Community spotlight: Manatee Orchid Society celebrates 50th anniversary

June 28, 2013 

Manatee Orchid Society celebrated it's 50th anniversary June 11at the Woman's Club in downtown Bradenton. Pictured, from left, are past presidents, Roger Miller, Shirley Martin,

Olivia Gruen and Ken Andersen; society founder Thelma White and current president Roy Krueger.

Wells Fargo area president Leah Flores and district manager Joe Novarro presented representatives from the Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County with a check for $5,000 in an on-field ceremony at McKechnie Field during the Bradenton Marauders game on June 9. The $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo will contribute to the Boys & Girls Clubs' Project Learn. Project Learn focuses on low-performing students whose progress in academic performance is hindered, often by factors unrelated to their academic capacity, such as poverty. The program assures that the children complete their homework and are prepared to begin school daily with the ability to succeed. The clubs serve more than 6,000 young people at seven locations (Daughtrey Elementary School, Harllee Middle School, Johnson Middle School, Southeast High School and the Bradenton, DeSoto and Palmetto Clubs). For more information or to arrange a tour, call 941-761-2582 or visit

On June 4, the University Park Women's Club hosted an end of the year beach party for Just for Girls Academy which included 90 girls in grades K-3 and staff members. Beach buckets filled with flip-flop themed notepads, rulers/bookmarks, engraved pencils and bracelets. Colorful beach towels served as tablecloths for the snacks and drinks enjoyed by the girls. Pictured, Mary Bennett of University Park Women's Club outreach committee is shown delivering multiple truckloads of reading and math curriculum items donated by the club.

Exalted Ruler Chet Syjud, left, and Secretary Judy Vergason, right, from Palmetto Elks Lodge Post 2449 recently presented a check for $1,600 to Tidewell Hospice's Irene Henderson in support of Tidewell's Honors program for military veterans.

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