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Post member attends national convention

Published Aug. 28, 2005

Linda Burnette of Clearwater, a member and officer of Old Fort Harrison VFW Post 2473 Auxiliary, Clearwater, attended the 91st national convention of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, held last month in Cincinnati. She is serving a two-year term as Florida representative on the council, which governs the group between national conventions.

Key Club has new officers

Officers were recently installed at the year's opening meeting of the Kiwanis-sponsored Key Club of Palm Harbor University High School. More than 40 attendees witnessed the induction of the following officers: Claire Rogers, president; Nilofer Briarwani, vice president; Rachel Kane, secretary; Valentina Vaccarone, historian; and Brenda Collias, a chemistry teacher and Key Club faculty adviser who will serve as treasurer.

The installation ceremony was performed by Murray Smith, charter president of the sponsoring Kiwanis Club of Palm Harbor in 1978 and a past division officer. Also representing the local adult Kiwanis Club were Valerie Lanham, Key Club adviser, Carolyn Webber, club president and Carl Heitz, a former Key Club adviser.

Key Club meetings are at 1:45 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday in Collias' chemistry laboratory. The club plans to repeat activities that were successful the previous year, such as a canned food drive for FEAST. Food prizes will be awarded to the three homerooms that contribute the largest number of canned goods to the drive. The club also plans to sell carnations on Valentines Day to raise money for the American Cancer Society. They will also participate in the Relay for Life held annually at the school to raise money to fight cancer. The Key Club at Palm Harbor University High School is a member of Kiwanis-sponsored Key Club International.

GFWC Woman's Club holds health fair

In July the GFWC Woman's Club of Tarpon Springs co-sponsored a health fair for the Citizens Alliance for Progress at Union Academy Family Center, Tarpon Springs. Sponsors of this event were Helen Ellis Hospital and CAP.

Volunteer medical personnel provided school and sports physicals, while WCTS provided and served a meal to the students and their families during the event. The club also offered back-to-school supplies for the students. The Woman's Club of Tarpon Springs received an $800 grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to help support this project.

Based in Tarpon Springs, WCTS was founded in 1892 and has been a member of the Federation of Women's Clubs since 1906. It is known locally for its involvement in the community.

For more information, go to or call Kathy Kornfeld at (727) 375-7628.

Community Woman's Club has elected officers

(GFWC) Clearwater Community Woman's Club recently elected the following officers: Ellie Lee, president; Urith Fitzgerald, first vice president; Ann Crum, second vice president; Joan Johansen, third vice president; Betsy Dort, recording secretary; Jane East, corresponding secretary; Joann Burrows, treasurer; and Barbara DeBarr, member at large. Clearwater Community Woman's Club is a volunteer service club that contributes more than 7,000 hours a year to local organizations and services.

Dunedin Rotary inducts officers

Dunedin North Rotary held a social for members, spouses and guests at the Dunedin Boat Club and inducted the following officers: Jack Carson, president; Charlie Klein, first vice-president; Sherrie Davis Kinkead, president-elect; Kris Gray, secretary; Mary Christison, assistant secretary; Nancy Ridenour, treasurer; Jeff Iosa, sergeant-at-arms; new directors Kim Greenleaf, Patrick Donoghue, Gayl Scruton, David Ridenour and Sam Dillahey; and returning directors Rob Chapman, Bill Coleman, Dr. Bill Huntley, Dan Massaro and Rob Tuttle.

Resident presides over international meeting

Judy Lutz of Clearwater presided over the 113th annual international convention of General Federation of Women's Clubs held recently in Orlando. She served as the international president for two years and is an active member of the GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club. Also attending was Ellie Lee, newly installed president of CCWC.

The local club has been a member of the federation since 1971. Its annual fundraiser, An Evening with the Authors, has raised thousands for the Clearwater Library Foundation. The next event will be Nov. 12 at the new Clearwater Main Library. For information contact Lee at (727) 536-9706

Clearwater woman takes international office

Paula Gallup Little of Clearwater recently was installed as the international vice president of the Alumnae of Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity at the group's 42nd annual convention in Chicago.

Little, retired after 38 years of teaching special education in five states and in Japan, became a member of Alpha Gamma Delta while attending Syracuse University in New York.

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