GFWC Clearwater Community Clubwoman Honored
Maggie Nichols, a member of the GFWC Clearwater Community Woman’s Club for over 24 years was recognized for her many years of sharing her love of art and creative expression with the club and community. An art scholarship was awarded in Nichols name to Kira Reynolds, an art student at St. Petersburg College. Urith Fitzgerald, CCWC President, presented the award on behalf of the club and the Nichols family. Proud members of the Nichols family, daughters Evelyn Owens, Julie Nichols, Celia Kottmeier and granddaughter, Maddie Southard were present to surprise and honor Maggie on her special day.
Nichols has held many positions over her twenty-four years volunteering with the CCWC. As club historian, she has created detailed scrapbooks preserving the history of the club. As an artist, she designed and hand painted club tote bags for hundreds of members over the years. She has also painted daisies (the club flower) on vases, which are used for club decorations at luncheons and fundraisers. As chairman of the Home Life Department, she organized club programs focusing on informative health issue of interest to the members. Nichols also oversees the clubs volunteer activities with the RCS Food Bank, making sure that club members are on hand each Monday to hand out food to those in need.
The St. Petersburg College Director of Planned Giving recommended Art Student Kira Reynolds for the scholarship. Reynolds has known since she was two years old that she had a creative and imaginative gift. As a straight A student at Dunedin High School she fell in love with graphic design in her art class. At SPC she is presently working on an A. S. Graphic Design Degree and plans to further her studies in digital video. On hearing the news that she had won this scholarship, Reynolds stated, “ When I'm set on achieving a certain goal in anything related to the arts I am very devoted to it. Which is why I am immensely honored to have received this scholarship.” Nichols family felt that Reynolds was the perfect recipient to honor and continue on their mother’s creative spirit.
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