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The Learning Resource Center’s SAT® Preparation provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the exam. The full course will take place on Tuesdays (Math) and Thursdays (Reading) for four weeks as well as one Saturday.
 

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09/05/17
-09/26/17
5:30pm to 8:00pmSusan Larson


Learning Resource Center’s ACT Preparation Course provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the ACT. This course provides: Small classes with highly trained teachers; Problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering ACT questions; Practice taking ACT exams; Emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the ACT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety. The full course will take place on Mondays (Math/Science) and Wednesdays (English/Reading) for four weeks as well as one Saturday (Writing).
 

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09/25/17
-10/25/17
5:30pm to 8:00pmSusan Larson


The Learning Resource Center's Study Habits of Successful Students provides study skills and motivational strategies to prepare students in grades 6-8 to become more effective learners. Students learn and practice time-tested, effective, and efficient study strategies. The course is designed to offer small classes with activity-oriented lessons to help students learn and practice these study habits of successful students.
 

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09/25/17
-10/30/17
5:30pm to 7:30pmSusan Larson


Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Staff Sergeant Richard L. Williams will be available to answer questions on opportunities with the United States Army at the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, in the conference room.

 


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09/27/1710:00am to 3:00pmBarbara Adamson


Mental Health First Aid Training is for anyone who wants to learn how to provide help to someone experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or crisis. This nationally recognized program is designed for the general public and gives people tools to help friends, family members, colleagues or others in their community.
 

Presented by Peace River Center
in partnership with Central Health Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

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09/28/178:00am to 5:00pmChristine Foley


What's more fun than a golf tournament? A Chamber Scramble Golf Tournament!! The scramble, presented by BARTOW FORD, is one of the most fun events we offer, so sign up today and come spend a day out on the course with your Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce.

4 person scramble
shotgun start
Bartow golf course
1:00 p.m.
Awards Barbecue
Door prizes and Beverages

You'll have a blast!
Title Sponsor - Bartow Ford
Platinum Sponsor - Evolve Contracting
Awards Dinner Giveaway Sponsor - ASHLAND
On-Course Food Sponsor - CenterState Bank

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (Register at link below)
GOLD - $1,000
SILVER - $750
BRONZE - $500
Prize Contributor - $200
Courtesy Tent - $150

 

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10/06/171:00pm to 7:00pmBarbara Adamson


Part of the Community Relations Committee's Bartow Multicultural Initiative, the Unity Day Festival is a Citywide celebration, free to the public, to be held at Mosaic Park and Bandshell from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Community groups perform live music; also available: ethnic foods, games, barbecue vendors and Lots of Fun will be featured.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE?
VENDOR FORMS and ENTERTAINER APPLICATIONS available.

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10/07/1711:00am to 3:00pmGloria Washington


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

CLASSES FOR 2017. More than 57 earned a Professional Development Academy certificate in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, 
in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2017 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Kelley Andrews, MS
Kelly Andrews has been working in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. Her diverse experience and educational background have provided her with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including corporate, non-profit, medical, and fitness centers, as well as within higher education. As a certified yoga teacher, wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath mentor, Ms. Andrews shares her personal journey of finding peace within through her daily interactions with various clients. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College and oversees the campus-wide Wellness and Recreation Program. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to support local businesses as a wellness consultant and assists individuals as a personal resilience coach.

J. Lenora BreslerJ. Lenora Bresler is an attorney, senior certified human resource professional, and a certified advanced speaker. She has her own leadership and motivation firm in Lakeland and is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach, and author. Her newest book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, is due out next month. She is the co-author of Mission Possible and Best of the Best, and is the editor of the motivation book Jump Starts, by Timothy Richardson. Ms. Bresler has taught the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System for eight years at Valencia College and has repeatedly won awards for 100% class pass rates. Ms. Bresler has also taught for the Polk State Corporate College since 2001. With a background in acting, singing, and piano, she brings a flavor of humor and entertainment to all her trainings.

 

2017 CLASSES:


MARCH 8, 2017
INSTANT INSIGHT TEAMBUILDING
J. Lenora Bresler
Based on the book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, this workshop explores how an effective team is like a jigsaw puzzle, where knowing the pieces and how they fit together is essential for successful interactions. Participants use a variety of interactive exercises to reveal differences in team members, as having insight about people enables individuals to persuade, motivate, teach, coach, and work with each other more effectively and harmoniously. In addition, this workshop helps participants identify their preferred learning styles, working times, pet peeves, and motivators. Mechanisms of persuasive argument are explored, including how simple adjustments in the detail-level of conversations can yield better results when providing information and instruction to others.

APRIL 12, 2017
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HANDLE TOXIC PEOPLE
Kelly Andrews
Toxic people and their behaviors affect the workplace, community, and even families. They create havoc, frustratration, drain energy, and cause unnecessary stress. This workshop focuses on mechanisms for taking back control. Through discussion and activities, participants identify toxic behaviors that sabotage success, assess the negative impact caused by toxic individuals, avoid the traps that allow them to influence and control, and learn to establish personal boundaries. This session reviews strategies for handling toxic encounters so that participants can protect themselves, leverage influence more effectively, and better apply leadership skills during these situations.

MAY 10, 2017
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
J. Lenora Bresler
This course reviews supervisory skills that enable an individual to be an effective leader, coach, counselor, listener, motivator, and role model. The workshop emphasizes Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, created by Eric Berne, which defines the three ego states: Parent, Adult, and Child, and how these states affect interactions between individuals. Using real-world situations, individuals review possible outcomes and identify optimum responses to obtain their goals. The session develops leaders as mentors by enabling them to embrace the idea that each leadership encounter is situational, and assessing the ego state of those involved while using appropriate communications can lead to a harmonious and productive work environment. 

AUGUST 9, 2017
SERVANT LEADERSHIP
J. Lenora Bresler
Servant leadership refers to a natural desire to serve others which drives the individual into to leadership. A servant-leader considers himself or herself a servant first, which strongly contrasts with the leader-first model often seen in the working environment. This workshop enables participants to identify the guiding principles of servant leadership, discuss real-life examples, and brainstorm ways in which to model this style in their own careers—as well as encourage and reward its use by others.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
HEART-LED LEADERSHIP
Kelly Andrews
In this fast-paced world, managers have to balance high productivity expectations with supportive staff coaching and mentorship. High-pressured deadlines and work overload lead to increasing stress. Heart-led leadership is based on leading from the heart, with a sense of patience, compassion, kindness, and positive energy. An individual who takes care of his or her own emotional and physical needs is more aligned and less reactive to others. This workshop provides some basic skills and techniques to begin an individual’s journey toward leading with the heart.

OCTOBER 11, 2017
DE-STRESS THE MESS: TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
J. Lenora Bresler
Most people work much harder and are far more stressed and frustrated than they have to be – simply because they are not organized. This workshop identifies some quick ways to organize one’s workspace, information access, and time investment so that work is easy – and perhaps even enjoyable! Thought-provoking questions require participants to be honest about limitations, obstacles, and priorities, allowing for true growth and productive change. During this session individuals explore how to organize the workspace and their use of it, prioritize tasks for efficiency, identify inefficient behaviors, and focus on the steps to a desired outcome.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: CREATING THE SPACE TO LEAD
Kelly Andrews
Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is an emerging trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and leaders. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their work culture and professional development practices. This workshop trains individuals in the foundations of mindfulness and explores techniques to include mindful practices into the daily routine. This enables individuals to focus on attention management, rather than time management, and leads to more responsive and productive relationships.


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10/11/177:30am to 9:30amBarbara Adamson


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10/12/175:00pm to 6:30pmBarbara Adamson


All proceeds support the patients of Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center.

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10/12/176:00pm to 9:30pmDebbie Burdett


The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults.  The event will be held at International Market World Flea and Farmers Market in Auburndale. The market comes alive on Fridays as shoppers stroll through one of the area’s largest farm fresh produce markets, enjoy live entertainment and experience the market’s vibrant atmosphere.  This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome!


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10/13/179:00am to 3:00pmDavid Kiessling


Champions Cup recognizes and honors businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices and have had a positive influence on the economic well being of the Bartow area business community. CHAMPIONS CUP AND SPIRIT OF BARTOW NOMINATION FORM HERE. Nominated businesses/organizations are judged by an anonymous random panel of more than 20 community leaders who review the applicants based upon strict criteria reguarding community and economic impact. The prestigious awards are presented at the evening event held at the Bartow Civic Center featuring a prominent keynote speaker.

Spirit of Bartow Awards: The evening is also a time of recognizing those who give back to the community. The Spirit of Bartow award is presented to area citizens who have contributed to the community in a significant way.

All awards will be judged by a blue-ribbon committee of
Chamber members based upon the following criteria:

Business & Industry Awards
The mission of the Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards is to recognize businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices in the areas of customer service, sustainability, employee retention and opportunity, reputation and positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community.

Spirit of Bartow Awards
Nominees for this award should be individuals or groups that have
 significantly contributed to the Bartow community and their individual accomplishments/contributions made a positive impact on the area’s quality of life.

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10/17/176:00pm to 9:00pmJeff Clark


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10/19/174:00pm to 4:45pmBarbara Adamson


Stepping Out for Education is the Polk Education Foundation’s version of Dancing with the Stars!  This year, celebrity COUPLES will dance before professional judges and the audience to vie for the winning title.  They will also be competing for the People’s Choice Award, for the couple who raises the most one dollar votes.  Funds raised will go to support the programs and services of the Polk Education Foundation (PEF).  To learn more about the PEF, event sponsorship opportunities, to reserve seats or to vote for your favorite dancers, please visit polkeducationfoundation.org

 


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10/20/176:00pm to 10:00pmSusan Copeland


Stepping Out for Education is a Dancing with the Starts type event featuring community celebrities who learn ballroom dances and perform for judges, “stepping out” of their dance comfort zone to raise money for education services of the Polk Education Foundation.  Dinner with dance competition.
 

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10/21/176:00pm to 10:00pmSusan Copeland


Open Streets St. Pete is a group of St. Petersburg residents that are looking to make St. Pete Healthy, Fun and Safe. Our goal is to provide public access to St Petersburg streets and roadways for active transportation, exploration and fun.

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10/29/1711:00am to 4:00pmJeremiah Rohr


Registration and lunch begin at 12:00 p.m. with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Banquet and awards following play. We all know that a little help makes a big difference.  With a little help from you through tournament play or sponsorship, you too can make a big difference in the life of a child with special needs.

The Achievement Academy serves children from birth through age five with various developmental delays and disabilities.  

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11/06/1712:00pm to 7:00pmStacy Williams


The Learning Resource Center's College Success Planning course provides study skills and motivational strategies to prepare students in grades 9-12 to become more effective learners. Students learn and practice time-tested, effective, and efficient study strategies, as well as concrete techniques to get the competitive edge necessary for high school and college. The course offers small classes with activity-oriented lessons to help students learn and practice these study habits of successful students.

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11/06/17
-12/11/17
5:30pm to 7:30pmSusan Larson


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

CLASSES FOR 2017. More than 57 earned a Professional Development Academy certificate in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, 
in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2017 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Kelley Andrews, MS
Kelly Andrews has been working in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. Her diverse experience and educational background have provided her with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including corporate, non-profit, medical, and fitness centers, as well as within higher education. As a certified yoga teacher, wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath mentor, Ms. Andrews shares her personal journey of finding peace within through her daily interactions with various clients. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College and oversees the campus-wide Wellness and Recreation Program. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to support local businesses as a wellness consultant and assists individuals as a personal resilience coach.

J. Lenora BreslerJ. Lenora Bresler is an attorney, senior certified human resource professional, and a certified advanced speaker. She has her own leadership and motivation firm in Lakeland and is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach, and author. Her newest book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, is due out next month. She is the co-author of Mission Possible and Best of the Best, and is the editor of the motivation book Jump Starts, by Timothy Richardson. Ms. Bresler has taught the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System for eight years at Valencia College and has repeatedly won awards for 100% class pass rates. Ms. Bresler has also taught for the Polk State Corporate College since 2001. With a background in acting, singing, and piano, she brings a flavor of humor and entertainment to all her trainings.

 

2017 CLASSES:


MARCH 8, 2017
INSTANT INSIGHT TEAMBUILDING
J. Lenora Bresler
Based on the book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, this workshop explores how an effective team is like a jigsaw puzzle, where knowing the pieces and how they fit together is essential for successful interactions. Participants use a variety of interactive exercises to reveal differences in team members, as having insight about people enables individuals to persuade, motivate, teach, coach, and work with each other more effectively and harmoniously. In addition, this workshop helps participants identify their preferred learning styles, working times, pet peeves, and motivators. Mechanisms of persuasive argument are explored, including how simple adjustments in the detail-level of conversations can yield better results when providing information and instruction to others.

APRIL 12, 2017
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HANDLE TOXIC PEOPLE
Kelly Andrews
Toxic people and their behaviors affect the workplace, community, and even families. They create havoc, frustratration, drain energy, and cause unnecessary stress. This workshop focuses on mechanisms for taking back control. Through discussion and activities, participants identify toxic behaviors that sabotage success, assess the negative impact caused by toxic individuals, avoid the traps that allow them to influence and control, and learn to establish personal boundaries. This session reviews strategies for handling toxic encounters so that participants can protect themselves, leverage influence more effectively, and better apply leadership skills during these situations.

MAY 10, 2017
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
J. Lenora Bresler
This course reviews supervisory skills that enable an individual to be an effective leader, coach, counselor, listener, motivator, and role model. The workshop emphasizes Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, created by Eric Berne, which defines the three ego states: Parent, Adult, and Child, and how these states affect interactions between individuals. Using real-world situations, individuals review possible outcomes and identify optimum responses to obtain their goals. The session develops leaders as mentors by enabling them to embrace the idea that each leadership encounter is situational, and assessing the ego state of those involved while using appropriate communications can lead to a harmonious and productive work environment. 

AUGUST 9, 2017
SERVANT LEADERSHIP
J. Lenora Bresler
Servant leadership refers to a natural desire to serve others which drives the individual into to leadership. A servant-leader considers himself or herself a servant first, which strongly contrasts with the leader-first model often seen in the working environment. This workshop enables participants to identify the guiding principles of servant leadership, discuss real-life examples, and brainstorm ways in which to model this style in their own careers—as well as encourage and reward its use by others.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
HEART-LED LEADERSHIP
Kelly Andrews
In this fast-paced world, managers have to balance high productivity expectations with supportive staff coaching and mentorship. High-pressured deadlines and work overload lead to increasing stress. Heart-led leadership is based on leading from the heart, with a sense of patience, compassion, kindness, and positive energy. An individual who takes care of his or her own emotional and physical needs is more aligned and less reactive to others. This workshop provides some basic skills and techniques to begin an individual’s journey toward leading with the heart.

OCTOBER 11, 2017
DE-STRESS THE MESS: TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
J. Lenora Bresler
Most people work much harder and are far more stressed and frustrated than they have to be – simply because they are not organized. This workshop identifies some quick ways to organize one’s workspace, information access, and time investment so that work is easy – and perhaps even enjoyable! Thought-provoking questions require participants to be honest about limitations, obstacles, and priorities, allowing for true growth and productive change. During this session individuals explore how to organize the workspace and their use of it, prioritize tasks for efficiency, identify inefficient behaviors, and focus on the steps to a desired outcome.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: CREATING THE SPACE TO LEAD
Kelly Andrews
Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is an emerging trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and leaders. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their work culture and professional development practices. This workshop trains individuals in the foundations of mindfulness and explores techniques to include mindful practices into the daily routine. This enables individuals to focus on attention management, rather than time management, and leads to more responsive and productive relationships.


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11/08/177:30am to 9:30amBarbara Adamson


A fundraising event to help the children and families of Polk County. 

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11/08/176:30pm to 9:00pmGregg Heinkel


Hometown Heroes honors Bartow area Veterans on Veterans Day. This event is A luncheon that involves the local American Legion organization. Sponsor funds are used to pay for Veterans and their guest.

Veterans and a guest may register to attend here or on the link below.
 

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11/10/1711:00am to 1:00pm


Polk County is home to over 54,000 veterans.  We invite all area veterans and active military personnel to join us for two big days of live entertainment and a free barbecue feast prepared under the big top.

We can’t say thank you enough for your service.


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11/11/17
-11/12/17
9:00am to 5:00pmDavid Kiessling


George Long gives you a chance to hear how the City of Bartow is doing. This is a free event, open to the community. If you'd like, lunch is available for $10. You may purchase your ticket online, or pick up at the Chamber. Doors open at 11:30; program begins at noon.

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11/15/1711:30am to 1:00pm


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11/16/175:00pm to 6:30pmBarbara Adamson


The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults.  The event will be held at International Market World Flea and Farmers Market in Auburndale. The market comes alive on Fridays as shoppers stroll through one of the area’s largest farm fresh produce markets, enjoy live entertainment and experience the market’s vibrant atmosphere.  This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome!


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12/01/179:00am to 3:00pmDavid Kiessling


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12/07/175:00pm to 6:30pmBarbara Adamson


Bartow Rotary Clubs present Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run VI

The 6th annual Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run will be held in Mosaic and Mary Holland Parks at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  The course is run over a combination of grass, paved streets and walking paths.  Various obstacles will be arranged to challenge the runners on their way around the course.
The registration, start, finish and awards ceremony will be held in Mosaic Park at 2250 South Floral Avenue in Bartow, one block north of the Bartow Civic Center. 
The fees are $20 for runners ages 16 and up/ and $15 for runners ages 15 and under.
Anyone who has any questions may contact Steve Githens at 863-529-8679.

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02/03/1810:00am to 11:30amSteve Githens


The 13th Annual VISTEBall will be held February 3, 2018 from 6-10 p.m. at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland. VISTEBall is an indoor golf-themed fund-raiser where attendees may play golf-related games, enjoy a buffet dinner and drinks. In addition to the meal and games, attendees may bid on silent and live auction items. Proceeds from the evening go to support VISTE (Volunteers In Service To the Elderly). VISTE’s mission is to enable the frail elderly to remain safely and independently in their own homes. VISTE assists clients 70 and older in Lakeland, Bartow, Ft. Meade and Mulberry. VISTEBall is the organization’s largest fundraiser each year. VISTEBall tickets may be purchased from VISTE Board members, by contacting Steve Bissonnette (at either 863.683.8458 or steve@viste.org) or via the VISTE website. To purchase tickets online, go to: www.viste.org. For questions, contact Bissonnette at 863-683-8458.

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02/03/186:00pm to 10:00pmSteve Bissonnette


The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults.  The event will be held at International Market World Flea and Farmers Market in Auburndale. The market comes alive on Fridays as shoppers stroll through one of the area’s largest farm fresh produce markets, enjoy live entertainment and experience the market’s vibrant atmosphere.  This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome!


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02/09/189:00am to 3:00pmDavid Kiessling


For over 40 years, the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc., as a non-profit supplemental education agency, has addressed the academic needs throughout Polk County by providing one-to-one tutoring services to children and adults, small group instruction for remediation and enrichment, and the flexibility to offer quality programs to help all students maximize their learning potential.

For the Love…of Learning is an annual benefit held in February to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in LRC programs.

Preparation for the fundraiser begins each fall. We are always seeking generous sponsors, donations and volunteers for the event. If you are interested in assisting with this event, please contact LRC Executive Director Dr. Pam Craven at PamelaC@LRCPolk.com.

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02/17/187:00pm to 10:00pmPamela Craven


Evening dinner and dance held at Peace Valley Enterprise Barn in Alturas (Leland and Wanda Young's Barn) that features a steak dinner provided by Texas Cattle Company, entertainment, auction items, free beer & wine.

A highlight of this event is the annual Leadership XIV Cornhole Tournament. Who will win the huge Cornhole Trophy - you? This event is so much fun, be sure to mark your calendars for a great time, a great meal, a great deejay and fun fun fun 'til the cows come home! See you there.

PRESENTING SPONSOR: (exclusive) SEMCO Construction

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY LINK BELOW
Gold Sponsors: $1,500
Beverage Sponsor: (exclusive) - Evolve Contracting
Cornhole Tournament Sponsor: (exclusive) - Mosaic
Prize sponsor: (exclusive) - ASHLAND
Silver Sponsors: $500
Bronze Sponsors: $250
Contributors: $150
 

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02/22/185:45pm to 9:00pmVirginia Condello


Two weeks of athletic and recreational competitive events for men and women 50 and years and over.

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02/24/18
-03/12/18
 Deena Wilbur


When the Mayor’s Sunrise Prayer Breakfast was first conceived, it was agreed it would be a time of early morning prayer to begin the day.

The City of Bartow Mayor James F. Clements, cordially invites you to the 33rd Annual Mayor’s Sunrise Prayer Breakfast, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Bartow Civic Center beginning at 7:00 a.m. Doors open at 6:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 a.m.
Bartow Civic Center
Speaker to be announced.

Tickets are $12 per person

Reserved table of 8 Sponsorship are also available.

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03/21/187:00am to 8:30amBarbara Adamson


Dear Friends:
Committee Members are making plans again for “JUST SAY NO” Week, May 7-13, 2018.

This special week will be highlighted by Bartow’s 28th Annual March and Rally. Planned activities will begin on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. with a parade in Downtown Bartow that ends with a rally at the Bartow High School Gymnasium.
ALL MAIN STREET BUSINESS PEOPLE and BARTOW COMMUNITY PEOPLE - PLEASE COME OUT TO CHEER ON THE 5th GRADERS TO JUST SAY NO!

The City of Bartow along with the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, City of Fort Meade, City of Eagle Lake, and area schools, which include Alturas, Anna Woodbury, Bartow Elementary Academy, Eagle Lake, First Methodist School, Floral Avenue, Gibbons Street, Highland City, Spessard Holland Elementary, Stephens, and Wahneta will participate in the event.

THIS IS A COMMUNITY-BASED PUBLIC EDUCATION EFFORT DESIGNED TO SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO SAY NO TO DRUGS.

We welcome your involvement. Donations are needed to fund our programs. Funds are used toward the guest speaker at the rally, specialty items, awards, trophies, refreshments and to help offset the expense of providing T-shirts bearing the “JUST SAY NO” message to all 5th graders.

To make a donation, please send a check to:
(Make checks payable to “Just Say No”)

CenterState Bank
ATTN: Anita Stasiak
1375 N. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, Florida 33830

Thank you for your consideration to help support this struggle against drugs.
Sincerely,
W. Ernest Cooper
“Just Say No” Chairman

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05/09/189:30am to 11:00amErnie Cooper


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