Students and Educator of the Month October, 2013
From left, Sertoma Club President Kevin Haggen, Lorri Glidden, Dylan Kona, Shatavia Giddsmith and Student and Educator of the Month Chair, Greg Miller
Sertoma Club of Venice honored two students and a teacher in October.
Shatavia Giddsmith, is a senior taking Math, Economics and Psychology and carrying a GPA of 3.0. Shatavia has served as a football manager since her freshman year, is a member of the choir and dance team at her church, the Greater Holy Temple, and works at the Laurel Civic Association as a camp counselor. Shatavia is looking forward to attending UCF to major in Social Work and minor in Photography / Film. She is the daughter of Tina Pattimey.
Dylan Kona, is a senior taking Digital Media, American Government, Digital Design 2 and carrying a GPA of 3.6. Dylan is a leader for The Warehouse of Venice, plays drums for Lift Church and two youth bands, and also serves as a leader of Wolfe Pack, a student leadership team at VHS. He works at Frank Theaters and is planning on attending SCF for two years before heading to Southeastern University to major in Ministerial Leadership. He is the son of George and Faith Kona.
Lorri Glidden is now in her 4th year at Venice High School and currently teaches French. With a strong background in athletics, Mrs. Glidden began her career teaching physical education, coaching basketball, softball and volleyball, which led her to serve as her District’s Athletic Director in the state of Michigan. She is a current member of Delta Kappa Gamma, which is a sisterhood of women in education who work to encourage young women in Sarasota County to enter into the education field. Mrs. Glidden is blissfully married with four children and one grandchild and she continues to travel back to Michigan in the summers.
Outstanding Citizen, May 2013
From left, Sertoma Club of Venice President Alex Moseley congratulates the recipient of the Sertoma Oustanding Citizen Award, Russell Johnson. Terry Redman organizes the recognition program for the club.
Sertoma Club of Venice recognized Russell Johnson with the Outstanding Citizen Award in April. The award is given to someone who is not a member of the club but who provides outstanding volunteer service to the community.
Johnson volunteers at Englewood Community Theater, serves as secretary-treasurer of the Friends of Carlton Reserve, and is on the board of directors of Venice Area Beautification Inc.
As a VABI volunteer, Johnson is part of the former Pepper Patrol, now known as Keep Venice Beautiful. Every day he racks up some of his 1,100 hours of service for the year picking up trash, replacing and trimming landscape plants and pulling weeds at The Arboretum in Blalock Park and other VABI work sites. He planted more than 100 trees in the city, which he now waters. He also helps water the flower baskets along West Venice Avenue.
Johnson was one of the people responsible for Venice becoming a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community last year.
Every month, Johnson, a board member of Friends of Sarasota County Parks, spends three days fundraising for the organization by collecting and sorting casings from the Sarasota Gun Range.
In support of the Venice Area Garden Club’s annual fundraiser, Johnson allowed his house to on the club’s homes tour.