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NAMI Pinellas County honored for services

At the statewide conference in Jacksonville, NAMI Pinellas County received the Affiliate of the Year Award from NAMI Florida and was commended for the following accomplishments:

Responded immediately after Hurricane Charley hit Charlotte County with a convoy of NAMI Pinellas members bringing supplies of water, food and cash to the storm-hit area;

Spearheaded the effort to provide 40 hours of crisis intervention training to 500 law enforcement officers in how they handle people with mental illnesses, particularly those in crisis;

Originated a family guide on mental illness for families first entering the mental health system, which was adopted for statewide use;

Instituted a Breaking the Silence program in middle and high schools to educate more than 1,000 students and teachers on ending the stigma of mental illness;

Conducted 12-week Family-to-Family courses for 90 families on how to better understand mental illness, get treatment and effectively deal with a loved one suffering from a mental illness;

Provided free support and education to thousands through weekly meetings, a bimonthly newsletter and events during Mental Illness Awareness Week;

Staffed a countywide volunteer information telephone line.

NAMI, formally known as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, is a nationwide grass roots, family and consumer self-help, support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses.

For information about NAMI Pinellas, call the help line at (727) 791-3434.

SAR's Clearwater chapter installs officers for 2005

Clearwater chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and their spouses held a black-tie event last month at Dunedin Country Club to install the following slate of officers for 2005: Gene C. Brown, president; David F. Kitchen Jr., first vice president; Alfred A. Hamilton, second vice president; Robert A. Raup, registrar/genealogist; Grant R. Wallin Jr., secretary; Leon R. Hammock Sr., treasurer; Robert F. Tanner, sergeant-at-arms; Charles H. Schafer, chaplain; and Nelson W. Jantzen, Jules H. Smith and Tom Tyner, governors-at-large. Installing officer was Hal Miller, state president.

Recognition was given to Raup for his genealogy work and to Chaplain Schafer, who, along with Jantzen, color guard coordinator, gave a special taps memorial for the late Bob Grant and David Pagenta Sr.

The first state SAR society was formed in San Francisco in 1876 on July 4. The society was incorporated in 1890 and chartered by Congress in 1906. Any male American citizen, 18 years or older, having a proven lineal ancestor who supported the War of American Independence in any way, from fighting to supplying goods to signing oaths of allegiance, is eligible for membership. For information, contact Wallin at (727) 398-4425.

Civitans throw Christmas party for the homeless

At a recent Clearwater Civitan garage sale held in Del Ora Estates, $500 was earned and used for the club's annual Homeless Emergency Project Christmas party at the H.E.P. Community Center. The program included dinner and gifts for attending residents and their families. The resident children put on a Christmas pageant. For information on Civitan, contact Fred R. Novo-Mesky at (727) 584-0461.

Kiwanis in Safety Harbor designates new officers

Kiwanis Club of Safety Harbor installed the following officers for 2005 at its annual banquet: Howard Hoah, president; Lou Remz, president-elect; Nadine Nickeson, secretary; and Mike Guiliano, treasurer. Guest speaker and installing officer was Bill Barnett, lieutenant governor for Kiwanis Division 12.

Auxiliary of Mease Health Care names officers

Newly named officers for the Auxiliary of Mease Health Care, which covers Mease Dunedin and Mease Countryside hospitals, include Chris Muldoon, president; Dave Thomas, president-elect; Ron Theiss, vice president, Countryside; Meg Dudley, vice president, Dunedin; June Jankura, secretary; and Shirley Caronis, treasurer.

CSF appoints officers

to serve two-year terms

Community Service Foundation of Clearwater, a nonprofit agency that has been providing housing services to low- and moderate-income households countywide since 1957 recently installed the following officers for two-year terms: Lee Regulski, president; Susan Lindelof, vice president; Terese Gaffney, treasurer; and Linda Kemp, secretary, along with trustees Harry Jamieson, D. Alan Rotz, Susan Kirby, Emil Marquardt Jr. and Barry McIntosh.

Special honors went to Walter Sanford, a retiring trustee, for his 20-year volunteer record with the agency. Also, employees of AEGON were recognized as corporate partners of the year for their support of the Easter basket program and providing back-to-school clothing and Christmas gifts for CSF rental community children. For information, call (727) 461-0618 or go to

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