Merit scholarship awarded: St. Petersburg resident Ryan A. Sutherland was selected as a Norman C. and Henry J. Miller Dean's Achievement Scholar in the Emory Scholars Program at Emory College of Arts and Sciences. The $10,000 per year scholarship is based on merit, and applies to the cost of tuition. As a Dean's Achievement Scholar, Sutherland will also become a member of the Emory Scholars Program community, which offers special programs and services as well as eligibility to apply for grants for summer and academic year opportunities. Recipients are selected by the Dean's Achievement Scholarship Committee made up of Emory faculty and staff and Emory Scholar alumni.
Chapter takes top honors: The St. Petersburg-Pinellas Chapter of Business and Professional Women earned the most awards and top honors at the annual state conference in Orlando in June. The chapter won eight awards for its achievements in educational and legislative programming and membership growth. It also won Local Organization of the Year for the second time. Other awards received include Best Original Video, Best Overall Public Relations, Eagle Award, Hortense K. Wells Trophy, Sacagawea Award, Barnie Shuhi Education Award and honorable mention for budget submission.
CASA hotline upgraded: The domestic violence center Community Action Stops Abuse, or CASA, will get an upgrade to its 24-hour hotline thanks to a $50,000 grant through Verizon's Hopeline. Because of the growing number of callers, the grant will help get the calls addressed quicker and more efficiently. Every year, CASA receives more than 5,000 calls to its hotline and serves as a means for survivors to get shelter, counseling and get in touch with support groups and legal services.
Honor bell: Seminole Lake Rotary Club presented an Honor Bell to the Seminole Fire Department July 18. Fire Chief Heather Burford, Deputy Chief Terry Tokarz and City Council members attended along with former fire Chiefs Jim McConnell and George Bessler and former Deputy Chief Doug Meyer. Seminole Chamber of Commerce members Roger Edleman and Gretchen Barnhorn also attended. Lt. Scott Eddinger explained the history and significance of tolling the bell to memorialize fallen fire department members. From left are Bessler, Eddinger, Jeremy Newton, Burford and Tokarz.