At its annual foundation dinner Feb. 20, Inner Wheel of Dunedin North received a $23,125 missions grant from First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, a $2,000 grant from the Dunedin Rotary Club and a $1,000 grant from the Dunedin North Rotary Club. All of these funds will be put toward Inner Wheel's Happier Futures campaign to fit children who have upper limb deficiencies with myoelectric arms.
The evening began with dinner and a video presentation by Dan Strzempka of Hanger Prosthetics, which partners with Inner Wheel to provide myoelectric arms to children under age 18 across the country.
Inner Wheel USA Foundation chairman Gill Broadaway recognized Inner Wheel of Dunedin North for contributing $63,000 since its inception to the foundation.
As of October 2013, the foundation had assisted 58 children with upper limb deficiencies, and 10 more are on the waiting list.
The donated myoelectric arms have enabled an 18-year-old who lost his arm to an alligator in 2012 to fish once more, a 6-year-old to enjoy his favorite video games again and a young woman in Portland, Ore., to fulfill her dream of playing the cello.
"It's just so good to see visually how we're helping these children," said Broadaway, who noted that the foundation has provided more than $1 million in prostheses since 2004.
The average cost for a myoelectric limb fitting is $9,000, Broadaway said. The rest of the expense — training, physical therapy and occupational therapy — is donated through Hanger.
Children who receive prostheses are tracked by Inner Wheel until they reach age 18.
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Two physicians, Muni L. Narayan and Janaki L. Narayan, were recently honored as Doctors of the Year for the Clearwater Free Clinic by the Top of the Bay Kiwanis Club.
The free clinic is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit, nongovernment medical facility that provides free comprehensive medical care to qualified low-income, uninsured adults and children living in mid and upper Pinellas County.
The entire staff provides services on a pro-bono basis, and in 2013, the clinic provided care for more than 14,000 patients. The clinic also started the Clearwater Free Dental Clinic that serves the same clientele, with dentists serving pro bono.
The Top of the Bay Kiwanis Club is one of several community service organizations supporting the clinic, which relies solely on community financial support, grants and donated goods and services.
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Clearwater Masonic Lodge No. 127 F. & A.M. recently welcomed Ethan Ryan Robertson and Scott Paul Enser as Master Masons who were raised to 3rd Degree status.
Before the evening degree program, dinner was prepared and served. Many out-of-town and local guests attended and assisted in the second half of the degree ceremony. William Sundquist, from Nitram Lodge No. 188, was the guest lecturer.
Assisting in the Master Mason Degree ceremony were the officers of Clearwater Lodge No. 127, including John Brown Jr., sitting worshipful master; David Griffin, senior warden; Dario Chaviano, junior warden; Ron De Guimera, senior deacon; Leo Saito, junior deacon; Albert Baker, senior steward; Dorian Latorre, junior steward; Mark Birenbaum, secretary; David Soderland, tyler; Bryant Davis, chaplain; and Mark LeMacher, musician.
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