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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

The Scottish-American Club of Citrus County will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Homosassa Lions Club on County Road 490, a quarter mile east of U.S. 19.

Scottish heritage is not necessary. The group is open to anyone who is interested in Scottish culture. For information, call Evelyn Knight at 628-5137.

On Nov. 4 the Dunnellon Gold Wing Road Riders Association Chapter FL1-R members welcomed motorcyclists from Maine to Key West who came to Dunnellon Square to participate in the Ride for Kids to raise money to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States, which is researching the cause and cure of pediatric brain tumors.

Although registration started at 7 a.m., volunteers were busy from 5:30 a.m. setting up tents and getting things ready. Doughnuts and coffee were available while registrants waited for the ride to start. The minimum donation of $35 per motorcycle was exceeded by most of the riders and the total raised was $70,650.

At 9 a.m., about 300 bikes left Dunnellon under the escort of Marion County sheriff's deputies for the ride to Cedar Key, where a "Celebration of Life" ceremony took place and a light lunch was served. This is the second year for this annual event and they promised they will return next year and it will be even bigger and better.

At TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 387, Beverly Hills, 42 members met on Nov. 5. Two newcomers were present. Weight recorders Helen Hallberg and Barbara Fischer announced the best loser and winner of a charm was Jean Cooper with a 4-pound loss. The runner-up was Sharon Ketchum with a 2.5-pound loss. Among those present were 10 KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) members. The jackpot went to Ann Jaffer. The Survivor game again eliminated several contestants when gainers pulled their names off the chart.

Awards for October included Ginny Hashem with the greatest loss of 9 pounds and the greatest one week loss of 5 pounds. KOPS in leeway of their goal weight for the month were Jackie Dean, Pauline Hanf and Ann Spaeth.

Awards given following the Fall Rally in Gainesville on Nov. 3 included the Helping Hand award to Arlene Delisle and Helen Wright for their continued service to the chapter. The KOPS member who stayed in leeway for the year was Marilyn Knigga, and the member who showed weight losses for 20 consecutive weeks, the regional record, was Blanche Trachtman. Officers for the year 2000 received certificates.

There was no meeting Monday, so the Fashion Show has been rescheduled for Nov. 19. Marilyn Miller will act as mistress of ceremonies for the holiday party at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at Andre's. She asked for help with entertainment.

From the magazine Arthritis Today, members Gerry Gralto, Irene Koenigbauer, Ginny Hashem, Sharon Bergman and Ann Kuntz gave a program on "the healthy kitchen." The chapter meets each Monday in the Beverly Hills Community Building, 1 Civic Circle, with weigh-ins at 3 p.m. and a business meeting and program from 4 to 5 p.m. Persons interested in visiting this weight loss support group may do so one time.

For information on TOPS, call co-leader Jackie at 527-8405.

The results of the two used book sales held recently through three Friends of the Library groups in Citrus County through the Friends of Citrus County Library Systems Inc. earned a record $10,107.10. After meeting its current expenses and setting the 2002 budget, FOCCLS divided the money equally to each Friends group to help purchase books and other reading-related materials in the libraries in Crystal River, Beverly Hills and Inverness. With the recent program cuts studied by the state of Florida, it is anticipated that these funds will be even more welcome than in the past. FOCCLS will put its work at the Book House in Historic Hernando School on hiatus through November. Meanwhile, volunteers will be readying the leased classroom. It is hoped that cleanup, painting and carpeting will be ready when the work begins on receiving, cataloging, pricing and packing books into banana boxes for the next used book sale.

The FOCCLS Board includes president Leslie Fraze, secretary Shirley Knox, treasurer Rae Jean English, and directors Barbara Gilley, Julie Asbury, Donna Bockskopf, Armand Brunet and Dan Techentin. The board recently met to set up its 2002 budget and to allocate funds to the three Friends groups.

CITRUS KIDS

Make a Difference Day was held nationally on Oct. 27 but the Unit Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County committed themselves to several projects during the month.

A competition Can Food Drive was held at the three sites, with all proceeds going to the Citrus United Basket. The Homosassa site won the competition with 275 cans of food.

A free spaghetti dinner was offered to members and their families on Oct. 25 at the Crystal River site. The Crystal River site participated in a park cleanup at LeGrone Park and visited the residents of Cypress Cove nursing facility.

The boys and girls from the Homosassa and Inverness sites treated the residents of Sugarmill Manor and New Horizons nursing facilities to Halloween festivities. The clubs also held a car wash in Homosassa with all proceed benefiting the United Way of Citrus County.

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