Four members of the Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club joined more than 10,000 volunteers to welcome more than 4,000 athletes to the Orlando area for the 2022 Special Olympics USA games to the Lions Locals were also joined by more than 100 Lions from the 35-0 Multiple District.
On Saturday, June 4, former OBTS Lions Club Presidents Bobbie Cheh and Mary Yochum staffed the ESPN Wide World of Sports Welcome Volunteer Tent and handed out more than 300 backpacks, according to a news release. OBTS Lions Club President Greg Evans worked in the Eye Opening tent that day, conducting eye exams for Special Olympics athletes.
Opening ceremonies were held at Exploria Stadium on Sunday, June 5, and then Cheh, Yochum and OBTS Lions Club Secretary Jean Cerullo helped serve lunch to the athletes at the Amway Center. Evans was a bus captain and traveled with the athletes to opening ceremonies, lunch and baking at their hotels. The following week, he again helped out in the Eye Opening tent and was a spotter on the golf course for the competition.
“The happiness and enthusiasm of the athletes was extraordinary and we all really enjoyed our time with them,” the press release says. “It was a pleasure to serve.”
The OBTS Lions Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at Alfie’s Restaurant, located at 1666 Ocean Shore Blvd. Call 386-441-4421 for more information.
Ormond Mainstreet Selects New CEO
Ormond Mainstreet has welcomed Caroline Skinner as its new CEO, a position previously held by Julia Truilo, who recently retired after 10 years in the role.
“It has been a pleasure meeting and working with Caroline Skinner, she is a great addition to the Ormond MainStreet community and team, and her enthusiasm is infectious,” Truilo said in a press release. “I look forward to attending and enjoying the upcoming events, and especially the continued growth of the organization.”
Skinner received an MBA from Stetson University and is a small business owner and mother of four adult children, which according to the press release “provided her with the most on-the-job training for process management and efficient resource management of time, finances and energy uses as a single parent. She has professional experience in banking, academia, and government, and is bilingual, as she speaks Spanish.
“I am very excited to have such a talented and capable CEO in Caroline Skinner,” said Nancy Cortez, Ormond Mainstreet’s chairwoman of the board of directors. “Introducing it to our community has already been a great process and I am excited to see how we will continue to grow and develop our members’ businesses.”
When he’s not making his rounds at local businesses and streamlining and digitizing processes and procedures, the press release says, Skinner enjoys traveling, curating and researching mid-century fashion, furniture and collectibles, karaoke and music, and giving back to the community through personal education. finance, efficiency, digital tools and small business ownership.
Kelley has a new single
Country music superstar and Ormond Beach native Brian Kelley debuted his first solo Big Machine Records release on July 1, and the song is a tribute to service members and first responders, including his grandfather, John Edward Kelley, who served in the military during World War II, was a prisoner of war and earned two purple hearts.
The song, “American Spirit,” produced by Kelley and Jake Rose, and co-written with Blake Redferrin and Canaan Smith, is a “timely salute to the ideals of freedom, bravery, and honor, especially to all those who join the creator of hits to hold them dear. With a steady beat, heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics, and a soothing voice that’s tried and true, Kelley stands out in red, white, and blue,” reads a press release.
“American Spirit” follows Kelley’s 2021 solo album “Sunshine State of Mind.” According to the press release, Kelley is already working on new music to be released in the future.
DAR installs new officers
The Captain James Ormond Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently inducted new officers for 2022 to 2024.
The officers are:
- Regent Cathy Greenblum
- Vice Regent Billie Remsa
- Chaplain Suzy McCravy
- Registrar Denise Sikes
- Treasurer Ruth Houser
- Historian Lee Thornton
- Librarian Judiann Rakes
- Corresponding Secretary Marilyn Meeske
- Recording Secretary Greta Daigle