Herschel Luce Granted Life Membership

20140623_195243-001Ocoee Lions Club member Herschel Luce has been approved for Life Membership. Life Membership is for those members for have maintained active membership for a number of years, and who have rendered outstanding service to their Club, community and/or Lions Club International. Herschel joined the Lions in 1952, with the Pitman, New Jersey, Lions Club. He joined the Lantana Lions Club in South Florida in 1978, before joining the Ocoee Lions Club in 2004. Herschel has held several leadership positions, including Deputy District Governor, Zone Chair, and Club President, Secretary and Treasurer. He has been Guest Editor of the Florida Lions Magazine. He has been a regular at Ocoee Lions Club meetings, fundraisers and events, including turkey shoots and Christmas Parades. Herschel has had a long career in law enforcement. He will be married to his wife, Jean, for 48 years in September. And he is now attending meetings with one of the Club’s newest members, his daughter, Dianne Ketts.

Annual Texas Hold’em Charity Poker Tournament Set for September

11949868391928392644cartes_guillaume_boitel_.svg.thumbThe Ocoee Lions Club annual Texas Hold’em Charity Poker Tournament and Eyeglass Collection Day will be held on September 5, 2014 at the Ocoee Lions Club. All are welcomed!
The Ocoee Lions Club is asking for your financial support to make our fundraiser a success. We are local men and women serving under the Lions Club International banner to collect hearing aids and unwanted eyeglasses to provide exams, hearing aids and eyeglasses to those in need as a Gift of Sight and Hearing. We support the Florida Project: Right To Sight so that children and adults who are in need can have eye exams and eyeglasses. We are also very involved in assisting the blind, the hearing impaired, providing holiday food baskets to families, organizing the Ocoee Christmas Parade and Santa Claus visiting children and other patients in the local hospital on Christmas morning, and so much more.
So please make a generous donation so we can help others. Please make your check payable to the “Ocoee Lions Club Foundation” which is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization. Give your check directly to an Ocoee Lions Club member or send by mail to Ocoee Lions Club, P.O. Box 538, Ocoee, FL, 34761.
Or another way to help is to donate a gift card, a gift certificate, coupons or anything of value to be used as a tournament prize or raffle item. You may drop off your donations at DJs Auto Sales, 2 West McKey Street in downtown Ocoee.
So you are now invited to join us on Friday, September 5th. Bring with you your friends and relatives, your old eyeglasses, stay to play cards, food and soft drinks for players and enjoy a new circle of friends.
Thank you so very much! If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, feel free to contact any member of the Ocoee Lions Club or call Lion Fred Wilsen (321) 332-3192, or use FWilsen@gmail.com.
Printable 2014 Poker Tournament Flyer

Eric Perner Club’s Newest Member

20140623_201450Eric Perner became a new member of the Ocoee Lions Club last month. Originally from Colorado, Eric served in the United States Marine Corps. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Finance and Leadership. Now calling Ocoee home, he recently opened for business the Blue Dog Antique and Thrift on McKey Street. Eric cites several reasons for joining the Ocoee Lions Club. His father, upon passing, donated corneas to help the blind. Serving the blind is one of the Club’s missions. Second, Eric developed a strong sense of service with the Marine Corps. And he wants to play an active role in Ocoee’s community. Pictured are Eric Perner on the left and Club President David Wheeler.

Join us. To become the newest member of the Ocoee Lions Club, contact Cathy Sills.

Dianne Ketts Amongst Past Year’s New Members

DianneDianne Ketts, a community leader in vision services, is one of the new members inducted in the past year into the Ocoee Lions Club.

Dianne Ketts is a native Floridian and a graduate of the Florida State University Visual Disabilities program. For 21 years she has enjoyed a fulfilling career providing vision services to infants, children and adults with sight impairments in various rehabilitation and educational settings. She is currently employed by Orange County Public Schools as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. Dianne’s work as a Mobility Specialist has fueled her involvement with local pedestrian safety and community transportation concerns. She is an active member of both the Metroplan Orlando Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board and the LYNX Transportation Advisory Committee. Dianne’s interest in and support of Lionism began in early childhood as her family has a deep history of active membership. She is very happy at this time to be joining the Ocoee Lions Club where she looks forward to serving along with her father, Lion Hershel Luce, and sharing her experiences with her 10 year-old son, Benjamin.

Join us. To become the newest member of the Ocoee Lions Club, contact Cathy Sills.

2014-15 Lions Club Officers Installed

20140623_205512An installation ceremony was held at the Ocoee Lions Clubhouse on Taylor Street for incoming officers of the Club. David Wheeler was reelected for a second term as the Club President. Wheeler has been an active member of the Ocoee Lions Club for the past decade.

Cathy Sills was reelected to serve as Club Administrative Secretary. The Club’s Vice-President will be Mike Paulin. District Governor Al Becker presided over the ceremony.

Wheeler, summarizing the Club’s active past year, noted a long list of projects and fundraisers, including holding its first poker tournament fundraiser, organizing the Ocoee Christmas parade, delivering presents to Health Central Hospital on Christmas Day, celebrating its 65th anniversary Charter Night, holding its 10th annual golf tournament, running the Ocoee farmers’ market, collecting eyeglasses, and participating in the Ocoee Spring Fling, among many others. Wheeler said we’ll be doing all this again in the next year. The Club also saw the unfortunate passings of long-time members Josh Merritt and Marvin Sanders. The Club brought in four new members in the past year, and is transferring in another from Jamaica.

The Ocoee Lions Club has 35 members and meets on alternative Monday evenings at the Ocoee Lions Clubhouse. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Ocoee Lions Club, contact Cathy Sills.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong committment to community service and service youth throughout the world.