Air Force veteran to speak at Women’s History Month luncheon at Daytona State

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Daytona State College’s Center for Women and Men Advisory Board of Directors will celebrate the work and achievements of women during its annual luncheon on Tuesday, March 31, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Hosseini Center on the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

This year’s event is sponsored by Daytona International Auto Mall and the Simpkins Family Foundation. The luncheon will feature a keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Oledia F. Bell, founder and president/CEO of A Fresh Start-Veteran Women “4” Veteran Women.

26 years of service
The organization provides transitional services for veteran women and their families. Bell formed the organization upon her retirement from a distinguished 26-year career as a chaplain and lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force. She believes women possess exceptional strengths and societies become stronger when women are empowered to contribute.

National Women’s History Month is celebrating its 35th anniversary with this year’s theme, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”  This recognition of women and their achievements was designated by joint resolutions of Congress and proclamations by six American presidents. It is an opportunity to gain knowledge and honor women’s triumphs of today and throughout history.

The luncheon is open to the public. Proceeds benefit Daytona State’s Center for Women and Men programs and scholarships.

Tickets can be purchased online through March 22 at

For more information, call 386-506-3471 or email


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