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Lt. Steve Vitt of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Lee Glotzback, Director of Human Resource at Citrus Memorial Health Systems and Jim Wood, Black Diamond Foundation Member, recently joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters Leadership Council in Citrus County.

As Leadership Council members, they will be responsible for the governance of the Citrus County Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. Their duties will include financial accountability, recruitment of mentors, and monitoring the program.

Other community leaders serving on the Leadership Council are: Penny Zaphel, president; Dave Deso, vice president; Maria Coimbre, secretary, and Members-At-Large Chuck Morgan, Larry Gamble, Shelley Blackburn and Ed Maher.

In as little as four hours a month, you can create little Moments that bringBig Magic and change a child's life. Become a Big Brother, Big Sister, orBig Couple to one of the 173 children on the waiting list. For information, call Ron at 344-0400 or by e-mail: ronbbbspc.org.

RECREATION

The Crystal River Power Squadron recently had its Change of Watch (installation of new Bridge Officers) at the Best Western Citrus Hills Lodge. The swearing in ceremony was performed by District 22 Commander J. Kenneth Guscott. Taking the office as Commander was Richard C. McConnell, Executive Officer J. Duggan Jordan Jr.,Administrative Officer Harry J. Brevoort, Secretary Karl W. Spahr, Treasurer George H. Craven; Educational Officer John A. Flynn.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Past Commander Julian L. Williams for meritorious service to the squadron. The Member of the Year Award went to Bernard T. O'Connor for his dedication and outstanding contribution of time and energy to the squadron.

Edwin J. Siroky was awarded the Teacher of the Year for his significant contribution to the educational side of the squadron.

Three Senior Member Awards, acknowledgment of receiving 5 Merit Marks for significant work for the squadron, was presented to: Ginny Fitzgerald, Irving A. Ewelland Nancy Sohan. The Crystal River Power Squadron is a boating organization dedicated to making boating safer for every individual by providing comprehensive classes and instructional material. For information, call Commander McConnell at 341-4093.

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The Crystal River Power Squadron congratulates the 32 people awarded their Certificate of Completion for successfully completing the United States Power Squadron Boat Smart Course on Jan. 21.

The recipient names in alphabetical order are: David Anderson, Leslie (Mike) Belcher, Ruth Belcher, Kevin Brennan, Richard Carlson, Patricia Zerbe-Carlson, Johnathon Faulkenberg, Gary Frasher, Jarrod Green, Mark Hartley, Robert Helse, William Hogancamp, Carole Hogancamp, William Holland, Susan Holland, Melanie Irvine, Andrew Mellion, Susan Michaelson, Sean Mulligan, Charles Nesnidal, James O'hair, Chester (Edziu) Pacana, Allen Roberts, Amanda Roberts, Lois Shaw, Gregory Shaw, Daniel Sherlock, Paula Sherlock, Jo Strauss, Victoria Thorp, Peter Ward and Patricia Ward.

The class was conducted by instructors William Foster and Jack Flynn.

The basic boating safety course called "Boat Smart" is designed to meet the minimum requirements stipulated for procuring a Florida Boat Operator's License required by law for specified individuals.

The course was developed as a joint effort between the USPS and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Some of the topics covered are: boat handling, rules of the road (water), equipment requirements, official Coast Guard and Florida State Regulations, safety on the water, Jet Ski handling, trailer handling and emergency procedures.

The class is open to adults and teenagers and is designed for skippers and potential skippers. Ownership of a vessel is not a requirement to attend. Successful completion entitles you to your Florida Boat Operator's License and membership in America's largest boating club, USPS, and the local unit, CRPS.

The next scheduled "Boat Smart" class will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 29, at the CRPS building, 845 NE Third Ave., Crystal River. The course fee is $32 with nominal charge for lunch. For information or to register, call Bill Foster at 563-2114.

HIGH FIVES

Sandra Eldridge was recently awarded Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital's 2005 Frist Humanitarian Award as Employee of the Year. Joseph Naclerio was awarded the 2005 Frist Humanitarian Award as Volunteer of the Year for Ocala Regional and West Marion. This honor places Eldridge and Naclerio in nomination for the nationwide 2005 Frist Humanitarian Award, the highest honor an employee or volunteer can receive within HCA, the parent company of Ocala Regional and West Marion.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize one employee and one volunteer at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., a founder of HCA. National recipients will be honored in the spring at a reception at the company's Nashville, Tenn., headquarters. Additionally, they each receive a bronze statue, $1,000 in HCA stock, a $5,000 gift to the charity of their choice, and a $5,000 cash gift.

Eldridge is the administrative assistant to the chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for Ocala Regional and West Marion. She began working for the hospitals in 1999. Eldridge serves as a mentor in Florida's Take Stock in Children program, is the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball District Commissioner for six counties, is a team captain for American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, and serves as the volunteer coach for the North Marion High School girls bowling team.

Naclerio, a 91-year-old retired New York Police Officer, has volunteered in Medical Records at Ocala Regional since 2000. Naclerio began working as a security guard in a hospital when he was 18 years old and eventually became a police officer and served for 25 years. He works at the hospital three days a week, annually devotes nearly 500 hours to his volunteer job and has personally entered 30,000 pieces of information in six years.

The nominees for Employee of the Year were: Allison Campbell, marketing; Valerie Caston, endoscopy; Delores Cook, West Marion environmental services; Lisa Cordell, food services; Carlean Crawford, West Marion ultrasound; Danette Edenfield, West Marion emergency department; Eldridge, administration; Diane Kirkland, central registration; John LaPlant, West Marion environmental, Irene Mulkey, West Marion environmental; Sue Ravenscroft, West Marion emergency department; Bob Serroni, West Marion environmental; Janet Sheckels, West Marion environmental; Happy Skinner, surgical intensive care; Sherry Snell, PBX; Susan Thompson, PBX; Millie Torres, health information; Cindy Walker, Joint Care Center at West Marion, and Cindy Wongsurawat, outpatient services.

The nominees for Volunteer of the Year were: Eleanor Anderson, Mary Bennington, Shirley Collins, Karen Hagerman, Beverly Hibbert, Leroy Johnson, Jane Laffey, Cecilia Marko, Joe Naclerio, Jane Schmidt, Joyce Shaevitz, Millie Smith and Dick Wolf.

BIRTH

Bello, Clarissa C. and Nelson C.,Homosassa, Lauren C. Bello, 6 pounds 12.1 ounces, 5:41 p.m. Feb. 5, 2006, Spring Hill Regional Hospital.

For a list of regional births, see www.sptimes.com/births

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBERS: From left, Sheriff's Lt. Steve Vitt, Lee Glotzback and Jim Wood have recently joined the Citrus County Big Brothers Big Sisters Leadership Council.

DONATION TO HELP MENTOR CHILDREN: Six members of the Black Diamond Foundation attended a special event hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters that honored seven volunteers for their devotion in mentoring children. During the event, the Black Diamond Foundation also presented a check for $7,000 to be used in mentoring seven children. From are: Lesley Beasely, Dave Burns, Chris Joines, Jay Joines, Jim Wood and Dona Wood.

POWER SQUADRON'S CHANGE OF WATCH: The Crystal River Power Squadron held its annual Change of Watch on Feb. 4 at the Best Western Citrus Hills Lodge. New members of the bridge shown, from left rear, are: George Craven, treasurer; Doug Jordan, executive officer; Jack Flynn, educational officer; Harry Brevoort, administrative officer; Karl Spahr, secretary. Each new member is a lieutenant commander. At the ceremony are Commander Dick McConnell, left, and District 22 Commander J. Kenneth Guscott, who performed the swearing-in ceremony.

100-MILE WALKER: Staff members Kurt Herrmann, left, and Tom Restivo, right, recently presented to Marie Carden a certificate stating she has walked 100 miles indoors at the Citrus Springs Community Center. For information about the walking program, call 352-465-7007.

CITRUS HIGH STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: The Rotary Club of Inverness recently gave student of the month certificates to two Citrus High School students. From left are: Bonnie Rybak of CHS; Bill Davies, father of Brad, Student of the Month Brad Davies; Doug Lobel, Rotary Club of Inverness president; Student of the Month Erin Arpke and Ken Arpke, father of Erin.

IMS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: The Rotary Club of Inverness recently presented Student of the Month certificates to two Inverness Middle School students. From left are: Lisa Sperry, mother of Ben Sperry, student of the month; Doug Lobel, Rotary club of Inverness president; Jessica Goodfellow, student of the month, and Rick and Kimberly Goodfellow, Jessica's parents.

GARDEN CLUB HOSTESSES FOR FEBRUARY: Hostesses for February at the Beverly Hills Garden Club are Pat Peterson and Evelyn Haddock, who provided the refreshments and a seasonal display. The club meets at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Beverly Hills Community Building on Civic Circle.

BACKYARD HABITATS PROMOTED: Beverly Overa, a Florida Master Naturalist ambassador from the National Wildlife Federation, spoke to the Beverly Hills Garden Club on Feb. 14. Overa discussed backyard habitat, bird feeding, ponds for wildlife and how wildlife use water. She emphasized that it does not matter if your property is large or small, you can create a habitat for some wildlife, thereby helping to protect the environment.

UNITED WAY DONATION: Rotary Club of Inverness President, Doug Lobel, left, recently presented a check for $1,000 to John Marmish, executive director of Citrus County United Way, for the club's annual contribution to the United Way Campaign.

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