Bonnie Smith, membership chairman and second vice president of the Calusa Business and Professional Women, assisted by Shirley Altman, Brenda Letz, Claire Hatcher, Laurie May, Cindi Cash and Patty Fitzgerald will be in charge of an annual Wine and Cheese Social on Thursday at the Sheraton Inn, U.S. 19, New Port Richey from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Suzanne Dalton of Tampa, Florida State president, will attend.
Ms. Smith said professional and business women who are building careers and making their marks are invited to learn how to sharpen their leadership skills, take on new challenges and find the personal support of the club.
The club's goal is to work to promote the advancement of working women through career development, networking, educational scholarships and legislation.
Ms. Smith said, "Our members make things happen in their careers, in their communities and in their personal lives."
There will be special prizes and a networking table.
The public is welcome to learn about the group. For reservations, call Karen Stockwell, president (813) 844-3276 or Ms. Smith (813) 845-3223.
Club members participated recently in an Individual Development Program (IDP). The course of study ended with a final speak off. Ms. Smith, owner of Bonnie's Construction Cleaning, took first place; Laurie May of Roe Insurance, second place and Claire Hatcher, owner of Mid-Florida Carpets, third place. Betty Loy was the instructor. A graduation ceremony is planned at the home of Bonnie Smith on Saturday.
Karen Stockwell and Chris Roddey participated in the Business and Profession Women's Hemispheric Friendship Tour in Yucatan, Mexico. The purpose of the tour was to strengthen ties with other BPW groups and to begin a new local organization. The local women met with a delegation of leading business women from Merida to help them start the first BPW organization in Yucatan.
Fourth-grader wins award
Virginia Turner, a fourth-grade pupil in Lea Nelson's class at Mittye P. Locke Elementary School in Elfers, won first place in the United States for a community service project sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She received a certificate, ribbon and monetary award. Her project focused on Pasco County projects, citizen's use and the history of the American Red Cross. She had previously won county and state awards making her eligible to enter the national contest. She will also receive a special award from the local chapter.
The DAR sponsors the Junior American Citizens (JAC) program. Mrs. Nelson is JAC chairman of the local chapter. Jean Smith is chapter regent.
Information about people and events in West Pasco (including Holiday, Port Richey, New Port Richey and Hudson) must be sent in writing one week before the event to Carolyn Hopkins, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey 34668. For information in most of West Pasco, call (813) 869-6231. From Holiday, call (813) 842-9465. Elsewhere, call (800) 333-7505.