Meetings

We meet the first Friday of every month at:

Pebble Creek Country Club

10550 Regents Park Drive

Tampa, FL 33647

Doors open for registration and networking at 11:30am

Meeting begins at 12pm and finishes around 1:15pm

We also meet every other month for a social gathering in the evening at various locations. There are no meeting charges or RSVP requirements for these informal social events.

Upcoming Meetings:
 


September 2, 2016: The speaker for our September meeting will be Jessica Ziegler of the Officer Friendly Program. Her topic is "Empowering Women with the Tools to Stay Safe." Jessica is a deputy who works for Pasco County Sheriff's Office. She relocated to Florida and found her home with the Sheriff's Office in 2000. During her time with the department she has worked in various divisions from Patrol, answering calls for service to becoming the first Hispanic female assigned to the Street Crime Unit. During her tenure with Pasco, Jessica has also had the pleasure to be a Field Training Officer, a Hostage Negotiator, a Crisis Management Trainer, and Human Trafficking Specialist just to name a few.

In 2013, she was promoted to Corporal where she is currently assigned to the Officer Friendly Program. The Officer Friendly Program is a grant funded position that allows the Sheriff’s Office to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement. She currently works in one of the poorest areas of the county, Lacoochee. Because of her immigrant background and strong language skills she is a great fit for the community. Currently Jessica is working on mentoring young ladies to achieve their dreams. She is an adjunct instructor at Pasco Hernando State College. She is also working on a book that describes her experiences as a law woman. As she says it she is not a public speaker, but rather a story teller.

October 7, 2016: The speaker for our October meeting will be Madonna Jervis Wise. She will present her latest release, “Wesley Chapel: Images of America,” published by Arcadia Publishing. The unveiling of Wesley Chapel history was a collaboration that involved over 30 interviews with pioneers and/or their descendants including the tracing and examination of original homesteads, tram roads, and ranches that were once free range. Her work has been endorsed by the Historic Preservation Advisory Board of Dade City, and incorporates contributions from throughout the area.

Madonna has been an educator and writer for all of her adult life. She is the author of numerous curriculums, journal articles and federal/state grants. Serving as a school principal, teacher, counselor and district school administrator in three Florida school districts including Pasco County where she retired, has provided a backdrop for many stories. She received a B.A. from Taylor University in history and an M.S. from the University of South Florida in counselor education and school administration; and holds credentials as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Madonna is President of the Pasco County Historical Society and an active member of the Pasco County Genealogical Society, the Dade City Garden Club. She has been retired active member of the Chamber of Commerce in neighboring Zephyrhills as well as numerous civic groups.

November 4, 2016: More information coming soon!

December 2, 2016: Annual Christmas Party and Holiday Gift Exchange. More information coming soon!


Register for a Monthly Meeting


Members paying online through TUESDAY prior to the luncheon: $15.00



Members paying online WEDNESDAY or later: $18.00



Members paying at the door, please RSVP by Tuesday prior to the luncheon.


All Guests: $18.00



Guests paying at the door, please RSVP by Tuesday prior to the luncheon.


For questions, please contact Board Member, Judy Nicolosi at 813-600-9848

We email two meeting reminders each month allowing members and guests to connect to our website to sign up and pay online.  Or attendees may RSVP, then pay at the door.


We are pleased to present dynamic speakers from the community at about 8-9 meetings each year.  That leaves other meetings for Turtle Networking and our annual Networking Holiday Party in December. 



Thank You to Our Recent Speakers:

August 5, 2016: The speaker for our August meeting was Attorney Clementine "CC" Conde and her presentation was entitled, "Domestic & Substance Abuse – Another Perspective." 

Attorney Conde earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1991 from Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Mass. Since 2006 she has been part of the Lucas|Magazine team as an Associate Attorney focusing on Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Injunctions. Attorney Conde has tried over 160 jury trials including capital sexual battery, homicide, manslaughter as well as all other felony and misdemeanor charges. Attorney Conde has been honored with numerous awards over the years the latest being one of the 10 best attorneys by the American Institute of Criminal Trial Lawyers and the AVVO Client’s Choice Award for 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. She has been married for 20 years to Attorney Michael A Tewell and is the mother of a teenage son. She volunteers and supports the community in various way
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June 3, 2016: The speaker for our June meeting was Marcy Youngster, who is a firm believer in a 6 step process: Dream, Believe, Decide, Start, Overcome, and Succeed. Marcy felt uniquely qualified to discuss her topic, “You Can Do It - Just Get Started Now!” because she has been living it first-hand her entire life. 

Early in her first marriage, Marcy had to deal with the discovery that her new husband was suffering from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) that also developed into agoraphobia, which worsened as time went on to the point that he could no longer provide adequately for their family. Over time, it fell to Marcy to financially support their family of 6 children, in spite of having no higher level education, limited confidence, no professional skills and very few financial resources. She did this initially by starting her own calligraphy business, which supported her family for 10 years. In 1994, Marcy was introduced to the world of direct sales where she developed many skills. She supported her family with the weekly commissions and monthly residual income, while also earning multiple national awards. 

Marcy’s story is one of believing in herself while also relying on God’s providence, of overcoming adversity, frustrations, learning new skills, setting goals and achieving them. She enjoys sharing her insights, lessons learned, strategies and ideas. She has earned many ribbons for her speaking and evaluating skills as a Toastmaster here in Tampa. Marcy is in the beginning stages of setting up her first podcast, scheduling speaking engagements, and starting a coaching business.



May 6, 2016: The speaker for our May meeting was Gayle Hannah Hill who is the founder of Uphill Marketing Group. Gayle spoke on "The Buyers Journey - Understanding Your Content." A look at your content’s role through all of the stages of the buyer’s journey, from awareness to decision, to help businesses understand what their buyers are doing, and how their messaging can help buyers move from one stage of the sales cycle to the next.

Gayle’s relationship building and communication skills are critical to both long and short-term success for clients. These two things allow for better communication so that both agency and clients are aware of expectations for their projects and events. Her experience with marketing strategy, advertising, graphic design, copywriting and photography give her a well-rounded base from which to launch and manage effective marketing campaigns. Her personality makes it fun. Usually.

A small-town girl from North Alabama, Gayle graduated in Marketing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has worked marketing for over 20 years. She founded UpHill Marketing Group in November of 2014 and wakes up every morning loving the life she is building. Gayle’s two sons, Carson (13) and Thomas, (11) have given her the meaning behind her father’s favorite saying, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose” and, keenly aware of the source of all her blessings, she strives to be a positive example for them and for anyone who knows her.


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