On February 17, LCUP celebrated its 30th Anniversary of Changing Lives Through Literacy at the Dunedin Public Library. The well-attended event included the organization’s annual meeting with speakers Pat Bauer, President, Library Director Phyllis Gorshe, Jan Demers and Carol Kennedy. Both Jan and Carol are members of the LCUP Board of Directors, tutors and Conversation Class leaders and spoke about their experiences in literacy. Learner Dorotea Chavez spoke about the difference learning English has made in her life.
City Commissioner Deborah Kynes presented a proclamation from the City of Dunedin in recognition of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas’ 30th Anniversary. Read the proclamation here.
The following history of LCUP was presented by President Pat Bauer:
A History of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas, 1988- 2018
The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas grew out of increased need for adult literacy services in north county due to population growth and demographic changes in the 1980s. The council was formed by a group of dedicated citizens who were originally affiliated with the St. Petersburg Literacy Council and saw the need to incorporate the north county program. Our articles of incorporation are dated February 2, 1988.
FAREWELL, SISTER MERITA, AND THANK YOU!
Sister Merita has returned to Ohio, and the students and tutors of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas attended her farewell party. Her friend, Sister Renetta, also attended. Here’s the story of her life of dedication and love:
Sister Merita Strahler
Sister Merita Strahler, SND (Sisters of Notre Dame), a resident of Dunedin for 17 years, has been a longtime teacher, advocate, and volunteer helping refugees and immigrants make a new start in this country.