Meetings & Socials

Join Us at Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land O' Lakes!

September 6, 2019

"Situational Awareness"

Our speaker for September will be Jim Howard, Executive Director of Trinity Security Allies, with his presentation on "Situational Awareness." Founded in 2015 by Jim and his wife Wendy, Trinity Security Allies provides education and safety training. Imagine the lives that could be saved in the event of a tragic situation if training had been provided. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge with him.

At age 18, Jim joined the Air Force Reserves to be a part of their Security Forces. At 21, Jim then joined the Norfolk Police Department. Over the next 26 years, Jim played several roles in the Norfolk Police Department, including Vice and Narcotics, Investigator, Crisis Negotiation Trainer and Supervisor, General Instructor, Y2K compliant Project Manager, working his last two years as a Patrol Sergeant. He retired in 2001 but quickly moved into worldwide security operations analysis and executive protection at the World Bank in Washington D.C. The family moved to Florida where Jim worked with a public safety software company which eventually led him back as a detective for the Belleair Police Department. In addition to working with his company, Jim serves as an auxiliary police officer with the Port Richey Police Department and is an adjunct instructor for St. Pete College: teaching classes in crime scenes, legalities, courtroom and firearms instruction.

Meeting Registration Prices

RSVPs and/or online registrations are required and much appreciated as the facility where we meet must have notice in order to prepare enough food. Members and Guests who RSVP or pay online Tuesday and after will pay an additional $5. Use the buttons below to pay via PayPal or with a credit or debit card.

Members - $15

Pay online no later than the Monday prior to the meeting.

After Monday - $20

Members who RSVP/pay online Tuesday or after.

Guests - $18

Pay online no later than the Monday prior to the meeting

After Monday - $23

Guests who RSVP/pay online Tuesday or after.

Pay at the Door

You may RSVP for the meeting and pay at the door via cash, check, or credit card. Send an email to Members who RSVP by Monday prior to meeting date will pay $15 at the door. All guests pay $18 at the door. Those who RSVP Tuesday or after will pay a different price of $20 for Members and $23 for Guests.

General Meeting Information

We meet the first Friday of every month at:

Plantation Palms Golf Club
23253 Plantation Palms Blvd
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639

At each meeting, the doors open at 11:15am for registration and networking, the lunch buffet is served at 11:45am, the meeting begins at 12pm sharp, followed by a presentation and 30 second commercials! We finish around 1:30pm.

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 Holiday Party in December.

Upcoming Events

September 6, 2019
Monthly Luncheon Meeting
"Situational Awareness"

September 19, 2019
After 5 Social
Plantation Palms Golf Club

October 4, 2019
Monthly Luncheon Meeting

After 5 Social Gatherings

Bi-Monthly Socials

We usually meet every other month on a Thursday (5/16, 7/18, 9/19, 11/14) for a social gathering in the evening, at various locations in New Tampa, Lutz, Wesley Chapel and Land O' Lakes. There are no meeting charges or RSVP requirements for these informal social events.

The Next After 5 is September 19, 2019!

Join us for our next After 5 Social Gathering in September at Plantation Palms Golf Club (23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., Land O' Lakes, 34639). Everyone is welcome to attend! Come to socialize and network. Light refreshments will be provided.

Contact Mary Ann Whallen at or 813-833-4737 with any questions.

Thank You to Our Recent Speakers

June 7, 2019

"Business & Personal Financial Wisdom Panel"

The June meeting featured a 3-speaker panel discussion, including Dr. Chonta Haynes, Artricia James-Heard and Melinda Turner.

Dr. Chonta Haynes is the Founder and CEO of Heart 2 Heart Truth Ministries. She believes true learning and transformation is not head to head but heart to heart. Dr. Haynes is passionate to help believers live an abundant life and is the author of "Financial Wisdom for Financial Freedom" and "Not Just Paper." She spoke about Money Management, Personal and Business. To learn more about Chonta, please visit her website at



Artricia James-Heard is the founder of A Right Way Credit Counseling, working to help families improve their lives with financial literacy education. She believes in the power of financial literacy to change lives and evaporate the clouds of shame and despair associated with perceived lack. Artricia teaches people how to recognize the influence of their emotions on financial decisions. She spoke about Credit & Credit Repair Maximization. To learn more about Artricia, please visit her website at


Melinda Turner is the Regional Vice President of Primerica. She is passionate about helping families protect themselves in the present with affordable life insurance and help them secure their financial future for retirement with vehicles like mutual funds, IRA's, 401k and annuities. She specializes in helping clients who are married and have children. She spoke about Life Insurance and the Importance of It. To learn more about Melinda, please visit her website at

May 3, 2019

Crime Prevention

Our speaker for the May meeting was Brian MacNeel and his presentation was "Crime Prevention." Brian discussed how to keep yourself safe in different situations, such as car-jacking and purse snatching.

Brian was born in Virginia and raised in Florida. In June 1982, Brian entered the US Army. He was an honor graduate out of Basic Training. He continued his honor graduate status throughout Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School and Ranger leadership training to become a Medic in the 2nd/75th Ranger Battalion Recon Platoon. He was an instructor in Ranger School in hand-to-hand combat and later served as a combat medic and bodyguard for the commanding general of the renowned 82nd Airborne Division. Brian cheated death in a near fatal parachute accident in a training exercise on August 26, 1986. After 2 1/2 years of hospitalization and intensive rehabilitation he found his Army career come to an abrupt end. He was medically retired from the Army in 1989.

Brian entered the University of Florida while completing the last phase of his physical therapy at Gainesville's V.A. Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Minor in Business Administration. Brian's engaging personality has risen him to an accelerated level in teaching Crime Prevention. He has become a Crime Prevention Practitioner after attending the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute under the auspices of the Office of the Florida Attorney General. Brian has spoken to hundreds of groups over his 11 years in Crime Prevention. He has now successfully transformed the stereotypical "boring" Crime Prevention Program into an entertaining and educational experience.

March 1, 2019

Why We Get Stuck in the Same Day After Day and the Way Out

Our speaker for March was Pamela Latour. Pamela has lived among the sacred sites in France and the Middle East for twenty years. She has a Ph.D. in Paranormal Psychology, and has been a Medium and Artist her entire life. In her office in Lutz, she teaches classes called “The Power to Change Reality”. Pamela is a Lecturer and Author, Counselor, Shaman and Reiki Master, Ordained Reverend and Avatar Master. She is also a Hypnotherapist and an LMT since the ‘80’s. In other words, she has a lot of tools to take people out of mental, physical or emotional pain. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, Pamela can teach anyone how to tap into their power and potential to live an amazing life. She does this with seven secrets that unlock understanding and open new skills.