Chair: Mike Gris
The Membership Committee is the initial contact for any individual requesting membership in TOVA. The Chairperson submits the received application to the Secretary for screening. The Chairperson also maintains an accurate roster of all TOVA members and assists in the collection of dues. At the monthly membership meetings, the Chairperson provides a current membership report and introduces any new members to the group.
Chair: Kurt Schmidt
Responsible for the fiscal planning and management for TOVA. The committee consists of the Treasure plus 4 other TOVA members.
The committee normally meets three times a year, (April, August, and December) to review the budget and recommend adjustments, if needed, to the Board.
In December, the Committee will prepare a Preliminary Budget to include proposed contribution amounts for the upcoming year. The Committee submits the Preliminary Budget to the TOVA Board approval.
Chair: Mimi Miller
The Veterans Support Committee serves as a focal point for identifying veteran groups and programs to support. When a decision to give assistance has been made, the committee develops the plan and arranges for volunteers and other resources
Chair: Vito Amato
The Events Committee is responsible for the planning, organization, staffing, and execution of all veterans and TOVA social events held within the geographical boundaries of Trilogy. This includes coordination with the Blue Star team and other organizations or government entities, as applicable. The Chair will spearhead this committee and report directly to the Board as well as attend monthly committee meetings.
Chair: Bob Reiter
Flags for Fallen Vets is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that “an American flag is placed on EVERY Veterans grave site, at each National Cemetery in the country for Memorial Day”.
Trilogy Orlando will be participates in the Flags for Fallen Vets event . This annual event takes place over a two day period at Florida National Cemetery. The first day flags are placed over every Veterans, and their spouse's final resting place. Before each flag is placed, each Veterans name is spoken out loud and they are thanked for their service. .
We need volunteers and donations.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Coordinator .
Chairs: Tim & Peggy Shea
Wreaths Across America started with a 12-year-old boy in the 1990s who had an indelible impression experience when he went to Washington D.C. and visited Arlington National Cemetery. Later in life when he was the owner of a wreath company, he started laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery during the Christmas time frame.
In 2007, the Worcester family, along with veterans and other groups and individuals formed
Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization, to continue and expand this effort. Their mission is simple: Remember. Honor. Teach.
In 2008, over 300 locations held wreath-laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veteran’s graves. Over 60,000 volunteers participated. And that year, December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the US Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day”.
In 2014 over 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1000 locations in the United States and beyond, including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, Bunker Hill, Valley forge and the sites of the September 11thtragedies. The organization’s goal of covering Arlington National Cemetery was met in 2014 with the placement of 226,525 wreaths.
This event is held annually on the second or third Saturday of December at Bushnell National Cemetery in Bushnell Florida.
Chairs: John Mandia and Bob Payne
TOVA has entered into an ongoing two-year agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation, during which we agree to conduct litter removal at regularly scheduled intervals but at least four times a year. Many miles of highway are adopted statewide by various organizations, allowing civic-minded people to make a difference in their communities. This eases the load of DOT work crews, enabling them to devote more time to other road maintenance and special highway projects. TOVA has adopted the two mile stretch of Lake Wilson Parkway from Highway 27 to the back fence of the Trilogy community, just past the Conservation Blvd gate.
The Orlando Fisher House is one of 70+ comfort homes across the United States built by the Fisher House Foundation. Military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving medical treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers, usually within walking distance of the medical facility. The Orlando Fisher House is a 16-suite comfort home located at the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona.
Serving: Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties.
A Community Living Center (CLC) is a VA Nursing Home. Unlike many nursing homes in the past, a Community Living Center resembles "home" as much as possible.
There are activities for Veterans of all ages. There are family friendly places for visiting. Veterans are invited to decorate their rooms and, pets are allowed to visit or live in the Community Living Center.
Veterans may stay for a short time or, in rare instances, for the rest of their life. It is a place where Veterans can receive nursing home level of care, which includes help with activities of daily living (e.g., bathing and getting dressed) and skilled nursing and medical care.
The mission of a Community Living Center is to restore each Veteran to his or her highest level of well-being. It is also to prevent declines in health and to provide comfort at the end of life.
The Central Florida Honor Flight organization is part of the national Honor Flight network that has flown over 100,000 veterans to our nation’s capital to visit the war memorials. The flights are at no cost to the veteran but top priority is given to our most senior patriots and Vets who are terminally ill. The Vet’s journey to Washington D.C. includes bus transportation, meals, and other amenities that are required to travel comfortably. Complementary wheelchairs, oxygen, and medical staff will be available on the flight mission. The typical flights are up and back on the same day, usually on Saturday in the spring or fall. The flight mission takes Vets to the WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials and to Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknow Soldier.
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or JROTC, is a high school elective program whose mission is to teach students citizenship, leadership, character, and community service. The core values are at the heart of JROTC, whose creed emphasizes working to better the cadet’s family, school, and country.
The JROTC is not a military-preparation program. Since its beginnings in 1916, the purpose of JROTC has been to teach cadets leadership, geography, civics, health, global awareness, life skills, and U.S. history. With this focus, the cadets will be better positioned to function in life itself, even if they never go into the military.
The goal of JROTC programs is good citizenship. A JROTC cadet, will get a sense of home and a greater sense of family. The Cadet will be taught the values of citizenship by doing the right thing daily. In a JROTC class, they can build skills such as leadership, self-confidence, and discipline. These are qualities that are necessary for a Cadet to succeed in any career. Personal skills like health, nutrition, and financial management are also stressed.
Horses with a Mission is an organization that gives people with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities a chance to bond and experience the therapeutic benefit of horses.
The Mission also has a Veteran Outreach Program that helps veterans in all walks of life, such as physical, mental, and those who have anxiety, regain confidence and gain a sense of accomplishment, self-worth, independence and fulfillment through the use of horses. The Vets program has them, groom the horses, take care of the stables, help with the Therapeutic riding classes, and learn horsemanship skills both on and off the horses.
The FAITH Neighborhood Center (FNC) was founded in 1972 and has been in continuous operation since opening. The Center has grown until now there are over 100 active volunteers. The dedicated volunteers allow the costs of running the Center, with a small part-time staff, as low as possible.
A pathway to develop, empower, and educate those with food insecurities.
FNC provides support to low income families and individuals in South Lake County, to include veterans – Mascotte, Groveland, Clermont, Minneola, Montverde and points in between and south to the county line.
- Medical support in conjunction with the South
-Lake Community Health Center.
- Educational/Training opportunities
- Assistance in applying for food stamps, Medicaid and Emergency Assistance.
- As well as other services
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