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OTOW Happenings 11-18-2011

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Veterans Day ceremony held

By Eloise Hollyfield
ejh2025@hotmail.com

Veterans Day service, travel, and sports mark this week’s OTOW Happenings.

OTOW Lions Club
Lions Clubs throughout the country hold our nation’s veterans in high regard, so the OTOW Lions Club was pleased to provide the Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 at the flag pole area of the Health and Recreation Building to honor our nation’s veterans.
Lion Richard Spahn welcomed guests and visitors, and Chaplain Robert Benson gave the invocation. OTOW Lion Ralph Mills was introduced, and he, in turn, introduced honored guests and fellow Lions. Spahn gave the Veterans Day Remembrance speech. This was followed by the Presentation of the Colors by the West Port High School R.O.T.C and audience participation in the Pledge of Allegiance. Joan Stetson sang the National Anthem. The Sunshine Singers entertained the audience with a medley of patriotic songs. In lieu of a guest speaker, World War II veterans present at this event were honored. Kenneth Cohen presented the Memorial Wreath, which was followed by Taps and the Retirement of the Colors by the West Port High School R.O.T.C. Lion Saundra Deffler sang “God Bless America” and after various acknowledgements, Chaplain Robert Benson ended the service with the benediction.
The OTOW Lions Club sponsored the Zone 14 meeting, which followed their regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 8. Zone Chair PDG Audrey Hall presided. The following Zone clubs attended: OTOW Lions Club; Ocala Lions Club; Lake Weir Lions Club; and Silver Springs Lion Club. Each club reported recent activities and those planned for the near future. Refreshments were served.
On Sunday, Jan. 29, the OTOW Lions Club will offer an Italian dinner fundraising event. The event will take place at the Health and Recreation Building in the Ballroom at 4 p.m. The meal will be catered by Sammy’s Restaurant, and entertainment will be provided by George and Judy, Karaoke, and more. Additionally, a TV will be raffled. Proceeds go to Interfaith and to the Children’s Backpack Program.
Tickets are $12 per person and will go on sale beginning Nov. 14 in the H & R Ballroom and continue on sale on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, contact Dawn at 352-854-8314, Virginia at 352-414-1696, or Sara at 352-465-8291. You don’t want to miss this wonderful event!
For those of you who would like to consider becoming part of this exciting service group, please contact Lion Estelle Clark at 352-861-7358 or via e-mail at pdgestelle@yahoo.com.

Travel Toppers
To reserve seats for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, contact Jo Swing by Nov. 21. This show will be on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. The show is their extremely popular Adults at Leisure Series, and these shows sell out quickly. Transportation, driver tip, and a box lunch are included.
For Travel Toppers’ holiday events, contact Kathy Peterson for Thanksgiving Day at the Sleuth Dinner Theater and Pat Hood for Christmas Day at the Show Palace.    
Travel Toppers have the following extended trips planned for 2012: Seven-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the “Grand Princess,” Feb. 25 to March 3; Panama Canal Cruise on Holland Americas “Zuiderdam,” March 9 to 19; Branson, Missouri (by air) May 17 to 21; and a 13-day Alaska Tour and Cruise on the “Island Princess,” Aug. 31 to Sept.12. Contact Inger Gaitch, Travel Toppers President, for information and to register.

OTOW Bowling League
Teams leading the league have changed with Four for Fun now alone in first place; however, the Lucky Four and the New Kids are close behind!
Individual results have also changed, with Bill Hull taking over high average for the men. Linda McIntyre has maintained her position leading the women. Notable individual games in the past month were bowled by Dick Hull, 87 pins over his average, Pat Gorczok 54 over, and Rick D’Addio and Janie Duncanson both 44 pins over average. Bowlers improving their averages from last year include Lacoste Rivers, up 19 pins, and Barbara Buecher and Bill Shampine, both up 14 pins.
The OTOW Bowling League is pleased to announce that it is now at full strength with 18 teams and with four bowlers each.

OTOW Softball
It has been quite a week as Wise Way Auto finally broke its losing streak and won a game, but, as fate would have it, the team followed up with two consecutive losses. It’s been rough for the Wise Way team, which just can’t seem to muster up some wins. Still, it’s a long season, so things should turn around for them.
On the other wide of the coin, Dr. Dunn’s team mustered up some steam and has won the last three games, moving the team up to a tie for second place, while Florida Eye has finally taken over first place. The top four teams seem quite balanced, and it looks like they will be seesawing back and forth into first place. They all have some power hitters and have been fine-tuning themselves and playing like a unit. It’s quite an experience for these over-55 year old plays to display their talents and sometimes even seemingly miraculous plays on the field. It’s a special joy to see our 70 and 80 year old players push themselves as they try to keep pace with the younger players.
Oh, the joy of the game, but, oh, the aches and pains that result from it, but it’s nothing serious that can’t be helped with a little Ben Gay! The game keeps the players young at heart and provides needed exercise and the development of enduring friendships.
Current Statistics:
Team                           W     L
Florida Eye-Roger    7     2
Great Clips-Angelo    5     4
Tee Pee Tire-Ken       5     4
Dr. Dunn-Marty             5     4
Cebert Wealth-Bill     4     5
Wiseway-Jimmy             1     8