The GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club honored longtime member and former president Ellie Lee with its Volunteer of the Year award at the club's annual holiday luncheon at the Carlouel Yacht Club, Clearwater.
A member since 1994, Ms. Lee has served as director of District 14, leading workshops, presiding at club installations and serving as a mentor to members. As part of the club's outreach to the community, she has been a driver for Meals on Wheels for many years. She has been an inspiration to members and is most noted for always being calm, cool and committed to the club and community.
Several members were honored with a certificate from the General Federated Woman's Clubs for memberships of 25 years or more. Alice Thalheimer and Marian Dunn are two of the founding members still active in the club.
The club's art department, led by Barbara DeBarr, was also recognized for the outstanding tree created for this year's Festival of Trees. Since 2000, the art department has decorated a tree for the festival, which helps support numerous area nonprofit organizations.
Short stories' happy endings
In December, the Largo Public Library announced the winners of the 25th annual Stanley Shalit Short Story Competition for grades 4-5, sponsored by the Friends of the Largo Library. This year's theme was "Window on the World," and more than 170 entries were received from public, private and home-schooled students.
Library assistant director Steve Bumgarner and Largo Mayor Pat Gerard were on hand to present the awards. First-place winner of $100 and an engraved plaque was Sarah Bogart of Curtis Fundamental Elementary; second place and a $75 award went to Lexa Armstrong of Ridgecrest Elementary; and Jaya Ahmad Nair of James B. Sanderlin Elementary received third place and a $50 award. Jonathan Eric Moreno, Nicholas Pero, Jeffrey M. Stott, Ethan Burkhalter and Erin King, all from Curtis Fundamental, received honorable mention and a $20 award.
Corps totes up toys for 1,500 homes
The Morris M. Dixon Jr. Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Clearwater completed another successful Toys for Tots campaign. Under the direction of Pete Krystal, toys were collected, sorted and distributed to children from more than 1,500 families in upper Pinellas County.
Partners in the Toys for Tots program include the U.S. Postal Service, which performed a one-day collection of toys; numerous employees of the Home Shopping Network, who helped sort the toys; and members of the local Army, Navy and Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs at area high schools, who helped collect and distribute the toys, as well as a number of dedicated volunteers.
Students of month chosen from CCC
Clearwater Central Catholic High School and CCC alumnus Katherine Jones (Class of '88), of the Katherine Jones Insurance Agency Inc. in Clearwater, congratulate junior Hallie Kritsas, selected the State Farm Student of the Month; and freshman Laura Nauert, selected Student-Athlete of the Month.
Hallie Kritsas of Belleair is an honor student with a 4.35 GPA. She is a member of the Spanish Honor Society, Art Honor Society and International Thespian Society. She is treasurer of the Drama Club, co-chairman of the Ambassadors and a member of Student Council, Peer Ministry and the International Club.
Laura Nauert of Dunedin qualified for November's State Championship Cross Country meet and is also a member of the track and field team. She is a hard-working, dedicated student who has quickly made her mark at CCC.
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