Meetings & Socials

July 10, 2020

Monthly Meeting on Zoom

We hope all members and guests are doing better and "getting back to business" after the shutdown. In light of the increased cases and recent re-implementation of mandatory masks and other measures, the WNC Board of Directors felt we should err on the side of caution and switch our Friday, July 10th in-person meeting to a Zoom meeting.

We had a fun and successful Zoom meeting in May and look forward to another one. We'll have some interaction time, then all attendees will be able to introduce themselves, their business and share any ideas and tips for continuing business during these unusual times.

The Zoom meeting will run from 11:30am-12:30pm. We will possibly extend the Zoom meeting until 12:45pm, depending on attendance.

If you plan to participate, RSVP by Wednesday, July 8th so we can send you the meeting invitation. RSVP to A reminder email will be sent Tuesday, July 7th.

We look forward to "seeing" everyone on July 10th! Attendees, watch your email inbox Thursday, July 9th for your Zoom invitation, ID and password.

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 Tuesday prior to the meeting.

After Tuesday - $20

Members who RSVP/pay online Wednesday or after.

Guests - $18

Pay online no later than the Tuesday prior to the meeting

After Tuesday - $23

Guests who RSVP/pay online Wednesday 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 Tuesday prior to meeting date will pay $15 at the door. All guests pay $18 at the door. Those who RSVP Wednesday 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

July 10, 2020
Monthly Meeting
Via Zoom at 11:30am

August 7, 2020
Monthly Meeting

September 4, 2020
Monthly Meeting

After 5 Social Gatherings

Bi-Monthly Socials

We usually meet every other month on a Thursday (7/16, 9/17, 11/19) 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 Social is TBD (check back soon)

Join us for our next After 5 Social Gathering 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

March 6, 2020

"Crime Prevention"

Our March meeting featured our guest speaker, Brian MacNeel (back by popular demand!), who presented "Crime Prevention." Brian will discuss how to keep yourself and loved ones safe in all situations from home to travel, and phone and cyber scams. Medically retired from the Army in 1989, Brian went on to graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Brian became a Crime Prevention Practitioner after attending the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute. He has spoken to hundreds of groups over the years and successfully transformed the stereotypical "boring" Crime Prevention Program into an entertaining and educational experience.

October 4, 2019

"Resilience for Business Owners: Managing Stress"

Our speaker for October was Dr. Carlos Garcia, founder of Tampa Counseling and Wellness, with his presentation on "Resilience for Business Owners: Managing Stress." Dr. Garcia is a clinical psychologist and professor. He earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University and completed his residency at Rutgers University. Before accomplishing his educational goals, he served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and later as a firefighter and paramedic in Florida. Dr. Garcia\'s background includes working as a leadership and business consultant. He currently provides consulting services such as senior level coaching, leadership development, and organizational performance improvement. He specializes in working with entrepreneurs and business professionals looking to become better business leaders. Dr. Garcia draws on his years of experience in both military and professional organizations to teach others how to make an impact in their respective industries by becoming more masterful and strategic leaders.

September 6, 2019

"Situational Awareness"

Our speaker for September was 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 brought 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.