Florida Court Public Information Officers recognizes retired PIOThe Florida Court Public Information Officers recently recognized Ron Stuart of Clearwater for his work with the association. Prior to his retirement in 2014, Stuart was PIO of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. He was the FCPIO’s first elected president and the citation he received recognized "outstanding public service and work above and beyond the call of duty while serving as president of the organization." Keep Pinellas Beautiful Brings Home the Award of Excellence Keep Pinellas Beautiful was chosen as one of the top ten Keep America Beautiful affiliates in the United States at the National Keep America Conference in Dallas this year. The Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Award of Excellence recognizes affiliates which embody the vision, mission and values of Keep America Beautiful. This award distinguished Keep Pinellas Beautiful as an affiliate with superior initiatives, programs and projects implemented to help end littering, improve recycling and beautify communities. GFWC Clearwater Community Woman’s Club awards $8,000 in Grants to Local Charities At its annual Daisy Grants Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Belleair Country Club, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Clearwater Community Woman’s Club awarded four local charities $2,000 grants each. The grants were awarded to the Lighthouse of Pinellas, the Kimberly Home, Goodwill Industries-Suncoast and Empath Health/Suncooast Hospice. The charities applied for the grants in January and demonstrated a specific need for the funds. The 2019 event is scheduled for March 26 at the Belleair Country Club. The application and information for next year’s grants are online at www.GFWCClearwatercommunitywomansclub.org GULFCOAST LEGAL SERVICES RECEIVES AWARDLocal trial lawyers Scott Johni, Kent Whittemore and Erin Lohmiller, along with Alfred Williams, presented a check of $55,946.55 that will benefit Gulfcoast Legal Services. The funds come as a result of 12 years of litigation on behalf of 65,000 Florida consumers in a class action verdict against a statewide propane company that unlawfully charged propane tank rent to its customers. The trial team consisted of these three lawyers, along with Jeff Liggio, Geoff Stahl and Phil Burlington of West Palm Beach. The court approved a charitable donation out of unclaimed funds. Gulfcoast Legal Services is a nonprofit organization serving the civil legal needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities.