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Mr. and Mrs. Countryside: Jeff Davis, Marsha Mullett honored

Jeff Davis and Dr. Marsha Mullett, Mr. and Mrs. Countryside 2011, were recognized Sept. 20 at a reception that included family, friends and city officials at Countryside Country Club.

Chosen by past winners, Mullett and Davis were selected based on their volunteer service to the community.

"We look for people who live in the Countryside area: U.S. 19 to Curlew Road to McMullen-Booth north to Union Street, including the Woodgate area," explained Bob Bentz, Mr. Countryside 2004. "They may have begun as volunteers helping out their own children, but have broadened their scope and even taken on new ventures."

Jeff Davis, a 1969 graduate of Dunedin High, played college baseball at both St. Petersburg Junior College and the University of South Florida, where he received his master's degree in physical education in 1974.

He was employed by the University of South Florida for 15 years, serving as assistant baseball coach, associate athletic director, and one year as the interim athletic director in 1985.

In 1989 he was named athletic director at St. Petersburg Junior College and worked there 16 years, serving the final 10 as the associate provost of the Clearwater campus.

Davis worked four years at Countryside High, where he was an assistant football coach for the varsity and junior varsity football teams before retiring in August 2010.

His community involvement includes volunteer work at Heritage United Methodist Church in Clearwater and related community outreach programs in the Countryside area.

Davis has cooked breakfast at 5:30 a.m. every Friday for 12 years as part of the church's Lighthouse Program for senior high youth attending both Countryside and other area high schools.

For 14 years he has served in a leadership capacity for a monthly spaghetti dinner fundraising project, which raises $10,000 to $15,000 annually, enabling Pinellas County disadvantaged youth to attend Christian summer camps.

For 15 years, Davis has served meals monthly to the homeless at St. Vincent De Paul Society food center, and most recently, assists in cooking meals for monthly distribution at the new Safe Harbor homeless shelter near Largo.

Davis has coordinated the New Member Program for 16 years at Heritage UMC, which includes assisting in recruitment and education outreach to the Countryside community.

Dr. Marsha Mullett's primary volunteer position is as missions director for Heritage United Methodist Church. She sets up teams and participates in cooking and serving dinners to the Pinellas Safe Harbor homeless shelter twice a month and raises money, food, supplies and manpower to support various programs including Isaiah's Inn, Suncoast Hospice, New Life Solutions Pregnancy Center of Pinellas County, PACE for Girls, Church and Community Outreach of Safety Harbor, Pinellas County Jail, Clothes To Kids and Eckerd Community Alternatives.

Other local volunteer endeavors include the Pack-A-Sack Program that supplies extra food for needy schoolchildren to take home on Fridays, and the filling of 400 backpacks with school supplies for the new school year. The backpacks are delivered to Isaiah's Inn, Good Samaritan Missions, Southeast Asian Relief (serving local Vietnamese children), Safety Harbor Neighborly Family Center and United Methodist Cooperative Ministries.

Nationally, Mullett is involved with the Navajo Indian Nation and the Appalachian people of Tennessee.

Internationally, she's been on three mission teams to Zambia, led a team to Haiti in 2010 providing outreach to earthquake victims, raised money and mission-team support for Costa Rica Radical Life Ministries and helped Brazil OC International construct a medical and dental clinic in the village of Ariri, Sao Paulo.

At Heritage UMC, Mullett has designed and orchestrated two Global Ministry celebrations (four-day events) that have raised more than $300,000 in pledges to support volunteer programs.

She has also volunteered as a parent/teacher fellowship advisor at Calvary Christian High School, was a youth ministry leader and mentor at Heritage United Methodist Church serving on 14 mission trips, and volunteered as a marriage mentor and Bible study facilitator.

Until her retirement, Mullett shared a dentistry practice in Clearwater with her husband, Dr. Daniel Mullett.

Davis and Mullett received a personal plaque of recognition and their names will be added to the community plaque at Countryside Recreation Center.

Mr. and Mrs. Countryside: Jeff Davis, Marsha Mullett honored 09/20/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 8:12pm]
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