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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 1 year ago

DAR celebrates its local essay winners

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

The Capt. James Ormond Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored its two local student essay contest winners.

For this year's essay, students in fifth through eighth grade were asked to imagine living in Boston and, after witnessing the Boston Massacre, describe their families' discussion and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British king and parliament. The winners were Hinson Middle School eighth graders Olivia Kane, who won second place, and Tilanna Peterson, who won first place.

United Way launches giving campaign

As the need for services increases, and charitable giving decreases due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties has been tasked with finding creative ways to fund those services. 

In response, United Way has launched the Fill the Gap Match campaign. Leadership donors — including two anonymous donors and the Root Organization — are committed to matching up to $150,000 in donations to United Way between Feb. 1 and March 31, according to a press release. 

“We are optimistic that gifts from the community will help us reach the $300,000 figure, which will help ‘fill the gap’ in support of critical services.” said Courtney Edgcomb, president of United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties. “We are grateful to the donors whose matching gifts are stimulating giving at such a critical time.”

Donors wishing to help “fill the gap” can text “UWVFCmatch2021” to 41444 or contact United Way directly at 386-253-0563.

Lions serve community during January

Taking all COVID-19 precautions, members of the Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club have stayed active during the month of January, according to a club announcement.

Lions Club President Mary Yochum, Shirley and Jeff Graham and Maureen Hamilton are ready for Adopt-a-Highway and Adopt-a-Beach. Courtesy photo

Six members participated in the Lions Club's quarterly Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-a-Beach programs, and they cleaned sections of A1A and the beach. In addition, on Jan. 23, the club held its annual gently-used book and yard sale benefitting the St. Brendan's Catholic Church Outreach program. Thanks to the generosity of the Ormond-by-the-Sea community and visitors, the club was able to donate $700, plus bags of groceries, to help fill the food pantry at St. Brendan's Church.

The Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month at Alfies Restaurant, located at 1666 Ocean Shore Blvd. For more information, call 441-4421.

Happy retirement

The Ormond Beach Police Foundation presented Officer Keith Walker with a $500 check on Friday, Jan. 29, in honor of his retirement after 25 years of service with OBPD.

City Commissioner Dwight Selby, Officer Keith Walker and former County Council Chair Ed Kelley. Courtesy photo

Walker most recently served as the department's training coordinator and public information officer. According to a press release, the Ormond Beach Police Foundation aims to provide the department with financial resources for training, equipment and technology that goes beyond the city's budget. It also offers financial support to families of fallen officers and special recognition for outstanding service. 

President's Lifetime Achievement award

Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1048 Past President Rod Phillips was recently presented with the President's Lifetime Achievement Award by chapter President Bob Adkins, honoring Phillips' over 4,000 volunteer hours.

VVA Chapter 1048 President Bob Adkins, Rod Phillips and Wendell Hawes. Courtesy photo

Phillips was the first chapter's first member. He was also honored with a framed President's Volunteer Service Award signed by the president of the United States, a PVSA gold medallion, PVSA Lifetime Challenge Coin, PVSA Gold Challenge Coin and a PVSA lapel pin. Phillips served as the chapter's PVSA administrator/committee chair until 2019. 

Other VVA 1048 PVSA recipients included Diana and Terry Schaack, Rick and Sheila Minor, Wendell and Pam Hawes, Jim Drake, Richard Sawicki, Tony Caputo, Bob, and Cathy Adkins.              

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