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Published Jan. 26, 2012

For the fifth consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Dunedin has recognized Dunedin Fine Art Center's summer camp program with a grant of $2,500 to be used for scholarships for those unable to afford attending the award-winning camps.

George Ann Bissett, DFAC executive director, noted how crucial funds from organizations like the Rotary Club of Dunedin are in making DFAC's programs accessible to the entire community. The grant will provide 20 additional weeks of camp for those in need this summer.

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Alice Thalheimer was named the 2011 GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club Volunteer of the Year. Thalheimer, CCWC past president and one of the club's founding members, was presented its highest award by Sue Meier, CCWC third vice president and membership chair.

In accepting the award, Thalheimer said, "It is such an honor to receive this award and represent the members of this club who volunteer many hours to the community of Clearwater. After 40 years the club's main focus is still community service and enrichment. I'm so blessed with good health and the ability to get up and go and do!"

In 1980, Religious Community Services formed a committee to address the issue of domestic violence. Thalheimer was one of the founding committee members and continues to serve on the advisory committee of the Haven of RCS.

To celebrate CCWC's 40th anniversary in 2011, Thalheimer and other club members spent hours locating more than 25 of the club's original 55 founding members. A special reception was held at the club's annual Daisy Grants and Fashion Show.

Her volunteer work includes Meals on Wheels, where she touches the lives of those in need of a hot meal and a friendly face; visiting patients as a volunteer for the Pastoral Care program at Morton Plant Hospital; and drumming with the clients at UPARC in the Rhythmic Arts Project, where she received the Drum Volunteer of the Year award.

The 81-year-old still finds time to be the lay leader at Skycrest United Methodist Church and enjoys spending time with her extended family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.