Due to Covid-19 the 2020 Ocoee Christmas Parade has been cancelled. Please check the city's website for additional information.
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The 2nd Annual Shred to Protect event on March 14th was a huge success. Over 70 people dropped off their paper products for shredding.
We would like to thank the Ocoee Police Department, The Ocoee Rotary Club and The Ocoee Woman’s Club for teaming with us for this event. We would also like to thank our sponsors, as we could not host the event without you: Health Central - Orlando Health (Premier Sponsor), Ocoee Cafe (Silver Sponsor), Jo Barsh-State Farm Insurance Agent (Gold Sponsor), Orange County Pottys (Silver Sponsor), and Shannon Till-State Farm Insurance Agent (Gold Sponsor).
Keep your eye out for the 3rd annual event in early 2021.
Announcement: The 15th Annual Golf Tournament has been postponed. New date to be determined.
We invite you and your friends to play and company to participate as a hole sponsor. A hole sponsorship would pay for an eye examination and a pair of glasses for an Ocoee area child or adult in need or help pay for a hearing aid. Remember, your contributions are tax deductible under 501(c)(3) guidelines.
Fees are $80 per person, or $300 per foursome, which includes greens fee, cart and lunch. Hole sponsorships are $150. Beverages available on the course. Lunch and prize giveaway afterwards.
Click here to learn more or register.
On Sunday, December 9th, the Ocoee Lions Club had the privilege of assisting six (6) families in the Ocoee area with getting a Christmas Tree and the trimmings (ornaments and lights) to hopefully make their Christmas Holiday a little brighter. The Ocoee Lions Club worked with Anthony Hodge, Finding the Lost Sheep Ministry, to identify the families. It was such an honor to meet and work with Anthony and his team. We would like to thank Walmart for the donation of the trees and Anthony for the assistance with locating and coordinating with the families.
The Finding the Lost Sheep Ministries has facilities in both Ocoee and Winter Garden. You can learn more about them at www.findingthelostsheep.com. They are currently collecting toys for their Annual Christmas Outreach program. You can contact them at 407-614-5942 to see how you might be able to assist them with this program.
2019 Ocoee Parade Grand Marshal - Dr. Jeffrey Redding
Jeffery Redding, Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida, has led his choirs in performances at state, regional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors' Association (ACDA). West Orange choirs have earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals of Gold in California, Chicago, New York and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. While participating in the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy, West Orange received the Gold Award for best choir, with Dr. Redding honored as top director.
Nationally, Dr. Redding is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, and the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir and All-State and Honor choirs in approximately thirty-eight states. In 2014, Dr. Redding was the only American adjudicator at the International Choral Festival, Verona, Italy. Additionally, he conducted at the TAISM Festival of Choirs in Muscat, Oman. He was the Artistic Director for Limerick Sings International Choral Festival in Limerick, Ireland in 2018. In the coming months, he will be conducting the Honors Young Adults Choir, at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. He will also be conducting the Alaska All-State Treble Choir, and will hold the position of Artistic Director for Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary in Vienna, Austria.
Previously Director of Choral Activities at West Virginia University (WVU), Dr. Redding has been featured as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Orchestra Hall on numerous occasions. He was also honored to give the prestigious TEDx Talk. He is also one of the conductors for Disney's Candlelight Processional at Epcot.
Recognized for his achievements and service in the profession, Dr. Redding was awarded the R. Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for dedicated service, leadership, and excellence by the Florida Chapter of ACDA. In 2019, Dr. Redding was honored with the Grammy Award for Music Education.
Dr. Redding is founder and Artistic Director of the Garden Community Choir and Voci del Cuore (Voices of the Heart) in Winter Garden, Florida, and is the Executive & Artistic Director of the Orlando Choral Society, founded this year. He also serves as the Director of Worship Arts for the First United Methodist Church of Orlando. Formerly with the Moses Hogan Singers, he remains active as a singer in the professional male singing group, "Brethren." The Jeffery Redding Passion and Purpose Choral Series is a compilation of new choral music by various composers, published by Colla Voce Music, Inc.
Dr. Redding holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Music Education and a Master of Music Education, both from the Florida State University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University. He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FVA, NATS, and Chorus America. He has served his profession in numerous capacities, as District 8 Chair for the Florida Vocal Association (FVA), as State R&R Chair for Ethnic Music/Multicultural Affairs, R&R Chair for Youth/Student Activities, and High School Mixed Honor Choir co-chair for Florida ACDA, and as R&R Chair for Community Choirs for Southern Division ACDA. Currently, he is R&R Lifelong Coordinator (Community, Music and Worship) for Florida ACDA.
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On Saturday, December 7th the Ocoee Lions Club will host the Ocoee Christmas Parade. The parade starts at 10AM and the route is included in the map to the left.
If you wish to enter just click on the Christmas Parade Registration Form link and fill out the form. There is not an entry fee to enter but there is a request of a donation of a NEW toy (or monetary equivalent) to support the Holiday Toys for Kids in Need toy drive that is being hosted by the Ocoee Policy Department.
This year our Grand Marshal for the parade will be Dr. Jeffrey Redding, Choir Director, with West Orange High School. We are honored that Dr. Redding could participate.
We will have Santa on his sleigh throwing candy to the kids. Also there are many floats, bands, and marchers that will be impressive.
We hope to see you on the 7th.
Orange Observer ran an article yesterday about the 2020 for 20/20 Project we
are working on with the Orange County Public Schools. The project has 6 high
schools (Windermere, West Orange, Ocoee, Apopka, East River and Timber Creek)
and 1 elementary school (Washington Shores) collecting eyeglasses, readers, and
sunglasses (both prescription and regular). We are very proud of this project
and can't wait to see how many pieces of eyewear is collected for reuse for
those in need.
If you have any unused/unneeded eyewear lying around, please gather them up for donation. If you have/know a student at one of those schools, you can send them items in with them. Or you can drop them off at our clubhouse, 108 Taylor St, or the Ocoee Walmart Supercenter.
President Lion Melissa Tanner
Ocoee Lions Club
We have officially finished with the 2019 Haunt Season for the Asylum Haunted House by the Ocoee Lions Club. This has been our most successful year for the haunt. We owe that success to many people/businesses.
First, we’d like to thank you, the patrons, for coming to the event and providing your support. We hope you enjoyed it the haunt this year and that you’ll come back in 2020. The entry fee you paid will help many in the community get the eye, hearing, and diabetic medical assistance they need.
Next, we would like to thank all the businesses and community professionals that donated to our cause such as:
We could not have been as successful as this without your generous donations.
Next, we’d like to thank all of the actors and staff that donated their time and energy to make the haunt a success. They spent many tireless hours prepping and executing their roles / positions and it showed. Over the time we have become a family. We could not have asked for a better group of people.
Finally, we’d like to thank all of the Ocoee, Ormand by the Sea, and Lake Alfred Lions Club members that provided the man power for the house to be built and for support on event nights. It is such an honor to be part of such a great organization.
While the 2019 season is over we have started planning the 2020 season. We hope to see you next year.
Ocoee Lions Club Haunted House Committee
The following businesses have sponsored and/or have donated to the 2019 Asylum Haunted Hospital.
Costumes and Haunts Supplies:
On Site Vendor that provided donations:
Ocoee Lions Club (L to R): 1st Row: Lions Rosemary Wilsen, Diane Isaacs, Melissa Tanner, Julio Ochoa, and Mike McEvers; 2nd Row: Lions Jim Sills, Cathy Sills, Tracey Tanner, and Brittania Rodney; 3rd Row: Lions Fred Wilsen, Jeremiah Bradford, Scott William, and Steve Van Varick
On June 10th the Ocoee Lions Club hosted the 2019-2020 Officer Installation and New Member Induction ceremony. District Governor Elect Greg Evans conducted the ceremony. It was a Train Theme.
The following officers will be sworn in on Monday, June 10th:
The following New Members were Inducted:
The following awards were presented by Outgoing President Lion Steven Van Varick:
In additional we want to thank the officers from 2018-2019 and let you know we appreciate all of the work you do and have done.
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The 2019 Roaring Jeep and Truck Show is a wrap. The event was a huge success and we raised money for local charities. We had 37 Jeeps and 5 Trucks that entered the event. The following items were raffled off: Gift Certificates to Jeeper’s Den, Tire Rotation and Alignment from Crawford’s Tire, Recovery Straps, Tow Rope Set, and Bumper Jack from 4 Wheel Parts, and Shamrock Glassware/Golf Towel from the Ocoee Lions Club.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors and donators: Orlando Dodge, Design-X Restyling, 4 Wheel Parts, Crawford’s Tire Services, Jeeper’s Den and Truck Accessories, Pirate Life Jeep Krewe, Chris Darden, and Johnson’s Wrecker Services. We would like to thank all of the vendors: Mission 22, Legendary 1941, Design X Technology, Rim Squad, Orlando Dodge, Pirate Life Jeep Krewe, Not Normal Graphics, Ocoee Taco Company, The Pretzel Spot, Sweet Chicks Concession, Fun Faces Balloon Creations, 103.1 The Wolf and our DJ Mix on Wheels. We would also like to thank the West Orange Observer for supplying photographer Tim Freed to take photos of the event. Lastly, we would like to thank the community for coming out to support the event.
The following are the Award Winners:
The following are the raffle winners:
We will start planning the 2020 show soon. So keep an eye out on our website and/or Facebook.
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