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November EMERGE Member Spotlight - November 23, 2009

Antwan Key
Communications specialist/video producer for the City of Lakeland

Q: How did you come to live/work in Lakeland?

A: Great job opportunity with the City of Lakeland.

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your job?
A: The independence, creative freedom, making people comfortable with being on camera.

Q: If you could have grown up during a different decade, which would it be and why?

A: The Roaring 20s: The Harlem Renaissance, Jazz Age. I would have liked to be in the midst of those who began to contribute to the rise of African American expression through art, literature and music like William H. Johnson, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, etc.

Q: How has your EMERGE Lakeland membership been beneficial to you?
A: I’m most efficient when I have a task to do as opposed to just being a member who attends social/networking events. Serving on the Membership Committee and now the Steering Committee of EMERGE allows me to lend a hand in developing Lakeland into an environment that welcomes and supports young professionals and those who are a part of the “creative class” that Richard Florida speaks of.

Q: What upcoming Lakeland event are you looking forward to attending?A: The election (mayor’s seat and city commission seats), the Lakeland Christmas Parade (which I’ll be helping to broadcast live on the city’s government access channel, LGN Channel 615).

Q: If you could serve on any organization's board in Lakeland, which would it be and why?

A: I’d have to do research to determine which boards are out there that focus on mentoring young people. If anyone knows, please share.

Q: If you could ask one question of an EMERGE Spotlight member, what would it be?

A: What professional development exercise or event would you find beneficial?

Q: What is the worst job you've ever had?
A: I’ve never had a bad job experience. However, I often question whether I was stressing myself out or not when I started working part-time with the morning news show at WTXL-TV in Tallahassee beginning at 3 a.m.-7:30 a.m., then went directly to my full-time job for 8 hours. That went on for nearly two years. The long days were tough, but I got the experience I wanted from the news station.

Q: Name one guilty pleasure.

A: This is a tough one: sweet potato pie (others include coffee, JC Penney, Express).

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Polk Works Networking Group - November 16, 2009

Attached you will find a copy of the informational flyer for the Polk Works professional networking group. This event will be on a larger scale than the Coffee Talks and focus more on networking. The networking group will be an opportunity for professionals to enhance their networking skills and exchange job leads. If you come across anyone that you feel will benefit from this event please refer them to myself or Allison Harris to RSVP.

Marquita Polite

Customer Service Specialist

Polk Works

600 N. Broadway Ave., Suite A

Bartow, FL 33830

863-508-1600 ext 1124

Fax: 863- 508-1242

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Candidates Sought for the Civil Service Board - November 10, 2009

The City is looking for representation on the Civil Service Board. The Civil Service Board position that is open cannot be employed by the City and the person must reside within the Lakeland City limits.

Attached are the petition forms along with the Candidate Oath form. Nominations close at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 13th.

For more information please contact the City Clerk’s Office at ext. 46210.

Civil Service Board Website

Oath Form

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VISTE presents the Bumble Bee Canned Tuna Wreath Contest - November 10, 2009

When: Friday, December 11, 2009

Time: Event starts at 6:00 p.m.
Drop-off/Set-up wreaths anytime between 5-6 pm at the stage area.

Where: Lake Mirror Promenade/ no rain date

Why: In order to raise awareness to the needs of the elderly, VISTE is making wreaths out of Bumble Bee Tuna cans, one of our most popular foods in our food distribution. The wreaths will be given to our clients.

Rules:• Eligibility: Everyone is eligible to participate. There will be categories for judging with prizes awarded in each category. Judges will be Bumble Bee officials.

Individuals/Your Group/Schools/Churches

Design rules and regulations
Decorate or build a wreath using whole unopened cans of Bumble Bee Tuna and other decorative items. All materials are provided by entrant (including wreaths, cans of tuna, etc.)
Teams need to decide how they want to display their wreath. VISTE can assist with finding easels, but will need prior notice if one needs to be provided. This information must be included in registration.
No cans of tuna can be punctured in any way.
All wreaths and cans of tuna will go to VISTE to be distributed to clients following the event.
Wreaths can contain organizational logos, names, trademark, etc.
Let your imagination go wild. All efforts and contributions will benefit VISTE and their clients.

Deadline for Registration: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.
Contact for Registration: Tom Stull, Advisory Board Member
625 E. Orange St.
Lakeland, Fl. 33801

All wreaths will be donated to clients. Any special props are the responsibility of the entrant. If you bring your own stand you are responsible for picking it up at the end of the event.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a business, school, or church may do so by contacting the organization directly. The organization designing/building the wreath should register as indicated above.

Judging Categories:
People’s Choice
Best of Show

Tuna Flyer

Registration Form

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WANTED: Energetic People that Love the Arts - November 5, 2009

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