On May 23, 1964 a group of organizations in Dunedin decided to begin meeting and sharing ideas and opinions on issues of communitywide interest. Calling itself the Dunedin Council of Organizations, its delivery method was in-person monthly meetings.
After 50 years, the Dunedin Council of Organizations still gathers to chat over breakfast.
"Of course, we make use of other technologies," said Peter Krulder, this year's DCO president, who pointed out the group's Facebook page and website. "But we really think nothing has come along that improves on the face-to-face meeting in efficiency of not only delivering information but also fostering a sense of community."
To recognize the 50 years of social interaction, DCO has been spotlighting original members during this year's 7 a.m. breakfast meetings held the third Friday of every month at Dunedin Golf Club.
John Tornga, DCO's first vice president, believes that having organizations involved that long is a testament to the value of such a group in the community. People return because they understand the importance of sharing ideas face-to-face.
Plans to publish a membership directory this fall honoring the 50th anniversary are under way. Membership chair Lynn Smeraldo hopes that groups, businesses and individuals that have been members in the past (especially those from 50 years ago), as well as new people who are interested in sharing timely information along with the sense of community, will contact DCO to become members.
Yearly dues are $15 for individuals, $20 for nonprofits and $55 for businesses.
Guests are invited to this month's meeting at 7 a.m. Friday at Dunedin Golf Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin, where Vinnie Luisi from the Dunedin Historical Museum will present a look at the last 50 years of Dunedin history. Cost is $8.
For more information visit the group's Facebook page or its website at dunedincounciloforganizations.com.
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Every two months during the school year the Safety Harbor Kiwanis Club recognizes the accomplishments of two Safety Harbor Middle School students by awarding each a Seahawk trophy.
This period, seventh-grader Morgan Covington was selected by Spanish teacher Jennifer Fegel for her straight As and for being a caring person who loves to help others. Morgan is a member of the school's Spanish Club and participates in other extracurricular activities.
Jessica Mihalics was chosen by teacher Deanna Barthel for her willingness to help peers and teachers whenever needed. The eighth-grader is described as a kind, empathetic person who demonstrates exceptional citizenship.
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