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:  tappingthevine.com

737 Main Street
Suite 100
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
(Directly across from City Hall)
Get Directions Check out the Facebook page:
Tapping The Vine – Safety Harbor on Facebook
PH: (727) 330–7514
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.

Thanks from Youth Ranch

Interact students install bedding at the Sheriffs Youth Ranch

Interact students install bedding at the Sheriffs Youth Ranch

Dear Rotary Club of Safety Harbor,

Thank you so very much for inviting Reed Rue and me to speak at your meeting on May 17th!  It is always wonderful to get an opportunity to talk about the changes at the Sheriff’s Youth Ranch and let the community know what its needs are.

Big, BIG things have happened since we were there!!  Due to the amazing generosity of Rotary members, the ranch was able to purchase the mattress covers for ALL of their new beds!!!  That was very exciting for  the children, the house parents and everyone else living at the ranch.

However, getting the mattress covers created another problem.   The ranch has only one, very overworked handy man.  How in the world would we get all of these beds covered?   A big thank you to Bob McClure who suggested the Interact Club at Countryside High School!!!   I got in touch with Jacob Grimm, this year’s President, and on  the following Saturday, Jacob, his dad and three other members of the club showed up to help.   We we able to haul out and dispose of ten mattresses and box springs, haul in the ten new mattresses and box springs, cover  all twenty pieces  with the new covers and put them in place.

We finished one out of three cottages that day and the students have committed to coming back and doing the other two cottages.

The old mattresses were so flat and broken down and the new mattresses are so fluffy and glorious that I have heard that there was some joyous jumping happening at bedtime!!!  I am so grateful!  Absolutely none of this joy would have been possible without the Rotary Club.  I thank you so very much!!

Very best regards,

Beth Veakis

Rotary & Interact benefit Youth Ranch

New Bedding for Sheriffs Youth Ranch kids

New Bedding for Sheriffs Youth Ranch kids

The Rotary Club of Safety Harbor recently responded to an appeal by Reed Rue and Beth Veakis for support by raising $1,250 for The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch at Safety Harbor.  The funds were used to provide new sanitary bedding for the thirty campers staying there.  The Interact Club of Countryside High School, a service club sponsored and supervised by the Rotary Club, recently helped Youth Ranch workers install the bedding.

President Jacob Grimm and Countryside High School Interact members

President Jacob Grimm and Countryside High School Interact members

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Rotary Contributes to Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center

The Rotary Club of Safety Harbor donated $,1500 to the Back to School program organized by the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center.  Executive Director Janet Hooper accepted the check which will be used to provide needy students with backpacks and other school supplies for the upcoming school year.

The center operates in Safety Harbor and is a source of great assistance to its citizens.

To learn more about the Neighborhood Family Center or to volunteer or contribute visit its website:   http://shnfc.org

Rotary Supports Safety Harbor Public Library

Rotarian Marcie Falco presents Library Director Lisa Kotke with children's books

Rotarian Marcie Falco presents Library Director Lisa Kotke with childrens books

Lisa Kotke, the Director of the Safety Harbor Public Library spoke at yesterday’s Rotary meeting at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.  Speakers are normally presented with a certificate promising that a child’s book will be donated to the library in his or her honor.  For the second time within a year, Rotary has given these books to Lisa in support of this custom.

Please visit the Friends of the Library website for information on how to assist, become a member, donate and more: http://safetyharborfol.weebly.com/