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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Jul. 22, 2019 7 months ago

Rotary lends help both internationally and locally

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

A 25-member team from Tomoka Christian Church, with the help of a significant contribution from the Rotary Club of Ormond Beach, recently helped to build playgrounds at The Rock and The Ark CarePoint Centers in Okahandja, Namibia, for orphaned children living with AIDS.

These playgrounds were in support of Christ's Hope International, which is dedicated to caring for AIDS-affected, orphaned and vulnerable children, according to a press release. Rotarian Linda Bradley was among those who aided in the effort, which included clearing the grounds of glass and rock, shoveling gravel and sand for cement to ground the support posts, building swings, jungle gyms, rope ladders, and other playground components.

A child in Okahandja, Namibia. Courtesy photo

The Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach donated $1,000 to support this project. The money was used to purchase wood, nuts, bolts, rope, rock, sand and powdered cement. While in Okahandja, Bradley was also assigned to a class of 11-14-year-olds and assisted in teaching them personal hygiene, helped with homework and served food. 

Here in Ormond Beach, the Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach recently painted two classrooms at the PACE Center for Girls. 

Seven Rotarians volunteered for the project, and they painted two large rooms in about a half a day, according to a press release. PACE was founded in 1985 in Jacksonville and served 10 girls. Today, the center has grown to 21 schools throughout Florida, serving more than 3,000 girls a year. 

The Rotary Club is currently looking for new members. To learn more, visit

PACE wins national honor

The PACE Center for Girls was named the recipient of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' 2019 Impact of the Year Award, which recognizes organizations that are innovators and challengers of the current juvenile justice system, according to a press release.

As a recipient, PACE was recognized as an organization that has led improvements in the council's mission areas, including courtroom management, and seeks to honor those who "rethink, reimagine and redefine" justice for children and families. PACE will be honored during the council's 82nd-annual Conference at the President's Installation event on July 30 in Orlando.

“It is an incredible honor for Pace to be recognized by the NCJFCJ for our work on behalf of girls and their families,” said Mary Marx, President and CEO of PACE Center for Girls, in a press release. “Pace does significant work with juvenile and family court judges to ensure girls have access to gender-responsive and trauma-informed services in their communities and works with our elected officials on transforming systems and policies to reduce the number of girls who are involved in the juvenile justice system. We are deeply appreciative of the NCJFCJ and their work on behalf of our country’s most vulnerable children.”

For more information about PACE, visit For information about the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, visit

Calling all quilters

Memory Makers Quilt Guild is inviting local quilters wishing to attend the Jacksonville Quilt Show on Sept. 19 to join them in taking a bus from Ormond Beach to the show.

If interested, send a check made out to Memory Makers Quilt Guild for $35, which includes entry to the show, bus and tip for the driver. Include your name, address, phone number, email address and include "would like pick up in Ormond Beach." Mail check to Audrey Purcell, 7 President Lane, Palm Coast FL 32164. Pick-up location will be the Ormond Beach Walmart at 1521 W. Granada Blvd. at 8 a.m. Trip will be cancelled and check returned if 45 checks are not received by Sept. 1. 

No refund will be issued for any other reason. Email [email protected]

Local graduates from Space camp

Ormond Beach resident Elias Ramshaw recently attended, and graduated from, the Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

This weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math, while training students with hands-on activities and missions, according to a press release. The program is specifically designed for trainees with a passion for space exploration. Ramshaw spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station, the moon or Mars. 

He graduated with honors. 

Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama. More than 900,000 trainees have graduated from the program since its inception in 1982. Visit for more information

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