July 19th – Installation of Officers and Directors

Jonathan Brewer

Jonathan Brewer

Jonathan Brewer will be taking over as President, Marcie Falco will become Secretary while Janet Hooper slides over to Secretary Emeritus.  Ted Williamson reprises his role as Treasurer.  Good luck and best wishes for a successful Rotary year to the incoming Officers and Directors!

Speaker July 12th – Corey Yeung – Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student

Corey Yeung Rotary Youth Exchange

Corey Yeung
Rotary Youth Exchange Student

 

こんにちは (Konichiwa)! Hello! My name is Corey Yeung, and I am 17 years old. I graduated from St. Petersburg Collegiate High School in May, simultaneously earning my High School Diploma and Associate’s in Arts Degree. I am eagerly excited for this year long exchange to Japan to be enlightened by their culture. I live in Safety Harbor with my mom, dad, older sister, and lazy-but-loving dog. I take my academics seriously with utmost fervor, trying to gain knowledge whenever an opportunity is given. In school I would consider my forte to be math although I have interests in other subjects as well, such as English and speech. Additionally, I try to learn any unfamiliar vocabulary words I come across as it can be very supplemental to my communication skills. Aside from academics, I have hobbies that allow me to stay active as well as to lay back and relax.  Foremost, my prominent hobby is soccer. Soccer not only keeps me fit, but it gives me a chance to ease any stress I had from that day. I have been playing soccer for over a decade and I’ve enjoyed every part of it, from the heated competitive moments to the bonding that teamwork and sportsmanship brings. Soccer has kept my mind sharp and astute, critically evaluating which actions to perform even when the ball is on the other side of the field. Other hobbies I partake in is watching movies and television shows, going out with friends, playing the piano, and traveling. Particularly, exploring new areas and venturing out to new locations seems to open up a spirit of discovery within myself; traveling has enriched my awareness in adapting to new environments. I have traveled occasionally to different states and have also studied abroad to Italy, which was truly remarkable. The immense effect of international relations today has tremendous correlation with my future-planned occupation.  In the near future, I aspire to be a successful business entrepreneur, hoping to make a significant impact in our world. Rotary International is an enabler for me to have a fundamental understanding in communication skills and cultural awareness. To have the opportunity to be given this unique, amazing experience makes me extremely appreciative. I want to specifically thank Rotary International for choosing me as an exchange student to be immersed into a new culture and way of living. I would also like to give my appreciation to my mom, dad, and two older sisters for supporting me to take part in this educational and life-changing experience. Gaining novel perspectives from this exchange will give me a new outlook that will benefit me later on. I will uphold this honor with utmost potential and vigor. The lessons from this exchange will be unparalleled, helping cultivate me into a cultural ambassador.

June 28th Speakers – Nora & Bob McClure

Nora and Bob McClure completed their “Grand Slam” of tennis by attending the Australian Open in January of this year.  They will discuss traveling in Sydney and Melbourne.

Nora & Bob McClure

Nora & Bob McClure

Howard Latham – Speaker June 21, 2013

The Patio at Tapping the Vine

The Patio at Tapping the Vine

Inside Tapping the Vine

Inside Tapping the Vine

“If you like it, drink it” is the motto at Tapping the Vine, a  wine-focused tapas style restaurant on Main Street in Safety Harbor.  Born in England and having lived in Canada for many years, our speaker this week is owner Howard Latham.  Retired from 35 years in accounting, Howard, a first time restaurateur, is going to discuss the challenges and rewards of his business.

Tapping the Vine uses as much fresh Florida food as it can, locally sourced whenever possible. Seasonal dishes enter and leave the menu regularly. Florida is known for a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and seafood which means an offering of the freshest and best year-round.  Tapping The Vine is yours to enjoy in a quiet, tasteful setting indoors or under the shady oaks outside on a delightful patio. Bring your pets to the patio, too.  Special meals or other events such as themed five-course, wine pairing dinners occur regularly.  Challenge your taste buds at wine tastings. Check the website calendar for future dates and look over the “Specials” page in the menu section of the site and the “Info Flyer” on the newsletter page. You can also make group reservations – just ask.  They’ll be glad to help.

Tapping the Vine website:  http://www.tappingthevine.com/

737 Main Street
Suite 100
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
(Directly across from City Hall)
Get DirectionsCheck out the Facebook page:
Tapping The Vine – Safety Harbor on Facebook
PH: (727) 330–7514
info@tappingthevine.com
Mon to Thu 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday 3:00 pm to 11:00   pm
Saturdays Noon to 10:00pmAlso open for special events days. Closed most   Sundays & major holidays.

Speaker: June 14, 2013

Attorney Charles S. Philips will discuss the do’s and don’ts of automobile accidents and the recently amended Personal Injury Protection law in Florida.

Education:

  • Chuck received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida in 1985, with honors. He graduated from Stetson College of Law in St. Petersburg in 1987.

Experience:

  • Practice dedicated to victim representation in Personal Injury Law, and insurance      coverage issues.
  • Former Assistant State Attorney in Pinellas County. Served 5 years in Traffic and      Misdemeanor Divisions, as Lead Trial Attorney and finally, as Felony Division Assistant for 2 1/2 years.
  • Former associate with a private defense firm in their St. Petersburg office practicing insurance defense.
  • Former associate with a large firm, in their New Port Richey office, practicing Personal Injury Law and Insurance Coverage Litigation. After 7 years as the lead attorney of the Pasco office’s Personal Injury Division, Chuck started his own firm to continue his focus on victim representation.
  • State Licensed Sports Agent.
  • Member of the Florida Bar, Clearwater Bar Association, St. Petersburg Bar Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Trial Lawyers of America, the Citrus County Bar Association, Pasco Bar Association, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
  • Member of the Trinity Rotary, Trinity Business Association, All Children’s Development Council and The Major League Baseball Players Alumni local board. He is also a board member of the Magic Beans
    Attorney Chuck Philips

    Attorney Chuck Philips

    Village Foundation.