For his outstanding service to the community, Dunedin Masonic Lodge 192 presented Pinellas County sheriff's Deputy Dennis Komar with its 2012 Deputy of the Year award during a special breakfast meeting of the Dunedin Council of Organizations at Dunedin Golf Club.
Making the presentation was Ken Giesow, the master of Dunedin Lodge. Also in attendance were Capt. Glen Luben of North District Station and Sgt. Komar's supervisor, Capt. Bill Hagen, along with fellow officers from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Komar has been an employee since 1995; prior to that he was a Dunedin police officer for two years. During his tenure with the Sheriff's Office, he has served as a deputy and a corporal in both patrol and, most recently, as part of the agency's field training program, which is responsible for training all the agency's newly hired deputies. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in December 2010.
In his 17 years as a member of the agency, he has used only one week of sick time. And according to the agency, he consistently presents a professional appearance and the image of a trustworthy and competent law enforcement officer to the public.
Throughout 2011, Komar personally responded to more than 900 calls for service and reviewed and approved more than 1,500 reports written by deputies assigned to his squad.
For his efforts, Dunedin Lodge awarded Komar a plaque and a gift of $100, which the sergeant donated to the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch.
"Dunedin Lodge is proud of our long tradition of supporting local law enforcement personnel," said Giesow. "On behalf of the lodge, we congratulate Sgt. Komar and thank him for his years of service and dedication. We are proud of the PCSO."
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At the club level contest Jan. 29, four members of the Donoghue-Dunedin Toastmasters Club won slots to represent the club at an area-wide public speaking and table topics event later this month at the Clearwater Public Library, where they will compete against winners and runners-up of four other clubs in Area 21.
Doug Craft of Palm Harbor and Kate Chamberlin of Clearwater won first and second places respectively in the seven-minute prepared speech contests; Rob Tuttle of Dunedin and Nana Westmark of Clearwater won first and second places respectively in the two-minute table topics competition. Under new rules of the contests this year, both winners and runners-up in each contest advance to the next level of competition.
The contestants are striving to work their way through area, division and district contests for the chance to compete in the international contest in Cincinnati, Ohio, in August.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills to more than 280,000 members through a worldwide network of 13,500 clubs in 116 countries.
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On Feb. 1, the Tarpon Springs Princess Chasco Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the National Society of the DAR Flag of the USA Certificate of Award to Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home in Tarpon Springs for its proper use, correct display and patriotic presentation of the U.S. flag.
Accepting the award on behalf of the funeral home was funeral director Jerry Carson.
The DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization, whose mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.