The West Orange Seniors recently named Theresa Ciepcielinski as Senior of the Month.
Watervliet, New York, is a small town north of Albany, New York, where explorer HenryHudson arrived in 1609. On Jan. 31, 1936, it also became the birthplace of Ciepcielinski. She was the youngest of 10 children born to Marcel and HeidiKruszeski. Her father worked for the railroad and was also a farmer. Her mother died when she was 4 years old, after which she was raised by her siblings.
Ciepcielinski completed her high-school education and upon graduation went to work for the local telephone company. She met her husband, Stanley Ciepcielinski, and after a one-year engagement, they moved to Florida and were married May 4, 1955.
Stanley Ciepcielinski worked for the railroad and later became a commercial painter. Their family included three children: Stanley, Barbara and Marianne. Their extended family consists of six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.
Ciepcielinski’s husband died 20 years ago and, sadly, all of her siblings also have died.
Ciepcielinski always can be found playing bingo and attending the luncheons with the West Orange Seniors.
+ W.O. Seniors
A Biloxi Casino Tour will take place Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5. Participating seniors will meet at 8 a.m. at the Tom Ison Seniors and Veterans Center. The cost is $235 per person.
A showing of the film “April in Paris” will take place at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the senior center. Lunch will be served at noon. The cost is $1 per person.
Bingo is held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. every Sunday and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Monday at the center.
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 Liverpool rummy from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The group also enjoys playing Mexican train dominoes, social activities, coffee and more beginning at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the center. Guests are invited to join at no cost.
Crafts take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, and chorus practice takes place at 10 a.m. Fridays.
For more information about the West Orange Seniors and upcoming events, call (407) 592-4498 or visit westorangeseniors.yolasite.com.
+ Clermont Toastmasters
Clermont Toastmasters recently awarded BarbaraAmato (Best Table Topics), ReginaCruz (Most Improved), ThomasSpencer (Best Evaluator) and WendyStone (Best Speaker and Club President) at its May 18 meeting.
Clermont Toastmasters is an award-winning club and meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 100 Minnehaha Ave., Clermont.
For more information, call (352) 234-6495.
+ West Orange Chamber of Commerce
The West Orange Chamber of Commerce will host its Living the Vision 2015 Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Valencia College West Campus Special Events Center, 1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando.
Guest moderator MarilynCrotty, director of Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida, along with the guest panel, will review and highlight the achievement of goals set in 2003 during “Visioning A Greater West Orange 2015” — a community visioning initiative facilitated by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce to develop a consensus about the future of this region.
The guest panel will include Orange County Commissioner District 1 ScottBoyd, City of Orlando Commissioner District 6 Samuel B. Ings, Oakland Mayor KathyStark, Ocoee Mayor Scott Vandergrift, Windermere Mayor GaryBruhn and Winter Garden City Manager MikeBollhoefer.
The cost is $41 per person for Chamber members and $51 per person for non-members. Group rates are available. One dollar from each ticket sold will go to the West Orange Chamber’s Danniel J. Petro Scholarship Fund.
N-S: 1. S. Kmiec – M. Ryan 2/3 tied H. Parker – M. Lesnik, N. Fortin – M. Guthrie 4. Y. Peabody – M. Voorhees 5. B. Bell – B. Ballenger; E-W: 1. M. and J. Chilton 2. V. Oberaitis – J. Muzeni 3. E. Quinn – S. Jordan 4. L. Meador – J. Winegard 5. N. Brockman – R. Kerkhoff.