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Local woman to lead GFWC international

Published Sep. 3, 2005

Judith Lutz of Clearwater was elected international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs at the 111th annual convention in June. An active member of GFWC for more than 30 years and the national board of directors for more than 20 years, Lutz has held a variety of positions.

Locally she was president of the Clearwater GFWC, served in numerous district positions and was president of the Florida State GFWC from 1984-86. She was president of the GFWC Southern Region Conference, served as Florida Child Outreach chairman, held offices and chairmanships in the Largo Junior Woman's Club and the Clearwater Community and Bayside Women's clubs.

Lutz is a board member of Florida Special Olympics and was appointed by President Reagan to the Selective Service Board. She completed the Florida Leadership Pinellas program and in 1997 was appointed a permanent member of the Florida Supreme Court Long Range Planning Committee.

Listed in Outstanding Young Women in America, she was named Girl Scouts Unsung Heroine and was a Largo Woman of the Year. In 1995, she received a YWCA Volunteer Service Award and in 1999 was inducted into her high school's Hall of Fame.

A registered nurse, Lutz studied at Johns Hopkins and graduated with honors from Church Home and Hospital School of Nursing. She has volunteered at Clearwater Free Clinic for 20 years and in 1993 became clinic director. In 1997, she was named Outstanding Executive Director of a Non-Profit Organization.

She and her husband, Louis, live in Clearwater and have two children, two granddaughters and a grandson.

Masonic deputy grand master appointed

Paul Stellrecht of Seminole was recently appointed deputy grand master for the 21st Masonic District of South Pinellas by James Durham, grand master of Masons for Florida.

Stellrecht has appointed the following assistants: James Clouser, Robert Davidson, Joseph Engolia, David Henderson, Donald Harriott, Robert Johnson, C.D. Kennedy, Howard Knapp, Art Markowitz and James Reedy.

Stellrecht became a Freemason in 1994 when he joined Star Lodge 78, Largo, and in 1999 he was elected master. He will serve one year as deputy of Masonic District 21 which is comprised of Star Lodge; Elmer O. Smith Lodge, Pinellas Park; Gulf Beach Lodge, Madeira Beach; and Nitram Lodge, St. Petersburg Lodge and Northside Lodge, all of St. Petersburg. He is a construction engineer and came to St. Petersburg in 1979. Since 1998 he has been St. Petersburg's construction inspector and is presently a manager responsible for the contract administration of Community Development and Affordable Housing projects in excess of $6-million.

Palm Harbor woman is foundation president

Melba Rilott of Palm Harbor has been elected president of the Inner Wheel USA Foundation at a conference recently in Reno, Nev. She has been an active member of Inner Wheel of Dunedin North since 1988 and joined the national board as a trustee three years ago. Inner Wheel is a women's organization open to a wife, widow, mother, daughter or sibling of a Rotarian. The 14-year old nonprofit corporation serves three rehabilitation clinics that specialize in providing myoelectric prostheses to children with upper limb deficiencies, and will sponsor a Hands Across America 5K Walk this fall. For information, call Rilott at (727) 789-0856 or Nell Thomas at (727) 784-2161.

Women's Club

officers installed

Clearwater Community Woman's Club officers for 2002-2003 were installed recently at the annual spring luncheon at Belleair Country Club and hosted by Marella Cassels.

Officers include Georgia Jensen, president; Mary Easton, first vice president; Mary Jane Robbins, second vice president; Jane Poston, third vice president; Ellie Lee, recording secretary; Lynn McLaren, corresponding secretary; and Sue Meier, treasurer.

AHEPA honors scholarship students

AHEPA Family of Clearwater recently honored the following students, all recipients of the group's annual education scholarship: Dean Arnaoutakis and George Arnaoutakis, both attending Columbia University; Gregory Bitetzakis, University of South Florida; John Catsikopoulos and Terry Long, both attending University of Central Florida; Maria Catsikopoulos, Demetrios Kolovos and Vasiliki Kolovos, all attending University of Florida; Mary Chrisochos, NOVA Southeastern University; and Thomas Steriadis, Florida State University.

Also honored were members Thea Tsagaris, who was named Penelope of the Year; Nick Leftheris, AHEPAN of the year; and Sandy Mastorides, outgoing district governor of AHEPA.

Soroptomists International elect officers

Mel Chase recently was elected president of Soroptomist International of Upper Pinellas. Other officers who will serve with her include Marsha McGrath, vice president; Martha Gray, secretary; Minnie Olds, treasurer; and Pegi McEneaney and Carol Mann, directors. For information on the group, call Chase at (727) 785-3339.

Volunteer given

Service to Mankind award

At the annual awards banquet held recently by Clearwater Evening Sertoma Club, the group presented a Service to Mankind Award to Jean Daust for volunteering more than 832 hours at the Kimberly Home in Clearwater.

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