Elk of the Month
Jim Vallad was named Elk of the Month for June by Brandon Elks Lodge 2383. Vallad transferred to the lodge in February 1980 and since that time has served on committees and as a lodge officer. He completed his years through the chairs to become Exalted Ruler in 1990-91. Vallad also participated in the lodge's bowling and golfing events. His wife, Berneice, also was recognized for her continuing support of all the lodge events.
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The Brandon Ladies of the Elks named their Lady of Distinction for June. Jeanne Nagle was honored for her "tireless endeavors in support of the Brandon Ladies of the Elks." Nagle works on catering functions, Wednesday night dinners, Friday night snacks and Sunday breakfasts.
Jeff Monsein, director and president of the Diesel Institute of America, named the 1995 DIA (Determination plus Initiative equals Achievement) Award winners. The award honors graduates who have overcome major obstacles through an outstanding determination to succeed. The winners are Diann Miller, Andrew Angeles Jr., Richard Vaughan, Donald Molen, Daniel Chajkowski, Eunice Todd, Margarita Littlejohn, Donald Dale and Franklin Hardy. The awards were based on achievement during training (grade point average, attendance, attitude); and post-training success. Diesel Institute of America is a private trade school offering short-term training programs in commercial truck driving and automotive and diesel mechanics.
The Cockroach Bay Users Group (C-BUG) has canceled its July 25 meeting. The group's next two meetings are Tuesday and Aug. 8 at TECO Hall, 319 First St. NE. The non-profit, all-volunteer organization advocates "Environmental CPR" (Conservation, Preservation and Restoration) within the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve along the southeast shore of Tampa Bay. Recreation and commercial fishermen, birders, educators, environmentalists and boaters are welcome to join. Membership is $10 per year and includes a C-BUG decal. The group also is giving the first 200 new members to sign up free "Know Your Depth" boat push poles for poling in shallow seagrass beds. The 10-foot plastic poles are available at WES Landing and Ruskin Bait & Tackle, both on U.S. 41 S in Ruskin. The 2,000 feet of plastic pipe was donated by Jim Leannah and the 400 end caps were donated by Christopher and Sheree Paskert. The assembly and depth markings were handled by Youth Environmental Services students, a non-profit development organization under the direction of Virginia Campbell. For information about C-BUG, call 645-2032, 645-3888, 645-0082 or 634-7440.