On Saturday, several members of The Gold Wing Road Riders Association Chapter FL1-R Dunnellon Rainbow Riders rode to the Daytona International Speedway to participate in carrying flags during the opening ceremonies of the Pepsi 400 race. This is the second time the group has had the privilege of doing this. More than 60 motorcycles from different chapters participated.
There will be a Ride For Kids task force meeting in Dunnellon on Saturday. Ride For Kids is a motorcycle activity which raises funds to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States. Preparations are being made for the Florida event, which will take place in Dunnellon on Nov. 2.
For information on the group or the task force meeting, call FL1-R Chapter directors Martin and Emily Czysz at (352) 465-0583.
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At the TOPS Chapter 387, Beverly Hills meeting June 30, there were 22 members, including a new member, present. Rettajean St. Clair was the best loser with 11.5 pounds. There was a three-way tie for runner-up with Ann Jaffer, Sharon Ketchum and Doris Peterson each having lost 1 pound. The jackpot of $1.50 went to the State Recognition Day Fund.
Darlene Drafts presented a program on good nutritional habits, and next week new member Aleen Geczi will present a program.
The Pink Team won the tape measure contest. Prizes will be awarded to the winners next week. The chapter meets each Monday with weigh-ins at 3 p.m. and a business meeting and program from 4-5 p.m. in the Beverly Hills Community Building. Persons interested in visiting this weight loss support group may do so one time before joining.
For information regarding TOPS, call Jackie at 527-8405.
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TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 443, Dunnellon, met Thursday for its weekly meeting and monthly awards ceremony. Last month Cynthia Ryser was welcomed as a new member.
Members celebrating birthdays during June were Jenny Martin, Don Moore, Marge Hegedus, Mary Austin and Shirley Locke. The weekly best losers were Jean Evans, Martin, Ginny Scott, Sam Scott and Joan Moore.
Evans was awarded the monthly Best Loser Prize. Marge Bagdonas and Carol Whitten tied for the TOPS member of the month.
Sue Dessain, Helen Gardella and Lisa Palmer received charms and applause for returning from vacation with a weight loss. It should be noted that Gardella was awarded a 24-week continuous weight loss charm and continues to inspire one and all.
Bagdonas achieved a perfect attendance award. Whitten was awarded her exercise charm. Menu charms were awarded to Kathy Hamilton, Marylou Klein, Bagdonas, Shirley Penfield, Jean Evans, Irene Rehnstrom, and Sam Scott.
Gladys Bastress and Marylou Klein were each awarded their 10-pounds-lost bracelets and Way to Go Certificates. Congratulations ladies!
TOPS 443, Dunnellon, meets every Thursday evening at the Dunnellon Presbyterian Church. Confidential weigh-in begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7. Open to the public. For information, call Don at (352) 489-5641 or Irene at (352) 489-1960 or e-mail topsfl443juno.com.
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Kings Bay Rotary Club of Crystal River recently held its officer installation dinner at the Boat House Restaurant. New officers for the coming year are Carolyn Caffee, president; Joe Turk, vice president; Roger Proffer, secretary, and Robert Mock, treasurer.
The highlight of the evening was the announcement of six Paul Harris Fellowships, five awarded by the club and one by a Rotary member. To receive the honor of becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, a person must have $1,000 donated to the Rotary Foundation in their name. These awards are made for outstanding service to Rotary and the community.
Those awarded by the club were Joe Turk, Robert Boleware, Don Turner, C. L. Calloway and Phil Noll.
Curtis A. Rich Sr., who is a Paul Harris Fellow, also awarded a fellowship to his wife, Vangie Rich, for her support of his work in Rotary and her dedication to family and the community.
Kings Bay Rotary, with a membership of 44, meets at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Peking Garden Restaurant. For information, call 422-0226.
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The Citrus Aviation Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. July 24at the Crystal River airport.
Following the business portion of the meeting, the guest speaker will be Art Eickenberg, an aviation safety counselor and retired air traffic controller. Open to the public.
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Do you have a computer question? You're invited to the next meeting of the Citrus County Computer Club at 7 p.m. July 18 at The Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 2540 Norvell Bryant Highway (County Road 486), Lecanto, about \ mile east of County Road 491.
There will be a discussion period for questions and answers. The next meeting will be Aug 1.
CHECK IT OUT: Grand Knight Thomas Pilkington, left, of Inverness Knights of Columbus 6391 presents checks worth $940.53 to, from left, Kelly Miller of Special Olympics, Anita Moon from CREST and Margaret Owen of Family Life Center. The funds were raised during the Knights' Tootsie Roll drive held in late February and early March.
JOINING THE ORDER: The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2112 recently held an enrollment ceremony for new members. Shown front row from left are: Lewis Payne, Jim Goodwillie, Marty Dunn and Dieter Kieseler. Back row from left: Dennis Monroe, Jim Howsare and John Burns.
NEW LEADERS: Central Citrus County Rotary Club recently held its annual induction of officers for 2003-2004 at the Black Diamond Clubhouse. Pictured is outgoing president John Clardy and incoming president Carol Lee Wallis. For information, call Wallis at 563-5423.
GIVING BACK: Sheriff Jeff Dawsy accepts a $500 check from John Clardy, outgoing president of the Central Citrus County Rotary Club, for the family of Sgt. David DeCarlo. DeCarlo was shot twice in the line of duty while serving a search warrant May 30, and is still recovering. The Rotarians acknowledged DeCarlo's past support of their fundraiser basketball games.