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Business women name new officers

Published Oct. 12, 2005

Bette Farmerie has been named president of the Chasco Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) for 1992-93.

She has been a member of the Chasco Charter Chapter of ABWA for more than four years. She was named 1992 Woman of the Year and has served as treasurer and scholarship chairman as well as working on numerous fund-raising events. She is a builder and owns Farmerie Custom Homes Inc. She serves on the board of directors of Pasco Builders Association (PBA) and is education chairman, sales and marketing co-chairman and serves on the membership committee. She is a member of the Ambassadors Club and Governmental Affairs Committee. She also is the contractor and PBA representative for Habitat for Humanity.

She will be assisted by Lyn Gable as vice president; Wanda Perkins, secretary, and Kathleen Colontonio, treasurer.

The mission of ABWA is to bring together business women of diverse backgrounds and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

This year, the Chasco Charter Chapter of ABWA has awarded more than $1,000 in local scholarships.

Cavallero celebrates 103rd birthday

Severina Cavallero will celebrate her 103rd birthday today at a party at Heather Hill Nursing Home in New Port Richey.

She was born in Asti, Italy, in 1889 and came to the United States at 16. She married, had two sons and was widowed when her youngest son was only 2 days old. She worked to support her two children and retired to Hollywood, Fla., when she was 71.

Her daughter-in-law, Betty Cavallero of New Port Richey, said she is a remarkable woman. "Because she was widowed so young, she worked when women didn't hold jobs outside the home. She didn't have any job training or high school education, yet she still managed to support herself and her two sons. She never remarried but devoted herself solely to her children. We are very proud of her."

Her son, Louis, and his wife, Betty, live in New Port Richey, and her son, Frank, is a resident of New York City. She has four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She moved to Pasco County in 1986, first living at Sunshine State Christian Home in Holiday. She has been a resident of Heather Hill for the past three years.

Information about people and special events in West Pasco (including Holiday, Port Richey, New Port Richey and Hudson) must be sent in writing one week before the event or one week before deadline for reservations or tickets to Carolyn Hopkins, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. For information in most of West Pasco, call (813) 869-6231. From Holiday, call (813) 842-9465. Submissions will be considered only from organizations based in Pasco County, and then only if the special events are open to the general public.