by Sandy Fahy
A tip of the hat to Gary Buffington, who recently made a hole-in-one on #15 at Clearwater Country Club ... Pinellas 4-H held its annual Leader, Volunteer, Donor Banquet on September 7. Receiving awards were Mary Urquhart, "Volunteer of the Year"; Liz Piquet, "Leader of the Year"; Rosa Freed, "Rookie of the Year"; and Julie Burton, who was named 4-H Ambassador. Also recognized for their service were Carlos Colon, Mickey Soja, Barbara Orr, Maggie Halbert and Lisa McBride. Kudos to all! ... Members of the Upper Pinellas, St. Petersburg and Tampa alumnae chapters of Alpha Chi Omega gathered at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center on October 13 for their annual Founder's Day celebration ... Mim Anne Houk was guest speaker at the recent Clearwater Alumnae Panhellenic "Literary Muse" Luncheon at Alfano's. Representatives of 19 local sorority alumnae groups attended the affair ... It's good to see Rich and Jackie Baker around town once again. Welcome back, folks! ... Congratulations and best wishes to Orve and Maria Johansson, who are celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary today, November 1. Congrats are also in order for Harold and Margaret Ward, whose special day is coming up on November 7 ... Belated anniversary congrats go to Tom and Ingrid Jones, who recently toasted four years of marriage ... It's birthday time once again for Beverly Ashbrook, Bryn Muller, Mary Wurmle, Victor Keller, Grace Decker, Bea Morgan, Dylan Rill, Bonnie Jenkins, Ray Persson, Lorraine Freitag, Janet Davis, Ansley Spencer and Kimberly Smith. All turn a year older in the coming week ... Just learned the following persons had birthdays in October: Stephanie Brown, John Nelson, Winifred Wright, Bo Bohanon, Bonnie Welsh, Ida Thompson, Grace Ross, Norbert Kuhn, Doris Seabold, Joyce Dilley, Sherry Orr, Lisa Fasting, Doris Lilly, Daniel Kuhne, Jules Smith, Ruth Hedges, Grace Glassgow, Gina Scaggs, Jeffery Robinson, Colette Alex, Michael McKinley, Al Casterlin, Dawn Brabson, Donna Bell and Fred Mckensie ... Laurie Walker says friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait to hear the answer ... Have a great week, everyone.