The Fidelis Rho chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international sorority for women educators, held an auction luncheon in December at the Carillon Lakes Clubhouse to raise money for its charitable projects. Two college scholarships were awarded. Alexandra Gil received a $3,000 scholarship and Grace Grevengoed received a $2,000 scholarship. Both girls are education majors at Southeastern University.
Polk City residents Jeff and Toni Donvan's dog GCHS Greta Master of the Night (also known as Ana Banana) won No. 1 Bitch and No. 6 Bullmastiff in Breed Statistics, and took Best of Opposite Sex at Westminster Dog Show in New York in February. Jacqueline Royce of Sarasota and Donna Butler of Wimauma are the dog's handlers. Mark Brown and his wife, Nancy, from St. Petersburg, Royce and Butler own GCHG Danicrest Bullets Lit'l Boy Cought My Eye (also known as Kevyn), a Boston terrier, that won the Award of Merit and is No. 5 in the country.
Jean Pierre Espinoza, a Lakeland lawyer, was ordained to the sacred order of Deacon of the Prelature of Sucuani in his native Peru by the Rev. Pedro Bustamante Lopez, Bishop of The Prelature of Sicuani, on Feb. 24 at Resurrection Catholic Church in Lakeland. Espinoza operates an immigration law practice in Lakeland.
Little Free Library
Students at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy created two Little Free Libraries at Hollis Garden and Common Ground Park in Lakeland. The students were given a community service project to benefit their city. One of the libraries was dedicated to student Logan Sanchez's grandfather, Earl C. Sanchez II, who helped with the project and loves books. For more information on Little Free Libraries, visit littlefreelibrary.org.
University Press of Florida has published "Voices from Mariel: Oral Histories of the 1980 Cuban Boatlift." The book adapts interviews conducted by Florida Southern College professor Jose Manuel Garcia for the 2011 documentary "Voices from Mariel." For more information or to purchase the book, visit upf.com.
Lakeland native Kay Kasser was named Lakeland's CityMaker for February. Kasser, along with her husband, Dave and her friend ,Harry Walter, made flyers and coordinated bus schedules with Citrus Connection to provide transportation to shelters for the residents of the Combee Settlement. Kay Kasser was a teacher in Atlanta for 13 years and moved back to Lakeland when she retired and is currently the owner of Alive Culinary Coaching.
Third Degree Knight
Andrew Brownyard of Lake Wales was recognized for achieving Third Degree status in the Knights of Columbus during a meeting of Council 7091 of Cypress Gardens on Feb. 26 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Winter Haven. Grand Knight Phil Pierpont presented Brownyard his membership card and certificate. He attained this status by participating in a Third Degree ceremonial hosted by Council 8120 at St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church in Eustis on Feb. 17, accompanied by fellow knight and sponsor Billy Bob Morris. A total of 38 knights from across Central Florida participated in the ceremony, which was hosted by district 23 deputy John Hailey and conducted by the Mid Florida Third Degree team headed by Chet Sedke.
Black History Month
The Democratic Women's Club of Lakeland held its Black History Month program Feb. 26. Keith Ward, Senior First Vice President of the Lakeland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, spoke about the history of the NAACP and about the diversity of the organization and difference it is making in communities. Shandale Terrell spoke on the contributions blacks have made throughout history and the importance of educating youth about Black History Month. William Boss, seniorpastor of Greater Faith Christian Center Church Inc. of Lakeland, was the keynote speaker. Boss spoke on black contributions to the United States in K-12 education, higher education, Fortune 500 companies and other organizations and how they had to work hard in the Civil Rights Movement.
Knights of Columbus Council 4726
The Knights of Columbus Dr. L.J. O'Rourke Council 4726 announced that John Hammen is the Knight of the Month for February, and David and Shelly Lugo are Family of the Month.
Happy birthday to Martha Futch Howell on March 12, Daniel Creekmore who turns 37 and Austin Howell on March 16, and Dot Howell and Tonya Moses on March 17.
Happy belated anniversary to Bisdrick and Tanise Fenelon who celebrated 10 years March 8.
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