+ West Orange Seniors
The West Orange Seniors host Bingo Night from 3 to 6:30 p.m. every Sunday and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, at the Tom Ison Seniors and Veterans Center, 1701 Adair St., Ocoee.
Free arthritis chair exercises, sponsored by Health Central Hospital, take place at 8 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
Every Tuesday, line-dancing classes are available at 10 a.m., with a minimum $2 donation, and free belly-dancing exercises are offered at 1 p.m.
The seniors play cards from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. They also enjoy dominoes, walking, social activities, coffee and more, beginning at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the center.
Crafts take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, and chorus practice takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays.
For more information about the West Orange Seniors and upcoming events, call (407) 592-4498 or visit westorangeseniors.yolasite.com.
+ Rotary Club of Winter Garden
The Rotary Club of Winter Garden recently welcomed Gem Munro, director of Amarok Society, as the guest speaker for the group’s weekly lunch meeting.
Amarok Society is an organization that works to teach uneducated mothers in Bangladesh, how to read and write. The organization then reaches a step further by also showing these mothers how to become teachers themselves. They are provided the tools and understanding to pass on their knowledge to their own children, as well as those of their neighbors.
In Bangladesh, money is scarce and unavailable for the building of schools, although there are millions of uneducated children. After devoting his life to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged people across Canada and abroad, Munro and his family turned their efforts to the destitute communities of Bangladesh to establish cost-effective and sustainable changes in education.
Amarok Society now leads miraculous changes in the lives of thousands of Bangladeshi children through its goal to educate the residents of impoverished areas directly and let the work continue to spread through them.
Munro has also written the bestselling book, “South Asian Adventures with the Active Poor,” providing a collection of true short stories about some of the women and men in the slums of Bangladesh.
For more information about Amarok Society, visit AmarokSociety.org.
The Rotary Club of Winter Garden meets at noon Tuesdays, in Tanner Hall, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden.
For more information about the Rotary Club, visit rotaryclubofwintergarden.org.
+ Dr. Phillips Rotary Club
The Dr. Phillips Rotary Club recently announced the student winners for its silent auction art contest, “Taste of Dr. Phillips.”
Club President Ross Marvin presented the first-place award of $300 to Analies Majetich. Second place went to Valeria Herrera, who received $200, and the third-place award of $100 was given to Robin Maaya.
The club’s weekly breakfast meeting was hosted recently by Dr. Suzanne Knight, principal of Dr. Phillips High School. Knight spoke to the group about the school renovation and also invited each Rotary Club member to be guest speakers at the Teach-In event for the day.
+ W.O. Chamber of Commerce
The West Orange Chamber of Commerce invites the community to its next Business After Hours meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at Holiday Inn Express, 7474 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, to enjoy a little “jingle with your mingle.”
Ring in the holiday season while building business relationships and forging new, long-lasting friendships at this festive event. Attendees will enjoy live music, catering by TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli, trivia games and prizes, such as an iPad Mini. Event is sponsored by the West Orange Times & Observer.
The chamber member advance payment is $5 per person. The cost is $10 at the door. For non-members, the cost is $20 in advance and at the door.
In support of the West Orange Times & Observer’s Reading Reindeer program, the chamber will collect children’s books at the event.
For more information and to register, visit wochamber.com.
Chamber members also banded together in the spirit of giving this year to provide full Thanksgiving meals to more than 60 families in need.
The annual Thanksgiving basket drive was spear headed by Linda Osterberg, with delivery assistance from Best Cleaners Orlando. TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli also provided a fully cooked Thanksgiving meal.
The chamber thanks everyone who donated and helped these families enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner together.
+ Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida invite the public to participate in its Faces of the Future Fundraising Breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Universal Orlando Foundation Branch, 5055 W. Raleigh St., Orlando. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Participants can help support local children and secure a better future. Guest Harris Rosen will speak during the program.
The public is also encouraged to tour a Boys & Girls Club to witness firsthand the core problems in action. Members will show how their club has changed their lives.
For more information, contact Sarah Johnston at [email protected] or call (407) 920-5140.
+ O.C. Retired Educators Association
The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando.
The Winter Park High School Men’s Vocal Ensemble and the Freedom High School Patriot Singers will present a “Sounds of the Season” program. Anyone who has worked in education is invited to attend.
For more information, visit ocrea-fl.org or call (407) 677-0446.