CFOB Honors Gloria Max, 2015
Citizens for Ormond Beach, Inc.
Ormond Beach Citizen of the Year 2015
In her twenty-three years as Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties, Gloria has offered a helping hand to children and families in need. She has administered the distribution of over 81,000 backpacks with school supplies. She has overseen the Jerry Doliner Food Bank, which serves over 400 people weekly. In addition, her efforts have provided countless families with holiday provisions.
Many families in need have been provided with financial help to pay their utility and rental bills and purchase prescription drugs, wheelchairs, walkers, and other medical equipment. During the hurricanes and wildfires, the Federation provided food and medicine to home -bound seniors.
Wherever there is a need, Gloria Max is ready to help! It is for these many
years of dedicated service to our community that CFOB is proud to
honor Gloria Max, as our 2015 Citizen of the Year.
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CFOB Honors Bill Jones
Citizens for Ormond Beach, Inc.
has proudly selected
William H. Jones Jr.
Ormond Beach Citizen of the Year 2013
For his vision, perseverance and dedication in changing the face of Ormond Beach’s downtown into an area of vitality and architectural interest. Bill Jones has improved, enhanced and used imaginative architectural elements to transform ordinary buildings into points of interest, thus spurring and encouraging small businesses to open in the area. Much of the work was started at a time of economic downturn, thus making his investment of time and money even more remarkable. Bill Jones is a known perfectionist, and his attention to minute details is evidenced in each building that bears his stamp. Future generations will be able to enjoy this legacy that Bill Jones has given to Ormond Beach.
Civitas Heroas Suos Honorat
CFOB Dinner 2013
Another terrific annual celebration with CFOB! Many thanks to those who attended and who helped with the event. Pictures from the event can be found below and on our gallery page.
The CFOB Dinner 2012
Thanks to all who attended and those on the Dinner Committee. It was a great success!
More photos are located on the Photo Gallery page.
Citizens For Ormond Beach Inc. Names it’s
2011 Citizen of the Year
The Citizens For Ormond Beach Board unanimously selected Laura Rains Jones as the recipient of this award. Laura has A long record of outstanding years of volunteer service and commitment to the Ormond Beach Community. We recognize her for her steadfast devotion and activism in championing quality of life causes.
Laura was one of the original charter members of Citizen‘s For Ormond Beach Inc. and has served as a board member and past President of the organization for over thirty years.
It is for her commitment, activism and contributions to the Ormond community that we are proud to name Laura Rains Jones our 2011 Citizen of the Year. In addition, from this time forward our annual Citizen For Ormond Beach award will be named in her honor.
The following is an article written by Audrey Parente of the Daytona Beach News Journal
ORMOND BEACH -- He rode horses and all-terrain vehicles into the forest to conduct prescribed burns, arrested drug smugglers in the Everglades and chased down rowdy campers at state parks.
As a park ranger, Benny Woodham busted wildlife poachers, extracted exotic plants and feral hogs, tagged Florida panthers and oversaw wilderness programs from the Everglades to the San Felasco Hammock outside Gainesville.
The fourth-generation Floridian, who jokes he is an "endangered species," spent 35 years working for the Florida State Park service, 18 of them as state park manager based at Tomoka State Park.
But as of Monday, Woodham, 56, who has overseen tens of thousands of acres of protected land throughout the state, will tell you, "I'm outta here."
He's retiring from a career he said was "a blast."
Bunnell District of Forestry manager Mike Kuypers said Woodham leaves a legacy.
"He has really been on the forefront with the park service on fire management statewide, not just in this area, and he's going to be missed," Kuypers said.
But Woodham has left his successors in good shape.
"He's been instrumental in this area in organizing and helping train the park rangers to help with fire," Kuypers said.
Woodham's youth, spent growing up on a farm along the St. Johns River, was a life of "hunting, fishing and boats." The 1973 Wolfson High School (Jacksonville) graduate worked in construction and was married by age 20.
A downturn in the economy edged him out of the construction business and into driving a Department of Transportation dump truck in the mid-1970s, when he started thinking about the state parks he had visited as a youngster.
"Back then, there was an exam (to be a state park ranger), and I took the exam, but I never heard anything for seven months," Woodham recalled.
Then he was called for an interview at Anastasia State Recreation Area.
In July 1975, he got the job and stepped off into a career that took him through half a dozen assignments around the state.
"I was around the woods and the river as a kid and got a job doing the same thing. My toys were a dog, a tractor and a shotgun. No malls, no video games. I worked on the farm and spent time in the woods and on the water," Woodham said. "I was working in the outdoor environment, doing a little bit of everything: maintenance, park protection, interpretation and visitor services."
He attended a training session at Tomoka State Park and remembered being there at age 8. It was then that he set his sights on landing a Tomoka assignment.
His first promotion was to O'Leno State Park at High Springs.
"Sometimes we had rowdy campers. I told them they had to quiet down. A camper would back over a waterline and we would have to fix it," Woodham said. "It was a blast."
Other promotions moved him into tougher jobs, including law enforcement near Alachua while overseeing 6,500 acres of state preserve and attending college part time.
"This was a little different than state parks. It was locked out to the public, unless I did a guided tour or worked with a University of Florida botany class doing research," he said.
He moved on to Manatee Springs, where a learned about purchasing, budgeting issues and prescribed burns.
"We dealt with poaching problems there and I was full-blown law enforcement carrying arms," Woodham said.
Then he moved on again to Lake Kissimmee near Lake Wales, then to the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve near the Everglades.
"That was my favorite park of all, the kind of place that a person would think, 'This is what a ranger does,' " Woodham said. "There were 70,000 acres in the Big Cypress Swamp that overlapped the 10,000 islands off the coast and Everglades National Park.
"I worked with the National Park Service Game Commission, the Florida Marine Patrol and U.S. Customs," he said. "There was drug smuggling activity and very rare orchids we worked closely to protect."
Other moves followed, to Collier Seminole State Park and the Keys, then finally, in 1992, Woodham reached his Tomoka State Park goal where he sought grants, set up a prescribed-burn program and worked with the Trust for Public Land to gain up to 3,000 acres over his time here.
Co-workers look up to Woodham.
"I have been here two years," said Park Services specialist Emily Wehr. "He has mentored me a great deal and his fire experience has been invaluable. He started when the fire program was brand new and learned through the school of hard knocks."
Woodham said he doesn't like the word "politician."
"But I dealt in politics," he said. "One of the parts of being a park ranger was dealing with dead bodies -- but among my worst moments were the inability and frustration that managers in a park face in getting funds for things to be fixed and improvements to be made.
"The best moment to me is the recognition I received for the work I had done here when I was named Citizen of the Year by Ormond Beach in 2010."
Woodham said he doesn't know exactly what he will be doing during his retirement, but for sure he is "not going to be in charge of anything or be responsible for anybody's actions."
He said he will be riding his motorcycle and continue serving on the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail organization, and probably "go fishing."