Warren C. Jones, commodore of the Gulf Harbors Yacht Club of New Port Richey, presented four $1,000 scholarship awards to graduating seniors at Ridgewood High School and Gulf High School. The scholarships this year are dedicated to the memory of deceased yacht club members and their families.
The Helen Veronica Tate Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Stephanie Diane Haney, of Gulf High. She is the daughter of Robert and Charlene Haney of 6102 13th Ave., New Port Richey. Miss Haney plans to attend St. Petersburg Junior College to prepare for a career in business administration.
Byron Jason Hartsfield, also of Gulf High, son of J. Richard and Jane Hartsfield, 6430 Polk St., New Port Richey, received a scholarship in memory of Dr. Steven G. Cable, son of Renee McGarry, a longtime member of the Yacht Club. Hartsfield hopes to be a writer and teacher. He is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.
At Ridgewood High School, the scholarship in memory of William C. Willumsen, who was a retired captain in the Naval Reserves, was awarded to Donn R. Githens, son of Donn and Maureen Githens, 6604 Atis St., New Port Richey. Githens has received an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
The second Ridgewood High award went to Richard M. Vosilla, son of Vito and Maria Vosilla, 12917 First Isle, Hudson. He is valedictorian of his graduating class and a top athlete. He plans to attend the University of Central Florida to study business and engineering. His scholarship is named in memory of Lloyd A. Nicholai, who was a retired chemical engineer with Exxon Corp.
With these presentations, a total of 22 scholarships have been presented in the 10 years of the yacht club's scholarship program.
Jack Edgerton, scholarship committee chairman, said, "The Yacht Club counts its scholarship program as one of its most important community service projects."
State SAR honors members
Lauren Bradley, a member of the Suncoast Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, has been elected to serve as state secretary of the Florida Society.
Bradley also serves as secretary of the local chapter and is a former past president. He has been a member of the society for more than 35 years.
At the same annual meeting of the Florida Society in Fort Lauderdale recently, Bradley's wife, Lily, was presented a Martha Washington Award for her services to the state society.
At a final spring luncheon meeting recently at the Sheraton Inn in New Port Richey, the Suncoast Chapter presented Paul Coons and Fred Lamphere with the national society's Meritorious Service Award. Henry Rockwood, Charles Bates, Milton Cumming and Ed Frasee received an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Meritorious Service Medal.
Certificates of outstanding service to the chapter went to Robert Rouse and Benjamin Triplett. Bruce Weinhold, 91, an active member, was presented an Outstanding Citizen Award, and Bradley was given the Distinguished Service Award.
The chapter has recessed for the summer.
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