Knights of Columbus renews annual Veterans Day Breakfast Buffet
This year, the 8791th House of the Knights of Columbus at Prince of Peace Catholic Church resumed its annual tradition of having a Veterans Day breakfast buffet the Sunday before the public holiday.
According to a press release, about 250 people attended the breakfast, and veterans received a free meal. Members of the Embry-Riddle ROTC Color Guard presented the US and Florida flags to kick off the event. The meeting was attended by members of Father John Washington Post 1944 and American Catholic veterans who met at the church.
Free Meals for Veterans
Burntwood Tavern in Ormond Beach gave local veterans $1,066 worth of free meals on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11.
The restaurant treats all veterans and active military service members to a free lunch or dinner during the holidays. About 2,300 meals were served in 15 bars across the United States, valued at about $38,000 in free meals.
Medal winning press bench
Mainland High School graduate Patrick “Todd” Barger, former resident and 34-year member of Ormond Beach Elks Lodge 2193, recently returned from Vilnius, Lithuania, where he won a gold medal at the International Weightlifting Federation Classic and Equipped Bench Press Championship.
Barger, the son of Jack Barger, of Ormond Beach, sponsored and represented the US Virgin Islands in the men’s over-50 light heavyweight division. Barger won the £397 bench lift, ahead of Mongolia, Canada and Ukraine. Barger is the Florida press record holder in his division, having squeezed £430 in the USA Finals, which was held in Daytona Beach last June, according to an announcement.
flags for champions
The Daytona Beach West Rotary Club recently organized Flags for Heroes, an event where flags were displayed at Riverwalk Park in Port Orange, each representing a local hero—military, first responder, or personal hero.
The flags were on display until November 13. Sponsorship of Science has provided funding for the Rotary Club to continue funding projects such as Happy Dollars, and its support for ArtHaus and international service projects such as Chai Primary School in Kenya.
Security First Insurance recently appointed Monique Mesquimon-Aikens to the position of Director of Marketing and Communications, a role in which she will lead all of the company’s marketing, communications and public relations initiatives.
Miskimon-Aikens has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and joined the local homeowners insurance company in 2018, according to a press release. Previously, she worked as a marketing director for Florida Wealth Planning Group and volunteered with the Family Renew Community.
“I am excited to see Monique grow in her career here at Security First,” said Melissa Burt DeVries, Head of Security First. For years she has been a valued member of our Marketing and Communications team and her expertise and experience will help us to continue to improve our communications with our valued agents and clients. “
The new appointment of Miskimon-Aikens “comes as the company shifts its focus to customer communications to foster a greater understanding of the key touch points in the customer experience and to inspire deeper trust in the company,” the press release states. The company said her previous experience as a college writing professor would be useful to reconfigure the customer experience through its communications.
“Over the past three years, I have enjoyed contributing to the company’s communications strategies and am pleased to use my skills and experience to make a meaningful contribution while increasing responsibility in our marketing efforts,” said Miskimon-Aikens.