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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 6 months ago

Poker Run raises money for combat wounded veterans

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

The Thin Line Coalition partnered with the Fraternal Order of Eagles for a recent charity poker chip run to benefit combat wounded veterans, first responders and their families. 

The ride began at the Eagles club in Ormond-by-the-Sea, where participants were greeted with a full breakfast buffet, a raffle and friends. Next, Thin Line

The Poker Run participants get ready to ride. Courtesy photo

Coalition President Cliff Morris led the 35 riders and volunteers to the Eagles club in Daytona Beach Shores.

Riders came from Volusia, Flagler, Tampa and Orlando, according to a press release. The run concluded with a ride along Nova Road to the Ormond Beach Eagles club, where a cookout with burgers and hot dogs was held. 

Thin Line Coalition's next event will be its second-annual Blast to the Past Harvest Festival on Nov. 23-24 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3800 in Ormond Beach. Call 898-3585.

Festival Patron Party raises funds for annual art festival

Copper Bottom Craft Distillery recently fundraised $3,000 at its Kick-Off Patron Party for the 57th-annual Halifax Art Festival.

Sherry Erbe, Copper Bottom owner Jeremy Craig, and Patron Party Chair Gloria Keay. Courtesy photo

The Holly Hill distillery is located at 998 N. Beach St. The Halifax Art Festival on Beach Street will take place on Nov. 2-3. Visit to become a festival patron.

Rotary helps keep OBE neat

Members of the Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach joined Ormond Beach Elementary volunteers to complete the school's annual grounds cleanup before the first day of school.

The Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach helped spruce up Ormond Beach Elementary. Courtesy photo

The work consisted of pulling weeds, transplanting shrubs and ground cover plants, and installing mulch, according to a press release. The Rotary Club is currently looking for new members. To learn more, visit

City wins awards at conference

The city of Ormond Beach recently received state recognition for two of its programs at the annual Florida Festival and Events Conference in Naples. It placed first in the Educational Programs category for Enviro Camp, and second in the Green Programs category for its community gardens.

Enviro Camp was developed in 2006 by Siobhan Daly, Casements Cultural Center coordinator. The 8-week children's summer camp program moved from The Casements to the Environmental Discovery Center in 2016. It placed first out of 50 award winners and 500 applications, according to a city press release.

Both of the city's community gardens are located within Central Park, one off Hammock Lane and the other off Fleming Avenue. There are 59 garden plots in total, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis to locals. 

"The Leisure Services Department is very proud to receive these awards on behalf of the city of Ormond Beach as we continue to promote a healthy environment for our community," the press release states.

Lions craft mud kitchens and corn hole for Hope Place

For the past four year as Lions Club International celebrated 100 years of serving humanity, challenging Lions from around the world to serve 100 million people, the Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club did its part to meet that goal. 

It took on the Legacy Project of helping with the children's playground at Hope

Director Pamela Fernett, Past President Lion Les Walter, President Lion Mary Yochum and Lion Pastor Mike Moxley. Courtesy photo

Place in Daytona Beach, and in 2018, club members handmade one mud kitchen, four easels and donated toys for children to use, according to a press release.

This year, four additional mud kitchens and two corn hole games were added. Members also donated bean bags for the corn hole games and kitchen utensils for the mud kitchens. The Lions Club International challenge is over, and over 72% of clubs participated to serve more than 248 million people during those four years. 

This August, the OBTS Lions, along with the Ormond-by-the-Sea Eagles and Riverview United Methodist Church, also collected and donated school supplies to Ortona Elementary School. A special Back to School worship service was held to gift teachers with supplies on Aug. 11 at the church. 

Lions Mary Yochum, Bobbie Cheh, Peter Caputo, District Governor Greg Evans, Katie Hamlin and Peggy Bull at the District Advisory Meeting in Homosassa. Courtesy photo

In addition, Lions Mary Yochum, Bobbie Cheh, Peter Caputo, District Governor Greg Evans, Katie Hamlin and Peggy Bull traveled to Homosassa on Aug. 17 to attend the first District 35-0 Advisory meeting of the year, joining 138 other Lions from across the State. It was the first meeting conducted by newly-installed District Governor Lion Greg Evans.

Call 441-4421 for more information about the Lions Club.

Citizen Police Academy starting soon

The 37th Citizen Police Academy is currently enrolling adults to participate in its five-week program designed to give the community an inside look at the duties of a law enforcement officer. 

The class will meet every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. starting Sept. 5 through Oct. 3 at the Ormond Beach Police Department, located at 170 W. Granada Blvd. The program is open to those 18 and up, and is free, a press release states. Dinner and refreshments will be served. 

Through participation in lectures, demonstrations, tours and hands-on opportunities, citizens will get insight into OBPD's policies and procedures, including a ride along with a patrol officer. To sign up, call Officer Ciara Devane at 676-3526 or email [email protected], or contact Marianne Mele at 676-3553 or at [email protected]

Ormond resident gets promotion within sheriff's office

As the Volusia County Sheriff's Office continues in its transition to a constitutional sheriff's office in 2021, Sheriff Mike Chitwood has promoted a division chief to become his new second in command. Chief Deputy Joseph F. Gallagher Jr. was hired at VSCO almost 30 years ago in November 1989, according to a press release.

Chief Deputy Joseph F. Gallagher Jr. Courtesy photo

Gallagher is a former Ormond Beach Police officer, serving with that agency from 1987-1989, and currently resides in the city with his wife. The 53-year-old has served in a wide variety of assignments, including commander of narcotics investigations, investigative services and assistant commander in Districts 6 and 4, which include DeBary and Deltona. From 2005-2013, he served as a sergeant supervising and managing narcotics investigations with the Volusia Bureau of Investigation, the press release states.

Gallagher is also a 2019 graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston.



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