Preparations Begin for 2014 Ocoee Christmas Parade

Christmas ParadeThis year’s Ocoee Christmas Parade, presented by the Ocoee Lions Club in conjunction with the City of Ocoee, will run on Saturday December 6th, starting at 1:00 in the afternoon.

The Parade will start at the intersections of Maguire Road and Enterprise Street, and end at Municipal Lakefront Park at Ocoee City Hall.

Check back here or on our facebook page after the Parade for photos and video, when they become available. You’ll find news updates there too. Tag photos you take on Instagram. Use the hashtags #ocoeechristmasparade, #ocoeeflchristmasparade and/or #ocoeelionsclub.

For those of you who plan to enter floats, marchers, walkers, etc, please see the registration forms and lineup information below. There are two options to register–either a printable registration or an online registration page.
Printable Registration Form
Online Registration Form
Parade Lineup Information

For questions, contact Cathy Sills.

Road Closures

And below are Parade route maps (note the Google Maps parade route was, for a time, showing an incorrect route. It has been corrected).
Printable Christmas Parade Route

Parade Route in Google Maps

2014 Lions Club Turkey Shoot Dates Announced

Turkey Shoot SignThis year’s Ocoee Lions Club Turkey Shoots will be held on:
October 11
October 25
November 22
December 13
(All of them Saturdays).

From 8 am to 4 pm (Sign-ups start @ 7:30 am)
$3.50 per shot

In the field at 881 Ocoee-Apopka Rd, south of the West Orange Girls Softball Complex. Look for the sign on the road.

You bring your own shotgun. We provide the shells. We (usually) also have a house shotgun if you don’t have one.

There will be a 50/50, a gun raffle and a concession stand. See you there!

Proceeds go to the local and international charities the Club supports.

Check out our listing on turkeyshoot.net.

For the uninitiated, this is only shooting at paper targets. And one of our fundraisers. The winner of each round of ten shooters receives a frozen turkey or gift card.

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.