Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
FAST FACTS 37

October 4th, 2013


NETWORK AT OUR MIXER ON OCTOBER 17 AT 5:30 PM!

This month we’ll be welcomed into the home of Dolly Tickell and Glenn Suyker who between them hold three Chamber Memberships: Act 1 Promotions, Notable Works and GulfportFloridaRentals.com.

Fortunately for us they run their businesses out of their home, (featured in a past Pink Flamingo Home Tour), and we get to network in beautiful and interesting surroundings. Mark your calendar now. This is one you don’t want to miss.

Address:

5702 23rd Avenue South

Gulfport


 

EYE OPENER HAPPENINGS A NEW CHAMBER SERVICE STARTS NOW!

In two 1+ hour sessions you can get a leg up on your competition by learning how to make social media pay off in increased sales. On October 23 and November 6 at 8:00 AM our webmaster Kelly Wright and Operations Manager, Lillie Cintron will lead a seminar/panel that’s customized to serve our small businesses here in Gulfport and So. Pasadena.

The panelists are Gulfportians (and some St Pete) that have a record of success in using social media or are recognized experts in the field. To make sure that eyes are open at 8:00 AM the sessions will be held at J’s restaurant and will include coffee and muffins. The cost for the two sessions is $15.00 for Members and $25.00 for non-members which includes a workbook and refreshments.

Registration and payment may be made at the Chamber Office, the Gulfport Beach Bazaar or on line at, www.gulfportareachamberofcommerce.org. Simply click on “Events” at the top of our Home Page and then click on “Business Seminars,” to register. A credit card or Paypal may be used to make payment. You can also follow this link directly to the page.


AUNTIE LYNDA’S PET CARE MEMBER OF THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER.

Owner Lynda Shehan has taken an exceptionally active role as a Director and Secretary of the Chamber. In addition to keeping excellent records of Chamber Meetings, she has written a regular column in the Gabber concerning Chamber activities. She was instrumental in planning and carrying out our participation in the 4th of July Parade.

She has taken on the responsibility of scheduling and producing our monthly Mixers, a growing networking tool for our Members. Most recently she has lead the effort to replace our worn out street banner for the Pink Flamingo Home Tour. Her efforts behind the scenes in working with Members Tony Spinney and Christine Gallagher in running, “Operation A Gift for Learning” was perhaps most grarifying and important in the Chamber’s local image building effort. Over $1400 was raised with the resulting purchase of back to school supplies worth over $4500 being delivered to The Gulfport Elementary School in September. Congratulations Lynda!


 THE DUFFERS BALL

Friday October 18th 7-11pm

Tickets are $20 and are available at:
The Gulfport Senior Center located at 5501 27th Ave S, Gulfport
Online at www.gulfportseniorfoundation.org
Beach Bazaar 3115 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport


PINK FLAMINGO HOME TOUR TAKING SHAPE!

Eight Homes and three beautifully renovated condominiums are set to be visited by hundreds on November 16 from 10 AM to 5 PM. This year homes in the Beach Blvd. to 59th St. area south of Gulfport Blvd, including Town Shores are being shown.

Registration is at the Rec. Center with parking at the Rec Center and along the beach. The last stop on the Tour is our historic Casino where guests can unwind in air conditioned comfort, perhaps before going out to dinner in our historic waterfront district. A cash bar will be open. The Gulfport Trolley and bus will be provided by the City and will traverse the entire tour area. The trolley, bus or feet must be used within Town Shores since outside parking is quite limited. Walking may be the best bet this year since the entire route is only 2.3 miles long.

Senior citizen or advance sales, (prior to Nov. 14), of tickets are $15. After Nov. 13, regular tickets are $20 each. Tickets are available at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, the Chamber Office or on-line at www.pinkflamingohometour.com/ticket-purchases/. Credit cards or Paypal may be used to purchase tickets. Please bring your Paypal receipt along with you to the Registration desk to redeem your tickets.

Right now, we are attempting to line up volunteers to assist on the day of the event. Most volunteers are needed to house sit for a two hour shift or help with registration. Anyone wishing to volunteer may do so by contacting Kim Morrissey by phone at 603-419-0300 or by e-mail at kimm2649@gmail.com.

There is still time to advertise in the Tour Guide Book with deadline for copy and $ being October 18. Ad sales have been brisk so please move quickly while space is still available. To arrange advertising, call Bob Newcomb at 344-3711 or on his cell at 482-6211. Anyone in real estate, insurance, homebuilding, design etc. should be in this book since hundreds of housing buffs will be taking them home. Ad prices start at $50. Advertisers will be listed on the Chamber website.


VOTE THIS MONTH FOR THREE NEW AND FIVE VETRAN DIRECTORS.

Soon you will be receiving a ballot with a full slate of candidates for eight seats on your Board of Directors for a two year term serving in 2014 and 2015. There are seven additional Directors who will be up for election next October.

Directors up for re-election are: Lori Rosso; Barry Rubin; Pat Dunham; Brian Atkins and Joe Guenther.
New nominees by the Election Committee are: Barbara Banno; Angela Lagan and Tony Spinney.

The ballot will come in the mail. Keep an eye out for it. Please record your vote and return the ballot within seven days as is proscribed in our by-laws. The Board, including the new members will elect our Officers at our January Board Meeting.



NEW CHAMBER MAPS ARE OUT!

Our new maps of the Gulport Area are ready for distribution. Each advertiser will receive 100 copies. Members may request up to 30 copies for your own use. Other copies will be provided to key locations such as the Gulfport and South Pasadena City Halls, The Gulfport Marina, The Senior Center, The Casino and the Chamber Office. Call or e-mail Bob Newcomb with your requests at 344-3711 or bobnewcomb@gmail.com.


18th ANNUAL POST 125 SAL GOLF TOURNAMENT OCTOBER 19!

Proceeds of the Tournament will go to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, (COTA), and All Children’s Hospital and Hospice. The Post needs sponsors from the business community in the form of prizes that can be raffled off at the banquet and in the form of hole sponsorships. Hole sponsorships are Bronze, $25.00; Silver, $100 and Gold $200. Your Chamber and many of our Members have contributed to this local charity in the past. The need is greater than ever. Please contribute if you can. To contribute or get more information, call Co-Chairmen Don Vachon at 418-3760 or Russ Schmidt at 803-6677.


GULFPORT BIRTHDAY BASH & GULFPORT HISTORY UNDER THE STARS OCT. 12!

In an updated format, the Gulfport Historical Society is presenting the Gulfport Birthday Bash from 9 AM to 2 PM on the grounds of the Gulfport Historical Museum. And then are presenting their first annual fundraiser, Gulfport History Under the Stars at 6 PM.

The daytime event will feature the traditional Mullet Toss, pet parade and trolley tour of the City. There will be a photo contest at Scout Hall, hot dogs, corn dogs and free birthday cake. Don’t miss a real “down home” affair.

At 6, the Museum grounds become an enchanting cocktail party with hors’ d’oeuvres by James Clark of T and Me Tea Company. After cocktails a sumptuous dinner catered by Pia’s Trattoria and O’Maddy’s. (Attendance is limited to 240 guests, so don’t delay on rounding up tickets. Remember the Geckofest Ball sold out to the dismay of many Gulfportians.) Fun presentations and auctions will follow dinner with dancing under the stars rounding out the evening. Beer and wine will be available for a donation.

Businesses are being asked to be a sponsor of the dinner for a minimum of $250, individuals for a minimum of $150. All proceeds go to support the Gulfport Historical Society’s mission of celebrating Gulfport’s colorful history and preserving today for tomorrow.

For donor or ticket info, call Bob Worthington at 727-916-8014.


New ideas are always welcome. Criticisms of what we are doing are the springboards to improvement.

Please call or email us with your comments at:

727-344-3711 or info@gulfportareachamberofcommerce.org.


This month we’ll be welcomed into the home of Dolly Tickell and Glenn Suyker who between them hold three Chamber Memberships: Act 1 Promotions, Notable Works and GulfportFloridaRentals.com.

Fortunately for us they run their businesses out of their home, (featured in a past Pink Flamingo Home Tour), and we get to network in beautiful and interesting surroundings. Mark your calandar now. This is one you don’t want to miss.

Address:

5702 23rd Avenue South

Gulfport