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Greater Trilby News


A publication of the Greater Trilby Community Association, Inc.

Vol. 1, Issue 1  --  April 2005


Senior Activities Community Center

There’s suddenly a lot to do in the Trilby area if you happen to be a senior citizen.  Eileen Lamb, who is in charge of the seniors’ program committee for the community association, has lined up several activities.

The first activity was a barn dance, which was held from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on March 5th.  Everyone who attended supported a worthy cause: the restoration of the church’s steeple, which is a landmark important in the history of Trilby.

The Trilby Community Center across from the post office will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. weekdays for senior classes and Bingo.  Although the classes started the first week of March, it is not too late to sign up.  Classes in oil painting are held Wednesdays for a fee of $15.00.  On Fridays, you can try line dancing for only $3.00.  Bingo begins on Monday, March 7th, and is pay-as-you-go with lunch and drinks available.

There are other activities at the community center.  On the first Monday of each month the Pioneer Doll Club meets, and Elaine's Cloggers meets Monday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Elaine is looking for more beginners.  If you have questions about Elaine's class, call her at 813-248-0606.  

If you have suggestions for other activities for seniors, contact Eileen Lamb at the next association meeting, which will be on Thursday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the community (or should we say senior) center.



Meet the Board Members

Denny Sharkey Mihalinec, Board Chair and CEO

I am a lifelong resident of Trilby and live here now with my wife who was my high school sweetheart and my four children, who are ages 2, 5, 7 and 10.  I enjoy investments, particularly real estate, am very community-oriented and love helping others. 

 I hope northeast Pasco County will have smart growth, such as the industrial park in Lacoochee, but not growth just for the sake of growth.  We need growth to have a sufficient tax base for our area to get county services, but I hope this area can keep its rural charm that we all love.  I believe we can do more for our youth and elderly population too. 

I am proud of the work TCA and its individual board members have done so far.  There are many programs that you as citizens can join.  Come to our meetings the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at 37452 Trilby Road.  If you have questions or suggestions about how TCA can better serve your community, please call me at 352-518-0980 or e-mail me at  Be sure to visit the association’s website at

Charles H. (Herb) Green, President

My name is Charles H. (Herb) Green.  I have been married to my wife Evalyne for 57 years.  I served in the Army Air Force in World War II in the Pacific (Okinawa).  I have been a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for 40 years.  My profession is insurance; I hold the designation of CSA from the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

I am a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina.  I moved here 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina.  I belong to the Trilby United Methodist Church where I am choir director.  I have a married daughter and two grandchildren.

Pauline Hunt, Treasurer 

My name is Pauline Hunt, and I have been married for the past 2 ˝ years.  I have a Masters in Project Management and a MBA with a concentration in Human Resources.  I have worked for the Post Office for the past 10 years, spent 4 years in the Civil Service in the Philippines and 4 years in the U.S. Air Force.  I am presently the Postmistress of the Trilby Post Office.  I love horseback riding, sailing, and gardening. 

Pastor Juan Garay, Board Member

My name is Rev. Juan M. Garay, and  I'm originally from Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico.   I have lived in Wisconsin (Waukesha and Milwaukee) for 14 years.  I am currently going to school to finish my degree in Theology.  I'm the Pastor of two wonderful churches: the Trilby United Methodist Church and the Community United Methodist Church in San Antonio, FL.  I've been married to my wife for 7 wonderful years and have a 6-year-old daughter named Dariana.   I enjoy music, and play the trombone, guitar and Latin percussion.  I also enjoy singing and movies! 

 Biographies of other board members will be published in future editions.



Historical Committee Formed

The first meeting of the Trilby Community Association Historical Committee was on Monday, January 24th.  Nine members attended including Scott Black, noted area historian.  The second meeting was February 21st and we had six members.  Scott is the co-chair of this committee.

Richard Riley reported on the three versions of the Trilby / Svengalli movie that Scott loaned him last month.  The 1915 silent film, “Trilby,” is interesting because it is old and silent.   The 1932 version, "Svengalli,” is interesting because it has John Barrymore, and the 1955 British version is interesting because it is more like the book, but boring.  Bottom line, none are great, but neither is the book.  It is the story of English “Bohemians” in Paris in the 1870s, partying and trying to be artists.  Little Billie falls in love with a young model, Trilby, who is later hypnotized by the music teacher, Svengalli, and tricked into accompanying him on a concert tour.  The committee is pursuing plans to show the 1915 movie in the near future.

Other projects are being discussed, such as developing maps showing how the town was in earlier years, collecting histories and photos from residents, and possibly creating a small model of the community in the 1920s.

Scott reported that he has been invited to present a paper at the Florida History Society annual meeting in Palm Beach this summer.  He will be speaking about the history of Trilby.



April Agenda will include a Special Town Hall Meeting

On April 21st at 7:00 p.m. there will be something special at the meeting of the Greater Trilby Community Association at the Trilby United Methodist Church, New Life Center, which seats 200.

The association has invited two guest speakers: Honorable Commissioner Ted Schrader, county commissioner for our district, and Wendi Herzman, the CEO of the POP Housing Program.

There will be a question and answer session following the speakers.

This presentation will be part of the regular monthly meeting of the association.



Crime Watch Meeting Changed

The Crime Watch Committee of the association has changed the day and time for its meetings.  Starting with the April meeting, the committee will meet on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. at the Methodist Church.  The committee is still looking for volunteers, so anyone interested is welcome to attend.



Editor’s Notes

I hope you enjoyed this first edition of the newsletter.  We hope to produce a newsletter every month.   The deadline for submission of articles is the third Monday of the month before the newsletter will be published.

I welcome comments and suggestions for articles and columns you would like to see in future editions.  I would also like to start a “Letters to the Editor” column in which you can express your opinions about what is right with our area or issues and problems you see in our area.  Please send all comments and letters to me, Kathryn Riley, at my e-mail address, or write to me at P.O. Box 6, Trilby, FL 33593.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter and I hope to see you at the next meeting of the association.

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