The Inner Wheel Club of Dunedin North Rotary celebrated Christmas on Dec. 8 with brunch in the Palm Harbor home of past club president Melba Rilott. Club member Sara Wartenberg co-hosted. Both dressed in Victorian attire complete with mop caps and welcomed guests to a room filled with Christmas music and holiday decorations.
During the event, new members Jan Clark and Carol Thompson received their Inner Wheel membership pins.
The Association of the Inner Wheel of the United States was established in 1987. Led by a national governing body, the clubs focus on friendship, personal service and international understanding. The International Inner Wheel is one of the world's largest women's organizations and is represented in 103 countries.
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A gala dinner dance Dec. 7 at the Belleair Country Club included the Change of Watch for Island Estates Yacht Club.
James Ostrosky and outgoing Commodore Shirley Fazzina conducted the ceremony, during which the Commodore's Special Award was presented to Fleet Captain Scott Sanders and membership chairman Chuck Stebbins for their outstanding service.
New IEYC officers for 2013 are Scott Sanders, commodore; Laurelee Bernard, vice commodore; Dr. Robert Gunther, rear commodore; Jo Dean, secretary; and Patricia Ostrosky, treasurer.
The Change of Watch committee included co-chairs Patricia Ostrosky and Linda Garrity, and James Ostrosky, Mary O'Connor, Marilyn Garrity and Taylor and Shirley Heckert.
IEYC members and guests returned to Belleair Country Club on Jan. 1 to celebrate the beginning of the new year with a brunch buffet.
Commodore Scott Sanders welcomed the 65 attendees and social chair Marie Bard encouraged all to sign up for a committee on one of the monthly parties planned for 2013.
The highlight of the event was a video of the previous year's activities created and shown by Fay Nicholson, who received a standing ovation for her excellent production.
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The Tarpon Springs Princess Chasco Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, along with the Clearwater, Dunedin and New Port Richey DAR Chapters, co-hosted a luncheon honoring Florida State Regent Donna Cullen on Jan. 4 at Belleair Country Club.
Princess Chasco Chapter members presented Cullen with a donation for the Florida State Project and mementos from Tarpon Springs.
The Florida State Project is the renovation of Constitution Hall's D Street ramp at DAR headquarters in Washington, D.C. The ramp will be dedicated and renamed Florida Drive during the annual Continental Congress in June 2013.
Of the endeavor, Cullen said, "At last, Florida will have the honor of having our state name attached to our national headquarters for a project. And what an impressive location we will have, one that will be of service to thousands."
Total cost of the project is more than $140,000.
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