compiled by Lauren Salinero
Bill Suchy of Bay Springs and Women Airforce Service Pilot Bernice “Bee” Haydu attend the 2017 Women in Aviation Conference.
Bill Suchy, a longtime Bay Springs resident and owner of Bill Suchy Productions LLC, a film consulting and production company, had his documentary, Silver Wings, Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, acquired for both international television and educational distribution. The documentary was nominated for a Suncoast Emmy and won a National Silver Telly Award. It aired on PBS and is now in worldwide television distribution by London-based Espresso Media International. Educational distribution to all North American schools and libraries is through New York-based Film Media Group. For more information, visit www.silverwings-flyingdreams.com.
Teachers and librarians can search Silver Wings at www.films.com to get the DVD and classroom streaming rights, complete with a teacher instructional guide for a school or library.
The National League of Cities’ Small Council meets in Ocoee. Attendees include (front, l. to r.) Mayor Robin Shelton of Scottsboro, Alabama; Lake Worth Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell; Mayor Joyce Downing of Northglenn, Colorado; Mayor Marvin Johnson of Independence, Minnesota; Mayor Margaret Finlay of Duarte, California; council member Silke Pope of Greenbelt, Maryland; Ocoee Mayor Rusty Johnson, chair-NLC Small Cities Council; Councilor Dave Paulekas of Laramie, Wyoming; Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford of Camden, South Carolina; Ocoee Commissioner Joel Keller; (middle, l. to r.) Commissioner Ernie Anderson of Creedmore, North Carolina; NLC Community Development Director Sarah Lindsay; Community Development Director Paul Thornton of Vienna, West Virginia; Mayor Lou Ogden of Tualatin, Oregon; Ocoee Commissioner John Grogan; Seminole Councilor Thom Barnhorn; council member Stuart Gillaspie of Burleson, Texas; City Administrator Brian Dehner of Edgewood, Kentucky; council member Ed Putens of Greenbelt, Maryland; council member Gabriel Saravia of Kodiak, Alaska; council member Leon Maynor of Lumberton, North Carolina; (back, l. to r.) Ocoee Commissioner Richard Firstner; Vice Mayor Bo Perkinson of Athens, Texas; council member Joe Shumway of Laramie, Wyoming; and council member Clyde Schulz of Beulah, North Dakota.
The city of Ocoee hosted National League of Cities’ Small Cities Council meeting at the Lakeshore Center. Twenty-five mayors and council members attended, representing small cities from across the country and from as far away as Kodiak, Alaska. During the three-day meeting, city staff members gave several detailed and informative presentations, highlighting Ocoee’s vibrant economic development initiatives and partnering programs with neighboring cities and Orange County. In addition to presentations, attendees toured Sysco Foods and Disney’s Central Shops’ manufacturing facility, and visited downtown Ocoee and Winter Garden.
Windermere resident Lauris Johnson, D.M.D., has achieved her dream of opening her own practice. MyFamily Orthodontics is located in Lakeside Village in Suite 100 at 7848 Winter Garden Vineland Road in Windermere, next to husband Lawrence’s business, V’s Barbershop. Lauris also is partnering with A Gift For Teaching and accepting school supply donations for the 2017-18 school year.
Winter Garden resident Corey Mahon joins Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Southwest Orlando office.
Representatives of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate announced that Corey Mahon, a Winter Garden resident and experienced real estate professional, became a sales associate at its Southwest Orlando office. Formerly with another Coldwell Banker office, Corey specializes in residential property sales.
Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista members have been busy in their recent meetings. The board for the foundation’s 501C(3) met to discuss the budget for the upcoming Rotary year. Newly formed, it held its first fundraiser in May, the Foundation Golf Tournament at Walt Disney World. The tournament brought in a profit of more than $5,000. Board members include Harry Boardman; Carol Burnette; Jeff Calvert; Augustine Campana; Jean Campana, foundation chair; Eduardo Fernandez, president; Anthony Lightman and Karuna Sabharwal. The club has also brought onboard some new members. Carol Burnette is a broker associate with Florida Realty Investments; Shelly Freeman handles vacation and residential home sales for Evista Resources; and Bob Gentile, a Windermere resident, works for Natural Solutions LLC.
Clockwise from top left) Karuna Sabharwal; Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista President Eduardo Fernandez; Jean Campana, foundation chair; Jeff Calvert; Harry Boardman; David Brinkerhoff; Carol Burnette, new member; Anthony Lightman, new member; and Augustine Campana attend a board meeting for the foundation’s 501C(3) as they budget for the new Rotary year.
Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista President Eduardo Fernandez (left) and sponsor Augustine Campana (right) welcome new member Carol Burnette.
Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista President Eduardo Fernandez (left) and sponsor Jeff Calvert (right) welcome new member Bob Gentile of Windermere.
Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista President Eduardo Fernandez (left), co-sponsor Jean Campana (second from right), and co-sponsor Anne Peach (far right) welcome new member Shelley Freeman.
West Orange Chamber of Commerce members commemorate the opening of Innovation Montessori in Ocoee.
West Orange Chamber of Commerce representatives held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Innovation Montessori. WOCC builds partnerships, strong businesses and commitment to the community by serving as the leading business advocate in Central Florida, facilitating opportunity to nearly 1,000 member businesses. For more information about WOCC, call 407-656-1304 or visit wochamber.com.
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