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Dreams, A Celebration of Black History and Culture - January 24, 2007

a celebratin of Black History and Culture

Saturday, February 17, 2007
at 7:30pm

Adults: $20, Students/Seniors $18, Children 12 & Under: $12

at the Historic Polk Theatre
127 South Florida Ave.

For tickets or more info. please call 863-802-0399

A joint fundraiser benefiting the Florida Dance Theatre and the Polk Theatre

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Posted by Kristin Carlson

First Tee 10th Anniversary Meeting - January 17, 2007


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Posted by Kristin Carlson

Learning Resource Center's Winter Escape 2007 - January 17, 2007

Learning Resource Center's
Winter Escape 2007
providing scholarships for needy students

Saturday, January 27, 2007
at the Peggy Brown Center
on Lake Mirror
7 PM-11 PM
Attire: Down Under Casual

Full Aussie menu prepared by Chef Terrie Lobb , featuring
Chicken & Steak Bites from the Barbie; Seafood spread with Fresh Shrimp, Crab, & Oysters; Aussie Yum Yum's...plus more.!

Each Ticket will be entered in the to the $10,000 Australian Countdown!

Cost $100 per ticket

For Tickets, contact Learning Resource Center, 904 South Missouri Ave or call 688-9477.

From its beginnings as a small volunteer organization, the Learning Resource Center has matured into an independent 501 (c) 3 that strives to impact the community with a variety of quality programs for students of all ages throughout Polk County.

Winter Escape 2007 is LRC's annual fund raising event, offering an opportunity for friends and supporters to join together to help needy families access critical on-to-one tutoring or small group academic instruction. Join us for an exciting evening as we escape to Australia, while supporting the students of our community.

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Drug Prevention Resource Center Job Opening - January 12, 2007

Drug Prevention Resource Center
Job Description:
Coalition Coordinator

Education/Experience Requirements:
• Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree
• Experience in drug prevention, education, youth leadership or health fields preferred
• Must possess strong skills in interacting with youth, adults, and community. This would be demonstrated through interview process AND personal/professional references.
• Successful applicants will have satisfactory results in background check and driving history check

Primary Duties:
• Attending community-based events and meetings.
• Recruiting leaders to participate in coalition workgroups, steering committee, and youth leadership group.
• Securing donation form sponsors (in-kind and financial).
• Forming partnerships with other coalitions.
• Employee will be cross trained in all Executive duties and work cooperatively with school based and community-based program.

Employee will need to have strong skills in:
• Public speaking
• Ability to lead and coordinate projects and events
• Working independently
• Detailed record keeping
• Organization of time and paperwork

Job Structure:
• Employee is classified as Category 5100 personnel (see reverse side)
• Employee will work full time
• Employee will provide reliable transportation and valid driver’s license
• Drug Prevention Resource Center will provide all necessary training
• Drug Prevention Resource Center will pay mileage and salary
• Executive Director will be direct supervisor of employee

Employee Signature_______________________________ Date_____________________

The following Categories define parameters of flexibility within each job description:

Category 3100 - Employee must be in the office from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday w/one hour for lunch or 35 hours per week. Because coverage of the office and service to the public are job priorities, a Category 3100 employee has very limited flexibility. When it is necessary for employee to miss time in the office, an employee may make up time missed over 1 hour or use ATO time. In busy times when asked to work excessive overtime or weekends employee may be given time off. After hours or weekend work may be taken home if applicable. All of these special circumstances outlined above must have prior approval of the Executive Director or Board President. (This Classification would apply to Executive Director, Office Manager and Program Coordinator.)

Category 2100 - Employee must work 20 hours per week. Flexibility to be determined based on location of job duties. Some work may be done from home with the approval of the Executive Director. When it is necessary for employee to miss time from the office, it must be made up during the same pay period or ATO time must be utilized. In some cases these employees may be approved to do work from home. All of the special circumstances outlined above must have prior approval by the Executive Director or Board President. (This Classification would apply to part time employees - Marketing Coordinator and Prevention Specialists).

Category 4100 - Employee must work 35 hours per week. Hours vary depending on evening classes, weekend events and early morning speaking engagements. When there are no "after hours" activities, the employee is expected to work 8:30 -4:30, Monday through Friday in the DPRC offices. When there are evening or weekend activities, the employee may adjust their schedule during the week to keep within the 35-hour requirement. In some cases these employees may be approved to do work from home. All of the special circumstances outlined above must have prior approval by the Executive Director or Board President. (This classification applies to full time Outreach Workers and Full Time Prevention Specialists - note Teachers option would mean 40 hours/week instead of 35)

Category 5100 - Employee works set number of hours as dictated by the Executive Director. Employee may select their schedule on a bi-monthly basis and submit it to the agency's Program Coordinator. This schedule may vary from week to week. All appointments and/or other interruptions to the work schedule must be done when the employee is off the clock. Changes to the work schedule must be reported promptly to the Program Coordinator in order to notify DCF. All work that is submitted must be performed either on location in the field or en route to work site. (This classification applies to all part time Outreach Workers)

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2006 Year in Review - January 11, 2007

Click the link below to view the 2006 year in review slideshow.


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Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting - January 10, 2007

Emerge Lakeland will have a reserved table at the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Annual meeting on Tuesday, January 23. Members interested in attending and sitting with fellow Emerge Lakeland members should contact Kristin Tripoli at kristin1@uwcf.org or by phone at 863/648-1500 ext. 246. Space is limited and seats will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are $55.00 each; payment must be in to Kristin by Wednesday, January 17.

Lakeland...a Great Place to Be!
Chamber Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The Lakeland Center Exhibit Hall

Special Guest Speaker Doug Lipp, Former Head Trainer, Walt Disney University and
Author, The Changing Face of Today's Customer.

Reception at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

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January Luncheon with Dr. Clint Wright - January 10, 2007

The January 10th luncheon featured Dr. Clint Wright, Superintendent of the Lake Wales Charter Schools. As an active Polk County citizen, Dr. Wright has a diverse collection of experiences to draw inspiration from. At Wednesday's luncheon he spoke on diversity as it relates to members of Emerge Lakeland. This was an exciting opportunity to learn from an intrepid and enthusiastic member of our community.

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Being More Than Just a Member - January 9, 2007

Emerge Lakeland has a number of initiatives underway for the new year. As a member of the organization you can take one more step in helping us fulfill our mission by joining the efforts of a sub-committee. The more professional and diverse input we have, the stronger and better we’ll be.

Listed below you will find the current Emerge Lakeland committees, the contact information for each chair and, where applicable, the respective co-chair. If you would like to become more engaged and think you can help make a difference for Emerge, please contact one of the individuals listed below.

Chair: Punam Saxena/Punam’s Perfections (P: 648.2843)
Co-Chair: Shannon Lanier/The Learning Resource Center (P: 688.9477)
Committee Description: Members are charged with coordinating all aspects of the special events slated for 2007 to help ensure all details are carried out to the benefit of Emerge Lakeland members. The Events Committee is responsible for scheduling events, identifying monthly coordinators for each event, and helping with the details of putting the event together (including day of activities such as set up and tear down where needed). The monthly event coordinators may also solicit Emerge members to help on their respective monthly committees. Planning is a critical component of the Events Committee and responsibility rests here to ensure events are planned far enough in advance that everyone enjoys themselves and the events help achieve the mission of Emerge. This committee reports directly to the Emerge Lakeland Steering Committee.

Chair: Alison Anderson/Clark, Campbell & Mawhinney (P: 647.5337
Co-Chair: Rachel Cassidy/FL Southern College (P: 680.6298)
Committee Description: This committee is charged with coordinating all aspects of volunteer opportunities for the 2007 calendar year. The committee members are asked to help make all communications to Emerge Members to ensure they are informed about Emerge Lakeland events and activities and opportunities to get involved as a volunteer. The committee should develop forms of thank you and recognition for Emerge volunteers who get involved in community initiatives. The Volunteer Committee is also charged with communicating volunteer opportunities that exist in the community for members to take advantage of and get involved. This committee must stay closely connected to United Way of Central Florida to understand current needs of the non profit sector and identify how Emerge members can make a difference in helping address these needs. The Volunteer Committee should have a presence at all Emerge Lakeland events manning booths at functions and being prepared to explain the opportunities to members or give referral numbers and contact information for agencies in need of volunteer services. This committee reports directly to the Emerge Lakeland Steering Committee.

Chair: Kristin Carlson/Creative Contractors (P: 603.9439)
Co-Chair: Christina Moore/Waller Construction (P: 688.8870)
Committee Description: The Marketing & Public Relations Committee members are charged with coordinating all communications, branding and public relations efforts for Emerge Lakeland. The committee members will be responsible for media coverage through press releases and notification of events to the appropriate media outlets. Members will design and print letterhead, brochures, and other marketing materials. They will be responsible for communicating all news and events to the Emerge Lakeland members through blogs, emails, newsletters and the website. They will also be charged with communicating to the community Emerge activities. Committee members will promote the branding of Emerge Lakeland through various printed and web-base materials. They will coordinate with all other committees to promote Emerge Lakeland in the best, most effective way. This committee reports directly to the Emerge Lakeland Steering Committee.

Chair: Brian Altman/SunTrust (P: 284.4856)
Co-Chair: Debra Wright/Word Alive Ministries (P: 686.2227)
Committee Description: This committee is charged with coordinating new member orientation at the beginning of each fiscal year. The Membership committee is responsible for growing and maintaining our membership base through activities such as writing letters, making phone calls and providing welcome packets so new members have all the tools to get involved with Emerge. The Membership Committee is also responsible for working closely with the marketing committee to measure retention and develop action plans for addressing needed areas of concern relative to growth and satisfaction of the membership. This committee reports to the Emerge Lakeland Steering Committee.

Chair: Cauney Bamberg/Watson Clinic Foundation (P: 802-6221)
While this is not a long-standing committee commitment there are needs for help in the development of an Emerge Lakeland Strategic Plan to map out the future of Emerge. The Strategic Plan is being developed through three Key Strategic Initiatives. Once the Strategic Plan is adopted the three Advocacy Groups for each Key Strategic Initiatives will only meet on an as-needed basis but until such time, we are diligently working to build an effective and cohesive strategic focus for Emerge.

To get involved, simply contact the Key Strategic Group Leader listed below, as we would encourage your involvement and input.

Key Strategic Initiative (KSI) Contact:
Communication - Kristin Carlson/603.9439
Christina Moore/688.8870

Governance - Sam Nimah/413.8345
Rachel Cassidy/680.6298

Membership - Punam Saxena/648.2843
Steve Madden/682.0013

As always we serve at the pleasure of the membership. Thank you for supporting and believing in Emerge Lakeland now….GET INVOLVED!

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Posted by Kristin Carlson

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