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Greater Trilby News

A publication of the Greater Trilby Community Association, Inc.

Vol. 1, Issue 2 – May 2005

Children’s Safety Rally to be Held May 7th

Kathleen Fink, Vice-president, Secretary and Director of Education for the Greater Trilby Community Association, Inc., has organized a children’s safety rally to be held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.

Approximately 23 years ago, Kathleen watched the story of Tiffany Sessions, a 20-year-old University of Florida student who disappeared and was never found.  Kathleen was 16 years old at the time and looked a lot like Tiffany.  From that point on, Kathleen dreamed of doing something to help keep children safe.

Tiffany’s mother, Hillary Sessions, has helped Kathleen’s dream become a reality.  On May 7th, Kathleen has organized a children’s safety rally to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Withlacoochee State Trail beside the Trilby Community Center, which is across from the Trilby Post Office on State Road 575.

The main goal of the rally is to educate local children in ways to protect themselves from sexual predators and sexual offenders, and there are many individuals, businesses and county services sponsoring safety activities or donating money and supplies to make this rally a success.  The Sheriff’s Office will be doing fingerprint cards, taking DNA samples and hosting other programs for the kids, and the Fire Department will offer safety programs as well.  Hilary Sessions will be there representing her organization, Child Protection Education of America, which sells for $5.00 a CD for kids that presents different dangerous situations and explains to kids how to get away safely.  She will also offer fingerprinting and photographing of children.  Other sponsors include The Greater Trilby Community Association, Inc., the Trilby United Methodist Church, Wal-Mart, Wooten’s Well Drilling, the Pasco Regional Medical Center, and the Calvary Assembly of God.

You can get more information about the rally, or become a volunteer or sponsor by contacting Kathleen Fink at 352-583-5973.  Please help us save a child!



From the Chairman’s Desk

(School Tools To Empower Success)

By Denny "Sharkey" Mihalinec, May 2005

I want to thank the citizens of the Tri-Community for getting behind our organization, The Greater Trilby Community Association, Inc.  It has been a true pleasure to bring folks together for a common cause.

 I have some exciting news to announce. On April 12th, I was elected president of an east Pasco group of coalition leaders.  This is truly an honor because the leaders of this group include chief executive officers of major companies, and leaders of clubs and organizations in and around east Pasco County.

The first goal of this group is to raise money for back-to-school supplies for the upcoming year for east Pasco children from low-income families, and the group joined the East Pasco County S.T.E.P.S. program for that purpose.  Any group that donates to this program receives a card on which it can designate the east Pasco school it wishes the funds to go to.  I am the chair of this fundraising committee and have raised $658 so far.  Lacoochee Elementary School will be the first recipient of these funds.

If you have a business, club or organization that wants to donate to S.T.E.P.S. and help children get the supplies they need, don't hesitate to call or e-mail me.  My office number is 352-518-0980 or my e-mail address is

I want to thank these organizations that have already contributed: The Greater Trilby Community Association, Inc., the Trilby United Methodist Church, The Christian Edge, and the Circle of Hope, Inc.


Message from President Herb Green

Trilby is coming to life! Have you noticed the activities going on?  People are enjoying:  art classes, line dancing classes, and barn dances just to name a few.  But wait ‘til you see what’s coming:  Kathleen Fink has organized a children’s safety rally on May 7th for our children and parents to protect children against predators; there will be a Tri-Community Ladies’ Golf Tournament on May 14th; and in the future there will be a men’s golf tournament, a barbecue, a Christian music block party, a bicycle competition and periodic country-western dances.

Our hats are off to Denny Mihalenic, Eileen Lamb, Kim Rowe, The Trail Blazers Youth Group, Kathleen Fink and many others who are making these things possible; BUT we need help from others in the Tri-Community area to make these things work. Come support these events with your help, contributions, if possible, and your ideas for future activities.  THIS IS YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION.  The association requires no dues but needs your participation.  Come join in the fun and please attend our meetings.  The next meeting is May 19, 2005, and the Crime Watch and Security Patrol meeting is on Monday, May 2.  See you at the community center.



Celebrate Women’s Day at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church

Pastor Cassie Gordon, a Greater Trilby Community Association, Inc., board member, wishes to invite you to the Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church at 20451 Randleman Road, Trilby, Florida for a celebration of Women's Day on Sunday, May 15, 2005.  This event will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a worship service followed by a dinner.

Going the Distance in the Fight against Breast Cancer

For three days in October Pauline Hunt, the Treasurer of the Greater Trilby Community Association, Inc., will walk 60 miles in the Breast Cancer 3-Day.  It is not a race, but a display of commitment and courage to do something to help the over 200,000 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in this country.  Each participant commits to raising $2100 for this worthy cause, which supports the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.  The walk will begin in Clearwater on October 7th and end in Tampa on October 9th..

Pauline has graciously agreed to share her thoughts as she gets ready for the walk.

 “I debated for a couple of weeks on if I wanted to put forth the commitment needed for the 60-mile walk.  I have done the 10-mile walk before for several years.  After I went through a breast cancer scare in November 2004 and a very dear friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer; I decided that I wanted to raise money for the research of breast cancer. 

I started walking with Sherry Baldwin, and we have formed a team called “Dory’s Divas” in honor of our 3rd teammate Rosanne whose sister is currently going through chemotherapy.  Sherry and I started walking 8 miles on Saturdays and will be adding 2 more miles over the coming months each time our fitness level increases until we’ve slowly worked our way up to 20 miles by the time October comes. 

If anyone wants to contribute to our team, they can come see me at the office or copy and paste the following into your browser:

 This address will allow you to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support The Breast Cancer 3-Day.”


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