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Bank president is honored for "wholehearted' efforts

Pinellas Community Bank president Claude McGeachy was named Largo's Citizen of the Year on Thursday night at the 40th annual banquet of the Greater Largo Chamber of Commerce.

He was recognized for "giving himself wholeheartedly to the many organizations he is involved in."

McGeachy, a 25-year resident of this area, was saluted for serving as a director of United Way of Pinellas, the Committee of 100, Suncoast Chamber of Commerce and Salvation Army. He currently is a trustee for Largo's Medical Center Hospital, member of the Sun Coast Hospital Foundation's planned giving committee advisory board, member of United Way's Project 100 and member of the city of Largo's Technical Advisory Committee.

He is an active member and past president of the Largo Rotary Club.

McGeachy is a past president of the Largo chamber and has served on various committees. His bank has provided money and volunteers for numerous chamber, city and school events.

Outgoing chamber president Pat Aland, before passing the gavel to his successor, Sandy Mortham, made the following presentations:

Beautification awards to businesses that "made Largo a prettier place to live" _ Wal-Mart in the large-business category and dentist John Gonzales for small businesses.

Business Hall of Fame award, presented to the businesses "that continually help the chamber in all ways year after year," to Bob Jones of the Holiday Inn Surfside.

Volunteer of the Year, presented to the chamber member "who has given the most this past year," to William Brank of GTE.

President's Award to the outstanding chamber committee chairman, Judy Dean of Medical Center Hospital for her Beautification and Image Committee.

Diplomat of the Year, presented to the Diplomat who has made the most calls on members, Lana Schuatte of Citizens Bank of Clearwater.

"You Can Count on Me," a special award given this year to members "who continually give of themselves to the chamber in all its programs," to Doris Helies and Margaret Talach of Pinellas Community Bank.

Membership award to Joe Mangus, who has brought in at least 50 new chamber members in each of the past three years.

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