by Sandy Fahy
New and prospective members of the North Suncoast Associates, fundraising arm of The Florida Orchestra, gathered at the Belleair home of former presidents Jean and Mason Rascher on September 25. Among the invited guests were Lee and Jan Regulski, Edie Banks, Roberta Christenson and Pat Grubb of Clearwater; Joan Johansen of Largo; Henry and Margarite Dicus, Ethel Smith and Bonnie Williams of Dunedin. Board members attending the get-together were Ron and Dale Anderson, Martha Delano, Johanna Guzik, Bill Jonson, Lynn Lawton, Martha Robertson and Conrad Wieler. The first regular meeting of the season took place earlier this week at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Orchestra special events manager Cynthia Long was guest speaker. Musical entertainment was provided by Andrea Overturf, who plays English horn with the orchestra. The group's first fundraiser, a barbecue, is coming up at Honeymoon Island State Park on Saturday, October 25. The Bay Area Saxophone Quartet will perform. Persons interested in learning more about the North Suncoast Associates may call 734-9727 ... Speaking of fundraisers, the Largo Woman's Club is hosting its first event for 2008-2009 at the Royal Palms of Largo on October 21. The Halloween Luncheon Card Party will feature door prizes and prizes for best costumes. Proceeds will benefit the club's charitable endeavors in the community. Call 581-3137 for details ... Kudos to Charles Tagoe, who has been tapped for membership in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at St. Petersburg College ... A tip of the hat to Creighton Harvey, City of Clearwater's "Employee of the Month" for October ... Did you know Kasey Will, Charlotte Walker, Erica Fiegle, Bonnie Caldwell, Marcie Walker, Jim Rinehart, Laurie Fredericks, Amy Perry and Devon Haydon are among those turning a year older today, October 16? ... Hope you remembered the birthdays of Edith Davidson, Bruce Walling and Phoebe McCall yesterday and those of Peggie Miller, Kay Rotruck, Patricia Bluhm, Linda Patterson, Thomas McMullian and Alice Weber earlier this week ... Bring out the cake and ice cream tomorrow for Gloria Smith, Tracey Walling, Heather Polanis, Michele Dixon, Pat Ryan and Norma Webster ... Saturday brings the birthdays of Imogene McLean, Janice McCulloch, Neal Popham, Elizabeth Bush and Paul Chesler, Sr. ... Be sure to wish Margie Linkchorst, Linda Carlile, Michele Eaton, Trudy Hoskins, Lora Freeman, Neva BiaLowas, Lisa Hatchett, Ann Claude, Chuck Palmer and Scott Hewitt all the best on their special day, which is Sunday ... The birthdays of Cathy Roberts, Vickie Corl, Courtney Cochran, Helen Fuller, Chase Nystrom, Mike Babnik, Dean Fryer and Wayne Smith are coming up on Monday ... What do Liz Lee, Darren Dowdy, Bruce Murphy, Amanda Miller, Carol Chesler, Jared Davis and Greg Hunter have in common? All were born on Oct. 21 ... You still have time to get birthday cards in the mail by Wednesday to Carol Miles Shaffer, Claire Wolkind, Joanne Smoak, Cathy Barnes, Marlo Fisher and Scott Wilson ... Congratulations and best wishes to the following couples celebrating wedding anniversaries: Mark and Jacqui Quinn (Oct. 18); Byron and Jean Clinch, Mike and Charrie Moscardini (Oct. 19); Kevin and Kristy Davis, Sean and Amy Maguire (Oct. 21); John and Mary Connell (Oct. 22) ... Belated anniversary congrats go to Bill and Sharon Babbitt (Oct. 14); Bill and Ruth Hickman (Oct. 4); Thomas and Judith Persing (Oct. 2) ... Have a great week, everyone.