In celebration of Arbor Day, the Capt. James Ormond Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution planted one southern dwarf magnolia tree and two southern magnolia trees at Central Park in Ormond Beach, according to a press release.
The Magnolia Company in Barberville donated an additional 27 magnolia trees for planting. The DAR chapter's planting was assisted by Team Red, White and Blue, an organization that provides veterans with athletic and social activities as well as volunteer opportunities.
In addition, the chapter recently awarded scholarships to four Fresh Start participants at Daytona State College: Agnes Acevedo, Angela Watson, Soryah Karimullah, and Amanda Ellison. Fresh Start is a free transition program designed to provide support to students while offering tools for academic and personal success.
Veteran gives back
Jim Carlin, a local veteran and 39-year member of the American Legion recently donated $2,500 to the Barracks of Hope homeless shelter in the name of all four families of the American Legion, according to an announcement.
Carlin has held various offices in his years of dedication to the American Legion, both at the local American Legion Post 267 where he is seeking office again and at the district level. The Barracks of Hope provides homeless veterans with housing and helps them find employment. It depends on donations.
Men's softball league seeks players
The Volusia County 50 and Older Men's Softball League is now forming for the summer season, which will begin on June 2.
Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Derbyshire Park in Daytona Beach. It is a recreational league. Please call Joe Daly at 954-732-0992 or visit vcssoftball.com
Easter meals for families
Food Brings Hope volunteers compiled 120 hams and trimmings bags, all which were distributed to TeenZone and KidsZone families for the Easter Holiday weekend, a press release stated.Each bag contained a ham, traditional Easter sides and chocolate bunnies for dessert.
FBH delivers holiday meals several times a year to ensure family gatherings are complete. This outreach helps the nonprofit enhance their mission "to nurture the mind, body, and spirit of students enrolled in an FBH program," the press release explains.
The bags were distributed at 10 schools, including Ormond Beach Middle School, and to the FBH Adult Literacy program in Pierson.
What's new with the Lions Club?
The Ormond Beach Lions Club recently named Ria Gupta as its Athlete of the Month.
Gupta is a senior at Seabreeze High School.
In addition, three members of the Ormond Beach Lions Club recently completed training to become certified diabetes screeners, which aligns with the club's mission in eyesight conservation. Lions Clubs throughout Volusia collect used eye glasses for recycling, and most opticians, ophthalmologist and optical ships have collection boxes.
In April, the Lions Clubs in East Volusia County collected 704 pair of used eyeglasses, which were sorted by the Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club at a meeting at Alfie's Restaurant and then sent to a warehouse in Orlando for distribution to overseas countries.
The Ormond Beach Lions Club is looking for new members. The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Houligan's at Destination Daytona, located at 1643 N. U.S. 1. Call 386-586-0253 to verify meeting and date.