The Rotary Club of East Lake Sunrise set a one-day record for giving this holiday season. Seven local charities each received a check for $1,000 from the 5-year old club.
East Lake Rotary president Bob Bollenback said, "We have always been better at raising money than giving it out. Today we are going to change that."
The groups receiving checks were: Ready for Life; Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pinellas County; The Children's Home; Clothes to Kids; Homeless Emergency Project; Neighborly Care Network; and the Haven of Religious Community Services.
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The Florida Society of the Sons of the American Revolution president William Stevenson was the guest of honor at the Clearwater chapter's meeting Dec. 16, where he conducted the officer installation ceremony.
New officers for 2010-2011 are George Pratt, president; Danny Hooper, first vice president; Kenneth Nichol, second vice president; Grant Wallin, secretary; Leon Hammock, treasurer; Parks Honeywell, registrar; David Kitchen, chaplain; Nelson Jantzen, sergeant at arms; and James Welch, David Kitchen and Nelson Jantzen, governors at large.
The Clearwater chapter serves the communities of north Pinellas and Pasco counties. Activities include programs to promote the patriotic, educational and historical aspects of the American Revolution.
Men and boys who are interested in documenting their relationship to American Revolution ancestors and joining an active group with similar interests are encouraged to contact Parks Honeywell at (727) 372-4641.