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Program seeks volunteers for English tutor training

Operation C.O.L.L.E.G.E. (Community Outreach for Local Literacy, Education, Guidance and Enrichment) needs volunteer tutors for its new English as a Second Language program. Volunteers will be matched with adults who want to learn English and who can meet at mutually convenient times on any of the four Hillsborough Community College campuses. While a background in a second language is helpful, it is not necessary.

The program is sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers of America Inc. and the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College. All training will be provided in a two-day workshop July 16 and 17.

"This is a unique program that provides free, individualized instruction," says Bill Tucker, a volunteer in the program, "and there is an incredible need for English assistance in our community."

A recent Hispanic needs assessment survey found that an estimated 38,000 Hillsborough residents do not speak English well enough to communicate basic needs.

Ecuadorian club plans picnic

Enrique Villao, president of Club Social Ecuatoriano de Tampa, announces the annual family picnic and meeting to elect new officers will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. June 27 at Al Lopez Park, shelter 305.

Special activities are planned. All Hispanics are welcome.

On July 24 Ecuadorians in Tampa will celebrate the 455th anniversary of the founding of the first maritime post of Ecuador, Guayaquil, on July 25, 1538.

The name Guayaquil was given in memory of Cacique (or chief) Guayas, of the Huancavilca tribe, combined with the name of their princess Quil.

Chamber installs officers

Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman presided over the official installation of the new Ybor City Chamber of Commerce officers and directors at a luncheon at the Columbia restaurant in May.

Officers for 1993-94 are Kenneth C. Ferlita, president; Scott Ralston, first vice president; Jill Covill-Wax, second vice president; Bill Cadrecha, vice president for membership development; Al Kurzenhauser, secretary; and Gil Hernandez, treasurer.

Directors for 1993-94 are Bob Alorda Jr., Mary Alvarez, Joe Captiano Jr., Jovanna Caranante, Michael Cruz, Naida de la Parte, Angie Ferlita, Kristopher Fernandez, Rebecca Gagalis, Rosann Garcia, Adrienne Garcia, Lois Gaston, Adela Gonzmart, Sam Hamilton, Esq., Joan Jennewein, Art Keeble, Frank Lastra, Rafael Martinez-Ybor, Fernando Noriega, Vincent J. Pardo, Steve Parker, Sara Romeo, Mac Traina, Franc Urso, and Linda Wilcox.

Advisory members are Eva Ciaccio, Anthony D' Avanza Jr., Leo J. Diaz, Vic DiMaio, Al Fernandez, Mario Garcia, Floyd Head, Sam D. Leto and Michael Mann.

Honorary directors are Edward C. Spoto and Armando P. Valdes Jr.