New leadership of Sunrise Rotary Club of Dade City
The Sunrise Rotary Club of Dade City has named Kerry Westbrook as its new president, succeeding Camille Hernandez.
The club also presented a number of other awards, including special recognition for “Aunt” Winnifred Taylor, the club’s youngest at heart member who is 99, the Business of the Year Award to Gail and Glen Greenfelder/Kokopelli’s and a special Service Award to Susan Dowling for her dedication and service to the organization.
Mike Wooten, assistant governor for District 6950, Area 5, performed the installation of Westbrook as president for 2012-13. Jean Nathe, Randy Bush and John Levitt were given the duties as president-elect, secretary and treasurer, respectively.
Sunrise Rotary is a Breakfast Club and meets every Thursday at 7 a.m., except for the first Thursday of the month when they meet at 4:45 p.m. at the Kokopelli Restaurant in Dade City. Visitors are welcome.
Meritage Homes’ Bella Casa grand opening
Meritage Homes hosted scores of potential homebuyers at the grand opening of Bella Casa, a new housing development located off Lake Magdalene Boulevard and Indian Head Drive in Lutz.
Brian Kittle, vice president of sales for Meritage Homes, said the homebuilder is constructing 16 single-family homes at Bella Casa that range from 3,200 square feet of living space to 5,100 square feet priced from the mid-$300s. Bella Casa is the first new home community in the Tampa Bay area for Meritage Homes.
Gulfside Regional Hospice photo contest
Gulfside Regional Hospice is having a photo contest open to the public, with all winners featured in Gulfside’s 2013 calendar.
At least 13 pictures will be selected for the calendar, one for each month in 2013 and a picture for the remaining months of 2012. All entries are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 31.
For consideration, photos must be shot in Pasco County and be sizeable for printing at 12 inches wide by 9 inches high. Each photographer can submit as many pictures as they want, but in the final calendar, there will not be more than two winning entries per person. A committee made up of hospice staff and volunteers will choose the winners, who will be notified by Sept. 10.
All winners receive five calendars, as well as a gift certificate for Gulfside’s Thrift Shoppes.
For specific requirements about the contest, contact Ashley Juno, director of community relations, at (727) 845-5707 or .
MOSI seeks vendors for first Idea Faire
Vendors who want to take part in the Museum of Science and Industry’s first Idea Faire have until Aug. 31 to sign up.
The Idea Faire is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 18. Vendors who wish to participate must pay $50; exhibitors may display their exhibits for free.
The Idea Faire is a two-day celebration of human creativity and innovation, featuring a convergence of robotics, video gaming, science, engineering and makers.
Participants at the Idea Faire will enjoy electronic music shows, performance art, high-tech fashion, robot races and presentations by experts and innovators.
Students will demonstrate science and engineering projects in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) area, while participants learn how to create new technologies to improve the way we live, learn, work and play.
Admission is included in MOSI’s regular attendance price.
Vendor applications are available online at mosi.org. Vendors can call Kim Chavez at (813) 987-6030 for more information. The museum is at 4801 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa.
Protecting seniors from scams
To help senior citizens avoid potential scams, the nonprofit National Association of Triads and Home Instead Senior Care in Pasco County have launched a public program to help seniors be more informed.
The Protect Seniors from FraudSM program — developed with the assistance of the Triads — provides family caregivers with a number of important tools at ProtectSeniorsFromFraud.com.
Included in the website’s various resources is a Criminal Target Scale, which can help family caregivers assess how likely their senior is to be the potential target of a scam. A Senior Fraud Protection Kit is also available from the local franchise office.
According to experts, the top three crimes targeting seniors are identity theft, Medicaid/Medicare and medication fraud and financial exploitation.
To obtain a free protection kit, call the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Pasco at (813) 991-7524.
Oak Hill Hospital announces promotion
Oak Hills Hospital has promoted Dr. Duane Ashe to its clinical coordinator. Ashe received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2003. He has been working at the hospital since 2009 and has been active in its clinical farming initiatives.
Medical Center of Trinity names marketing coordinator
Medical Center of Trinity has announced the appointment of Robin Schneider as its marketing coordinator.
Schneider comes to the hospital with more than 12 years experience in health care marketing. Her responsibilities include managing social media and web initiatives, as well as hospital special events and programs.
She is a graduate of Leadership Hernando class of 2003 and Leadership Pasco class of 2001, serving as president of Leadership Pasco in 2006.
Save the date for BizGrow2.0
A one-day conference at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Conference Center in New Port Richey will feature guest speakers and an entrepreneur exchange. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is $35. For more information, go to www.pascoedc.com.
National Parenting Center seal of approval report
The National Parenting Center has released its 22nd annual Fall Seal of Approval report, which follows consumer testing by parents and children at The National Parenting Center’s test centers.
The center’s evaluative process gauges consumer reaction to products currently being marketed to both parents and their children such as toys, games, books, videos, websites, educational products and so on.
Each is reviewed on a variety of levels including, but not limited to, price, packaging, design, stimulation, desirability, age appropriateness, instructions and more.
To find out more, visit www.tnpc.com.
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