Tuesday, February 16th - It was a lights out meeting this week with TECO guest speaker Tad Denham taking center stage with an excellent presentation about TECO's local impact. Tad talked to club members about the new TECO owners, TECO's presence in New Mexico, their continued commitment to the Manatee viewing center and the rise of natural gas as mobile fuel. Thanks, Tad, for a great presentation!
 
Fred Schwabe kicked things off with the introduction of longtime Rotarian George Simmons' daughter, Christine Hogan, who was celebrating her birthday with us. The club also had local media maven Linda Chion Kenney from the Tampa Tribune. George Anello brought in his lovely bride, Sharon as a guest as well.
 
There were lots of Happy Dollars to go around as Bland Eng announced the Grand Opening of the new addition to the Brandon Regional Hospital ER will be held March 23rd at 5Pm. He invited the whole Club. Rex Etheridge former CEO for many years will be attending. Joe Campamor celebrated the opening of his 6th and newest title office in Davenport. John Sellers informed us that former Rotarian and Manager of the new WalMart on Bloomingdale will be donating  Grand Opening Funds to our club and many of the Charities supported by our Club . All are invited to the Grand Opening which will be held Wednesday, March 9th at 7:30AM. Alan Feldman gave two Happy Dollars, one for a great fishing trip with Captain Mike Anderson host of the Real Animals TV show. They caught a lot of flounder, red fish, trout , sheephead and a snook. Alan's second Happy Dollar was given because his wife Melonie bought him his dream kayak for Valentine’s Day which will ensure many more fish and love in his future.
 
Joe Campoamor reminded the club that we are two and half weeks away from our 40th Wild Game Dinner fundraiser and that we are in need of lots of help with silent auction items and raffle prizes. Susan Thomason has done yeoman's work on this, but we need everyone to help with this by either getting items from local businesses or donating dollars so we can purchase gift cards and items so this part of our event is successful. JJ Massaro had new posters for the event and Paul Garner showed a nifty customized putter that was being donated to the event. Michael Gottesman drew a 2 of hearts after winning the 50/50 drawing so the pot continues to grow.
 
This week is our monthly Club Assembly meeting. Several wedding and club anniversaries will be celebrated this week as JJ and Melissa Massaro celebrate their 26th anniversary on the 24th. Susan Thomason celebrates her 5th year in the club on the 22nd and Wayne Strohaker celebrates his 9th year as a Brandon Rotarian on the 27th! Happy Anniversary everyone!
 
Key February/March Dates:
 
February
23rd - Club Assembly Meeting
25th - Monthly Social - World of Beer
 
March
1st - Club Meeting - Wild Game Prep
4th - Wild Game Dinner!!
8th - NO MEETING!!