Eagle Marsh Golf Club Hosts Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce September Luncheon

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Jensen Beach – On Thursday, September 16, 2021 The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce had their September Luncheon.

The event was held at Eagle Marsh Golf Club at 3869 NW Royal Oak Dr. in Jensen Beach. Owner Johan Tumba, former PGA European tour pro spoke the plan for the club. He invited members to come out an golf the course and take advantage of the new programs they have to offer the public. For more information call them at: 772.692.3322.

Robert Zaccheo, Executive Director spoke about many things that Project Lift has to offer. Their mission is to improve the lives of at-risk teens and their families through treatment of substance use disorders, mental health counseling, mentoring and vocational skills training. They are located at 1380 SW 34th Street in Palm City. For more information call them at: 772.221.2244.

The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce stands as the advocate for the development of the business community, tourism and resource center that promotes member success." The Chamber is located in downtown historic Jensen Beach. Through seminars, workshops and monthly luncheons the Chamber provides members with many opportunities to network and enhance businesses. For more Information contact them at: (772) 334-3444

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Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce September Mix & Mingle

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Jensen Beach - On Tuesday, September 14, 2021 the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted the Mix and Mingle for September. The event was in their Second Floor Venue located at 1912 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. in Jensen Beach.

Elegant Events and Custom Catering was the sponsor for the event. If you were hungry you certainly didn't go away hungry. Patrice Depino owner of Elegant Events once again did not disappoint! Elegant Events is South Florida's number one choice when it comes to catering any event. They offer catering services to the greater Stuart, Palm Beach Gardens, and Jupiter. They offer fresh ingredients, cooked on site, with a personalized experience. For more information contact them at: 772.359.6157.

The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce stands as the advocate for the development of the business community, tourism and resource center that promotes member success." The Chamber is in downtown historic Jensen Beach. Through seminars, workshops, and monthly luncheons the Chamber provides members with many opportunities to network and enhance businesses. For more Information contact them at: (772) 334-3444.

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Miles Grant Country Club Host Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce Monthly Breakfast

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Hobe Sound – On Thursday, September 9, 2021. The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce had their September Breakfast at Miles Grant Golf & Country Club. The event was well attended with approximately 80 attendees. Attendees wore masks throughout the event. Breakfast was served by staff of the country club. Miles Grant is located at: 5101 SE Miles Grant Road in Stuart. For more information contact them at:772.286.2220.

The breakfast is sponsored by Lamar Moore of EcoStrike LLC. Lamar Moore, President of EcoStrike, is a state licensed assessor which allows him to perform environmental testing and write remediation protocol on the projects they are not contracted to mitigate.

EcoStrike is a full-service restoration contractor that performs mold remediation, water mitigation, smoke and fire damage, and re-construction. For more information contact them at: 561.990.6653.

The guest speaker was new Martin County Fire Rescue Bureau Chief, Fire Kevin Parkes who provided information pertinent to the Hobe Sound area. He answered questions and provided a clear understanding of how they operate, why they operate the way they do, and services provided. They are located 800 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.

The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce plays a significant role in the Martin County and northern Palm Beach County business community. The Chamber is a business organization financed entirely by membership investments. It provides opportunities for members to stay connected, network, advertise, receive continuing education, business support and always gives back to their community.  They are located at: 8958 SE Bridge Rd, Hobe Sound. Contact them at: 772-546-4724

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Annual Meeting, New Board Members for Helping People Succeed

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Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by: Helping People Succeed

Jensen Beach - The annual meeting of Helping People Succeed recently took place at the nonprofit’s headquarters in Jensen Beach.

Suzy Hutcheson, Chief Executive Office and Glenna Parris, Gift Planning Officer, discussed the challenges and accomplishments of the past year, as well as outlining the organization’s plans for the future.

Thanks to the generosity of the community and the board – which participated at a 100-percent giving level – Helping People Succeed will be transitioning from its Capital Campaign to actual capital renovations.

An important piece of business was the nominating and naming of new officers and members to both the Helping People Succeed Board of Directors and the Helping People Succeed Foundation’s Board of Directors.

For the former, new members Heidi Bosley, Rosie Portera, Lorenzo Williams and Sherry Plymale will join officers Barbara Essenwine, Chair; Michael Borlaug, Vice-Chair; Cher Fisher, Secretary; Jenny Yingling, Treasurer; and members Allen Herskowitz, Bonney Johnson and Shaun Kogut.

The Foundation Board will welcome the addition of Stacy Ranieri, John Creswell and Lee Borellis to the current team of Bonney Johnson, Chair; Mary Rose Bressman, Vice-Chair; Dale Forbes, Secretary; Claire Nash, Treasurer and Beth Prinz.

Both Barbara Essenwine and Bonney Johnson recognized outgoing board member Phyllis Gillespie and they, themselves, were recognized for their past year of service as board chairs continuing on into a second year of board service.

Like all nonprofits, Helping People Succeed’s fundraising capabilities were severely impacted by Covid-19.

The cancellations of the White Shirt Night event in both 2020 and 2021, as well as the signature fundraiser, Pinot & Picasso in 2020, were challenging to navigate.

However, Pinot & Picasso is back bigger and better than ever in 2021 – on November 20 – and everyone at Helping People Succeed is gearing up for a major success.

For more than 57 years, Helping People Succeed has been transforming lives by realizing potential, creating hope and building futures through education, counseling, training and employment.

To learn more, visit www.hpsfl.org.

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Martin County Property Appraiser Office Cautions New Property Owners About Solicitation Letters

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Stuart – The Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office cautions property owners about solicitation letters periodically mailed to residents. These letters encourage property owners to pay a service fee for a Property Assessment Profile, which includes property information such as values, exemptions, comparable sales, legal descriptions and building characteristics.

Below is a sample solicitation letter. In this instance, a $95.00 service fee is charged for this information.

IMPORTANT: All this property information can be obtained for FREE from the Martin County Property Appraiser’s website (www.pa.martin.fl.us). You do not have to pay for any property information.

“With such an active real estate market, new property owners may feel this is a necessary expenditure. It is not.” said Martin County Property Appraiser Jenny Fields. “In addition, I caution property owners that these data reports can be inaccurate. It is always best to call, visit or email our Office if you have questions about your property and we will be happy to provide you the information you need.”

For more information about the Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office, please visit their website at www.pa.martin.fl.us, call (772) 288-5608, or email at info@pa.martin.fl.us.

Below is a sample solicitation letter. 

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Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Host Business Before Breakfast

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Jensen Beach - On August 26, 2021 the Jensen Beach Chamber host Business Before Breakfast in their beautiful meeting room. The new meeting room is the perfect place to host wedding receptions, baby showers, birthday parties, etc. It a beautiful venue perfect for just about anything you can dream up! The breakfast host over 60 members. Breakfast was catered by Bomboloni Bakery which is located in Jensen Beach at 3980 NW Federal Highway. They had a beautiful array of breakfast sandwiches and pastries that did not disappoint! Sooo good!

The Sponsor for the breakfast was Guaranteed Garage Repair. Owner Tracy Yodice and staff welcomed each and everyone of the members this morning! They want to earn your business and your trust. They do this simply by providing garage door repairs, parts, prices, and services so good, you won’t ever want to go anywhere else and they are family owned! For more information call them at: 772.202.5986.

The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce stands as the advocate for the development of the business community, tourism and resource center that promotes member success." The Chamber is in downtown historic Jensen Beach. Through seminars, workshops, and monthly luncheons the Chamber provides members with many opportunities to network and enhance businesses. For more Information contact them at: (772) 334-3444.

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Piper's Landing Yacht & Country Club Host Palm City Chamber of Commerce August Breakfast

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Palm City - On August 25, 2021, the Palm City Chamber of Commerce had their August breakfast at the Piper's Landing Yacht & Country Club. This is the first breakfast in a while for Piper's Landing, but they did not disappoint with a wonderful buffet breakfast for the membership to enjoy! Piper's Landing Yacht & Country Club is a private community and Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club provides all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury country club.

They are a neighborhood with302 residences, nestled among 600 acres of lush, natural preserve areas. Brian Reich is General Manager. For more information about the Country Club contact them at: 772.283.7000. They are located at: 6160 SW Thistle Terrace in Palm City.

Sponsored speaker for the breakfast was Jeff Sabin with Martin County Waste Management. Waste Management has been chosen to continue as the business to pick up recycles and garbage in Martin County. Mr. Sabin introduced the new recyclable cans to be delivered to all Martin County residents which will take up to seven weeks to reach all households. Starting the week of Monday, October 4th you will be able to begin using your news Recycling Cart. For more information please visit: www.martin.fl.us/TrashCollection.

Guest speaker for the breakfast were representatives from the Treasure Coast Humane Society. Courtney Zanetti, Director of Community Outreach spoke about all the many things that the Humane Society does for the animals and around the community with events that are sponsored by many businesses on the Treasure Coast. Ms. Jesse Clifford, Director of Humane Education oversees training and obedience for the animals who come in the the facility. Lastly was Sarah Fisher who is the Volunteer Program Manager for the humane society. She is always looking for volunteers to fosters and adoption the many animals that they have at the shelter. The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is located at: 4100 SW Leighton Farm Avenue in Palm City. For more information on volunteering for adoptions contact them at: 772.223.8822

The mission of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is to provide compassionate care and nurture the bond between people and pets.

The Ambassador of the Month for August was Evie Klaassen with Colorado Pawn & Jewelry. Board Member of the Month was Robin Hall with Out2News. Both companies decant countless hours to the Palm City Chamber and to the community. Congratulations!

The Palm City Chamber of Commerce strives to promote the continuous improvement of the common good and the quality of life in the community through the pursuit of new business. They are in Palm City at 3168 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Contact them at: 772-286-8121.

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Palm City Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for New Member Beach Hurst Financial

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Palm City - On August 24, 2021 the Palm City Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon cutting for one of their newest members "Beachhurst Financial". 

Members, Board Members, Ambassadors welcomed Ms. Celeste Mckeefery to the chamber with her ribbon cutting. The members, board and ambassadors introduced themselves and greeted each other. Ms. Mckeefery also had a nice array goodies to eat and drink for her guest.

Beachhurst Financial, specializes in Life Insurance Products, Medicare Health Insurance Products and Fixed Indexed Annuities. For more information please contact them at: 772.233.6303.

Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon Hosted by Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa

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Jensen Beach - On Thursday, August 19, 2021 the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce had their August Monthly Luncheon hosted by Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa.

The luncheon did not disappoint the 50+ members who attended the luncheon. The friendly staff served a wonderful lunch which also included dessert.

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa is located in Jensen Beach at 3793 NE Ocean Blvd. for more information, contact them at:772-334-1950.

The luncheon was sponsor by The Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc. Ed Griffith spoke briefly about what the Entrepreneurship Foundation is and how members are able to get involved.

They are located at: 1960 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. in Jensen Beach.

The Speaker for the luncheon was Stuart City Commissioner Troy McDonald who recently won 3 more years as a Stuart City Commissioner. Mr. McDonald spoke about all the recent approvals of many new projects taking place in the Stuart area. He also answered questions by members related to that subject.

The City of Stuart office is located at: 121 SW Flagler Avenue in Stuart. Call them at 772-288-5300.

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Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce August Monthly Breakfast

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Hobe Sound – On Thursday, August 12, 2021 The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce had their August Breakfast at Miles Grant Golf & Country Club. The event was well attended with approximately 80 attendees. Attendees all wore masks before breakfast. Breakfast was served by staff of the country club. Miles Grant is located at: 5101 SE Miles Grant Road in Stuart. For more information contact them at:772.286.2220.

The Sponsor for the breakfast was CSI Palm Beach (Carpenter Security Integrators). Lisa Teetor Business Development Director, spoke briefly about what CSI does. She introduced the CEO of the company Rick Seymour who spoke more about CSI: Palm Beach which is a locally owned and operated electronic protection services company. CSI: Palm Beach has national and regional service capabilities via it's membership in the Honeywell Commercial Security and the IVerify Authorized Dealer Networks. CSI also offers commercial music and audio visual services via it's membership in the DMX and Music Choice Dealer Networks.They are located at: 1333 West 53rd Street in West Palm Beach.

For more information contact them at: 561-848-7818.

Guest speaker for the breakfast was Chief Deputy John Budensiek of the Martin County Sheriff Office. He currently oversees all the departments at MCSO. The Chief is a lifetime Martin County resident of Martin County. He updated the members of things currently going on in different communities throughout Martin County. Afterward answering many questions from the Hobe Sound chamber members.

The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce plays a significant role in the Martin County and northern Palm Beach County business community. The Chamber is a business organization financed entirely by membership investments. It provides opportunities for members to stay connected, network, advertise, receive continuing education, business support and always gives back to their community. They are located at: 8958 SE Bridge Rd, Hobe Sound. Contact them at: 772-546-4724

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Palm City Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for Tradition

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Port St. Lucie - Tradition Prep High School prepares all students for acceleration and career-readiness with a focus on talent, opportunity, and passion.

Students at Tradition Prep will have access to a balanced high school experience with challenging academics and opportunities to earn over 40 college credits as well as an opportunity to participate in competitive sports programs, the performing arts, and other extracurricular activities. Our new state-of-the-art 9-12 tuition-free charter school in the St. Lucie community incorporates an innovative WISH model, focusing on Wellness, Innovation, with a programmatic focus on Science and Health. This educational model is forward-thinking and addresses the whole student.  They are located in Port St. Lucie at 10970 SW. Traditional Parkway. Contact them at 772.236.7034 for more information.

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Treasure Coast Masterminds of Stuart August Breakfast Meeting

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Stuart- On August 6, 2021 the TC Masterminds of Stuart met for the first of two monthly meetings at the Hampton Inn & Suite North Stuart. Christina Franco Sales manager for the hotel welcomed everyone with a sweet breakfast and coffee. They are located at 1150 NW Federal Hwy. in Stuart.

Just off US 1 in North Stuart, five minutes from Treasure Coast Square shopping and Riverwalk dining by the St. Lucie River. They are 15 minutes from Jensen and Stuart beaches, home to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. Enjoy free hot breakfast, free WiFi, and our outdoor pool. They are located at 1150 NW Federal Hwy. in Stuart. Call them at: 772-692-6922.

Gary Owen is the mastermind behind the TC Masterminds group, which is a business, professional and social networking organization comprised of small business owners, executive leaders and non-profit organizations, all of whom display and promote the highest values of ethics, integrity and professionalism.

Treasure Coast Masterminds has two group that meet in Stuart and Port St. Lucie. For more information to join one of the group contact Gary Owen at: 772.210.1020.

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Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Host August Business Before Breakfast

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Jensen Beach - On July 29, 2021 the Jensen Beach Chamber host Business Before Breakfast in their new meeting room. The meeting room is the perfect place to host wedding receptions, baby showers, birthday parties, etc. It a beautiful venue perfect for just about anything you can dream up! The breakfast host over 60 members. A continental breakfast and coffee was provided.

The speaker for the breakfast was Lucie McGuire with Arrow Title Services. Located in Stuart at 1111 SE Federal Highway. Call them at: 772.888.9120. The sponsor for the breakfast was Annette Robins with Realtor with Andrew Sesta Real Estate Team, The Keyes Company. Located in Jensen Beach at: 4417 NE Ocean Blvd, Jensen Beach. Both speakers were very informative about the Real Estate market. They both took questions from the members afterwards.

The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce stands as the advocate for the development of the business community, tourism and resource center that promotes member success." The Chamber is in downtown historic Jensen Beach. Through seminars, workshops, and monthly luncheons the Chamber provides members with many opportunities to network and enhance businesses. For more Information contact them at: (772) 334-3444.

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Ocean Republic Brewing Hosts Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting

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Stuart – On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce had their May Business After Hours at Ocean Republic Brewing in Stuart. Meghan Shirey welcomed all members and guests to the brewery and spoke and thank you everyone for the great support throughout the community for the restaurant and brewery. After she spoke she gathered everyone for a ribbon cutting photo. They are located at 1630 SE Federal Highway, in Stuart or call them at: 772.600.5596. They are a craft kitchen which means they might need just a little extra time when busy for each order. They have a variety of sharables, salads, hamburgers(Handhelds), tacos and of course a variety of crafted beers on tap. The event was well attended with approximately 80 attendees.

The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce advance the general welfare and the prosperity of the Hobe Sound area so that its citizens and all areas of its business community shall prosper. All necessary means of promotion shall be provided and particular attention and emphasis shall be given to the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests of the area. plays a significant role in the Martin County and northern Palm Beach County business community. The Chamber is a business organization financed entirely by membership investments. It provides opportunities for members to stay connected, network, advertise, receive continuing education, business support and always gives back to their community. They are located at: 8958 SE Bridge Rd, Hobe Sound. Contact them at: 772-546-4724

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Tykes & Teens Announces 2021-2022 Board of Directors

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Agency appoints new board president and welcomes two new board members

Palm City – Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for 25 years, has announced its 2021-2022 Board of Directors.

Superintendent of Okeechobee County Schools Ken Kenworthy, who previously served as Tykes & Teens Board Secretary, took the helm as the agency’s Board President effective July 1, 2021. Kenworthy succeeds F. Shields McManus who served as President for the past two years and is continuing to serve on the board.

In addition, Tykes & Teens welcomed two new board members: Indian River County resident Linda L. Kloss and St. Lucie County resident Teresa Bishop.

“We are honored to have a diverse, supportive and highly-engaged board of directors from throughout the Treasure Coast who provide a broad range of professional expertise to the agency and who are passionate about serving children and families,” said Tykes & Teens CEO Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW.

“I am both humbled and honored to accept the presidency of an organization steeped in the tradition of quality and excellence,” says Tykes & Teens Board President Ken Kenworthy. “The services offered through Tykes & Teens are unparalleled, the commitment of the staff to reach our mission is commendable, and the expansion to all four Treasure Coast counties has provided much-needed treatment and counseling to assist our youth from infants up to adulthood. I am proud to be a part of such a remarkable organization.”

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Ken Kenworthy, an Okeechobee County resident, has served as Superintendent of Schools for Okeechobee County School for the past decade. As a graduate of Purdue University, he began his career as an agriculture teacher. With 32 years of service to the District, he has functioned as a school based administrator, director of career and technical education and later led Administrative Services. During his superintendency, the district’s graduation rate has increased, mental health programs have flourished, and industry certifications and dual enrollment programs have multiplied causing significant improvement under the state’s accountability system. He operates as the largest employer in Okeechobee County with 880 staff members serving 6,200 students with an annual budget of $95 million. Kenworthy has been recognized as the Florida State Agriscience Teacher of the Year, District Teacher of the Year and has completed numerous leadership programs such as the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy, Superintendent’s Chief Executive Officer Leadership Development Program and the National Institute of School Leadership Executive Development Program. He serves as chair of the Okeechobee Children’s Services Council, Trustee for the Florida School Boards Insurance Trust, Florida Association of District School Superintendents Board of Directors and member of the Okeechobee Educational Foundation. His primary goal has been creating conditions for learning that lead to college and career readiness, including high quality instruction provided by talented employees focusing on educational equity. To accomplish that, students’ often need mental health supports. Partnerships with outstanding agencies like Tykes & Teens help make this goal a reality.

Linda L. Kloss, an Indian River County resident, served as CEO of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) from 1994 to 2011, leading a period of unprecedented growth and expanded influence for this well-respected professional society of 60,000 health information management professionals. Following her retirement, she served in thought leadership roles providing consulting to health care nonprofits, technology and service organizations. In 2011, Linda was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), chaired its Privacy, Confidentiality and Security Subcommittee, and served on its Standards and Executive Subcommittees. NCVHS advises the Secretary on national health data policy. She is author of Health Information Governance: Lessons from the Field (AHIMA Press). Prior to AHIMA, Linda served in senior leadership roles with companies at the leading edge of health care information technology and quality improvement. She has served as a college trustee, director and board chair for a number of health care nonprofits, and served as president for a condominium and a homeowner’s associations. Linda holds a Master’s Degree in organizational development with a concentration in nonprofit change leadership, a Baccalaureate Degree in health information management, and she was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the College of St. Scholastica Duluth, Minnesota in recognition of her leadership to the profession and to the College. She has been received recognition for leadership by Modern Healthcare, the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Medical Informatics Association and AHIMA.

Teresa Bishop, a St. Lucie County resident, serves as the Executive Director for the Roundtable of St. Lucie County, a 501(c) organization, and works closely with executive level leaders to accomplish system change that results in improved outcomes for youth. She is also the Founder and Director of Provision Training and Consulting, LLC. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Personnel Management from the University of Central Florida. Over the past 25 years, she has worked both nationally and abroad to improve capacity of communities, federal and state agencies, as well community and faith-based organizations, to achieve positive outcomes. She has focused her efforts in the children and family arena and in recent years has championed causes around community development, youth development and juvenile justice issues. Teresa has provided support to a number of federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Labor, and The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She has and continues to work closely with state, local and grassroots organizations to provide training and technical assistance to improve staff and program development, strategic planning and organizational development to impact community change and system reform.

Tykes & Teens 2021-2022 Board of Directors:

President – Ken Kenworthy, Okeechobee County, Superintendent of Schools

Treasurer – Jamie Russell, St. Lucie County, Rehmann

Secretary – Pat Knipper, Indian River County, VNA

Governance Chair – Anne McCormick, Martin County, Keller Williams Realty

Immediate Past President – F. Shields McManus, Martin County, Mediator, Retired Judge

Directors:
• Teresa Bishop, St. Lucie County, Roundtable of St. Lucie County
• Brooke Flood, Indian River County, School District of Indian River County
• John Gonzalez, Martin County, Engel & Volkers
• Dr. Theresa Kelso, Psy.D., Indian River County, Retired Clinical Psychologist
• Linda L. Kloss, Indian River County, Healthcare Nonprofit Consultant
• Hailey Thostenson, Martin County, Bessemer Trust
• Michelle Villwock, Martin County, Martin County School District

Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer & Ex-Officio Board Member

Martin County GOP’s 2021 Lincoln Day Dinner Features Keynote Speaker Dan Bongino

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Stuart – Popular Fox News host of Unfiltered and daytime radio show host Dan Bongino will be the Keynote speaker at this year’s Martin County Republican Executive Committee fundraiser on Friday, September 1o, 2021. Other local elected officials are expected to participate, including a welcome and tribute to 1st Responders by U.S. Congressman Brian Mast.

The Lincoln Day Dinner, taking place at the upscale Hutchinson Shores Resort, Hutchinson Island, Florida from 6:00 – 10:00 PM, will feature a cocktail hour, dinner, and fundraising opportunities. General admission tickets are $225 and VIP

Dinner tickets which include reserved seating and a VIP reception, are $275.00 per person. Sponsorship levels range from $1,000 to $10,000.Republican Executive Committee Chairperson MaryLynn Magar stated, "The 2022 election is fast approaching and Florida will once again be a crucial battleground. In

Martin County, we are preparing for our Registration and Get Out the Vote efforts now.

We need the financial contributions and support of all local Republicans to implement these plans, maintain our local majority and re-elect the Best Governor in America, Ron DeSantis!"

The Martin County Republican Executive Committee provides grassroots support to federal, state, and local Republican candidates. Its goal is to increase Republican voter registration and turnout for all elections, provide information on important issues of concern, and to further the ideals and purposes of the Republican Party. The Martin County Republican Executive Committee is funded solely by

local donations and its annual fundraiser.Dan Bongino is an American political commentator, radio show host, and bestselling author. He served as a New York City Police officer from 1995 to 1999, and as a Secret Service agent from 1999 to 2011. He is frequently featured on Fox News and his popular daily podcast and radio show, The Dan Bongino Show, are broadcast throughout the U.S.

For tickets and sponsorship information, please call REC Executive Director Darlene Van Riper at (772) 286-0615 or visit the website at www.martingop.com

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Martin County Tourism Launches Treasure Coast Kids Quest Program

20 Nov MC Florida

The exciting new program offers an immersive way to learn about Martin County's various family-friendly attractions and win unique prizes
Stuart - The Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing has officially debuted the Martin County edition of the Treasure Coast Kids Quest, a new experiential learning program geared to children who visit and live in the region.

The immersive program is geared toward children ages 2-12 years old and combines entertainment and educational elements at some of Martin County's favorite family-friendly attractions, including the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast, the Elliott Museum, the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, the Hobe Sound Nature Center, the House of Refuge, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, and Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

Children are tasked with visiting each attraction this summer and completing the various challenges outlined in the Activity Passport (such as "visit the stingrays at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center" and "explore the pirate ship at the Children's Museum"). After completing each highlighted activity, children will receive a stamp for that location (or they can take a photo completing the activity for a touch-free option).

After earning 6 of the 7 stamps, program participants will be rewarded with a special prize: an explorer's backpack filled with treasures such as a plush sea turtle stuffed animal, coral reef-safe sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and a certificate of completion. Prizes can be collected from the last location stamped on the Activity Passport, or from the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing. Participants are also encouraged to share their photos on social media by tagging @tckidsquest and using the #tckidsquest hashtag.

The Treasure Coast Kids Quest was developed in partnership with the three regional Treasure Coast tourism offices, comprised of Indian River County, St. Lucie County, and Martin County. Each county offers its own edition of the Treasure Coast Kids Quest program and the team is currently developing a special prize for any participants that complete all three county editions.

Activity Passports can be acquired at most participating attractions or from the Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing (2401 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, FL 34996). Visit www.TreasureCoastKidsQuest.com to learn more, see updates, and ask questions about the program.

"We are truly fortunate to enjoy such a diverse array of family-friendly attractions along Florida's Treasure Coast," says Nerissa Okiye, the Martin County Tourism Director. "We saw a collaborative opportunity to develop an engaging program that will inspire children to get out and explore these unique destinations all summer long."
Encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound, Sewall's Point, Rio, and Hutchinson Island, this hidden gem is a place for unwinding and reconnecting. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is the official tourism marketing arm of Martin County, Florida, whose goal is to provide information to those interested in Martin County and to spread the word about this one-of-a-kind destination. For more information, please visit DiscoverMartin.com and follow @DiscoverMartin on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

This notification can be reproduced in an alternative format upon request by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772-221-1396), the County Administration Office (772-288-5940) or Florida Relay 711.

Grant Award from Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties

House of Hope

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has awarded House of Hope a Community Revitalization grant. This generous gift will allow us to add fruit trees and a permanent message board to the East Stuart Nutrition Garden, install an outdoor classroom and improve garden sustainability at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment, and create an edible landscape at the Bonita Street facility.

These programs will not only enhance the communities they are in but will increase awareness of House of Hope and our garden programs, provide an abundance of produce for pantries and residents, and offer an open-air safe space for programming at the Enrichment Center.

We hope to use the edible landscape project at our main office as an example to encourage local governments and businesses to consider transitioning to edible landscaping whenever possible as a means to create functional beauty while helping to promote health and nutrition and fighting hunger in our community.

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Fort Pierce - Dana Trabulsy has joined Treasure Coast Food Bank as Director of Marketing. Trabulsy is a long-time sales and marketing professional who has worked closely with the Treasure Coast business community for nearly two decades. She also represents St. Lucie County’s District 84 in the state Legislature.

For the past five years, Trabulsy ran her own advertising company, All Things Treasure Coast. She also co-hosts the Treasure Coast Business Summit, a once-a-year business-to-business networking event and expo held at the Mid Florida Event Center in Port St. Lucie. Her background also includes nearly a decade as public relations and marketing specialist for the Florida division of Covelli Enterprises, a franchisee of Panera Bread.

“I am thrilled to be working with an organization that is so vital to our community, and to help raise brand awareness for the programs we offer that help the people we serve,” she said.

Trabulsy noted that, like so many businesses, Treasure Coast Food Bank persisted through numerous challenges brought on by COVID-19 and adjusted its service to meet evolving needs. One such new service is an “order ahead” option for people needing food.

“Staggering new data suggests that 1 in 4 people on the Treasure Coast struggle with hunger, and more people are receiving our services than ever before,” Trabulsy said. “Now that kids are out of school and at home, we will be serving our most vulnerable through our Summer Meals program. For some, it’s the only food they’ll receive in a given day.”

Trabulsy and her family have long standing roots in the community, having lived in St. Lucie County for more than three decades. She and her husband Paul have four adult children and four grandchildren.

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ORCA to Receive Funding from the State of Florida to Monitor Local Waterways

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Treasure Coast - The Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc. (ORCA) will receive critical funding from the State of Florida for ORCA's Kilroy Water Quality Monitoring Network.

"On behalf of ORCA, I would like to thank Governor DeSantis, Senator Debbie Mayfield, and Representative Thad Altman for their continued commitment to promote the gathering of data that will allow resource managers to make informed decisions to protect and restore our treasured waters," says Warren Falls, ORCA's Managing Director. “This legislative session’s efforts by Senator Mayfield and Representative Altman will allow ORCA to maintain our current systems and expand our Kilroy Monitoring Network by adding additional Kilroy monitoring systems in the Indian River Lagoon.”

ORCA’s innovative Kilroy network lets scientists, as well as community members, monitor an extensive array of water quality data including water temperature, depth, salinity, dissolved oxygen, fluorescent dissolved organic matter, oxidation reduction potential, turbidity, chlorophyll a and blue‐green algae continuously as well as nutrients (nitrate, nitrite and orthophosphate) year-round. There are currently 18 Kilroy systems deployed in the Indian River Lagoon and connecting waterways.

View Kilroy data on ORCA's website at www.teamorca.org

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