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Three enrolled in Florida Blood Services Century Donor Club

Three outstanding donors were enrolled into the Florida Blood Services Century Donor Club Nov. 11 at the Clearwater Donor Center, 1680 S Missouri Ave.

Ray Buchholz, who has donated 111 gallons, became a donor in 1980 with his first whole donation at St. Anthony's Blood Bank. He became a platelet donor in 1985 after reading an article about chemotherapy patients and their need for blood and platelets.

Buchholz is a Vietnam veteran and was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1967. He continues to donate because it does not cost anything and he wants to share his good health.

Joanne Gauzens, a 100-gallon donor, gave her first pint of blood on a dare from her husband. It was at their church's blood drive, where she donated at her husband's side while holding hands.

After that, Gauzens became a regular whole blood donor. When she learned that platelet donations help cancer patients, she began donating those as well, in memory of her older sister who died of leukemia, leaving behind a 9-month old son. Gauzens' motto is that if she can help prolong someone's life so they can see their children grow up, then she has helped in her sister's name.

Joe Beauchamp, also a 100-gallon donor, was a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 and remains active with American Legion Post 119, where he is sergeant at arms and a member of its honor guard.

Beauchamp's brother-in-law encouraged him to start donating platelets and it has been a competition between the two ever since to see who can give more. Beauchamp continues to donate to help the community and leukemia patients.

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The Florida Commodores Association hosted its Change of Watch at its annual meeting Oct. 22 at the Pensacola Yacht Club, Pensacola.

Larry Kimmerling, a member of the Clearwater Yacht Club and past commodore of the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club, was elected vice commodore of FCA.

Kimmerling and his wife, Barbara, have been interested in boating since their retirement in 1995 and have chaired local regattas.

The FCA promotes the customs and traditions of yacht clubs through educational programs and seminars, sponsorships for Olympic sailing athletes, leadership training and promotion of safe boating standards.

FCA membership is open to past commodores of recognized yacht clubs. Associate membership is available to other yacht club officers and spouses.

The Kimmerlings live in Redington Shores.

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The Scholet family of Clearwater was recognized by the Clearwater Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for their proper display of the American flag.

Dan Hooper, first vice president of the Clearwater Chapter of SAR, visited the Scholet home and presented Rand Scholet with a Certificate of Commendation.

Fifteen years ago, Scholet erected a 20-foot telescoping flagpole with the help of his children. The family then educated itself on proper flag etiquette, learning the different rules for cotton versus nylon flags, illumination requirements and other protocol.

The Scholet family maintains its flag display as a reminder of the service of America's active military and its veterans.

Three enrolled in Florida Blood Services Century Donor Club 11/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 4:38pm]
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