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2018 Engage Yearly Sponsors
01/01/18 - 12/31/18
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Leadership Bartow XVIII
05/03/18 - 06/01/20

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2018 Leadership Bartow Reunion
11/29/18
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ENGAGE Serves Class III
01/15/19 - 02/19/19
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Events in the next 365 days...
DateEvent
10/18/18
 -11/15/18
Get REAL! with LRC

Get REAL! with the Learning Resource Center!
 
When you join LRC, you’ll get…
 
Ready for College and High School Success
Energized for Career Planning
Active with Team Building
Leaderly with Community Service

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11/15/18
BAYCARE FUN THURSDAY

ATTENTION ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS!
Don't miss the November 15, 2018 Fun Thursday hosted by Baycare Bartow Regional, starting at 5:00 p.m. Lots of food, fellowship and of course FUN! See you there.

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11/16/18
Ribbon Cutting for Twisted Pineapple Boutique

Join us at the Ribbon Cutting for new Chamber member Twisted Pineapple Boutique on Friday, November 16 at 9:30am!

Twisted Pineapple Boutique offers a variety of casual women's clothing with reasonable prices. They take pride in helping busy women shop and stay on trend. Owner Courtney Kelly said, "My goal is to inspire women of all ages and help them maintain their own style and identity by offering a variety of different trends for a reasonable price." 

Help us cut the ribbon and enjoy some shopping!

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11/16/18
MAGIC ON MAIN: Friday Fest Downtown Bartow

Experience the Magic of Bartow for the holidays with these two upcoming events!

Magic on Main
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bartow’s Main Street

Join us as we switch on the holiday lights along Bartow’s Main Street with entertainment, food and holiday festivities.

Bartow’s Magical Illumination Christmas Parade
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Main Street/Broadway

Get in the spirit with one of Polk County’s best holiday parades as it winds down Broadway Avenue and Main Street. Get there early and claim your seat! You won’t
want to miss a single float!

FOR MORE INFO, CALL 863-519-0508 OR
VISIT WWW.MAINSTREETBARTOWFL.COM

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11/16/18
Book Reading & Discussion, Bloom Where You Are Planted:Reflections on Servant Leadership

Dr. Crystal J. Davis, CEO of CJD Consulting Solutions, LLC, a national Chamber of Commerce Member (and Chamber Member in Kansas), will be hosting a book reading and signing on her latest book release, Bloom Where You Are Planted: Reflections on Servant Leadership.

Servant leadership every day in every way. You are an important part of a bold call to action, a new way of being on our planet. Servant leadership is our growing edge, both in business and our daily lives, taking a heart-centered approach to relationships and solutions.

“Bloom Where You Are Planted: Reflections on Servant Leadership” the new book from Dr. Crystal J. Davis, brings together the best academic philosophy around servant leadership and transforms it into practical, everyday applications leaders can use in all walks of life, from the board room to parenthood.

Davis’ authentic, grounded style spans the best of her popular blog, “Lead.From.Within.” https://cjdconsultingsolutions.com/blog/ It’s a powerful compilation of insights from top experts in the servant leadership movement today as translated through the lens of Davis, who has devoted the last two decades to this work.

Discover more information about Davis and her other servant leadership resources at www.CJDConsultingSolutions.com. https://cjdconsultingsolutions.com/books/

The growing trend toward servant leadership is, according to Davis, a reflection of the ongoing spiritual evolution of society as a whole.

“There is a revolution in progress to create a kinder, safer, more loving and meaningful world through awakened consciousness,” she says. “The seeds of that revolution have been planted and have begun to take root in the hearts of many who long for improvement in how we treat one another.”

Davis believes that through the application of the servant leadership principles of compassion and stewardship, the type of change needed to create sustainable economies, heal the Earth and benefit humanity at large is within our grasp.

Here’s what field experts have to say about Dr. Crystal’s impact:
 “If you never have a chance to meet Dr. Crystal Davis, reading this book is the next-best thing to experience her curiosity, passion and joy about servant leadership writings. Speaking as co-authors of one of the books covered in this volume, we can report that we certainly learned from her enthusiastic summaries and reflections. So will you.”
~Don M. Frick, Ph.D., Robert Greenleaf biographer and co-author of "Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: The Wisdom of Leading by Serving"; and James W. Sipe, Ph.D, licensed psychologist and co-author of "Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving"

“I have a great appreciation for Crystal Davis and her inspiring work in servant leadership. This is a wonderful collection of her reflections on some key essays and books, including one I co-authored. Crystal captures the essential messages from dozens of contributing authors. The end result is a unique amalgam of her keen insights, coupled with her analysis of servant leadership ideas by many others.”
~Larry C. Spears, Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA); president of the Spears Center for Servant Leadership and co-editor of Robert K. Greenleaf’s books; co-author of "Conversations on Servant Leadership"; senior advisory editor of The International Journal of Servant Leadership

“Having been a part of the servant leadership movement for years, it is refreshing to see new resources emerge that are enlightening, inspiring and useful.  In her book, Bloom Where You Are Planted, Dr. Crystal Davis helps followers of servant leadership by bringing together a collection of valuable readings with personal commentary.  I loved flipping to any page and finding insights on different subjects ranging from trust and collaboration to emotional hygiene and compassion.  It will be a great addition to my library.”
~Duane, Trammell, Co-Author, The Art of Coaching for Servant Leadership; Being the Change:  Profiles from Our Servant Leadership Learning Community
 
More about the author: An expert servant leadership consultant and author, Dr. Crystal J. Davis is also an independent certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. Her practice, CJD Consulting Solutions, LLC, is a firm that helps organizations and leaders improve business results by empowering authentic conversations. She holds a BA in journalism/mass communications (Kansas State University), an MHR in human relations (University of Oklahoma) and a doctorate in management specializing in organizational leadership (University of Phoenix).
 
 

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11/17/18
 -11/18/18
Book Reading & Discussion, Bloom Where You Are Planted:Reflections on Servant Leadership

Dr. Crystal J. Davis, CEO of CJD Consulting Solutions, LLC, a national Chamber of Commerce Member (and Chamber Member in Kansas), will be hosting a book reading and signing on her latest book release, Bloom Where You Are Planted: Reflections on Servant Leadership.

Servant leadership every day in every way. You are an important part of a bold call to action, a new way of being on our planet. Servant leadership is our growing edge, both in business and our daily lives, taking a heart-centered approach to relationships and solutions.

“Bloom Where You Are Planted: Reflections on Servant Leadership” the new book from Dr. Crystal J. Davis, brings together the best academic philosophy around servant leadership and transforms it into practical, everyday applications leaders can use in all walks of life, from the board room to parenthood.

Davis’ authentic, grounded style spans the best of her popular blog, “Lead.From.Within.” https://cjdconsultingsolutions.com/blog/ It’s a powerful compilation of insights from top experts in the servant leadership movement today as translated through the lens of Davis, who has devoted the last two decades to this work.

Discover more information about Davis and her other servant leadership resources at www.CJDConsultingSolutions.com. https://cjdconsultingsolutions.com/books/

The growing trend toward servant leadership is, according to Davis, a reflection of the ongoing spiritual evolution of society as a whole.

“There is a revolution in progress to create a kinder, safer, more loving and meaningful world through awakened consciousness,” she says. “The seeds of that revolution have been planted and have begun to take root in the hearts of many who long for improvement in how we treat one another.”

Davis believes that through the application of the servant leadership principles of compassion and stewardship, the type of change needed to create sustainable economies, heal the Earth and benefit humanity at large is within our grasp.

Here’s what field experts have to say about Dr. Crystal’s impact:
 “If you never have a chance to meet Dr. Crystal Davis, reading this book is the next-best thing to experience her curiosity, passion and joy about servant leadership writings. Speaking as co-authors of one of the books covered in this volume, we can report that we certainly learned from her enthusiastic summaries and reflections. So will you.”
~Don M. Frick, Ph.D., Robert Greenleaf biographer and co-author of "Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: The Wisdom of Leading by Serving"; and James W. Sipe, Ph.D, licensed psychologist and co-author of "Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving"

“I have a great appreciation for Crystal Davis and her inspiring work in servant leadership. This is a wonderful collection of her reflections on some key essays and books, including one I co-authored. Crystal captures the essential messages from dozens of contributing authors. The end result is a unique amalgam of her keen insights, coupled with her analysis of servant leadership ideas by many others.”
~Larry C. Spears, Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA); president of the Spears Center for Servant Leadership and co-editor of Robert K. Greenleaf’s books; co-author of "Conversations on Servant Leadership"; senior advisory editor of The International Journal of Servant Leadership

“Having been a part of the servant leadership movement for years, it is refreshing to see new resources emerge that are enlightening, inspiring and useful.  In her book, Bloom Where You Are Planted, Dr. Crystal Davis helps followers of servant leadership by bringing together a collection of valuable readings with personal commentary.  I loved flipping to any page and finding insights on different subjects ranging from trust and collaboration to emotional hygiene and compassion.  It will be a great addition to my library.”
~Duane, Trammell, Co-Author, The Art of Coaching for Servant Leadership; Being the Change:  Profiles from Our Servant Leadership Learning Community
 
More about the author: An expert servant leadership consultant and author, Dr. Crystal J. Davis is also an independent certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. Her practice, CJD Consulting Solutions, LLC, is a firm that helps organizations and leaders improve business results by empowering authentic conversations. She holds a BA in journalism/mass communications (Kansas State University), an MHR in human relations (University of Oklahoma) and a doctorate in management specializing in organizational leadership (University of Phoenix).
 
 

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11/17/18
Central Florida Farm Tour

Central Florida Farm Tour - Passport Tickets on Sale Now

Saturday, Nov 17th
9 am to 5 pm

Central Florida Farm Tour is a self-guided driving tour featuring some of the most extraordinary farms located throughout Central Florida's Polk County. On Saturday, November 17th participating farms will open their “barn doors” to the public.

This is a unique opportunity for guests to experience working farm operations not normally open to the public. Pick your adventure. Visit a few farms or visit all farms at your own pace.

New for 2018 - a Farmer's Marketplace has been added to the Farm Tour featuring craft, merchandise and entertainment 

Enjoy the day exploring farms and learning about the area’s rich agricultural tradition. The Central Florida Farm Tour is a fun, educational and memorable experience for all ages.  

Admission: $23 per vehicle

Load up your family and friends in your Fiat or bus – the price is the same.

For more details and passport tickets visit www.centralfloridafarmtour.com

The Central Florida Farm tour is sponsored by the LowPaymentKings.com family of auto dealerships

 

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11/27/18
Big Brother or Big Sister Orientation & Training

Join us as a defender of potential by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and together, we can change the world. All it takes is 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program, with a focus on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Let's clear a path to a child's biggest possible future.
 
The first step is to attend a Big Orientation & Training session where you’ll learn about our programs, commitments, expectations and our kids.
 
Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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12/05/18
Big Brother or Big Sister Orientation & Training

Join us as a defender of potential by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and together, we can change the world. All it takes is 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program, with a focus on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Let's clear a path to a child's biggest possible future.
 
The first step is to attend a Big Orientation & Training session where you’ll learn about our programs, commitments, expectations and our kids.
 
Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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12/06/18
BOSWELL & DUNLAP FUN THURSDAY

ATTENTION ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS!
Don't miss the December 6, 2018 Fun Thursday hosted by Boswell & Dunlap, starting at 5:00 p.m. Lots of food, fellowship and of course FUN! See you there.

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12/08/18
Big Brother or Big Sister Orientation & Training

Join us as a defender of potential by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and together, we can change the world. All it takes is 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program, with a focus on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Let's clear a path to a child's biggest possible future.
 
The first step is to attend a Big Orientation & Training session where you’ll learn about our programs, commitments, expectations and our kids.
 
Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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12/14/18
Main Street Bartow's Light Up Bartow Parade

ALWAYS THE SECOND FRIDAY IN DECEMBER! One of the County's favorite Christmas parades! Bartow's Christmas parade features lots of floats, Bartow High School Band and . . . SANTA! Be sure to stake out your spot early and join us for one of Bartow's most popular events. See you at 6:00 p.m. The parade begins at Mosaic Park and ends at First Avenue in Bartow.

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12/18/18
Big Brother or Big Sister Orientation & Training

Join us as a defender of potential by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and together, we can change the world. All it takes is 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program, with a focus on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Let's clear a path to a child's biggest possible future.
 
The first step is to attend a Big Orientation & Training session where you’ll learn about our programs, commitments, expectations and our kids.
 
Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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01/15/19
 -02/19/19
ENGAGE Serves Class III

Join Class III of ENGAGE Serves
 
THIS IS A COMMITMENT - YOU ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND EACH OF THESIX TUESDAY CLASSES FOR GRADUATION.

ENGAGE Serves is open to professionals who would like to participate in effective board service training at a cost of $50.00 or, if you are a member of ENGAGE, the course is considered an additional benefit of your ENGAGE membership and is FREE. There are a limited number of scholarships available as well.
 
The 6-week program will be held at A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure on Hwy. 60 in Bartow on Tuesday evenings from 4:30-6:30 p.m. beginning January 15, 2019 and running February 19, 2019. A light meal will be provided at no additional cost.  Over the span of  six weeks, the fundamentals of effective board service will be taught by some of Bartow’s own “seasoned” community leaders. Attendance to every class is required in order to graduate from the program. Participants will be asked to list their areas of interests in order to be added to a database available to local organizations seeking quality board members.

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01/19/19
 -01/20/19
PRISM CONCERT by BHS Band

What is a Prism Concert?
A Prism Concert is an interactive concert in which the different groups rotate sets throughout the night. This allows the audience to encounter each group on several different occasions and moods throughout the evening. The music is continuous and the performers are set up in different positions throughout the space during an exquisite dining experience.

January 19th Italian Dinner show 6:30pm
January 20th Dessert Matinee 2:00pm
January 20th BBQ Dinner Show 6:30 pm
Bartow Civic Center

FEATURING: Jazz Band, Brass Choir, Marching Band, Drum Line, Dance Solos, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Choir, Symphonic Band . . . and more!

For Tickets
Bartow High School Front Office (863)534-7400 Bartow
Bartow Chamber of Commerce
(863) 533-7125
BHS Band Students
Email questions to jon.eckman@polk-fl.net

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01/21/19
Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. - George Gause Memorial Parade

The Bartow Deacons and Stewards Alliance, Inc. invites you to participate and/or attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - George Gause Memorial Parade on Monday, January 21, 2019 at noon. Types of participation: bands, walkers, decorated floats and vehicles, bicycles, etc.

Line up begins at the corner of Main Street and Floral Avenue in downtown Bartow at 10:00 a.m. The parade ends at Carver Recreation Center where parade participants will receive light refreshments.

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01/26/19
2019 Chamber Annual Meeting

Don't miss the 2019 Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the Bartow Civic Center. Sign up now to attend! BayCare Bartow Regional Medical Center is Presenting Sponsor. We'll be welcoming our new Chamber President, Philip Minden, CEO of BayCare Bartow Regional Medical Center! See you then.

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02/02/19
14th Annual VISTEBall

The 14th Annual VISTEBall will be held February 2, 2019 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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02/02/19
VISTEBall 2019

Please join us for the 14th Annual VISTEBall on Saturday, February 2, 2019! VISTEBall is an indoor golf blowout where you can chip, putt, and play your way to great prizes. Attendees may participate in silent, live, and ticket auctions as well. Event tickets include a buffet dinner, open bar (stocked with beer, wine & margaritas), and dessert. 
It's a fun time for the hacker, or the person who has never held a club a day in their life! You'll have a blast and all proceeds help VISTE continue to serve the elderly.

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02/07/19
Chocolate Charms & Chamber! (Chamber Members Only)

Chocolate, Charms and Chamber is the Spath Jewelers Fun Thursday and you won't want to miss this one! Enjoy a chocolate smorgasbord and great fun and networking PLUS very, very nice doorprizes await all Chamber members. Hope to see you there at 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 7, 2019!

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02/16/19
LRC's For the Love of Learning

The Learning Resource Center’s spectacular annual fundraiser and benefit will be held on February 16, 2019 to raise scholarships and program aid for deserving students in the community. Please mark this date on your calendar and stay tuned for event details.

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02/23/19
 -03/11/19
2019 Polk Senior Games

Polk Senior Games is a non-profit, 501(c) (3), corporation that presents an annual two-week series of Olympic-style sports and games for men and women 50 years of age and over. The Games begin on the last Saturday of February. The Games inspire an active lifestyle, combine an interest in sports and games with fun and fellowship, promote a positive image of seniors and recognize their efforts and achievements, and encourage volunteerism. The Games attract over 2,500 men and women with a variety of skills - the serious competitor, the fun at heart, the seasoned athlete, the late bloomer, and the physically challenged.
 

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02/28/19
YEEEHAWWWW! Bartow Chamber Barn Boogie

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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03/09/19
Florida Poly's PIVOT

Florida Polytechnic University's premier philanthropic event supporting student scholarships and the University's mission.

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03/16/19
Bartow Rotary Wild Game Dinner

Annual Wild Game Dinner
Good food with open bar
Ticket auction & door prizes
Music by live band
at Leland Young's Barn!

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10/01/19
BEDC Champions Cup - Business, Industry & Spirit of Bartow Awards

Bartow Economic Development Council's 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 regarding community and economic impact. The prestigious awards are presented at the evening event held at the Bartow Civic Center featuring a prominent keynote speaker.

SIGN UP TO ATTEND CHAMPIONS CUP OR BECOME A SPONSOR HERE.

Spirit of Bartow Awards: The evening is also a time of recognizing those who give back to the community. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce 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 BEDC 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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