The 85 members of the GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the club's founding.
It's been a busy decade for the group.
"Over the years, we have tackled many projects related to the arts, conservation, education, home life, international outreach and public issues," said founding president Jane Hussar, "and the club has been named most outstanding woman's club in Florida for three of those years."
The club has distributed more than 2,500 "Comfort Pillows" to cancer centers, doctors' offices and individuals who are going through cancer treatment. The pillows provide comfort after surgery when placed between a vehicle seat belt and the chest.
Since 2005, more than 20,000 books have been placed into the hands of children and their families through the club's Book Fairy Project, so that children have something to read while waiting for their parents in places such as health clinics, summer camps, family centers and schools.
For initiating Teen Dating 101 at Countryside High School and for providing Boxes of Love to families leaving domestic violence situations, the club was recognized by the Haven of RCS in 2012 with its Korosy Path to Peace Award for its efforts to end domestic violence.
The club welcomes women of all ages who want to serve their community.
"We are currently preparing for Christmas Under the Oaks Arts and Crafts Show to be held at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.," said Hussar.
"The proceeds will fund a new community grant and scholarship program in 2014, as well as fund projects our members love."
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Teachers and staff at two Clearwater schools, Calvin A. Hunsinger and Paul B. Stephens, were treated to breakfast Aug. 12 and Aug. 15, respectively, by the Clearwater Civitan Club. Fresh fruit, muffins and an assortment of pastries were served.
"The breakfast is a thank-you for the dedication of the staff and the excellent work that they do," said Fred Novo-Mesky, who was joined at the event by fellow club members Carl and Betty Leiby and Clearwater Civitan president Earle Lusk.
Lusk presented checks for $750 to each school's principal, Douglas Keimig of Hunsinger and Gail Cox of Stephens, for support of their school programs.
Brad Burnstein of Hunsinger and Theodore Machler of Stephens were recognized as outstanding individuals, and each received a $500 scholarship check.
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