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  • 5 Mar 2018 3:43 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    Greetings from the Bradenton Kiwanis Club,


    Since the Tampa Club was the sponsoring club of the Bradenton Kiwanis Club back in 1922, it would only be appropriate for the Tampa club to have a delegation and come and join in the celebration.


    Bradenton Kiwanis hall is located at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, second floor.

    Please ask your Club, to come and enjoy the evening of festivities with us.

    I am sorry for this late notice, but I have had some health issues, but please make an effort to come.

    Thanks in advance.

    Yours in Kiwanis Service,

    Bill Edwards
    Vice President
    Bradenton Kiwanis

  • 1 Mar 2018 9:48 AM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    We are posting this on behalf of Shawn Robinson...

    In addition to sponsors and players, Golf Tournament Chair Shawn Robinson, is asking for donations and volunteers for the tournament. 

    Donations are needed for goodie bags (120 items as goal), door prizes (less than $50 value), raffles prizes (at least $50 value), and auction items (a couple of big ticket items). 

    We also need volunteers to help stuff goodie bags the week before the event, perform set-up the morning of the event, staff the check-in table, supervise the putting contest, monitor the challenge holes (hole-in-one, longest drive, etc.), assist with the drawings, and run the auction. 

    Please email Shawn directly at or sign up at a meeting, if you can help.

    View and download the most up to date Golf Tournament Flyer here.

    Thank you,

    Warmest Regards,

    Shawn Robinson, President-Elect

    2018 Golf Tournament Chair

  • 26 Feb 2018 1:14 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    Update on Rob Wallace

    Rob Wallace’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers for the funeral, they have asked for donations to be made in the name of Rob Wallace at the following charities:

  • 21 Feb 2018 4:39 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    We are posting this on behalf of Roger Bell, Governor PNW District of 2017-2018...

    I have known Steve Emhoff personally for nearly 40 years and am forwarding his campaign committee's message of support for his election to Kiwanis International Trustee.  As Governor of the Pacific Northwest District, I highly recommend him to you as a Candidate. 

    Steve Emhoff is a well-qualified candidate for International Trustee, who, with your support, will make our organization stronger.  He is a 40-year Kiwanian who joined Kiwanis at age 27. Steve is the only Governor in his district to achieve net membership growth between the years 1992 and 2017.

    What has been his key to membership growth?  He attributes it to something that sounds like a radio station: WII FM -- What's In It For Me?  In other words, what are people looking for that Kiwanis can provide?  Are the businesses in your community looking for business networking?  Are young professionals looking for mentors with contacts in the community?  Are there people who are looking to help children, or the less fortunate?  Are there people simply looking for a chance to expand their social circle?  Identifying what people are looking for is key to bringing them in the door, and ensuring they get that experience is key to retaining them. The key would be to incorporate the concept of social and business networking into the existing Formula membership program.

    Steve also brings a wealth of convention planning experience, having chaired district conventions for 11 years.  After a convention lost $20,000, Steve built a very strong team, and helped charter an internet club that supports the convention team, to ensure that district conventions are financially sound and well-attended.  With your support, he wants to work with the board and staff to find ways to reduce international convention costs, increase attendance, and bring in more revenue from outside organizations.

    So what's the "WII FM" of voting for Steve Emhoff?  If you want to see stronger membership growth and more successful international conventions, a Trustee that is accessible and will listen, and is committed to serving you, make sure he gets your vote. 

    If you need more convincing, please read the flyer here which lists his accomplishments.  Better yet, we encourage you to take the time in Las Vegas to meet him and talk to him about the issues that matter to you.  You will feel confident voting for Steve Emhoff for Kiwanis International Trustee.

    To personally communicate with Steve: or 509-945-3944.

    Warmest Regards,

    Roger Bell

    Kiwanis Governor PNW District, 2017-2018

  • 20 Feb 2018 12:34 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    Please find the is the 2018 Tampa Kiwanis Club Foundation Golf Tournament brochure here for the April 20th event.

    We are looking for all levels of sponsorships, including our new Signature Sponsor option.

    Additionally, we need to get raffle items ranging from gift cards to sporting event tickets to hotel stays to artwork.

    All items will be accepted and packaged according for prizes.

    Lastly, we do not need wine – President Susan Maurer has taken care of that.

    Thank you,

    Warmest Regards,

    Shawn Robinson, President-Elect

    2018 Golf Tournament Chair   

    Ofc: 813-253-7755

    Fax: 813-253-7610

  • 6 Nov 2017 12:13 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)


    Louise Thompson, Executive Director

    TBCN’s executive director since May 2003, Louise Thompson is responsible for the recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers, maintaining an operational budget, a 5,000-square-feet facility at the University Mall with a main studio and edit suite, the maintenance and upgrading of a million-dollar inventory of video production equipment, revenue generation activities, community outreach efforts and contract compliance with local government.  Since July 2002, Thompson has also hosted a live, hour-long, call-in TBCN series called “Speak Up Presents,” where she interviews panels of three or more guests who are generally related through their work, charitable activities, community leadership or special interests.  They convey information of interest to viewers.

    The recipient of many awards, she was chosen “2006 Executive Woman of the Year” by the Network of Executive Women and a finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2005 "Business Woman of the Year in Media.” In 2003, the national Alliance for Community Media presented her with its Director’s Choice Award for defense of public access and the First Amendment.  Tampa’s Italian Club Auxiliary named her 2002 Italian-American Woman in Business.  She was previously named “Woman of the Year” by a chapter of Business & Professional Women, “One of the Bay Area’s 50 Most Influential Women” by Tampa Bay Life Magazine and was listed in Who’s Who in Editors, Writers & Poets.  Creative Loafing Newspaper named her “Best of the Bay” four times: in 2000, for her efforts on behalf of public access television; in 1996 for women’s issues; in 1994, for community issues and in 1993, for leadership and ethics.

    A former employee of General Foods, IBM, Boise Cascade and CNA Financial corporations, Thompson was CEO of an award-winning advertising, marketing and public relations firm for two decades, a freelance writer, author and speaker.  Thompson is a USF honors graduate with a B.A. in Mass Communications.

  • 20 Oct 2017 12:28 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    This Week's Program...

    "Junior Achievement Finance Park"

    Presented by Richard George, President, Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Inc.


    Richard George is a 1984 Business College graduate from the University of South Florida. Richard has been with Junior Achievement (JA) since graduation, celebrating over 30 years with JA Tampa Bay. He has served as President since 1985. Through two consolidations Richard has expanded JA franchise operations leading 12 counties in the region empowering over 95,000 students, annually.

    In 2005, Richard led the transformation of JA, working with JA Board Members to implement the JA BizTown program in Tampa. Since then, the organization has raised over $45 Million dollars to expand JA’s workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs, educating 804,000 students.

    JA Tampa Bay currently has over 10,000 business and education volunteers led by over 200 local community board members throughout the region.

    Richard won the Charles R. Hook Award in 2002. The Hook Award is the highest honor awarded to area JA staff president from Junior Achievement USA. JA Tampa Bay has grown in student participants twenty-six (28) consecutive years and is the 10th largest JA area in the US. Richard recently served as the JA Presidents Roundtable Chairman; elected by his peers throughout the U.S.

    He has been married 25 years and has three children. 


    Board Member – Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce – 2008 -2011

    Florida Financial Literacy Council (Appointed by State CFO) – 2007-2009

    Safety Harbor Little League – 2012 to 2015

    Pinellas & Hillsborough County Schools Volunteer – 1998 to present

    Junior Achievement of Florida Foundation – Member – 2012 to present

  • 12 Oct 2017 9:21 AM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    Congratulations Kiwanis Tampa Club!

    Our Weekly Alert was named the Winner of the Golf Level!

    See the Memo below:

    "Hi All,

    Thank you for submitting your club newsletters to me for consideration of awards for the 2016-2017 Kiwanis year. It seems like only yesterday that I sent out the criteria for awards. Based on those criteria, I have chosen the club newsletters for awards - one winner and three honorable mentions for each category. The color categories are based on the number of club members as of the beginning of the 2016-2017 year.

    The results are attached. You should all be proud of your efforts. As Governor Gary's 2016-2017 Florida District Chair for Club Newsletters, it was a pleasure to keep in touch with you during the year and see your creativity. This year Gov. Todd has named Jim and Rose Ledbetter, Communication Co-Chairs. Please add them to your club newsletter distribution lists at and remove me ( at your earliest convenience. Thank you again and keep up the good work. If you are not your club's President or Secretary, please forward this information to the appropriate club member.

    Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

    Yours in Kiwanis Service,

    Ronnie Horowitz 

    561.252.1985 (cell/text)

    Kiwanis Club of Jupiter-Tequesta 

    P.S. I've also attached the Club Newsletter Award Criteria, FYI."

  • 11 Oct 2017 11:40 AM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    Dear Fellow Kiwanians:


    We are fast approaching the annual Barbecue and we are in dire need of help to transport the trailers to the stadium and back. If you have a truck with a tow hitch, please let Chris Chambers know. Chris can be reached at 727.735.5352 or


    Also, we still don’t have a place to store the grills and trailers after this year’s event for less than $350/month ($4,200/year) which is our current best offer. If any of you have contacts, would you please see if they can help. We would like the cost to be about half. The 8 grills are about 6ft x 3ft x 6ft each. Please reach out to me or Chris on this.

    Lastly (for now), we need someone to ride along with the CDL driver to pick up the refrigerated truck, pick up the frozen chickens, and bring them to the stadium on Wednesday the 18th. We need someone to make sure the truck gets back after we have cooked all the chickens Thursday. If you can, please let Patrick Reid know at 727-546-0660 or

    For those of you who plan on helping Wednesday, please arrive by 10 am. There will be lots of work to do to set up the packing area, the cooking area, and the hospitality area. Lunch will be served at the stadium (McDonald’s as in the past).

    See you at Raymond James. Remember, no meeting at the Tampa Club.




    Dr. Shawn H. Robinson

    Campus President, Ybor City

    Hillsborough Community College   

    Ofc: 813-253-7755

    Fax: 813-253-7610


  • 10 Oct 2017 12:46 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    Toy Tale

    Posted by Kiwanis Magazine on September 28, 2017 in Club Profile, Feature Story, service |One Comment


    Key Clubbers team with rubber ducks to help raise thousands for the Tampa Kiwanis Club.

    Story by Julie Saetre | Photos by Marsha Kemp Photography and Key Club member Cate Hancock

    Key Clubbers are familiar with plenty of race-themed fundraisers, from paint 5Ks to zombie runs. But when club members at Blake High School in Tampa, Florida, received an invitation to help their sponsoring Tampa Kiwanis Club with a race, they weren’t expecting this: rubber ducks. Thousands of them.

    That’s exactly what they got, though, when assisting with the Incredible Duck Race, a new fundraiser launched by the Tampa Kiwanians. This past August, the Kiwanis club released thousands of rubber ducks into the Hillsborough River, which borders a downtown Tampa park. Each numbered duck could be “adopted” for US$5, with proceeds going to the club.


    On race day, the duck pack entered a cordoned-off section of the river and traveled 100 feet. The first three ducks to be funneled into the winners’ circle earned their adoptive “parents” cash prizes.

    Through the duck race, the Kiwanis club hoped to introduce its projects and mission to an expanded audience, and the Key Clubbers gladly jumped on board.

    “We decided to help out with the race because we thought it was a really cool idea,” says Joseph Barshay, president of the Blake High School Key Club, “and it seemed to be an out-of-the-box fundraiser.”

    Leading up to race day, Key Club members attended multiple promotional events, handing out “adoption” forms and event cards and talking about the fundraiser with the public. A week before the race, they applied tracking stickers to all of the ducks—which, by final count, numbered 7,041.


    On the big day, they showed up at the park at 8 a.m. to help with setup. Members positioned sponsor banners around the event area, prepared food and water vending stations and (dodging a rain shower) set out supplies for duck-themed carnival-style games.

    Once the public began arriving, club members either manned the vending stations or the games. Guests hungry for snacks purchased water, popcorn, cotton candy and duck-themed cake treats dubbed Quack Pops. Meanwhile, young visitors tossed bean bags, raced eggs and more to win toys and other rewards. Finally, after the event ended, the Key Clubbers gathered all remaining supplies and equipment and helped to clean up the space.



    Their efforts paid off: The Tampa Kiwanis Club netted a projected $20,000 to help fund its many projects, including a holiday party for at-risk children, back-to-school immunization events, reading rooms in Boys and Girls Clubs, accessibility ramps for residents in need and grants to not-for-profits. And for the 10 Key Clubbers who assisted with volunteer efforts, the experience itself was valuable.

    “I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a duck race before,” says Barshay. “It had a lot of (the community’s) kids excited to see it. This was awesome, because it directly benefited an organization that helps kids—Kiwanis. By the kids, for the kids. In fact, during one of the promotional events, a young girl bought a duck with her own money, because she wanted to help out with the cause.”

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