On June 28 at Clearwater City Hall, Mayor George Cretekos presented an Independence Day proclamation to the Clearwater chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, noting that the Independence Day holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
The proclamation was received by Dan Hooper, Nelson Jantzen, John Sagert and Art Hays of the Sons of the American Revolution,
The Sons of the American Revolution seeks to inspire the American community at large with patriotism and to maintain and extend the institution of American freedom.
The Clearwater chapter was chartered on Dec. 10, 1951, and has grown to be one of the largest chapters in Florida. Members — descendants of those who served in the American Revolution — reaffirm their faith in the principles of liberty and the constitutional republic.
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Looking for a way to give back to the community?
The Clearwater Civitan Club, which serves upper Pinellas County, is seeking additional members who are at least 18 years old and interested in volunteering at the club's projects, fundraisers and social gatherings.
Fundraisers include coin and candy box placement and servicing year-round, two annual garage sales, and Claxton fruitcake sales and deliveries in November and December. Proceeds help support the club's various projects and a scholarship program.
Other club activities include a "welcome back" breakfast for teachers and staff at both Paul Stephens and Calvin Hunsinger schools in August; participation in Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor; celebration of Clergy Week and Law Week; and helping out with the Challenger Division of Clearwater Little League games from February to April. The club also sponsors a Little League team.
Individual club members volunteer at Clearwater's Moccasin Lake Park and at Hammock Park in Dunedin. Members also volunteer to help organizations such as the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater, the Salvation Army and Meals on Wheels.
The Clearwater Civitan Club offers leadership opportunities, welcomes new ideas and projects, and joins in supporting them to improve the quality of life in the community, state and nation. Globally, the Civitan International Research Center, located at the Medical Center of the University of Alabama in Birmingham, is dedicated to brain research and the treatment of developmental diseases.
The club, part of Civitan International for 60 years, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month in Room 12 at Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater.
Regular meetings feature guest speakers and generally last about an hour. Business meetings are also scheduled. Dues are less than $100 annually.
For more information, call Fred in Largo at (727) 584-0461, Ron or Sue in Clearwater at (727) 726-6410, or Earle in Palm Harbor at (727) 786-4535.