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Your Town: Palm Coast Irish Social Club celebrates 40 years

Also in Your Town: FPCHS' Student Artist of the Month.
by: Paige Wilson Community Editor

The Irish Social Club of Palm Coast held its monthly meet on Wednesday, March 13, at the Elks Club, to install the new officers for 2019 and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club.

The club was formed by three couples who wanted friends and neighbors to gather monthly for an evening of socializing. In January 1979, a notice was put in the local newspaper that anyone interested in joining a social club should call one of the couples.

On Thursday, March 22, 1979, unanimous approval was given to the formation of The Irish Social Club of Palm Coast. The membership of the Club was opened to “all people who are Irish and to those who wish they were.”

The purpose of the organization shall be primarily social and charitable within the community. Since its inception, the club has been very active raising money and donating goods to numerous organizations in the community, as well as granted scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors.

The club meets the second Wednesday of each month, except July and August, at the Elks Club. For more information, call Eileen at 445-5725.


Also in Your Town:

Student Artist of the Month

Flagler Palm Coast High School teacher Chelsea Schlaffer nominated sophomore Isabel Zapata as the Student Artist of the Month for March.

Flagler Palm Coast High School teacher Chelsea Schlaffer nominated sophomore Isabel Zapata as the Student Artist of the Month for March.

Zapata learned how to draw from her brother. She finds Greek art to be inspirational.

“Many of our modern-day art and architecture can be derived from or inspired by their stories,” she said. “Their mythology allows for many artist’s interpretation.”

Schlaffer said that Zapata is “an incredibly talented and technically skilled artist.”


Smokin’ hot Flagler County chili wins money for local charities

Flagler County Fire Rescue Chief Don Petito won the Flagler Woman’s Club Annual Chili Challenge and will donate $542 to each the Flagler Free Clinic and Family Life Center. Photo courtesy of Flagler County government

When the flames and embers have all been attended to, Flagler County Fire Rescue Chief Don Petito, and his sous chef Chet Lagana, heat things up in the kitchen with their “smokin’ hot” chili recipe that has won the Flagler Woman’s Club Annual Chili Challenge for the past two years, according to a news release from Flagler County Government.

The big winners, though, are the Flagler Free Clinic and the Family Life Center — the two charities that will split the proceeds. Petito will present each with a check for $542 at the April 1 regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.

“Of course, it’s great to have bragging rights and the traveling trophy for the year, but being able to select the charities that get to benefit from this was the real reward,” Petito said in the release. “The Free Clinic and the Family Life Center do great things for the community.”

The event, which was held in January at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach, raised $1,082 (net) through the sale of wristbands for those who wanted to taste each of 15 unique chili recipes and a 50-50 raffle.


AAUW Flagler selects six for Tech Trek

The American Association of University Women Flagler announced this year’s recipients for its Tech Trek Scholarship. Six students, from three Flagler County schools: Buddy Taylor Middle, Imagine School and Indian Trails Middle, will attend Tech Trek 2019 Camp this June. Tech Trek is a STEM model camp designed to introduce middle school-aged girls to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Since 2013, 26 students have attended the week-long residential camp held at campuses throughout Florida. This year’s camps, hosted by Stetson University and Florida Atlantic University Honors College, will welcome a total of 96 girls from around the state. Flagler County will be represented by Haley Tarala, Kumite Clavizzao, Naomi Knight, Summer Barnes, Carly Hyers and Leila Jackson.

Donations for Tech Trek can be mailed to AAUW Flagler at P.O. Box 354873, Palm Coast, Florida 32135-4873. Please make checks payable to AAUW Flagler and note “Tech Trek” in the memo section. By shopping through Amazon Smile and choosing AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation Inc., Amazon will contribute a small portion of your purchase to make a girl’s dream of attending Teck Trek a reality.


Democratic Club elects officers

The Democratic Club of Palm Coast conducted its annual Election of Officers at the monthly meeting held at the African American Cultural Society on March 7. Elected officers: President Robert (Bob) P. Coffman; Vice President Diane (Dee) Cocchiola; Secretary Gail Danhoff (elected to second term); Treasurer Vivian LindeOlsson (elected to second term); and Constance (Connie) JS Philips, membership/communications.

Outgoing members are past president Mike Cocchiola and Jill Scott, of membership/communications. The next monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the AACS.

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