OTOW Happenings 6-22-2012

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Lions hold installation event

By Eloise Hollyfield

Travel, new club officials, and an opportunity to save a life through blood donation constitute this week’s OTOW Happenings.

OTOW Lions Club
The OTOW Lions Club held its installation of officers and dinner event on Tuesday, June 12. Guest Past District Governor (PDG) Bob Respess officiated over the installation of newly elected officers and Board of Director members.  He also presented out-going President John Johnson with a Lion Trophy Award for his service as the president of the club. PDG Respess then presented awards to members who have maintained perfect attendance.
OTOW Officers for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year are as follows: President – Ralph Mills; 1st Vice President – Steve Snowman; 2nd Vice President – Wendy Phillips; Secretary – Carol DeYoung; Treasurer – Richard Spahn; Membership Chair – Estelle Clark; Tail Twister – Ed Michelson; and Lion Tamer – Peter Dodd. Newly-elect Board Members are Dawn Franz, Marty Schley, Wendy Phillips, and Eloise Jurgens.
The OTOW Lions Club is an extremely active one which supports the following charities through fundraisers and/or direct service: The OTOW Lions supports the following charities: Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF); Florida Lions Foundation; Florida Lions Eye Bank; Florida Lions Guide Dogs; Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence (LPCCI); Conklin Center for Blind; Florida Lions Sight Van; Florida Center for the Blind; Interfaith/Food for Kids Backpack program; and KidsSight. Other club activities include: White Cane Day; Emergency Light Switches; Trash to Treasures Sale; Christmas Golf Parade; Memorial Day Ceremony; Veterans Activities; the Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon; and the Italian Dinner Fundraiser. Additionally, the club supports the Ocala Ritz Veterans Villages and has created and completely furnished two living quarters for homeless veterans. The club is pleased to announce that one of these two quarters will have its first homeless veteran occupant as of July 2012!
The OTOW Lions Club is always looking for new members who have a desire to serve those in need. For readers who would like information about joining or even just attending a meeting to see what it is all about, please contact PDG Estelle Clark at 861-7358 or via e-mail at pdgestelle@yahoo.com.

On the Road Again
Bob Woods says he has a couple of cabins still available for his Jan. 19, 2013 sailing of the Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, sailing from Tampa on a five-night/six-day cruise heading for Cozumel, Mexico and Key West. There is another cruise booked for 2013, departing Port Canaveral on May 20 onboard Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas. This ship is replacing the Monarch, which will depart Florida the end of March. This four-night/five-day cruise is heading for Royal Caribbean’s private island of Coco Cay and then on to Nassau. There is a $50 ship board credit per cabin on both cruises. Call Bob for more details.
Please note that the following motor coach trips are sold out but names are still being placed on stand-by status in case of cancellations. The trips are the September trip to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, the November show trip to the Smokey Mountains, and the New Orleans trip in April of 2013. Bob’s latest planned trip is to Washington, D.C., departing OTOW September 2013.
Flyers for all of Bob’s trips and cruises can be obtained by downloading them from his website at www.bobwoodsontheroadagain.com. Or by call him at 854-0702; he will deliver a flyer to your house. All deposits are fully refundable for any reason up to the final payment date.

Sail Away Cruise Club
The Sail Away Cruise Club has three upcoming cruises. This is the last call for the Grand Princess trip on Dec. 1, to the Southern Caribbean; ports of call on the Princess are Cay, Curacao and Aruba. On April 13, 2013, the club has a five-night trip leaving from Tampa on the Jewel of the Seas to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. Perhaps, though, the best cruise will be on Nov. 9, 2013 on the Oasis of the Seas for seven nights to Falmouth, Cozumel, and Labadie. Contact Fred at 237-6367 for details on these scheduled cruises.

Life South Blood Drive
The following names are the 18 brave, life-saving heroes who donated a pint of their blood to the Life South Bloodmobile on May 5: Kathleen Becker; Catherine Bennett; Ronald Bozzonetti; Richard Copeland; Robert Cura, Kathleen Dushary; Linell Johnson; O Joseph, William Kreppel, Nancy Ludvik, Lois Reisinger, Elizabeth Russell, Simone Salassas, Leo Sehler; Michael Thomas; Paul Wagnitz; Nancy White; and Angela White-Davis.  These 18 volunteers helped save 54 lives, and that’s why they are real heroes!
Life South workers hope that YOU will join the group of life savers on Monday, July 2, at the Life South Bloodmobile which will be based at the OTOW Health and Recreation Center from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  
Your donations could save your own life, your family, or your friends.  Now, how good would that make you feel?