The Gayfers department store in Clearwater has received a Partners in Change Award from the single parent/displaced homemaker program and the New Options Network at the Pinellas Technical Education Centers near Largo and in St. Petersburg.
The award is presented annually to a company for its outstanding contributions to the employment of displaced homemakers and other acts of support.
Gayfers employees' Career Club provides scholarships for students and raises money for agencies that work with single parents and displaced homemakers, said Vicki Butler, a counselor/coordinator of the single parent/displaced homemaker program in Clearwater. Elizabeth Smoot is her counterpart on the St. Petersburg campus.
New Options Network, coordinated by Karen Mizner, provides non-traditional training for those in vocational technical programs.
H. James Ross, assistant superintendent for vocational, technical and adult education, presented the award to Ron Pugh, operations manager for Gayfers, at a brunch prepared by PTEC's culinary arts department.
Art center elects officers
Seven new trustees have been elected to serve on the board of the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center. George F. Beech Jr., William B. Disbrow, J. Patrick Duffy, Marie Gage, Sally Spencer, Parker Stafford and Greg Willsey were elected to one-year terms.
John P. Connelly, Elizabeth Phillips, Jeannie Macpherson and Janet Fishman were re-elected to serve two-year terms on the board. Continuing as trustees are Betty Jo Andrews, Diane C. Bordner, Amelia B. Coward, James J. Howley, Timothy K. Mariani, Gilbert B. McArthur, Shirlee Palmi, Jeanne Shepard and Kenneth A. Sunne.
Newly elected officers of the board for 1992-93 are Timothy K. Mariani, president; Betty Jo Andrews, vice president; Diane C. Bordner, treasurer; and Jeannie Macpherson, secretary.
Programs of the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center are sponsored in part by the Fine Arts Society and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, through the Fine Arts Council. For information, call the art center at 584-8634.
Couple has anniversary
James Wendell and Gertrude Elizabeth Nolan of Dunedin were married Oct. 13, 1942 by the Rev. D.
D. Diffenwirth at the Tampa Heights Methodist Church.
The Nolans are members of the First Methodist Church of Dunedin where, for years, she was a member of the choir and he was chairman of the building committee and they both taught Sunday school.
They were leaders of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and he was president of the now-defunct "Dad's Club" at Dunedin High School. He also was the announcer for two years for the Dunedin football games at the Clearwater High stadium because Dunedin had no stadium. She co-managed a girls' softball team.
Nolan was co-owner of five variety stores after World War II and later started Sunshine Shades, a company that manufactured window coverings in the Largo and Clearwater areas.
He was a member of the Downtown Dunedin Rotary Club, the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce and the Merchants Association. She was a member of the Dunedin Youth Guild and Inner Wheel of Dunedin North.
They have three children and six grandchildren.
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