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Members of the Indiana Social Club recently had their Ham and Bean Soup and Cornbread Dinner. More than 40 members attended the special get-together. The members who provided soup included: Astrid Littrell, Maxine Stimler, CeCe Jones, Ann Bernhardt, Priscilla Brown, Helen Morales and Lee Lee. Cornbread was provided by: Ann Bernhardt, Lee Lee, Rose Sciulli and Maxine Stimler.

At most of their monthly meetings, the club trys to hold a special event, such as the soup and cornbread dinner. During the March 12 meeting, the club held a Chinese auction. Members brought items such as jewelry, vases, bowls, plants, dish towels, gloves, scarfs, pictures and lamps.

On Tuesday, club members will travel to Cape Canaveral for an outing on the gambling ship Sterling.

The Indiana Social Club meets at 1 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Hernando Community Blood Bank, 12395 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, contact Maxine Stimler at 686-3457 or Otis "Bing" Bingemer at 686-7776.

On Feb. 24, the Hernando County Republican Executive Committee held its 31st annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the National Guard Armory south of Brooksville. The program was opened by Frank Colletti, REC chairman. The master of ceremony was WWJB radio talk show host Bob Haa, and state Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite introduced the keynote speaker, Charles Canady, general counsel for Gov. Jeb Bush.

Canady represented Florida's 12th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Born in Lakeland, he is a graduate of Yale Law School and practiced law in Polk County for 12 years. He served in the Florida Legislature before he was elected to Congress in 1992.

The evening's invocation was given by Scott Simmons of Dayspring Presbyterian Church, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sheriff Richard Nugent. Tom Hogan, state committeeman, introduced the guests and elected officials. The dinner was provided by John Mason Catering, and the auction was conducted by Greg DeBlase of the Timber Pines Republican Club.

Rep. Dave Russell announced this year's "Free Enterprise Award," which was presented to Max Register of Register Chevrolet Oldsmobile, west of Brooksville.

Lincoln Day Dinner committee members included: Mary Ann Hogan and Flo Boles, co-chairwomen; Mary Lou Wright, tickets; Pat Allen and Mary Ann Hogan, decorations, with greenery supplied by Kmart; and Gail Samples and Susan Wahl, program book.

Republican Executive Committee members include: Frank Colletti, chairman; Jeanette Soto, vice chairman; Susan Wahl, secretary, and Flo Boles, treasurer.

The Rotary Club of Spring Hill recently announced that four of its members have been inducted into the Paul Harris Fellowship and are now established as Paul Harris Fellows. The four members are: Rudy Jahn, Bob Flato, Doug McCaul and Jim Stewart.

The Paul Harris Foundation was created and named for Rotary founder Paul Harris, who started the club in 1905. Each year, typically, the Rotary Club of

Spring Hill selects one or two members for the special award, but this year decided that four members deserved the honor.

The Rotary Club of Spring Hill will make a donation, in their names, to the Rotary International Foundation. The international foundation uses the donations to pay for programs in education and health worldwide, especially the eradication of polio.

For more than 10 years, the Rotary Club of Spring Hill has been active in supporting causes for youth and the needy in Hernando County. For information about the club, call 683-4438.

The New Hampshire Club of Hernando County installed new officers during the February meeting. The officers include: Ed Van De Walle, president; Gordon Weaver, vice president; Janice Weaver, secretary; Ray Demers, treasurer; Cleo Mahan, house committee; Emmi Van De Walle, hospitality, and Lenny Seaverns, public relations.

The New Hampshire Club meets at 11 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Ryan's Family Steak House, 13235 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. For information, contact Ed Van De Walle at 683-5036.

The American Business Women's Association, Tangerine Charter Chapter, reported that more than 117 classic and antique cars participated in the seventh annual Mermaid Rod Run on Jan. 14 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds.

The car show, complete with a disc jockey and various food and merchandise vendors, was a huge success. Fifty trophies were awarded in various categories.

John Bennick of Roscommon, Mich., was the winner in the $1,000 drawing. Car entrants and the spectators had their pictures taken with Weeki Wachee mermaid Natalie Lyman.

The local ABWA chapter hosts the Mermaid Rod Run fundraiser annually to generate funds for educational purposes for Hernando County residents. The efforts of the chapter's many volunteers and corporate sponsors helped raise more than $7,000 for these scholarship awards.

Each month, Hernando County government holds its County Connection program for local residents. The program enables residents to get a "behind the scenes" look at county government, meet their local officials and learn more about local government.

The judicial session was one of seven sessions that focused on the clerk's office, state attorney's office, public defender and the judiciary. Participants were able to chat with Administrative Judge Richard Tombrink and Circuit Judge Daniel B. Merritt Sr. during their class time.