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From Soils to the Sun - May 21, 2007

ASC geosciences goes solar. Click below for the full story.

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Posted by Kristin Carlson

Agenda for June Event- Lake Mirror Tower - June 1, 2005

Below is the agenda for our next event at the new Lake Mirror Tower Apartment Complex. The Tower is located at 103 S. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland, FL.

You may RSVP here.

5:30 p.m.- Arrival, Begin Networking Activity
6:00- Announcements, Presentation from Jim Malless, President of Historic Lakeland
6:15- Tour of Tower, conducted by Cheryl Meehan
6:45- Regroup for Raffle Drawings and Prizes
After the event, everyone is welcome to join the EMERGE steering committee at The Terrace for drinks, dinner, etc.

There is parking onsite at the Lake Mirror Tower garage. The lower level can be utilized. Once this is full, please park at the Main Street Downtown Lakeland garage and walk across Massachusetts Ave. to the Tower.

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Posted by Angie Register

ReCap of May Event- The Salvation Army - May 18, 2005

Last night, we had a nice group visit the Salvation Army Center of Hope facility. A tour of the facility was given and then EMERGE members participated in serving the clients of the Salvation Army dinner. There was great discussion and questions asked by our group and we learned some of the needs of the Salvation Army.

They include volunteers, the adoption of an aparment in their transitional living facility, and the donation of playground equipment that meets their safety requirements. With the adoption of a transitional living apartment, you would basically furnish it with linens, towels, kitchen utensils, pretty things to make it feel like home, and cooking “stuff” for the new families who come in. The families can live there for 2 years, and are able take everything with them when they leave to help them get set up on their own.

One of the highlights of the evening came when we had a personal testimony from one of our EMERGE members who has a cousin who is living in the Salvation Army’s transitional living center, and how the experience had really been a blessing. It was great to hear a firsthand account of the impact that the Salvation Army has had on our community.

I know the Salvation Army was very appreciative of our coming to learn more about their organization and interacting with their clients. Thanks to everyone who attended the event!

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Posted by Angie Register

Structure of Emerge and the Steering Committee - April 19, 2005

Kim and I wanted to take an opportunity to explain to everyone the structure of our group and the steering committee. As you know, Emerge is a United Way and Lakeland Chamber partnership and Emerge began with various representation from each side. We joined together to create our steering committee early last year.

The Steering Committee includes Angie and Kim as Co-Chairs, Carolyn Jackson and Ileana San Martin are Chamber staff liasons, Cauney Boydston is the United Way staff liason, Brian Altman is the Board liason for United Way, Angie is the Chamber Board liason, and Patrick Fagan is in charge of Member Relations for Emerge. In 2006, Angie will roll off as Co-Chair and Patrick will come on board as a Chair. We will then select a new Member Relations representative and that person will roll on as a Chair the next year. All of us make up what we call our Core Committee.

Additionally, we have other members who round out the remainder of the Steering Committee and they represent a variety of backgrounds and professions. One of our main goals is diversity and inclusion on our committee and we have worked hard to assemble a group which represents all facets of the community. The steering committee terms are for two years and each year, there will be new ones joining as well as people rolling off, but at all times there will be old mixed with new so that we stay consistent.

As a Steering Committee, we meet monthly for an hour. In the beginning we met twice monthly and throughout our time together, the committee has been charged with selecting a name and logo for our group, creating our mission and laying out the basics of our structure, as well as event planning, communications, forming partnerships with our sponsors and community supporters, encouraging membership, and creating our website.

Each steering committee member has also selected a monthly event that they are in essence responsible for in terms of planning, etc. Stay tuned for the next installment of this post- I will discuss our Events and how our Emerge members can get involved in helping the Steering Committee! The third installment of this post will discuss our strategic planning and some ideas that we have for 2006, so please stay tuned to the blog for more information!

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Posted by Angie Register

Polk Museum Event Today 5:30 p.m. - April 14, 2005

We are looking forward to seeing you tonight at the Polk Museum event. We are very excited about this one in terms of location, activities, and the music and food. It will be a great time, so please join us even if you have not RSVP'd!

Our next event, Cocktails with the Commodore, at the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club is free for members to attend, so we hope you can come to this one, too, on Tuesday April 26th at 5:30 p.m.

If you have any questions about any of our events, please e-mail anyone on the steering committee or post a comment. Thanks!

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Posted by Angie Register

Welcome to the Emerge Website - April 5, 2005

As the Co-Chairs of Emerge, we would like to welcome you to the Emerge website. We are very excited to have the website officially up and running. The creation of a website was a key area of concern for us when we initially formed Emerge. We wanted our members and guests to have quick access to information concerning Emerge as well as a forum to communicate online with other Emerge members and guests.

We encourage you to visit the site frequently and participate and post your comments in the blog. And, please send the URL address to your friends and spread the word about Emerge Lakeland!

Angie and Kim

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Posted by Angie Register

Saxena Lecture Series Kicks Off - March 30, 2005

EMERGE member Anu Saxena (as well as EMERGE sponsor ASC Geosciences) and his family have created an endowed lecture series at the Lakeland campus of USF.

The Saxena Family Endowed Lecture Series kicked off on Tuesday, March 29 with Robin Murphy, director of USF's Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue and the University of Minnesota's Cooperative Research Center on Safety Security Rescue. She discussed the use of robotic technologies for rescue missions.

From the USF Lakeland web site:

The University of South Florida Lakeland campus and the Saxena Family are pleased to present the Saxena Family Endowed Lecture Series (SFELS). This esteemed lecture series will enable the local campus to bring in renowned speakers for community and scholarly presentations.

This series was established to facilitate the academic programs and topical interests of the greater Lakeland area.

Congrats to Anu and his family!

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Posted by Josh Hallett

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