Italian bakery fare took center stage at a charity event hosted by the Rotary Club of Clearwater Beach Jan. 5 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel on Clearwater Beach.
The event, organized by the club's fundraising chairman, John Funk, featured master chefs Gianluca De Lucia and Caterina Mirra, who shared their experience in Italian baked goods and pastries.
Guests of the Rotary Club enjoyed a menu of lasagna, salty pies, traditional pizza alla Pala and a variety of breads and desserts at the European-style dinner.
The Rotary Club of Clearwater Beach supports worldwide Rotary charities as well as a variety of local charities including the Clearwater Free Clinic, Isaiah's Inn, Rotary Camp Florida, Rotary Youth Exchange, Seminar 4 Tomorrow's Leaders, Suncoast Hospice and the Rotary Foundation.
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Highland Lakes Masonic High 12 Club No. 566 recently installed officers for 2014.
They are Eugene Counsel, president; Larry Clement, first vice president; Martin Saltzman, second vice president; George Puckhaber, secretary; Jack Mitchell, treasurer; Glenn Banks, Masonic representative; Gerald Phillips, sergeant-at-arms; George Puckhaber, Wolcott representative; Gordon Goodman, chaplain; and Bill Norris, Fred Kaufman and Roger Cochran, directors.
The club promotes, sponsors and assists in many community youth activities and meets the first Tuesday of every month at Leo's Italian Grill in Palm Harbor.
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The GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club presented its 2013 Volunteer of the Year award to Clearwater resident Judy Blanton at the club's annual holiday luncheon at Countryside Country Club.
Since joining the club in 2009, Blanton has served on numerous committees and continues to make an impact on the club. Her activities include involvement with RCS Food Bank and her homeowners association. She received an award as a GFWC Junior Advisor in Florida, served as a poll worker during elections and was the leadership candidate in 2009 representing GFWC-CCWC in District 14.
The General Federation of Women's Clubs, founded in 1890, is one of the world's oldest volunteer service organizations, dedicated to community improvement and enhancing the lives of others.
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