A bow to the devoted volunteers from the Promenade Condos on Longboat Key who give their time and talents weekly at Second Chance Last Opportunity in Sarasota.
Located at 1933 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, it’s a community-based, grassroots, life skills training center that has stepped up as a food distribution center due to COVID and the subsequent loss of jobs and income.
The volunteer organizers are Francine Achbar, Jeanne Guertin-Potoff and Arlene Skversky. Ellen Leef Sherrow handles fundraising communications. Weekly sandwich-and-bakery pickup and delivery involves Pat Baron, Katie Fellicelli, JoAnn Heisen, Fran and Ray MacDonald, Hannah Neubauer, Marilyn Sachs, Barbara Schwartz, Phyllis Steingard, Tobie Van Der Vorm, Helga and Heinz Verhaegh, Marilyn Weinstein and Jayne Weiss.
• Derrick Brown is 2020 Lifeguard of the Year for Manatee County Public Safety.
• Hearty congrats to Monica DeLesline, just named the next principal at Palmetto High. An educator for 26 years in the Manatee school district, DeLesline has a decade of experience at PHS, including the last four years as an assistant principal. She’ll succeed Carl Auckerman, who’ll take over at Braden River High.
And welcome back to Dr. Laurie Breslin. Currently principal at Sarasota Middle, she’ll be the next director of secondary curriculum for the school district. A former teacher and administrator in Manatee, Breslin will succeed Lourdes Gonzalez, who will become principal at Manatee Elementary.
• A salute to Capt. Sandra McIver, 35 years with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and to Sgts. Chad Geary and Orval Walker, both 25 years with MCSO.
• Big ups to Kayla McDuffie and Galen Washington. McDuffie, who played basketball and flag football for Southeast, received its 2021 Kevin Covington, Female Athlete of the Year Award. Washington, who played football and basketball for the Noles, won their 2021 Kevin Covington, Male Athlete of the Year Award.
• Schuyler Counihan is 39. Again.
• So is Peter Rutledge.
• Well done to the new National Technical Honor Society inductees at Manatee Technical College. They are Bethanie Arrowood, Jessica Bell, Ricardo Calzadilla, Nanette Cherry-Andersen, Jayshonda Coleman, Erica Fagan, Evelyn Gonzalez, Angellina Hale, Clayton Harris, Katie Henderson, Carmen Hernandez Garza, Sean Jones, Madison Natter, Lilly Oberhoff, Angiela Papas-Kenny, Kylie Plichta, Christopher Ragland, Anastasiya Sivakova, Alexandra Smith, Jonathan Stasurak, Alexis Trammell, Lindsey Watson, Skyla Yost and Ruby Valerio.
• Kelly Ashlock, a desktop analyst with Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s information technology department, is the #smhEXCEL award winner.
• Brittany Gerren is a new art teacher at Rowlett Academy.
• Happy Mother’s Day!
Vin’s People runs Sundays. Email Vin Mannix at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call 941-962-5944. Twitter: @vinmannix.