September Birthdays: Bob McClure (9/3); Wayne Mineo (9/16); Janet Hooper (9/26)
September Anniversaries: none
Program: Club Assembly
Greeter: Marcie Salazar Invocation: Donna Nettestad
Program: Evan Earle – Keep America Beautiful
Greeter: Harry Rabb Invocation: Jonathan Brewer
Greeters: Todd Demko Invocation: Chris Baston
Program: Sandra Orr
Sandra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy who has a private practice in Safety Harbor. She has been in the health care industry for 8 years and prior spent 18-years as a middle manager in the business sector.
As a young girl, Sandra found herself helping people and realized this was her passion. Sandra now owns Alive and Wellness Associates, LLC and works full time at PEMHS hospital as a counselor helping children and adult to stabilize and assist through their mental health concerns. Sandra specialize in assisting couples navigate through a collaborative divorce; help detached couples rebuild their relationships; assist in creating healthy co-parenting relationships; individuals overcome obstacles and find their voice; process through grief and loss of a pet and parent/child issues ages 14+.
Sandra’s office hours are Friday-Sunday weekly for sessions and she is now offering two types of support groups: pet grief/ bereavement & children of divorce.
Greeter: Garry Dodds Invocation: Doug Ackers
August Birthdays: none
August Anniversaries: Marie Padavich (8/2/2012); Janet Hooper (8/21/2009)
Greeter: Bob McClure Invocation: Gary Dodds
Program: Kip Kelly is the founder and CEO of Crooked Thumb Brewery- which opened its doors in October 2015, and he is Vice Chairman of the Merchants of Safety Harbor (“MOSH”). Along with his involvement with these organizations, Kip has been the General Council and Chief Financial Officer of TryCom Components, Inc., located just off 9th Avenue in Safety Harbor, since its inception in 2003. Kelly opened Crooked Thumb after a legal career with some of the most prestigious law firms in the country. Before breaking free from the law, Kip practiced securities law with the global law firm Greenberg Traurig. While there, he advised clients on a wide range of business related legal matters. Kip began his legal career as an associate with the law firm of Jenner & Block in both its Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices – where he handled corporate legal issues related to securities law and merger and acquisitions.
Kip earned a BS from Northwestern University where he received two varsity letters as an injury prone quarterback and has a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. Kip lives in Tampa with his wife, Sherri, and their two kids Claire, 10 and Colt 9. He is an active member of Safety Harbor’s Chamber of Commerce – serving on its Oktoberfest Committee – and serves on the Board of Directors for Keystone Little League. If he’s not hanging at the brewery or riding his bike around the Harbor, you can find home coaching his kids’ baseball and softball teams or playing guitar at one of the Harbor’s many open mic nights.
Greeter: Carl Tela Invocation: Janet Hooper
Program: Congressman Gus Bilirakis, of Palm Harbor, was first elected to Congress in 2006, and is currently serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives. Gus serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, is Vice-Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and leads many important congressional caucuses. Working in a bipartisan manner, his priorities include controlling government spending, creating jobs, lowering taxes, strengthening homeland security, improving education, increasing access to quality health care, protecting Veterans, and ensuring the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare. The Energy and Commerce Committee is the longest-standing committee in the House. As the only Florida Republican, Gus continues to be a strong voice for Florida. His roles on the Health, Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, and Communications and Technology Subcommittees are highly beneficial to Florida. Florida has the greatest proportion of residents over 65, making it crucial for Congress to ensure a quality and affordable healthcare system for current and future generations.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Gus served four terms in the Florida House where he chaired several prominent panels. During this time, he also served as Senior Partner at the Bilirakis Law Group in Holiday. Gus graduated from the University of Florida and earned a J.D. from Stetson University. He also currently teaches government classes at St. Petersburg College. Gus and his wife, Eva, have four sons – Michael, Teddy, Manuel and Nicholas
Greeter: Wayne Mineo Invocation: Doug Akers
Program: Our speaker will be Dave Barr.
Dave was a profession soldier until a landmine explosion ended his military career. He went on to set the standard for long-distance motorcycle riding with a series of epic journeys that established him as an international icon of the human spirit’s capacity to overcome
Dave has written a book, Four Flags: The Odyssey of a Professional Soldier.
Greeters: Todd Demko Invocation: Chris Baston
Program: Our speaker will be Jack Vigliatura.
Jack has been married for 47 years to his high school sweetheart. He has 5 children and 4 grandchildren. Jack moved to Palm Harbor from Massachusetts in 1987. Jack helps people like us understand how money works so that we can make our money work harder for us and not to work harder for our money. Jack assists people in developing a “safe” and “predictable” path towards achieving financial security, and the life-time income they will need to retire successfully.
July Birthdays: Harry Rabb, (7/12)
July Anniversaries: Todd Demko, (7/17/15)
Celebrate Independence Day! No meeting.
Greeter: Doug Akers Invocation: Todd Demko
Program: President Craig Wright will be speaking to us about his vision for the upcoming year.
Greeter: Rebecca Avrin Invocation: Marcie Salazar
Program: Judge Myriam Irrizarry will speak. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers-Newark School of Law in 1980 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College in New Jersey in 1977. She graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1973.
Myriam is a licensed member of both the Florida and New Jersey State Bars. Myriam was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 2006. Prior to moving to Florida, Myriam established a private practice in New Brunswick. Previously she served as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender for the Middlesex County Public Defender’s Office. Upon graduating from law school she served as a Staff Attorney for the Middlesex County Legal Services Corporation. Myriam was an Adjunct Instructor for Rutgers University where she taught law-related undergraduate level courses and is currently serving as an Adjunct Instructor for the St. Petersburg College.
Governor Rick Scott appointed Myriam to serve as a Pinellas County Court Judge. She now serves on the Misdemeanor Bench.
Myriam served as President of the Clearwater Bar Association consisting of 900 plus lawyers. She is also a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and immediate past President of the Intercultural Advocacy Institute for the Hispanic Outreach Center.
Myriam was the recipient of the 2012 Florida Bar’s President Pro Bono Award for the Sixth Judicial Circuit for her active participation in legal self-help related activities in the community. She also received the Clearwater Bar’s Ralph Richard Award for leadership and support to the Bar and the community in 2012. In that same year she received the Hispanic Leadership award from the Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. for her work with the Hispanic community. In May 2013 she received the Clearwater Bar President’s Award, the Mount Carmel Law Day Award and in June 2013 will be inducted into the New Brunswick High School Hall of Fame with a Distinguished Alumni Award.
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