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REACHING OUT

Zephyrhills Kiwanis President Gene Whitfield welcomed Jennifer Timms and Karen Streaker from East Pasco Habitat for Humanity to its recent meeting at Main'ly New England restaurant in Zephyrhills. Streaker is the director of Development and Public Relations for East Pasco Habitat, and Timms is the most recent homeowner to partner with Habitat for a home.

Timms spoke about her experience with the Habitat homeowner process and the personal trials that went along with the road to home ownership. She said owning a home has made her two teenage sons proud. The path to the March 31 dedication ceremony was rough. Her husband died two days after she learned they had been accepted by Habitat and had passed all the criteria for meeting the mortgage payments. She was distraught about whether she would still qualify as a widowed mother, but she diligently worked to meet the qualifications by increasing her work hours and dropping out of college to work the 400 "sweat equity" hours needed to finally become a homeowner. She is thankful to everyone who has helped her along her journey.

Streaker relayed what is happening at East Pasco Habitat including plans for a "Women Build" (the home is built primarily by women) and are looking for sponsors and volunteers. "Dining Out for Habitat" is planned Aug. 8 at nine restaurants in Dade City and Zephyrhills. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Women Build as well. Participating restaurants are: Lunch on Limoges, Kafe Kokopelli, Tropical Breeze, Garden Delights Caf, Beef O'Brady's Dade City , Great Eats An'Tiques, Olga's Bakery & Deli, The Coffee Mug and Manolo's-Zephyrhills. Ten percent of the food sales will go toward helping eliminate substandard housing in East Pasco County.

The Zephyrhills Kiwanis presented a check for $250 to East Pasco Habitat to be used for Habitat children. The Kiwanis are supportive of children, and Habitat appreciates the monetary help.

What's Happening

The Dade City Woman's Club recently held its year-end banquet at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. The group celebrated many accomplishments during the 2006-07 club year, including donating over 500 pairs of shoes to local elementary school students; buying Christmas gifts for the children in the Guardian Ad Litum program; hosting an 80th building celebration for its historic clubhouse on Palm Avenue; hosting a Chamber of Commerce mixer; and participating in Habitat for Humanity and other local projects. Money for the projects was raised through the club's two major fundraisers: Hooray for Hollywood and the Mistletoe Market.

Kathy Browning, former member of the club and wife of Secretary of State Kurt Browning, was the guest of honor. She installed the new officers for the 2007-08 club year: Dina Rowland, president; Martha Cuesta, membership recruitment; Terri Huber, membership retention; Tracy Boltin, Ways and Means chairman; Julie Cotton, community chairman; Holly Russell, building chairman; Paula Kretzinger, treasurer; Patrice Steele, corresponding secretary; Dana Ward, recording secretary; Harriet Riddaugh, marketing and publicity; Martha Butterworth, historian; and Cathy Yann member-at large.

The club's new members were also initiated in a candlelight ceremony conducted by membership chairman Riddaugh. In addition to being initiated, new members Carol Comer, Martha Cuesta, Ewa Hall, Terri Huber, Karen Knowlton, Sara Patterson, Holly Russell, Elaine Settle, and Jennifer Taylor received a print of the historic clubhouse and notes from fellow members welcoming them into the club.

During the ceremony, the prestigious Member of the Year and New Member of the Year awards were presented. Stephanie Davis claimed the Member of the Year honor, and Holly Russell received the New Member of the Year award. The Behind the Scenes Award is voted on by the Board of Directors for the member who goes beyond what is expected. This year, there was a three-way tie for the award with honors going to Boltin, Knowlton, and Kretzinger.

For membership information or to learn more about the club and activities, go to www.dcwc.org; or call Huber at (352) 588-5262 or Cuesta at (813) 841-9342.

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At a recent meeting of the East Pasco Political Club, the main topic of discussion was the proposed landfill in Dade City. John Arnold and Dominic Iafrate of Angelo's Recycled Materials spoke to members regarding their proposal on this issue. Materials were distributed and, many questions were asked by club members. Carl Roth of Protectors of Florida Legacy will present club members' concerns at a future meeting.

Dick Albrecht, club president, reported on the recent Property Tax Reform. He also gave information regarding the planned December program for Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes.

For information about the East Pasco Political Club, call (813)780-7328.

High Fives

At the Leadership Pasco 2007 graduation ceremony, Jerry Sterner was presented the Judith Rochelle Leadership Award for his 17 years of service to the Pasco community. The award is presented to an individual that exemplifies leadership and volunteering in the community. Sterner is the director of Marketing and Public Relations, Volunteer Services and Physician Recruitment for Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

Mary Jane Stanley is chairman of Leadership Pasco, and can be reached at (813) 926-0827.

Upcoming Events

Jeannie Hayes of The Florida Neighborhood and Yards will present Water - Too Much or Too Little from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday in Clayton Hall at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. The free seminar is a Pasco County Master Gardener event.

The presentation will include how to be water-wise during hurricanes or droughts, plus information on rain barrels.

Parking for the event is free. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided, and there will be educational handouts and door prizes.

Advance registration is not necessary, but will help with planning. For more information, call (352) 521-4288.

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