Billie Fielder of St. Petersburg has been elected 1994 Chapter Woman of the Year by the American Business Women's Association, Mermaid Chapter. She is the bookkeeper for Crumpton Welding Supply of St. Petersburg. Each chapter elects one of its members for the award each year based on career, education, advancement and participation in the association. Fielder has been a member of the Mermaid Chapter since 1990. She is eligible to compete for the 1994 Top Ten Women of ABWA Awards. The national award recipients will be named at the national convention this fall in Denver. Fielder and her husband, Nick, live in St. Petersburg.
Goodwill inducts Hall of Fame member
James J. Szenas, former president of Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, St. Petersburg, has been inducted into the international Goodwill Industries Hall of Fame. The honor was bestowed on Szenas, of Seminole, in February at Goodwill Industries International's conference of executives in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In his 33-year Goodwill career that began in 1957, Szenas served as a local staff member, chief executive officer, corporate office staff member and corporate board member. He was president of the St. Petersburg Goodwill from 1968 to 1990 and founded organizations in Tallahassee, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Lakeland.
"Mr. Szenas' contributions to the Goodwill Industries network significantly advanced our mission," said David M. Cooney, president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries International. "His leadership, determination and inspiration helped shape the Goodwill Industries movement, resulting in successful vocational services for persons with disabilities across North America."
Goodwill Industries International comprises 181 autonomous organizations in North America and 50 international associates in 35 countries _ the largest network of privately operated, not-for-profit vocational rehabilitation programs in the world.
The groups provide services to people with disabilities and special needs, including job training, placement and vocational rehabilitation.
For more information, call 576-3819.
Local couple to serve in Chile as foresters
Local residents Frank James Spirek and his wife, Diane Ensminger, have joined Peace Corps Chile as foresters for two years. The couple have dedicated their lives to saving the environment. Both are 1980 graduates of the University of Florida School of Forestry and Natural Resources. They have completed three months of training in Chile after living with a host family. Frank, the son of Frank and Nell Spirek of St. Petersburg, will assist professors at Universidad de Austral in Valdivia, in Southern Chile. Diane, daughter of Roy Ensminger of Pompano Beach, will help rebuild the school's arboretum, which contains specimen trees from around the world.
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