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AARP appoints director for southeast region

Published Oct. 18, 2005

Paul H. Riley of Palm Harbor has been appointed vice president of Area 4 of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). As a volunteer, he will oversee the activities of more than 4.3-million AARP members in the southeastern United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and the Virgin Islands.

Riley is a former AARP Florida state director. He also has served as an associate state director and as a member of its legislative committee for Florida. Riley has been active in the Retired Officers Association and the National Defense Transportation Association.

AARP, an organization of people ages 50 and older, serves members through legislative advocacy, research, informative programs and community services provided by volunteers in a network of chapters throughout the country.

The AARP state office is in St. Petersburg.

Allstate Foundation donates to Hospice Care

The Allstate Foundation has contributed $2,500 to Hospice Care Inc. to aid the agency in providing assistance to individuals and families adjusting to the death of a loved one.

According to Hospice executive director Mary Labyak, the grant will enable Hospice to offer more individual and family counseling, grief support groups and community education programs.

Hospice reaches more than 2,000 families per year, but "there are many, many individuals and families out there whom we simply haven't had the resources to serve," Ms. Labyak said.

"We'd also like to make more bereavement services available to local corporations through their employee assistance programs or human resources departments," she said.

Hospice Care Inc. is a community-based organization that provides physical, emotional, social and spiritual support services to terminally ill adults and children.

Hospice Care Foundation elects 1990-91 officers

The Hospice Care Foundation board of trustees has elected its officers for the 1990-91 term.

Robert Wharrie, a lawyer with the St. Petersburg firm of Wharrie and Porter, has been elected chairman.

Herbert Green of the Compass Agency in St. Petersburg will serve another term as vice-chairman. Linda Melba, marketing manager of Basetec Office Systems in Largo, was elected secretary; and Erwin Abrams, vice president for the consulting services division of Medcross, is treasurer.

Palm Harbor Sertoma Club installs officers

The Palm Harbor Sertoma Club installed officers and inducted members recently at a covered-dish dinner at the Palm Harbor Senior Citizens Center.

Inez Kirkwood was installed as president; Sonia Scotti, vice president of membership; Rosa Feast, vice president of sponsorship; and Margie Donovan, vice president of programs.

The secretary for the 1990-91 club year is Harriet Beck, and the treasurer is David Kirkwood. Doug Buchwalter, John Banacki and John Tarrabochia were installed as directors.

The Palm Harbor Sertoma Club's main goal for this year is to aid in the services provided by the Senior Citizens Center. The club meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Bill Knapps Restaurant, 28910 U.S. 19, Clearwater.

Military news

Pfc. Michel D. Toan, son of Jean and Bernadette Toan of Clearwater, has completed training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Toan is a 1987 graduate of Countryside High School.

Navy Lt. Daniel R. Cuff, son of Robert and Mary Cuff of Seminole, has been deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield. Cuff, a 1979 graduate of Seminole High School, is serving aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin.