Residents benefit Hospice and blind center

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By June Roberta

I just finished reading Joy Behar’s book, When You Need a Lift. She suggests checking out this book if you’re in a slump and don’t want to resort to a hot fudge sundae.

Many famous people contributed their ideas, telling us what they do to elevate their mood. Some resonated with me more than others.

There is one that topped my list. It was written by Phyllis Diller. She mentions that happiness is a habit she’s cultivated all her life. Diller says her mantra is a daily upper.

My Mantra – On this happy day I am thankful for my blessings and I pray for renewed belief in myself and others and hope this bond of love will expand to envelop the entire universe.

Entertainment Group

Prior to the Entertainment Group’s show Saturday March 1. The Entertainment Group and The New Pretenders made their annual donations to Hospice of Marion County and Florida Center for the Blind.

Larry Wilver, as a member of both groups, presented Suzanne Reynolds, director of development for Hospice and Dr. Cecil Jones, president of the Board of Directors of Florida Center for the Blind, withchecks totaling $1,500.

These yearly donations are made possible as a result of the tremendous support the residents give the Entertainment Group and The New Pretenders annual stage shows.

Walks for Hospice

There were two OTOW walks for Hospice of Marion County on Saturday, Feb. 23 and March 8. The first was rained out because it was too dangerous with the thunder and lightning.

However, the residents supported these endeavors and the following was raised for Legacy House:

OTOW Communities $7,442, Indigo East $415, County Walk 3,542, for a total of $11,399.

This activity was successful because of the following residents working behind the scenes:

Gordon Cich for wooden stakes for directional signs.

Erica from marketing for the publicity signs we used.

Caroline Scott, and CERT, for having trained members with golf carts.

Betty Chadwell with Indigo East.

Margaret Orlando with Williamsburg.

Suzanne Reilly of Candler Hills.

Paula Magen poster.

Treasurers Patty Griffith and Etta Scheter.

Grace and Buddy Raymond, Toni Lagatutta, Penny Luetkemeyer for going to many of the club meetings to hand out entry forms.

And, finally, to the countless residents who participated physically and/or financially. Thank you all for making this successful. Ruth Goldstine.

Sunshine Singers

Easter services will be at the H & R ballroom on March 23, at 7 a.m. For more information, call Ida at 854-8651.

Travel Toppers

The trip on Mothers Day to Rivership Romance has a time change. The bus will leave OTOW at 1:15 p.m., board ship at 3:30, and cruise from 4 to 7 p.m. The bus should return at approximately 9:45 p.m.

New England Club

The next meeting of the New England Club is at the Arbor Suites on March 14, at 1:30a.m. We are wearing of the green and there a hat contest with prizes for the best creations.

Tickets for the April 11 Italian Fiesta will be available for $5. Pizza, pasta, salad and dessert. For more information, call Nancy at 390-3396.

This month we highlight Debbie, our secretary. She was born in Massachusetts and later was a school teacher in New Hampshire.

She moved to Florida in 1971, was a substitute teaching and gave classes at night school also. Debbie is married to Dan, who loves gardening cooking and the computer. She loves gardening, cooking, flowers, cards, painting and people.

June Roberta is retired and lives in OTOW. Call her at 237-9208, or e-mail OTOW news to her at jroberta@cfl.rr.com. Deadline is a week prior to Friday’s publication.