Charlotte County Employee Newsletter May 26, 2009
In ThIs Issue
CounTy emPLoyees Care
By Emily Chidester, Public Information Office
Charlotte County Government employees who gave to the United Way
through the Employee Campaign are to be commended!
This past year’s Charlotte County Government Employee Campaign was
emPLoyee recently recognized at the United Way of Charlotte County’s Annual Meeting
Retires p. 2 as #2 of the Top 10 Company Campaign Awards. Congratulations to the
individual employees who contributed and to the Department Campaign
There are over 100 partner businesses that hold employee campaigns to raise
monies every year for the United Way of Charlotte County. These corporate
campaigns make up the bulk of funds raised for the United Way to distribute
to their local partner agencies. All of the monies raised go directly to partner
agencies, and the monies raised are separate from the tax dollars the Board
Bridge p. 3 of County Commissioners committed to United Way of Charlotte County.
The partner agencies are seeing an increase in usage as the local economy
continues to struggle. Many of our co-workers are experiencing challenges
through job loss of a family member. Employees can feel proud of their
contributions to programs supported by the United Way of Charlotte County
in the hope of easing someone’s burden.
VisiTor Bureau Marie Pecorella, Lynn Howard, Linda Angelo, Shonna Jenkins, Kathy Knee,
Happenings p. 4 Joyce Burke, Lisa Bailey, Seann Smith, Pat Moran, Pamela Baker, Mark
Ramsey, Mark Gumula, Rita Booth, Gerry Mallet, Tracy Baird, Linda Rohmer-
Free, Carole Smith, Al Campitelli, Elizabeth Parker and Bernie Milosky.
Again, congratulations and thank you.
Emily E. Chidester and Jim Thomson, Employee Campaign Chairs
Program p. 6
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ronald Beck’s employment with Charlotte
County Maintenance and Operation Division began
on November 9, 1988 when Ron was hired as a
Maintenance Worker at the JB Yard. Ron’s skills
and willingness to work resulted in his promotion to
the position of Equipment Operator I. During Ron’s
20+ years with the department, he was involved in
almost every facet of M&O duties from extremely
large pipe installs to running a flail mower cutting
back over-hanging brush from the right-of-way.
Ron was often called upon to respond to after
hours’ emergencies ranging from cleaning up after
traffic accidents to working the floods of 1995, and
most recently, Hurricane Charlie in 2004. He never
complained and was a model of consistency.
Ron’s experience, expertise and camaraderie will
be missed in our department. We wish him the best
Congratulations to ray sandrock!
Ray has been appointed to the position of Assistant
Published by the
T o be the ener gy in
making Charlotte County a Public Information Office
beautiful and enr iching place to live.
Phone: 743.1316 or 623.1092
T o exceed expectations in Fax: 743.1559
the deliver y of public ser vices.
Values Published on the Tuesdays
• I ntegrity
• Customer S er vice following the Board of County
• Par tner ship Commission Meetings
• I nnovation
(Second and Fourth Tuesdays
• S tewar dship
of the month)
Mission Contributions needed!
T o be the ener gy in
making Charlotte County a
beautiful and enr iching place to live.
T o exceed expectations in
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a CCu customer gives positive feedback.
My sewer alarm was sounding on Friday night at His name was Corey (I think). He was polite and
about 6 p.m. I called the emergency number on professional. Amazing customer service. Kudos to
the box and was shocked at how quickly your you. Thank you.
department responded. Within an hour of the
call, a technician was at my home and made the Patricia Neis
a co-worker gives kudos to iT staff.
I would like to comment on the exemplary customer as we are experiencing heavier workloads with
service exhibited by members of the IT staff. Our minimal staff, it is crucial that all our systems are
administrative offices experienced a power outage up and running at all times. Your staff makes this
late yesterday afternoon, and we lost telephone possible during these critical times when we can
and computer connectivity. It seems that no later least afford to experience any delays in producing
than I hung-up the phone from the helpdesk, Evan, our deliverables.
John and Al were out here to address our issues.
In addition, this morning we discovered that our Thank you and your staff for the prompt attention
fax machines are inoperable and again, IT staff got afforded Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources.
immediately on the case. Now, one could
comment that IT staff are just doing their jobs, but Jackie Vazquez
senior services Case manager is a Good
He called 911 and stayed with the citizen until
While Senior Services’ Case Manager Danny White the EMS arrived to transport him to the hospital.
was in the field, he witnessed a citizen in distress Danny then called the citizen’s father to let him
laying on the sidewalk at the corner of Lakeview know what had happened and where his son was
and Midway in Port Charlotte. Danny stopped and being transported.
realized the citizen was having a seizure.
Aerials of the Coral Creek Bridge Replacement
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Public Relations Manager
Visitor’s Bureau Happenings
By Jennifer Huber
smart savings this summer. On May 1, Charlotte A Tourism Tapestry.” Six awards were given to five
County launched the ECOnomical Summer Escape individuals and one business (Fishermen’s Village) for
campaign offering visitors savings, packages and making significant contributions to the tourism industry.
giveaways when vacationing in Charlotte Harbor & The program ended with rendition of “Take Me Out to
the Gulf Islands. The summer-long campaign includes the Ballpark” sung by three Charlotte County VIPs.
radio promotions with vacation giveaways in Tampa Pictured is the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention
and Orlando as well as several cities serviced by Bureau staff.
Allegiant Air and Direct Air. Through the partnership of
area tourism businesses and the airlines who donated
hotel stays, attraction passes, restaurant vouchers, and
flights, the campaign is an inexpensive way to promote
and encourage summer vacation to the area. Program
details can be found at www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com.
Book Charlotte County Hotels Direct! As an
initiative to increase summer travel business, Charlotte
County is making it easier for visitors to book their
accommodations. On May 11, a new booking engine
was added to www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com which
enables consumers to compare accommodation prices share a Little sunshine, reconnect and keep
and amenities while booking directly with an area hotel Florida’s economy Flowing. Earlier this month VISIT
rather than leaving the web site. A nominal commission FLORIDA, the official tourism marketing corporation
is collected from the booking which will be reinvested for the state, launched a new social media marketing
into tourism promotional efforts. campaign called “Share a Little Sunshine.” The 12-
week program encourages residents to send a video
Tourism in solidarity. Joining alongside hundreds postcard and invite friends and family to vacation in
of cities, counties and businesses across the country Florida this summer to get back to what really matters,
during the 26th Annual National Travel and Tourism spending time with people you care about. Doing so
Week (May 9 – 17), Charlotte County saluted the value will also support Florida’s economy. Each time a person
of tourism during the 8th Annual Tourism Unity Awards sends an invite they are entered into a weekly contest
Luncheon on May 13. The partnership between the arts to win a Florida vacation. Do your part to Share a Little
and culture community and tourism were recognized Sunshine by visiting www.ShareALittleSunshine.com
with the afternoon’s theme of “Charlotte Harbor Arts:
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roots & Wings®: raising resilient Children
Family services Center
21450 Gibralter Drive
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Tuesdays, June 16 - July 14
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Come learn how to reset standards, use teachable moments, and re-establish rituals
and traditions. meet other parents and share the joys of parenting
For more information contact
emily Lewis 941.235.0159
New Vehicle Pool
Reserving vehicles for business related travel:
The Budget & Administrative Services Dept. will now be
responsible for maintaining a fleet of four vehicles for use
by employees for business related travel. Three of the WHaT is 2-1-1?
vehicles will be located in the parking lot near Facilities in
the Murdock Administration Center, and the other will be Every hour of every day, someone in the United States needs essential
located at the Sun Trust Building on Murdock Circle. In services—from finding substance abuse assistance to securing adequate
order to reserve any of these vehicles, please contact Linda day care for a child or an aging parent. People often don’t know where to
turn or call for information or assistance.
Angelo in the Budget & Administrative Services Dept. at
743-1551 or e-mail at email@example.com. Please Get Connected. Get Answers.
note that you will be responsible for recording the beginning Cell phone, TTY users and Charlotte County residents in
and ending mileage. Englewood, call 941.205.2161.
Dial-a-ride if you would like to volunteer, contact Dr. Faezeh andrews,
information & referral supervisor at 941.833.5640
Door to door service for
your transportation needs
For information call
uniTeD Way oF CHarLoTTe CounTy
Charlotte County Transit
Through the United Way, your contributions help many different
organizations such as:
sunshine ride CHarLoTTe BeHaVioraL HeaLTH Care
Provides professional mental health, recovery support and substance
Disadvantaged service abuse services. Provides parenting education and support to prevent
child abuse through the Healthy Families Program.
For information call
Charlotte County Transit
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suncoast Humane society animal Welfare League
6781 San Casa Drive 3519 Drance Street
Englewood, FL Port Charlotte, FL 33980
Teddy is a three-year-old, Rascal is a one-year-old,
neutered, male domestic neutered, male Catahoula/
long-hair cat. He is front Hound mix. He is searching
declawed. Teddy’s colors for an owner with a relaxed
are white and orange. lifestyle. Rascal may be
deaf and needs someone
to learn along with him
the skills he needs to be a
Teddy Bear Mi Mi
Teddy Bear is a one and Mi Mi is a six-year-old,
one-half-year-old, neutered, spayed, female domestic
male Husky mix. He weighs medium-hair cat. She is
42 lbs. Teddy Bear needs a a very sweet, sociable
little TLC because he is deaf. girl. If you are looking for
He is a great all-around dog. a steady companion for
life, Mi Mi is the girl for
Teamwork and Change
Recently several groups from the Budget and Administrative team participated in a workshop on Change and Transition.
Part of this experience involved a team building activity where the groups ran a race while trying to balance a workbook on
their head. The premise “leave no one behind” was quickly overlooked in the spirit of competition— a smiling Art Markham
was left to fend for himself while the rest of the group dashed to the finish line. All in all each person grew to appreciate
“no one wins unless we all win.” It’s not about who comes in first, rather it’s how the team works together to achieve great
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Parks, Recreation &
Cultural Resources Events
Festival in the Park Camp adventure series for the summer of 2009:
Charlotte sports Park
May 30 Hit That Ball!! Tuesday - Saturday, June 16-20, 9
12 p.m. - 6 p.m. a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Features baseball, its fun history and
Free Adminission the science behind the ball.
Parking Fee - $3
Whether Weather Matters Monday - Friday, June 29-
Bring the whole family for a day of fun. Festival July 3, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Explore how weather affects
includes lots of food, inflatables on the stadium field, not only our community but communities around the
craft vendors and games for children. Other festival world.
features include merchandise vendors; live bands
from noon to 6 p.m., caricaturists, stilt walkers, mimes Go Green, Charlotte! Tuesday - Saturday, July 14-
and magicians, rock walls, the Tampa Bay Rays July 18, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Explore adventures in
Street Team and the Stone Crabs Street Team. recycling to keep Charlotte green.
nature Talks with Dave mathewson What do you mean, no TV?! Tuesday - Saturday,
June 6 July 28-Aug 1, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Travel back in time
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. to daily life before TVs radios, malls or the Internet
occupied our time.
Pack a picnic lunch and explore local plant and wildlife
species. Meet some of Nature Dave’s special friends. We Don’t Dig Dinosaurs Tuesday - Saturday, Aug.
Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, 4 - Aug. 8, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Go on an archaeological
Charlotte Harbor. Free admission adventure into what its like to be a real Indiana
Library Programs Camp Adventure fees are $100 per one-week session
for Historical Center members and $125 per week for
Book Discussion series: Participants are the general public. Campers must call the Historical
responsible for obtaining their own copies of the Center in advance to reserve a pre-paid spot in the
featured book. Books and discussion materials are program.
available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please call the Center at 941.629.7278 with any
englewood Charlotte Library, 3450 North questions. The Charlotte County Historical Center
Access Road, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on June 17, Join in is located at 22959 Bayshore Road in Charlotte
the discussion of the book The Tropic of Cracker
by Al Burt.
For additional information go to
Get your Game on @ your Library: Come and
www.CharlotteCountyFL.com and click on the
join the video gaming night for teens including a
Historical Center link.
Guitar Hero III contest. Program is for ages 10 to
19. Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest
Nelson Blvd., 6:00 p.m., June 18.
super saturday Film: See current movies and
For more events and programs go to
enjoy a day of family fun. Mid-County Regional
Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., 1:00 p.m.,