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Women's group elects president

(ran NT,CTI,CT,LT editions)

Lillian Gemeinhardt from Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seminole was elected president of the St. Petersburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at the annual convention May 3-5 in Tampa.

She assumed the post at the beginning of June. In addition to her responsibilities to the 7,800 members throughout the five-county Diocese, she will serve on the executive board of the Florida Council of Catholic Women _ Province of Miami.

Other officers elected include first vice president Alison Mimms from Christ the King Parish in Tampa, second vice president Suzanne Garrett from Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Land O'Lakes, recording secretary June Scheer from Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Inverness and treasurer Hazel Dodge from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Holiday.

Meher Baba expert to speak Monday

V. S. "Bhau" Kalchuri, Indian author, poet and disciple and biographer of the late spiritual master Meher Baba, will speak from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

Kalchuri's visit is sponsored by Tampa Bay Area Meher Baba followers. His talk will be the bay area group's first public meeting since it first met in 1953.

Meher Baba was born in Poona, India, in 1894, into a Zoroastrian family of Persian descent. His message was that perfection could be achieved through following God, regardless of religious orientation or affiliation. His followers represent many faiths.

Monday's talk is free. For information, call Laura Arasmo at 822-5274 or Thomas Decker at 536-9282.

Weekly honored

The Florida Catholic, a weekly newspaper serving six of the seven Catholic dioceses in Florida, won 11 awards during the recent Catholic Press convention. It received the association's highest award, General Excellence, for all six editions of the paper, for coverage of Hurricane Andrew and its immediate aftermath.

Stories on Hurricane Andrew, written principally by editor Kathy Saunders and reporters Steven Sims from the Diocese of St. Petersburg and Tom Tracy from Palm Beach, with photographs by Tampa photographer Matt Wolfe, won for best local news reporting on a local matter. State editor Jeanine Jacob of Tampa coordinated the coverage.

The award for best black-and-

white news photo went to statewide photographer Jacque Brund of Orlando for his picture of a hurricane victim and a Miami priest. Former reporter Susan McLain Sullivan of Palm Beach won an honorable mention for her story, "Children of the Storm."

Other awards included best campaign in the public interest, best supplement with advertising emphasis, second place for best editorial section, second place for best feature story, third place for best supplement with advertising emphasis and honorable mentions for art and graphics and for a feature story.

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