Category Archives: Member Announcements


Charter High School Events to Raise Funds for Scholarships

Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School on the Winter Haven campus of Polk State College is sponsoring two fundraising events on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. According to principal Bridget Fetter, proceeds from a cake auction and test drive event will directly benefit students at the high school.

The cake auction takes place in the Student Center from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to raise funds for the Amber Shaw Memorial Scholarship, which was established by the National Honor Society in memory of a former student. According to Fetter, there are three ways to bid on the cakes: online at, via phone at 863-298-6800, or in person. As an “added bonus,” Fetter noted, the first 100 people to bid in person will receive a free cupcake.

That same day Winter Haven Chrysler Dodge Jeep will conduct a test drive event to benefit the school’s Booster Club, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium parking lot. The Booster Club’s funds will be dedicated to the Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School student activity account, enhancing student life at the school. According to Fetter, the local dealership has pledged $20 to the Club for every licensed driver 18 years or older who completes a test drive during the event.

For more information on either event or to learn more about the charter school, call (863) 298-6800.


Chick-fil-A Leadercast May 6

Stinson Carpets and The Rock Community Church invites you to attend a one day seminar on Leadership.  We are sponsoring the Chick-fil-A Leadercast at 270 East Highlands Drive, Lakeland, FL 33813.

Use your leadership voice to impact lives around you.  Broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, GA to hundreds of sites throughout North America on Friday, May 6, Chick-fil-A Leadercast offers a unique opportunity to learn from the world’s most influential voices:

  • Seth Godin: Renowned marketing blogger & author
  • Robin Roberts: Anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America
  • John Maxwell: Leadership expert & best-selling author
  • Dave Ramsey: Author of The Total Money Makeover
  • Sir Ken Robinson: Best-selling author on creativity
  • Dan Cathy: President & COO of Chick-fil-A, Inc.
  • Muhtar Kent: CEO of The Coca-Cola Company
  • Suzy Welch: Best-selling author, television commentator, and journalist
  • Mack Brown: Head Coach of the Texas Longhorns
  • Erin Gruwell: Founder of Freedom Writers Foundation
  • Frans Johansson: Renowned author, The Medici Effect

You will learn:

– How to lead based on respect and relationship rather than rights and position.

– The difference between dynamic leadership and mediocre management.

– Ways to move past the brainstorming phase to actually implement ideas.

– How to provide exceptional customer service and create a culture of servant-hood.

– The keys to finding your passion and unlocking creativity in your workplace.

– Way to incorporate innovation in your organization.

Your voice is a voice of change, and change creates new possibilities.

Cost is $50.00 per person, which includes lunch.  Registration starts at 8:15, event  starts at 9:00am and goes through 4:30pm.  You can register online at or contact Mark Watson at (863) 665-4434.   To learn more about this event, go to


Southeastern University SIFE Chapter Advances to National Competition

Nine Southeastern University students who represent a service organization’s local chapter — fresh from victory in a regional competition where they showcased their chapter’s successes in the greater Lakeland area — will advance to a national competition next month in Minnesota.

The organization is Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a non-profit international entity with about 1,500 university chapters that use business concepts to help their local community. The concepts are: evaluate the situation, determine the need, design and carry out a project to fit the need, measure the project’s scope, and evaluate the results.

Southeastern’s SIFE team advances to the 2011 USA National Exposition to face off against victorious university teams from 11 other regionals that were held throughout the U.S. in recent weeks. The Exposition is set for May 10-12 in Minneapolis; the winner there will go on to international competition in Malaysia in October. At each level, business leaders serve as judges.

About four dozen Southeastern students actively participate in SIFE. Faculty co-advisor Timothy Welch, an associate professor in the College of Business & Legal Studies, describes them as “a group of students who work together on service projects to improve the lives of others. It’s all about empowering people to improve their situation.”

The regional competition that Southeastern’s SIFE team aced was held in Atlanta on April 4th. Aided by a multi-media presentation, they gave a 24-minute oral overview of what Southeastern SIFE students have done this school year to help the community through nine service projects that encompassed a total of 5,000+ hours. Judging was based on the quality of the students’ presentation, and the quality/results of the service projects.

Among those nine projects, Southeastern students said they:

  • Befriended and mentored more than two dozen boys and girls who live in a nearby residential program that serves abused, abandoned and troubled children.
  • Donated 5,000 pounds of food to a local food pantry.
  • Helped a homeless-shelter resident seek a job by helping her create a resume, coaching her on interview skills, and driving her to interviews.
  • Worked with economically-struggling small businesses along a major thoroughfare that had been closed, thereby forcing potential customers to a bypass; Southeastern SIFE students helped the businesses set up online marketing such as Facebook, Twitter, and web sites to market their products and services on the information highway.

Professor Welch said Southeastern’s SIFE team raises money to support their activities and travel by participating in sponsored events such as a 5K run, and seeks donations from businesses and individuals. Donations may be sent to Southeastern University, Development Office, 1000 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland, Fla. 33801; checks should be payable to the university and have “SIFE” specified in the memo field.

Southeastern University has more than 2,800 students. It is a private, liberal arts school accredited to offer 44 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees and nine programs leading to master’s degrees. For more information, call (863) 667-5000, email, or go online to


More Destinations Added at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

Direct Air, an air service with corporate headquarters located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina officially announced today it has added two additional destinations. This announcement comes within two weeks of Direct Air’s previous news that they will begin providing service between Lakeland and Hagerstown, MD; Myrtle Beach, SC; Niagara Falls, NY/Toronto and Springfield, IL.

To the south, San Juan, the popular U.S. territory is not only an exciting travel destination itself but also the cruise ship gateway to the southern Caribbean.  To the north, Plattsburgh Regional Airport is often referred to as ‘Montreal’s U.S. Airport”. It is a preferred choice over the expensive and congested Montreal airports due to the convenience and one hour drive proximity.

Beginning November 19th, 2011, two NON STOP flights per week departing and returning on Wednesday and Saturday will begin to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Plattsburg, NY.

“The announcement today by Direct Air of additional air service to Plattsburgh, NY and San Juan, Puerto Rico solidifies the commitment Direct Air has made to this region and Lakeland Linder Regional Airport”, said Lakeland Airport Director Gene Conrad.  “Plattsburgh’s proximity to Montreal, Canada makes it extremely easy for Canadians across the border to fly to Central Florida. The new flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico will benefit the local Puerto Rican community that resides in Central Florida.”

Direct Air President Ed Warneck said, “The partners of Direct Air are excited to expand service from our newest Florida destination. We all agree that with the support of the community, together we will be able to establish Lakeland Linder as the preferred gateway to the Central Florida region.”

Direct Air has offered non-stop and direct jet flight service since 2007. Direct Air will be flying its one-millionth passenger in 2011.  Current markets include; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Pittsburgh, Pa. ; Newark, N.J.; Lakeland, Fla.; Hagerstown, Md.; Columbus, Oh.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Toledo, Oh.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Worcester, Mass.; Allentown, Pa.; Rockford, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; Melbourne, Fla.; Orlando-Sanford, Fla.; Punta Gorda, Fla., West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Nassau, Bahamas.

All Direct Air flights are public charters operated by Sky King Airlines, Xtra Airways, Vision Airways, and Dynamic Airlines featuring First Class and coach leather seating.

As part of the opening celebration Direct Air is offering passengers flying between these new markets a special introductory fare of $79 for 79 hours for domestic flights and $99 for 99 hours for flights between Lakeland and Puerto Rico. This promotion begins on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011.

Reservations can be booked online at or by calling Direct Air’s Reservations Department at 1-877-432-3473.

Airfares are one-way, subject to availability and subject to change.  Fares do include Federal Excise Tax of 7.5%.  Fares do not include Federal Flight Segment Tax of $3.70, September 11th Security Fee of $2.50, and Passenger Facility Charges of up to $4.50 per person per direction of travel. Passenger usage fee $13.00 each way, APHIS fee $5.00, Immigration user fee $7.00, U.S. departure tax $16.30 each way, BS passenger processing $6.00, BS departure tax $20.00, BS Airport facility fee $20.00, Bahamas security charge $21.50.   A convenience fee of $15 per direction will be assessed for customers who book at or via the call center.  Reservations booked by calling Direct Air’s Reservations department will cost an additional $20 per person each way, reflecting Convenience fee and $5.00 call center fee.  Puerto Rico and Bahamas Flights may include arrival in the US inspection fees up to $17.50, Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) up to $18.00 per round trip passenger in local airport charges, and other government taxes and fees (including U.S. government excise tax) of up to $100.00 per round trip. Additional taxes, fees, and airport charges may apply up to 22% of the fare value per country. See Operator-Participant Agreement for full disclosure.


Members Offer Free Business Seminar

Avenues of Marketing, Marketing System Blueprints, and the Small Business Development Council are teaming up to offer an educational seminar designed for inventors, new businesses or those looking to expand.


  • Starting a business in any economy
  • Funding new and growing businesses
  • Finding FREE help for businesses
  • Marketing, Internet Marketing & Web Site Development

Join the group Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Palm Terrace of Lakeland located just south of Joker Marchant Stadium at 1919 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

For additional information, contact Terry Litterst at (863) 937-8903