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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Leto honored for work

Elmira Leto recently received the Florida Commission on the Status of Women's Florida Achievement Award. Andrea Spottswood, Gae Ganister and Kay Miller nominated Leto as a "meritorious woman who has improved the lives of women in Florida and served as a positive role model for women and girls in her community."

StayFit honors Horn

StayFit Studio recently named Caroline Horn the Fit Member of the Month.

"You will find Caroline at classes. Her commitment to making time for fitness, and great energy are inspiring," said owner Raquel Robbins-McCarthy.

Stay Fit created the award to recognize outstanding members who are well-rounded, show determination, consistency and commitment to her or his goals and health.

Each recipient receives free classes and a complimentary massage at the studio.

Rhoades receives communications award

Key West publisher Shirrel Rhoades was presented with the 2014 Professional of the Year Award by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC), a college and university organization of more than 3,700 educators, students and practitioners from around the globe.

The ceremony took place last week during AEJMC's annual conference in Montreal.

Rhoades was introduced by Jacqueline Marino of Kent State University. The award was presented by Dr. David Sumner of Ball State University. Also on hand was David Abrahamson of Northwest University. Abrahamson and Rhoades taught together in New York University's Center for Publishing some thirty years ago.

His wife Diane Brady and son Kevin Rhoades attended the presentation.

"I'm honored to receive this prestigious award," said Rhoades. "It's kind of like Tom Sawyer attending his own funeral. But I accept it in honor of all the talented people I have worked with during my career."

With more than half a century in magazine publishing, Shirrel Rhoades has held executive positions with Reader's Digest, Scholastic, Harper's, Marvel Entertainment and Cricket Magazine, among others. He is currently publisher/CEO of Absolutely Amazing eBooks.

A full-time resident of Key West, Rhoades also serves as president of Key West Art & Historic Society.