Dr. Phillips Rotary Club President Ross Marvin recently awarded fellow Rotarian Bruno Portigliatti with the Club Builder Award. Candidates who receive this award must have recruited at least five members who are active Rotarians at the time of nomination; participated in Rotary training in the club; participated in at least one meaningful club-level vocational service project; and attended at least two district meetings in the three years immediately preceding nomination. This award was presented at the district conference on May 2, and Portigliatti was the only winner from this district.
+ Bloom & Grow Garden Society
The B&G Garden Society recognized its 19th anniversary with a luncheon at the Winter Park Racquet Club of Winter Park and a fashion show by Chico’s of Winter Park.
The garden club’s luncheon and fashion show were planned by the social committee: AnnWalker, SonjaThomas, BerthaAllen (chair), SaraSmith, JoAnnCauthen, AnnBlastic, LoriMatthews, GretchenBoyd, MarilynKelyman, NancyMote, JennieReagan, Andy Davis and Jimmie Atwill.
During the luncheon, MaryLynVanDyke, a past president, installed the 2015-16 officers by presenting flowers to each. The new officers are JimmieAtwill, president; BrendaKnowles, first vice president; Jan Penrose, second vice president; DebbieBruce, treasurer; Julie Teal, recording secretary; and MonicaPounds, corresponding secretary.
In its 19 years, the club of 130 members has donated many hours to the West Orange and South Lake communities. Each year, the major fundraiser is the Spring Fever in the Garden, an art and horticultural event in downtown Winter Garden. The 2016 Spring Fever is planned for April 9 and 10. For details, visit springfeveringarden.com.
Among the many charities the club supports are Habitat for Humanity, Oakland Nature Preserve, Nehrling Gardens, Wekiva Youth Camp and Mathew’s Hope. It also presents horticultural scholarships to students and maintains a Path of Life at Chapin Station along the West Orange Trail in Winter Garden.
+ W.O. Scholarship Foundation
The West Orange Scholarship Foundation presented awards to four West Orange High School students May 5 at senior awards night. Each will receive approximately $6,000 over four years. Fifteen students are attending college with scholarships provided by this foundation.
Alison Edwards received the Marjorie Cloughley memorial scholarship and will attend Valencia College. Charlene Felix was awarded the Ken and Dora Winter memorial scholarship and will be going to the University of Central Florida.
RyyanKassoo, who plans to attend the University of Florida, received the Franklin and Virginia Cappleman memorial scholarship. Benjamin Ward was awarded a Bond Foundation scholarship and will attend the University of South Florida.
The West Orange Scholarship Foundation was started in 1962. The first two people to receive a scholarship were FredCrabtree and JohnTerrell.
Most of the funds come through the Rotary Club of Winter Garden, the West Orange Junior Service League, West Orlando Optimists Club and personal donations from individuals.
+ West Orange Republican Women
The West Orange Republican Women’s May luncheon will be held Thursday, June 4, at Windermere Country Club. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., and the price is $18 per person. Membership in the West Orange Republican Women’s Club is not required. To make reservations, email [email protected] or call CarolynSparks at (407) 248-9559. The June guest speaker will be LindaLaurendeau. She will be giving a presentation on the American flag.
+ Central Florida Women’s League
The Central Florida Women’s League is pleased to announce its newly appointed board members for the 2015-16 League year. The group of women, who will lead this philanthropic organization in its mission of advancing opportunities for charity, service, scholarship, and culture within the Central Florida community, come from all walks of life.
MichelleGreene, a member of CFWL since 2007, will serve as president of the league for 2015-16. Pam Lively is the newly appointed vice president. Lively has been a member of the Central Florida Women’s League since 2011.
PamWest, a member since 2004, will serve as the treasurer for the league. West served as president of CFWL during the 2012-13 league year.
Melissa D’Orazio, a member of CFWL since 2012, will serve as secretary. She was one of the key organizers for this year’s Kentucky Derby party, which was listed as one of the top five derby events in Central Florida.
Rebecca Redman-Hamaoui will serve as programs chair. She has served on the CFWL board of directors since 2009.
Amy Calandrino will be co-chair of membership along with TriciaStein. Stein joined the CFWL three years ago and has been working with the fundraising committee.
The Central Florida Women’s League hosts several fundraising events each year, the proceeds of which provide scholarships to deserving high school seniors in attending the college of their choice and support local nonprofits. Among the events are the recent and successful Kentucky Derby Party, Taste of Windermere, held in early March, and the Grande Escape, a weekend at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, traditionally held in November.
West Orange Duplicate Bridge Club
Results from May 21
N-S: 1. J. DeLoach – N. Velden 2. S. Kmiec – M. Ryan 3. Y. Peabody – M. Voorhees 4. J. Thompson – B. Ballenger 5. H. Parker – M. Lesnik; E-W: 1. S. Horovitz – R. Austen 2. V. Oberaitis – J. Muzeni 3. L. Hendry – C. Baldwin 4. A. Snook – B. Young 5. L. Meador – J. Winegard.
Results from May 28
N-S: 1. Y. Peabody – M. Voorhees 2. J. Thompson – B. Ballenger 3. S. Kmiec – M. Ryan 4. N. Fortin – S. Landis 5. M. and J. Chilton; E-W: 1. S. and B. Binkley 2. H. Parker – M. Lesnik 3. V. Oberaitis – J. Muzeni 4. E. Quinn – S. Horovitz 5. M. Guthrie – B. Shelton.