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March 2016

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Leadership Bartow XVII
08/01/16 - 06/01/18
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2018 Engage Yearly Sponsors
01/01/18 - 12/31/18
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2018 Professional Development Academy: Leadership In The Workplace
02/28/18 - 10/10/18
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Leadership Bartow XVIII
04/04/18 - 06/01/20
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RSVP for Leadership Bartow XVII Graduation!
05/17/18 - 05/17/18
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2018 Polk Politics Candidate Rally
08/16/18 - 08/16/18
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2018 Community Relations Committee's Diversity Luncheon
09/19/18 - 09/19/18
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2018 Chamber Golf Scramble
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2018 Champions Cup - Spirit of Bartow Register
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2018 Veterans' Hometown Heroes
11/09/18 - 11/09/18
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Events in the month of March 2016
Quentin Earl Darrington presents "That's Life!"

From the Tony Award nominated revival of RAGTIME and from Chicago's highly acclaimed LES MISERABLES, join Broadway's QUENTIN EARL DARRINGTON for an inspired evening of song.  "That's Life!" features unstoppable selections from the Broadway, Pop, Jazz, and Great American songbooks, including original works by new composers.  

A rising force in contemporary musical theatre, Quentin's additional credits include: Memphis, The Lion King, Tarzan, The Color Purple, A Little Night Music, Lost In the Stars, A New Brain, and The Secret Garden.  Passion, Perspective, Promise, and Power all frame what guarantees to be a night to remember! 

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Bloomin' Arts Festival

Fine Arts and Crafts, Flower Show, Car show, Food trucks, Entertainment, through-out Main street in Downtown Bartow.

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Mid-Florida SHRM - General Meeting

Date:          March 8, 2016, 8:00am – 9:30am
Organizer:   Mid-Florida SHRM
Location:     Grasslands Golf and Country Club
                  1600 Grasslands Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803
Price:         $25 for members pre-paid online
                  $35 for guests pre-paid
                  $35 at the door for all 

TOPIC:             Maryjane in the Workplace: Legalized Marijuana

SPEAKER:       Phillip B. Russell - Attorney at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

HRCI Credits:  SHRM and HRCI credits pending

Summary:  With more and more states passing legislation allowing for medical and recreational marijuana use, employers are faced with a new set of decisions and problems. This session will discuss the latest developments in the “budding” area of marijuana and the workplace, including: (1) recent court decisions and their impact; (2) recent state laws/referendums passed, pending, and defeated (including the particular impact of some states’ medical marijuana “anti-discrimination” provisions); (3) safety concerns; (4) the EEOC’s recent attention to drug testing; and (5) best practices for dealing with all of this.
About the speaker: Phillip B. Russell is a practical labor and employment lawyer with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, for businesses who works closely with his clients’ HR professionals, in-house counsel, and executives.  He represents and advises his clients in all legal issues affecting the workplace, such as defending and avoiding claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, overtime, and others.  He advises and counsels his clients through a special hotline service and helps them implement effective policies, procedures, and training programs.  Mr. Russell also helps clients stay union-free with positive employee relations strategies and advice.  Mr. Russell serves as legal counsel to the HR Florida State Council and is a member of SHRM, HR Tampa, SHRA, and BBSHRM.  He is also a nationally recognized speaker and regularly presents interactive training programs to many SHRM Chapters.  Mr. Russell’s professional recognition include: AV® Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyers in Employment Law, and Best Lawyers in Labor and Employment Litigation.  He has a B.S. in Management and M.S. in Economics from Georgia Tech and he earned his law degree from Stetson University College of Law.

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Fun Thursday Frost Law Firm (Chamber members only)

Fun Thursday - Frost Law Firm

Chamber members enjoy the benefits of networking through these fun after hours socials. 

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Register today to learn about the next Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce travel opportunity: SPOTLIGHT ON SAN FRANCISCO featuring Napa Valley and Monterey, March 15, 2016, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Chamber.
The trip is set for September 4-8, 2016.
You may also learn more about the trip here.

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SEU National Leadership Pre-Forum Intensive

Dr. Mark Esposito will present at the half-day Pre-Forum Intensive Workshop. The Pre-Forum intensive is included in the VIP ticket package and includes a luncheon with Dr. Esposito, followed by three hours of targeted leadership development. Dr. Esposito teaches business, government and society, and economics at Harvard's Division of Continuing Education and at Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France. 

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United Way of Central Florida hosts
Cocktails and Conversation on March 17, 2016.

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Southeastern University's National Leadership Forum

The Southeastern University Foundation is proud to present the 10th Annual National Leadership Forum. Join us on March 18, 2016, at Southeastern University for an opportunity to learn from some of our nation's prominent leaders and communicators during this one-day conference. This year's speakers include James "JB" Brown, Ron Clark, Vern Clark, Peggy Noonan, and Byron Pitts. 

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ENGAGE Lunch & Learn: Howe Wallace, "Let's Talk Leadership."

FREE EVENT, not just for ENGAGE members! Engage/Bartow Chamber Young Professionals presents an up-close and personal chat with one of the area’s most accomplished community leaders. Howe Wallace is the CEO of PalletOne, Inc., America’s largest new pallet manufacturer. This session will give participants a chance to reflect on new and creative ways to achieve professional leadership goals based on the best practices from one of the area’s most respected business professionals. After a short presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in a round-table format. Don’t miss this great opportunity for professional growth.

       Since 2001, Howe Q. Wallace has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of PalletOne, Inc., an industry leader operating 15 pallet facilities in nine states, and Sunbelt Forest Products which has two locations in Florida and one in Alabama. The company employs more than 200 people in Bartow and more than 1,300 across the enterprise. Revenues exceed $300 million. Before PalletOne, Mr. Wallace was Executive Vice President of Human Resources of IFCO Systems, NV. Mr. Wallace began his career in the industry when he joined Ridge Pallets in 1983. 

Location: Florida Industrial & Phosphate Research Institute, 1855 W. Main Street, Bartow, FL 33830

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Bartow's Untraditional "Unparade"

What started out as a friendly stroll with a green pig from Nye Jordan Park to the Courthouse to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, has become an untraditional tradition in Bartow for more than 30 years.

The green pig is no longer, but added to the parade is a "Mutt Strutt," bicyclists, belly dancers, Floral Lakers with decorated golf carts, and the grand Citrus Cinderellas dressed in orange and green with gogo boots.

Over the last few years, another group has joined the parade, the Big Sweet Tater Queens who are proud that on their ride is the King of the Unparade, S.L. Frisbie, better known as "Our Liege," to the TQs.

The parade begins 5:30-ish at Nye Jordan Park, goes north on Oak Street to Main Street, then West to the Polk County History Center. They arrive about the time Friday Fest begins. Literally a crowd of 100 comes out to watch the parade. Don't miss it!

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SEU Annual Scholarship Gala

Renowned national speakers help to make this a one-of-a-kind event in Polk County. 
The annual Southeastern University Scholarship Gala provides an opportunity to raise much needed funds to support the SEU student scholarship programs.

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Southwest Guide Dogs Walk-a-Thon

Our dogs are making an extraordinary difference and now you are invited to share the joy of making an inpact. We rely on the proceeds from the Walk-a-thon to help us raise, train, and match our amazing dogs with the visually impaired students, people whos lives are transformed by new levels of independence and freedom.
Event festivities include a fun walk for our two and four legged supporter, music, food, shopping and more.

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Community / Rotary Ribbon-cutting For New Sculptures

The Bartow Rotary Club is sponsoring a community-wide ribbon-cutting for the beautiful new sculptures at Fort Blount Park. Aisling Millar's "Three Hand Reel" and "Interwoven" will have a ribbon which run from one of the sculptures to the other, and the community is invited to come out and bring their scissors to help cut it! See you at 1:15 at Fort Blount Park.

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2016 Mayor's Sunrise Prayer Breakfast

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. Somewhere along the line, the event became a luncheon. This year, for the first time in a long time, the time of prayer is switched back to the traditional early morning event.

City of Bartow Mayor A.J. Jackson cordially invites you to the 31st Annual Mayor’s Sunrise Prayer Breakfast, on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the Bartow Civic Center beginning at 7:00 a.m. Doors open at 6:30 a.m.

Guest speaker is Polk County Sheriffs Office Chief  Joe Halman, Jr.

Outranked only by Chief of Staff Steve Lester and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Chief Joe Halman, Jr, as chief of the Department of Law Enforcement, oversees more than 650 sworn officers in five divisions. If civilians are included in that number, Halman is responsible for more than 1000 total personnel.

Halman earned his bachelor’s degree from Warner Southern College in 2003 and received his master’s from Southeastern University in 2008. He joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1985. He had served in the Army National Guard, before being honorably discharged in 1990.

Halman is also senior pastor at Greater Works Ministries in Winter Haven, with his wife of 25 years, Debra. The two have four children and two grandchildren.

Tickets are $10 per person
Reserved table of 8 Sponsorship are also available.

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2016 Professional Development Academy: 7 Paths to Success

Seven Paths To Success
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 2016 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.

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

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