February 2010 Archives

« January 2010 | Main | March 2010 »

Camp Fire USA Annual Golf Tournament on March 12th - February 24, 2010

Emerge Members - We need your help in supporting Camp Fire USA at it's annual golf tournament held on March 12th at Cleveland Heights Golf Course. We have lots of spots for singles or teams of all abilities, so please consider joining us for a fun day of golf.

Call 863-688-5491 or email hollyl@campfireusa-sunshine.org for registration.

Golf Information: $95 golfer or $375 foursome; *Register by Feb. 28 and save $10!


If you can't attend please consider sponsoring for as little as $100.

Sponsor information:
Centennial $5,000 Igniting confidence, independence, & an environmental conscience in 1,100 youth; Includes golf for four.

Care $2,500 Caring for 550 at-risk kids during weekly meetings in low-income neighborhoods; Includes golf for four.

Camp $1,000 Guiding 275 kids, teens, & families through camping, environmental awareness, & outdoor experiences; Includes golf for four.

Contribute $500 Helping teens contribute 7,000 hours in volunteer service throughout the community; Includes golf for two.

Connects $250 Connecting 75 adults mentors with kids & teens in small group settings; Includes golf for one.

Hole Sponsorships $100

Permalink | Comments (0) | More in: Community Events

Posted by Emerge Lakeland

AFI Positions Available: Director of Business Development and Program Operations - February 2, 2010

Director of Business Development

Individual will identify, explore and develop vocational training and employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Applicants must have outstanding written and oral communication skills. This individual will develop product and service opportunities (traditional and non-traditional) with private and government entities. Ability to review capacity, determine fair market pricing, develop new business relationships and identify competencies required for each project. Applicants must have strong supervisory/managerial experience, working knowledge of Wage and Hour guidelines, quality control and familiarity with vocational training/employment grant sources. Applicants should also have sound knowledge in basic revenue models, p/l, forecasting, budgeting and tracking needed in conjunction withstrong Microsoft Office skills.

Director of Program Operations

Organized, dependable, energetic & creative individual needed to manage current & develop new programs for adults with Developmental Disabilities in concert with State & Federal regulatory & funding agencies. Duties also include all aspects of program oversight including staff training & grants management. Bachelors Degree in Human Services field, 5 years of progressive management experience & familiarity with corresponding regulatory bodies. Must have proven written & oral communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs & familiar with local resources/program standards & financial statements. This is a full time position with benefits.

When applying for Director of Program Operation & Director of Business Development, please submit resume, salary range requirement and references to:

Shirley A. Balogh, President/CEO
Alliance for Independence
1038 Sunshine Dr. E.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Permalink | Comments (0) | More in: Job Openings

Posted by Emerge Lakeland

Julie Townsend: EMERGE Member Spotlight - February 1, 2010

Julie Townsend
Executive director, Downtown Lakeland Partnership

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

A: We moved to Lakeland because of a job opportunity for my husband Billy at The Ledger. He was a reporter for a sister paper in Palatka, FL and applied for a position at The Ledger in 1999.

Q: If you could have any talent in the world, what would it be and why?

A: That's a hard one. I would probably want to be able to play a musical instrument. I attended the Harrison School for the Arts Orchestra concert a while back and it was fantastic. I am just amazed by anyone who can play. The music was so powerful it brought me to tears. I would love to be able to experience it from the creative side.

Q: What would you change/add regarding EMERGE to enhance your experience?

A: It is difficult to say, since I am so new to the organization. We are all so busy, I think it is hard to take advantage of the great activities already offered.

Q: Name one pet peeve.

A: Mediocrity. I always try to beat expectations and not just do the minimum required. I get peeved by others who do not give 110 percent.

Q: How has your EMERGE Lakeland membership been beneficial to you?

A: Already I have met some great people. It keeps me connected with the community in a way that is different from my job.

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

A: Another hard one! I work for an organization with a board so I understand board dynamics well. With that said, the one I chose would have to be an organization I had a passion for and one that I had time to give 110 percent. All my passion for now is tied up in Downtown, so perhaps the Historic Lakeland board.

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

A: I would selfishly ask, "How much time and money do you think you spend in Downtown Lakeland?"

Q: What is the worst job you've ever had?

A: I have worked since I was 15, so you can imagine I've had lots of random retail jobs. But really all of them were great. Why a job is bad depends on your perspective. I am the kind of person who needs flexibility in schedule, constant changes and new stimuli. I thought I wanted to be a teacher early on, but soon learned that I was not cut out for the rigidity of the schedule and confinement of the workplace. I lasted only 2 years. I have a huge amount of respect for teachers after walking in their shoes. It takes a very special person.

Q: What upcoming Lakeland event are you looking forward to attending?

A: I am really excited about the upcoming Brewz Crewz Craft Beer Festival. Of course I am a bit biased, since I am organizing the event for the DLP, but I think it will be a fabulous event. We do not have a craft beer event in Lakeland that is to the caliber that we are planning, so I am excited to see how the public reacts to it.

Permalink | Comments (0) | More in: Community Leaders

Posted by Emerge Lakeland

*All blog posts and comments are the opinions of the blog author or comment poster and do not necessarily represent the views of EMERGE Lakeland.

P 863/688-8551 ext. 228 info@emergelakeland.com