Captain James Ormond Chapter of DAR performs suffragette skit

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Cathy Hubka, Nancy Roddy, Carla Weber, Carol Austin, Shirley Graham and Karen Sypher Knowles. Courtesy photo
Cathy Hubka, Nancy Roddy, Carla Weber, Carol Austin, Shirley Graham and Karen Sypher Knowles. Courtesy photo
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The Captain James Ormond Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had a busy March meeting, as the women awarded scholarships, recognized a student who took place in chapter's essay contest, inducted new members and performed a skit about the suffrage movement. 

The skit, entitled "A Visit with Five Remarkable Suffragettes," was performed by Cathy Hubka, Nancy Roddy, Carla Weber, Carol Austin and Shirley Graham.

At the meeting, the DAR awarded scholarships to six women from the Daytona State College Fresh Start program. The chapter also recognized Riley Rutt, who took first place in the chapter's student essay contest, and placed third in the Florida State DAR contest. Rutt wrote about the women's suffrage movement.

In addition, the DAR inducted Astrella Mariam as a new member. The Captain James Ormond Chapter also recently won the Gold Award by the Florida DAR for publicity.

Lions Club honors SHS student-athlete of the month

The Ormond Beach Lions Club recently honored Jordyn Taylor as its Seabreeze High School Student-Athlete of the Month for March. 

Taylor is the spirit captain of the tennis team, as well as a finalist for 5-Star and a #1 seed, according to a press release. She is also captain of the school's golf team and has lettered in cross-country and weightlifting. 

Aside from sports, Taylor is the 2019 SHS graduating class valedictorian, having earned a 4.64 GPA while taking AP and dual-enrolling at Daytona State College. She has accumulated over 300 hours of community service with Volusia County Schools and over 100 hours at Halifax Health. 

Taylor also started Ecominions, an evironmental group, and serves as the president of the National Honor Society, Save of Seas and Medical Teens of America. She has been accepted into the University of Florida's honors program, and aspires to become a cardiovascular or trauma surgeon.

Parks nonprofit receives donations

The Friends of the Tomoka Basin State Parks received over $1,600 in donations at its meeting on March 20. 

Dan Stoner of Runner's High Timing and Race Management Bulow Woods donated $1,400, and the Ormond Beach Historical Society gave $244.50. FOTBSP is a nonprofit citizen support organization, whose purpose is to support local parks through volunteer efforts and fundraising. Financial contributions and proceeds help with park improvements, programs, trail maintenance and development of interpretative sites. 

Bestselling author to speak at Anderson-Price

As part of the Ormond Beach Historical Society's Florida Humanities Speaker series, New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias will be doing a dramatic presentation based on his co-authored book, "So Close to Home: An American Family’s World War II Story of Survival," at the Anderson-Price Memorial building, located at 42 N. Beach St., at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27.

The story of the Downs family, who survived a torpedo attack by a German U-boat in May 1942 while onboard the freighter Heredia. The presentation includes a multimedia program, with slides of the attack, the survivors and the rescue. A book signing will follow the program. The presentation is suitable for all ages, and is free.

COA seeks volunteers

The Council on Aging of Volusia County is seeking volunteers throughout the county to help local seniors. 

Volunteer opportunities are available in Ormond Beach, Port Orange, Holly

Hill, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, DeLand, Orange City and Deltona, and include Meals on Wheels drivers, kitchen helpers, senior center activities assistants. All potential volunteers will undergo background checks, screening and receive training. 

Those interested can call 253-4700, ext. 239. 



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