Club Hubbub 06.25.15

Thompson challenges Demings, Webster for U.S. House seat
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+ Winter Garden American Legion

Hugh T. Gregory American Legion Post 63 in Winter Garden presented its annual scholarships to three recipients for 2015.

The winning candidates are selected on basis of academic achievement and community involvement and must be descendants of honorably discharged wartime veterans. This years recipients are Shelby Stevens, who will attend Thomas University; Benjamin Ward, who will go to the University of South Florida; and Mackenzie Buchko, who will be attending Valencia Community College. 

+ Winter Garden Book Clubs

The Winter Garden Recreation Department offers two different book clubs for West Orange County residents, and attendance is free to both.

The Literary Ladies Book Club meet 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month, and the West Orange Page Turners meet from 2 to 5 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.

For information, call the rec office at (407) 656-4155.

+ Active 50+

The Winter Garden Parks and Recreation Department’s Active 50+ group is taking a day trip to Lavender N Lace Tearoom and Restaurant at Lake Alfred. The trip is from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16.

The senior group is headed to this restored 1920s cottage for shopping and lunch with a stop at The Barn on the way back. 

Cost is $10 for city residents, $12 for others and includes transportation only. To register, call the recreation office at (407) 656-4155.


+ Rotary Club of Windermere

The Rotary Club of Windermere welcomed U.S. Air Force Col. Harlie J.D. Bodine IV June 23. Bodine is a recent graduate of the Air War College and is projected to take command of the 611th Air and Space Operations Center in July.

Bodine spoke of his motivations to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and become a member of the United States Air Force. He has served in a variety of combat deployments, operational tours and staff assignments, to include Deployment Training Division, Joint Staff J7, Commander, 489th Reconnaissance Squadron, Director of Operations, 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. 

+ W.O. Republican Women’s Club

The West Orange Republican Women’s Club will hold its next luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at Windermere Country Club, 2710 Butler Bay Drive North, Windermere.

The guest speaker is Brittany Beary, the daughter of former Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary. 

Cost is $18 for the Fourth of July-themed picnic luncheon; membership in the club is not required. Reservations can be made by June 26 at [email protected] or by contacting Carolyn Sparks at (407) 230-3856. 


+ W.O. Seniors

The West Orange Seniors hold a variety of activities each month at the Tom Ison Center, 1701 Adair St., Ocoee. This month’s lunch/movie is “Catch Me if You Can” at noon Thursday, July 1. Cost is $1.

The West Orange Seniors hold a variety of activities each month at the Tom Ison Center, 1701 Adair St., Ocoee. This month’s lunch/movie is “Catch Me if You Can” at noon Thursday, July 1. Cost is $1. 

Bingo is played from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays. Liverpool Rummy card game is played from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mexican Train dominoes is offered at 9 a.m. Wednesdays.

Line-dancing is at 10 a.m. Tuesdays (for a minimum $2 donation), and belly-dancing exercise is at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.

For more information, call (407) 592-4498.


+ Dr. Phillips Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips received the highest honors of the governor’s citation, The Presidential Citation of Achievement, and also was honored as Club of The Year in its category.

Recognition was given during the Rotary District 6980 awards banquet at the Buena Vista Palace with 46 Rotary clubs in Central Florida and approximately 2, 000 members. 

In addition, the greatest honor for the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips was to see President Ross Marvin receive the “President of the Year” award within the 46-club district.

+ St. Luke’s Dinners for Eight

The Dinners for Eight group at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church recently enjoyed an end-of-the-year celebration with a pot-luck picnic at the Dr. Phillips Community Park.

Food, games, music, fellowship and a breeze from the lake made this outing a huge success. 

The group will resume activities in August. Any St. Luke’s members interested in joining should call (407) 876-5532.


+ Florida Native Plant Society

The Florida Native Plant Society has recognized the Oakland Nature Preserve with a Conservation Award grant to conduct a controlled burn on one acre of Sandhill habitat at the preserve.

Fire through controlled burns is an important part of maintaining healthy ecosystems and native plant communities. The burn was conducted May 20. Since then, native grasses and flowers have already begun to regenerate.

“We are proud to help the Oakland Nature Preserve do what is best for the natural habitat in their area,” said FNPS President Anne Cox. 

Projects applying for Conservation Grant Awards must promote the preservation, conservation or restoration of rare or imperiled native plants or native plant communities. ONP’s grant was sponsored by the Tarflower Chapter of FNPS.

West Orange Duplicate Bridge Club

Results for June 18

N-S: 1. H. Parker – M. Lesnik 2. J. Thompson – B. Ballenger 3. Y. Peabody – M. Voorhees 4. N. Fortin – S. Landis 5. J. DeLoach – N. Velden; E-W: 1. M. Guthrie – B. Shelton 2. V. Oberaitis – J. Muzeni 3. R. Kerkhoff – N. Brockman 4. A. Snook – B. Young 5. S. Horovitz – R. Austen.


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