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  • 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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  • 10 Oct 2017 9:16 AM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

  • 29 Sep 2017 1:21 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    Dear Fellow Kiwanians:

    I hope all of you are doing well on this Friday and that have a wonderful weekend.

    We need help finding a new home for the barbeque grills after this year’s event. The current location is charging $350/month ($4,200 annually) to store the grills that we only use once each year. Do any of you have contacts or a location that would save us money? If you do, please let Chris Chambers know ASAP as he is coordinating this part of the event. He can be reached at or 727-735-5352.


    Also, here is the sales comparison by date for the last few years at this point.

    2015: $18,393

    2016: $16,455

    2017: $9,680


    We need a big push these next couple of weeks for sales and donations to make up for the lost time due to the hurricane. Every sale counts, so don’t be afraid of the small sale or ask new people to buy meals or donate. If you are holding money or tickets, please email me what you have so I can get a good sense of our progress.


    Sponsorships are needed too for the meal inserts ($100) and for the distribution banners ($500). You can direct people to http://KiwanisBBQ.GQ to purchase or donate online.


    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


    May the Sauce be with you.





    Dr. Shawn H. Robinson

    Campus President, Ybor City

    Hillsborough Community College   

    Ofc: 813-253-7755

    Fax: 813-253-7610




    All correspondence to or from this office is subject to Florida’s Public Records law.
  • 27 Sep 2017 4:13 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    In February, the Tampa Kiwanis Foundation was proud to grant a request for $3,000 to Wheels of Success to provide one car to a family in need. On September 22nd members of our Foundation Board were on site at Wheels of Success to help present the new car to a mom and her daughter. They were very appreciative for the help from The Kiwanis Club of Tampa and Wheels of Success for the opportunity.

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