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Warren James Pearson was elected Sept. 24 to become the next vice president of the Florida Government Bar Association. Pearson is currently serving the Florida Department of Health as a statewide prosecutor of physician licenses and was previously appointed as an administrative law judge conducting unemployment hearings and as an assistant attorney general in the civil litigation unit for the state of Florida.

Pearson received a law degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and has a bachelor's degree in economics from Florida State University. He is a 1994 graduate of Hernando High School and the son of Bonnie and James Pearson of Brooksville.

Clubs and Organizations

The Rotary Club of Spring Hill honored its second recipient of the new Rotary Vocation Appreciation Award in September. The award is given to outstanding employees in challenging and often under-appreciated careers.

In addition to a framed certificate from Rotary, recipients receive a $50 gift certificate for dinner at the Boston Cooker Restaurant & Oyster Bar, courtesy of owner Clay McDuff.

The September honoree was Terry Hilbert, a journeyman lineman with Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative for nearly 28

years. Hilbert was introduced to the Rotary Club by his supervisor, Alan Moore, who spoke to the club about the complexity of the job and the required training and testing.

In addition to training two apprentices, Hilbert's job keeps him busy building power lines, working in WREC's substations, handling service calls and troubleshooting.

The work can be dangerous and requires many hours of training and education. In addition to Hilbert, many other WREC employees donate countless volunteer hours to projects in and around the community, as well as volunteer services after hurricanes and other natural disasters.

Hilbert is a 1976 graduate of Hernando High School. He and his wife, Linda, live in Brooksville.

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Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 kept busy during the month of September. Among the activities: celebrating the lodge's 34th anniversary with a dinner-dance Sept. 20. About 300 attended the affair.

Also, Bill Borrusch and seven volunteers from the lodge participated in the Adopt-A-Highway program, collecting seven large bags of rubbish weighing 180 pounds from a 2-mile area of U.S. 19 and along 1 mile of Denton Avenue in Hudson.

Under the leadership of Mary Ann Steffes, chairman of the lodge's blood bank, and in conjunction with Florida Blood Services, 20 pints of blood were collected by members and friends.

Through Aripeka Elks Bingo Charities, $250 was donated to West Pasco Little League Baseball, $750 to the Alzheimer's Foundation, and $750 to the American Cancer Society.

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