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RSVP honors Woman and Man of the Year at luncheon

(ran CI edition)

Nell Taylor and Jim Pitts were named Woman and Man of the Year at RSVP's annual luncheon Feb. 26 at the county auditorium. About 375 attended, and Dr. Kevon Arthurs was master of ceremonies.

A 10-year volunteer with Hospice of Citrus County, Taylor is a member of the crisis team and recently helped to initiate "Caring Friends of Hospice," a membership drive.

Cookie Vargas of Hospice, who nominated Taylor, and Jim Fowler, chairman of the county commissioners, made the presentation.

Pitts was recognized for his work with Home-Delivered Meals and for organizing Elder Helpers, volunteers who assist older adults with grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions and traveling to doctors' offices.

He has been meals coordinator for the meals program since 1991. During the one or two hours daily at the site, he coordinates the distribution of the meals from the food service company to their destinations.

From his home, 80 volunteers are dispatched in the Elder Helpers program, with more than 8,400 hours of volunteer services provided countywide.

State Sen. Anna Cowin and Linda Bellamy of Citrus County Human Services, who nominated Pitts, made the presentation.

Here in alphabetical order are nominees and those who nominated them:

Grace Arman by East Citrus Community Center; Grace Byerly by Citrus Health and Rehab Center; Eleanor Durant by Coastal Region Library; Gail Emery by Rock Crusher Elementary School; Jack Feldman by Lecanto Primary School; Lily Feldman by Lecanto Primary School; Larry Holeman by Central Ridge Library; Bud Holmes by St. Martins Marsh; Ann Kane by Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch Opportunity Store; George May by Citrus Springs Elementary School; Virginia May by Citrus Springs Elementary School; Carol Nay by the RSVP office; Ann Olshewsky by the Florida Cooperative Extension Service; Chet Olshewsky by the Florida Cooperative Extension Service; Betty Peritzian by Annie W. Johnson Senior Services Center; John Peritzian by Annie W. Johnson Senior Services Center; Don Phillips by Home Delivered Meals; Jim Pitts by Home Delivered Meals; Dorathy Reiner by Central Ridge Library; Caroline Waterhouse by Seven Rivers Community Hospital.

To volunteer:

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP): 746-7777

_ The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program recruits and places volunteers, age 55 and above, with agencies throughout Citrus County. If you are interested in volunteering with any of the 85 agencies involved, call directly or contact Don or Doris at the RSVP office, 746-7777.

_ Don Adair is the director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Citrus County. You can write him c/o Seniority, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

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