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February 2019

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Leadership Bartow XVIII
05/03/18 - 06/01/20

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2019 Professional Development Academy: Navigating the Five Generations in the Workplace
02/13/19 - 11/06/19
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Events in the month of February 2019
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 or via the VISTE website. To purchase tickets online, go to: For questions, contact Bissonnette at 863-683-8458.

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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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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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2019 Professional Development Academy

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Navigating the Five Generations in the Workplace


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

NEW CLASSES FOR 2019. More than 150 have earned a Professional Development Academy certificate since it began in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: NAVIGATING THE FIVE GENERATIONS 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 2019 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 five of the eight classes. Cost for the academy classes is 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 is 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 33830

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 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 five of the eight classes.

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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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Florida Farm & Ranch Supply Grand Re-Opening Event

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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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Tin Can Tourists Celebrate 100-Year Anniversary!

The TIN CAN TOURISTS (TCT), America’s oldest trailer and motor coach club, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary with events and rallies scheduled throughout the United States in Florida and Michigan as well as official events hosted by TCT state representatives 2019. This historic club, once the domain of travelers in the early 1920s who drove Model T Fords and tented along the sides of America’s two-lane roads, represents the very beginnings of our nations 13-billion dollar recreational vehicle industry.
To celebrate its 100th Year, the TCT will hold rallies, caravans, and special events across America in many places where the Club’s members historically traveled, always following the guiding principles of clean camps, friendliness, decent behavior, and enjoying plenty of wholesome entertainment. The group, originally known for the distinctive TCT logo, has grown throughout the past century and now boasts over 2,000 club members and over 40,000 Facebook followers.
The Centennial Celebration Open House at Sertoma Youth Ranch will be on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 11 to 3. There is a $5 per car parking fee at the Ranch. Food and Drink items will be available a the Ranch’s Café, and musical will be part of the Centennial Celebration at the pavilion.
“Our tour of these classic campers is a reminder of a simpler time and place, says Forrest Bone, the Club’s national president. “Our members are eager to display their campers and motor coaches, ranging in age from the 1930s to the 1980s. Each one is a beautiful example of America’s love affair with the emerging concept of leisure time, family vacations, and freedom on the open road.”
“Our members also enjoy showing off their collections of vintage tow vehicles, luggage, camping items, tools, and appliances,” said TCT member Alex Alexander from DeFuniak Springs, Florida.  “Whether you’re looking to enjoy classic camping in a smaller more efficient space, or just want to bask in the nostalgic glow of past family vacations, you will enjoy this event.”
Approximately 200 vintage trailers and coaches ranging in age from the 1920s to the 1980s will be available for touring during this one-day event.  It’s well worth the drive to see these original tiny homes and meet the people who have lovingly restored them to their former glory.  But be forewarned, you may leave this event with a firm urge to start searching for your stylish vintage camper!
The Tin Can Tourists Open House is open to the public on Saturday, February 23rd from 11 am to 3 pm. There is a parking fee of $5.00 per car for the tour of the campers and coaches.
 DIRECTIONS. TO SERTOMA YOUTH RANCH:  Take I-75 to Exit 293. Go East on Blanton Road (SR 41) toward Dade City for approx. 2 miles. Turn left on Clay Hill Road and follow it for 1.8 miles to the Sertoma Youth Ranch on the left. (Note: Clay Hill Road becomes Meyers Road just before reaching the Ranch)].
Contact:  Forrest Bone, TCT President
Phone: 941-302-2415

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Home sweet home

Come see what the the day in the life of assisted living looks like ! Take a look around and get your questions answered, while taking a self-guided tour.

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YEEEHAWWWW! Bartow Chamber Barn Boogie

Evening dinner and dance held at Peace Valley Enterprise Barn in Alturas (Leland 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

Gold Sponsors: $1,500
Beverage Sponsor: (exclusive) - Evolve Contracting Service
Cornhole Tournament Sponsor: (exclusive) - Kelley Buick GMC
Auction / Prize sponsor: (exclusive) - ASHLAND
Silver Sponsors: $750
Bronze Sponsors: $500
Contributors: $150

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