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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Mar. 25, 2019 6 months ago

Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club focuses on service during March

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by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

The Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club had a busy March thus far, attending meetings, sorting items from its food drive and cleaning the beach and A1A during tis quarterly clean-up.

The Lions began the month with five members joining 110 other Lions for across the District at the Spring Council of Governors meeting in Orlando, held from March 1-3. The three-day meeting included a pajama welcome party, a banquet and a breakfast. On March 9, seven members traveled to Satellite Beach to attend the final District Advisory meeting for this Lions year. The club's charter member and First Vice District Governor Greg Evans ran the meeting, which was attended by almost 100 people. 

On March 10, the Lions, along with members from Riverview United Methodist Church sorted food items from its February "Love our Children" food drive and boxed them. The next day, the food was delivered to Ortona Elementary School. This helped provide meals for students during spring break. 

Later that day, eight members and their family and friends cleaned the beach and A1a during the quarterly Adopt a Beach/Road clean-up effort. The Lions Club also participated in the White Cane Weekend on March 14 and 15. Twenty members took two-hour shifts at both Publix and Alfie's Restaurant to solicit donations to help pay for the eye exams for the less fortunate. So far this year, the Lions Club has handled eight eyeglass cases, with one possibly needing eye surgery. 

The Lions Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at Alfie's Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Call 441-4421.

Museum guild highlights homeless students

During the Guild of the Museum of Arts and Sciences March meeting, members and guests listened as Erin LeDuc, director fo the Center for Women and Men at Daytona State College, discussed the work they do to support the eradication of hunger and homelessness for students. 

According to a press release, the Center collaborates with area agencies to assist students with clothing, counseling services, emergency shelter, enrollment assistance and a food pantry. The Center began with the Fresh Start program and was established to assist women who were trying to improve their lives through education. Eventually, the Center expanded their services to include male students, and has been serving the student body for over 40 years.

Council of Catholic Women attend volunteer luncheon

Several members of the Ormond Beach St. Brendan Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women attended the 2019 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Fashion Show at LPGA International on March 23.

The event celebrated 30 years of the Pregnancy Crisis Center, a nonprofit, non-sectarian, non-political community service of the greater Daytona Beach area. It also celebrated the life of founder Mary Wallis.

Free WWII Refugee Quilt Lecture

The Racing Fingers Quilt Guild is sponsoring "Passing on the Comfort: The War, The Quilts, and the Women Who Made a Difference," presented by Lynn Kaplanian-Buller at 6:30 p.m. on April 15 at the Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church, located at 105 Amsden Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Kaplanian-Buller, who is from Holland," and her co-author An Keuning-Tichelaar wrote a book with the same title as the event about Keuning-Tichelaar and her husband sheltering refugees in Holland during World War II. The refugees received homemade quilts from Mennonite women in North America for comfort. Kaplanian-Buller discovered the quilts 20 years later, and the two women put together the story. 

The RFQG meets every third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church for a business and program meeting, and the second Thursday of each month in room 4 of the Ormond Beach Library at 9:30 a.m for quilting assistance. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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