing lawyer, Fitzgerald gives pro-bono assistance to many local individuals and organizations needing legal advice and recently accepted a position on the Clearwater Library Foundation board.
Another long time CWCC member, Margeurite Blackwood, was awarded four blue ribbons for her photography in different categories at the club's annual art show. Blackwood's work will go, along with other first place winners, to the FFWC District 14 art festival this month.
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At a recent dinner at Clearwater Country Club, the Springtime City Kiwanis Club of Clearwater and invited guests paid tribute to police chief Sid Klein, who will retire Feb. 26 after 47 years in law enforcement.
Klein, along with his family, received good wishes from many, including past Kiwanis president and governor, John H. Williams, and former Clearwater commissioner, Bill Justice.
When asked what saying best characterized how he thought his job should be carried out, the chief said, "Always do the right thing."
Klein and his wife, Kelly, plan to move to a new home in the Florida Panhandle.