Spotlight: Good deeds by Manatee residents

July 5, 2013 

After four weeks of compressed learning classes, the most recent graduates of the local "Bridges to Careers" program are ready to move on to good jobs or further their education. The curriculum focuses on Florida Ready to Work credentialing, workplace success skills courses, employer tours, Microsoft digital literacy training, financial literacy courses, interview preparation, resume writing, portfolios and applications, academic and career coaching, a mentorship program as well as helping secure full-time employment. Shown here in the back row, from left to right are: Alton Wells, Jessica Ruter -- "Bridges" coordinator, Ashley Welch, Nikki Walters Michael Tuhy, Jarel Roberson, Jarrine Poole, Kelsey Lee, Bridgette Halliburton -- "Bridges" academic coach and Sandy Bond, mentor and RSVP volunteer. Front row graduates, from left to right are: Darron Grooms, Robin Green, Jayme DiGennaro, Tyler Christeson, Aidia Anatia and Nicholas Anderson. For more information about the upcoming "Bridges to Careers" class, visit www.suncoastcc.com or call 941-744-2666.

Manatee Masonic Lodge No. 31 irecently made a donation to Southeastern Guide Dogs, allowing them to name and sponsor a puppy in training. Members of the local fraternity agreed unanimously to name the puppy "Solomon," after King Solomon of Masonic and religious history and teachings. For more information about Manatee Masonic Lodge No. 31, visit www.manateelodge31.org. From left, George Benjamin, guide dog volunteer Margie Ford, Les Ruggiero and Doug Dobbs.

Ellenton-Parrish Lions Club awarded an honorary Melvin Jones Fellowship to Lion Lois Macdonald. Lois participates in and contributes to virtually every project in the club and has held numerous offices. In addition, she enhances her community by her volunteerism. The fellowship is in honor of Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs International in 1917. It is the highest honor attainable in Lions Club International, and acknowledges an individual's commitment to humanitarian service. Lois is an outstanding member of the Lions Club and her community. From left, Lion Alex Macdonald (Lois's husband), Lion Lois Macdonald, PCC Gary Nieskes and Zone Chairman Lion John Geary.

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