Chamber Channel April 11 by fdh56iuoui


									                                                                                                            Volume 4, Issue 4
                                                                                                                      April, 2011

                                       Chamber Channel
                                  P.O. Box 430511 , Big Pine Key, Fl 33043
                                                                                                     Lower Keys Chamber of
                                  Office- 305-872-2411 - Fax 305-872-0752                                Commerce
                                                                                                   Board of Directors 2011
                                  Email:                                         Cece Williamson
                                  Website:                                             President
                                                                                                          Boys and Girls Club
                                                                                                             Judy Rowley
                                                                                                          First Vice President
                                                                                                              Pizza Works
                                                                                                              Steve Miller
                                                                                                          2nd Vice President
                                                                                                        VOX Communications
                                                                                                             Nancy Oleinik
                                                                                                              All Keys Gas
                                                                                                           Jo Ann Saunders
                                                                                                     Membership Vice President
                                                                                                           Centennial Bank
                                                                                                              Alison Sloat
                                                                                                  Key West Key Lime Pie Company
                                                                                                            Carole Stevens
                                                                                                 Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                                             Dan Iarrobino
                                                                                                Cudjoe Sales Fishermen’s Warehouse
                                                                                                                Joe Britz
                                                                                                      Coconuts Lounge/Liquors
                                                                                                              Karen Hillier
                                                                                                      National Key Deer Refuge
                                                                                                             Scott Bringle
                                                                                                                Royal Plus
                                                                                                            Trysh Freehling
                                                                                                 First State Bank of the Florida Keys
                                                                                                            Terry Strickland
                                                                                                             Past President
                                                                                                          Yankee Freedom II

                                                                                                           Inside this issue:

                                                                                                Reggae Fest                             2
The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present its newest benefit for Chamber
members. The Board of Directors in its search for ways to reward members has created this       Radio Auction                        3-5
exciting Member of the Month where every month, the Board at its monthly meeting will           April General Membership Mtg            6
draw two names from the Chamber’s “fish bowl” where all Chamber members have been               May Business Social                     6
placed. The first name drawn is the Member of the Month and the second name drawn is the        Dolphin Tournament                      7
member the Chamber will purchase a $100 Gift Certificate from to award to the Member of
                                                                                                Lower Keys Chamber Map                  9
the Month. In these tough economic times and in this way, the Chamber is able to benefit
and showcase two members each month.                                                            Members on the Move                 10-12

The Member of the Month will receive a certificate made especially for them; a $100 Gift Cer-   New Members                           13
tificate purchased by the Chamber from a fellow member, a banner on the Chamber’s web-          Congratulations Members                14
site home page and a spotlight article with pictures on the                                                15&16
                                                                                                Member Benefits
front page of the monthly Chamber Channel.
                                                                                                April Calendar                        17
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      Lower Keys Reggae Fest to Star Pato Banton and Calton Coffie of InnerCircle
                                      April 2
Reggae legends Pato Banton and Calton Coffie are to showcase their world-renowned rhythms for Florida
Keys audiences during the third annual Lower Keys Reggae Fest, scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April

The festival presents the sounds of the islands set against Gulf of Mexico waters at
Sugarloaf Lodge, mile marker (MM) 17 gulfside on Sugarloaf Key (near the Bat Tower).

Pato Banton is widely acclaimed for his unique and charismatic performances blend-                    3rd Annual

ing masterful reggae, upbeat messages and insightful commentary. A Grammy-
                                                                                                   Reggae Fest
nominated artist with multiple top-selling recordings to his credit, Banton has toured
with such stellar talents as Sting and Ziggy Marley.

Calton Coffie is the co-writer and lead vocalist of the Grammy Award-winning reggae album “Bad Boys” and
lead vocalist on numerous gold- and platinum-selling albums and singles worldwide with band Inner Cir-
cle. His music also can be heard in film and television hits including “Bad Boys,” “Cops” and “Minority
“Report.” Also appearing on the entertainment lineup are Bongo D and Marijah. Emceeing the festival will be
Entertainment Reporter Shireen Sandoval from Channel 7’s Decco Drive.

As well as exceptional music, festival attendees can enjoy attractions including food and libations to include
Cuervo Margaritas, Jamaican Rum Punch and Bahama Mamas. In addition, vendors are to be on hand offering
crafts and island items. Vendor spaces are still available. A vivid Florida Keys sunset over the water is to signal
the festival’s close.

Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 per person at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased at , any one of the nine Centennial Bank branches from Key Largo to Key West or at the Lower
Keys Chamber of Commerce visitor center, MM 31 Oceanside on Big Pine Key.

Thank you to our sponsors that make this event possible; Monroe County Tourist Development Council; Royal
Plus, Inc., Strike Zone Charters,, News Barometer, AT&T, The Real Yellow Pages, Pepsi Refresh-
ment Services, Waste Management of the Florida Keys, Centennial Bank, Fox Affiliate Channel 7 Miami’s Decco
Drive, Eagle Distributors, - This Island Rocks!, AP Design LLC and Jubilee Sound Reinforce-

Please no picnic baskets, coolers, backpacks or pets. Do bring a lawn chair or blanket.


                       ned               Reggae Great Calton
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        Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce
              Annual Radio Auction 2011

The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce and Conch County FM, 98.7 presented the Chamber’s
Annual Radio Auction on Wednesday, March 9th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm broadcast live
from the Lower Keys Chamber Visitor’s Center, mile marker 31 and aired on CONCH COUN-
TRY FM – 98.7. Auctioneers were radio personalities Steve Miller and “Jammin “Jim Cameron
of US 1 Radio. Items included original artwork, professional services, and gift certificates to
hotels, restaurants, stores, diving, snorkeling, jewelry, parasail and sunset cruises, etc. Many
of our local businesses purchased “mentions” on the radio every hour. It was a fast paced ex-
citing day here at the Chamber and the Lower Keys Chamber Board of Directors, Executive
Director and staff wish to thank our volunteers, First State Bank; Anna Baird and Trysh Freeh-
ling; Centennial Bank; Jo Ann Saunders and Linda Jones; Mary Mo, Scott and Tammy Bringle
of Royal Plus; Tammy Germain of Lower Keys Electric; Sharon Helmke and Directors Cece Wil-
liamson, Dan Iarrobino, Joe Britz, Judy Rowley and Karen Hillier. Special thanks to Steve
Miller, Jim Cameron as our auctioneers and General Manager Kevin LeRoux who provided
Conch County FM 98.7 without whom this event would not be possible. Thank you to Judy
Rowley of PizzaWorks who provided lunch for everyone. In addition, a heartfelt thank you to
everyone who donated an item to be auctioned from Key West to Key Largo and to everyone
who purchased these items.
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The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank CONCH COUNTRY 98.7 FM
and WWUS 1 Radio Stations; Kevin LeRoux, General Manager; News Barometer for
Advertising; Auctioneers: Steve Miller and “Jammin’ Jim” Cameron, Pizza Works for their
generous donation of lunch; and the following businesses who generously donated to our Radio
Auction. We appreciate your support. Thank you so much.

2 for 20 Pizza                    Ernest Hemingway        Island Watersports     Pepsi Refreshment Services
5 Brothers Grocery Two            Home & Museum           Danger Charters        Pizza Works
Abby Oglesbee Realtor -           First State Bank        Dolphin Safari         Reef Light Tackle
Coldwell Banker Schmitt RE        Fun Yet Charters        Charters               Rick’s & Durty Harry’s
A Slice of Paradise               Gold Coast              Pirate Scooters        Roses’ Style With a Smile
All Keys Gas                      Distributors            Island Aquarium;       Royal Plus
Angelic Moon Holistic Day         Good Food               Lifetime Dock &        Rum Barrel Restaurant & Bar
Spa                               Conspiracy              Lumber, Inc.           Salsa Loca Mexican
Artists in Paradise- Gail         Great Locations         Lilly Pulitzer’s       Restaurant
Upmal & Connie Powers             Habitat for Humanity    Little Palm Island     Sea Camp
AT&T, The Real Yellow             Hard Rock Cafe          Resort and Spa         Sea Center
Pages/Advertising Solutions       Harry Truman’s Little   Looe Key Reef Resort   Seaboots Charters, Inc.
Atlantis Rising Holistic Health   White House             & Dive Center          Sebago Watersports
Center                            Historic Tours of       Lower Keys Chamber     Seek Unique Jewelry – Sharon
Babble on Salon                   America                 of Commerce            Helmke
Baby's Coffee                     Howard Livingston &     Lower Keys             Shirleys Frozen Custard
Bayshore Nursery                  the Mile Marker 24      Woodworking            Speakeasy Inn
Bella Mia 22 Salon & Spa          Band                    Mangrove Mama’s        Sports Page Bar & Grill
Big Pine Bicycle Center           Jodi Gay Massage        Restaurant & Lounge    Square Grouper Bar & Grill
Big Pine Kayak Adventures         Therapy                 Marathon Lady Inc.     Stefani Esmark Photography
Big Pine Liquors                  Jolly II Rover          March Hare Marine      Stick & Stein
Big Pine Medical & Minor          Key Largo Chamber       Services               Strike Zone Charters, Inc.
Emergency Center                  of Commerce             Margaritaville         Sunny Days Catamarans
Boondocks Grille & Draft          Key West Butterfly &    Marianne G.Motches     Sunset Water Sports
House & Miniature Golf            Nature Conservatory     Mel Fisher Maritime    T.G.I.Fridays
Centennial Bank                   Key West Golf Club      Museum                 The Restaurant Store
Coca Cola Refreshments            Key West Key Lime       Metro PCS – Stock      The Turtle Hospital
Coconut's Lounge & Drive          Pie Company             Island                 The Wharf Bar & Grill
Thru Liquors                      Key West Kite Co.       New Island Grill       True Title Agency
Conch Tour Train                  Key West Rubbers        News Barometer         Turtle Kraals
Cowboy Bill’s                     Key West Toy            Oppenheimer Eye        Williams Pest Control
Crowne Plaza LaConcha             Factory                 Clinic                 Windswept A/C & Appliances
Cudjoe Sales Fishermen’s          Key West Visitors       Origami Japanese       Yankee Freedom II
Warehouse                         Center &                Restaurant
Dolphin Marina & Cottages         Contributors:           Out of the Blue
Dr. Christopher Golden            Wicker Guest House      Gallery and Gifts
Dr. Jean Gormley                  Fury Water              Outback Steakhouse
Eagle Distributors                Adventures              Peppers of Key West

Also, many thanks to our wonderful Volunteers and Board Members: Scott & Tammy
Bringle, Anna Baird, Linda Jones, Mary Mo, Trysh Freehling, Cece Williamson, JoAnn
Saunders, Dan Iarrobino, Judy Rowley, Tammy Germain, Sharon Helmke, Karen Hillier
and Joe Britz. We couldn’t have done it without your help! We appreciate everyone who
donated to our Radio Auction and apologize to anyone we may have left out by accident.
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                     April General Membership Meeting

You are cordially invited to attend the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce April General
Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 26th from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Venue and menu
are still to be determined with details to follow by email. Libations and the Chamber’s 50/50
raffle will add to the fun. As the General Membership Meetings are now quarterly, we hope
you will be encouraged to come out, meet and greet our new members as well as network
which is a vital component of membership meetings. The cost is $15.00 and as reservations
are required, please contact the Chamber at 872-2411 or send us an email to for more information.

                                May Business Social
       The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce there will be a Busi-
ness Social, hosted by the Big Pine & Lower Keys Habitat for Humanity on Big Pine Key,
Thursday, May 19th from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. There will be hot & cold hors d’oeuvres,
libations, the Chamber’s Business Card Drawing and 50/50 raffle. Please plan to attend this
Social and show your support for Habitat for Humanity of Key West & the Lower Florida
Keys and enjoy the opportunity to network with other Lower Keys Chamber businessmen &
women. A $10.00 per person donation helps supper the Lower Keys Chamber. For more in-
formation, call the Chamber at 872-2411 or send us an email at officeas-
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                  18th Annual Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament

                          DOLPHIN TOURNAMENT

More than $40,000 in cash and prizes awaits anglers targeting dolphin in the
18th annual Big Pine and Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament. The contest is
scheduled Friday through Sunday, June 10-12, 2011, with events headquar-
tered at Boondocks Grille & Draft House & Miniature Golf at mile marker (MM)
27 on Ramrod Key.

The first 300 registered anglers are eligible to win a $20,000 cash grand prize
for weighing in the heaviest dolphin over 50 pounds.

The first-place prize in the tournament’s open division, a guaranteed $10,000 cash and trophy, will be
presented to the angler who catches the heaviest dolphin. Second- through fourth-place winners also
receive cash prizes and trophies. The Top Lady Angler is to receive a $500 cash prize and a trophy.

Prizes in the tournament’s youth division, created for anglers age 15 and under, are to include rods
and reels and trophies awarded through third place.

While dolphin is the only species of fish eligible for cash awards, other prizes are to be presented for
the heaviest wahoo and tuna caught.

Presented by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, the tournament is set to kick off Friday, June 10,
with a 5 p.m. final registration party featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. A captains meeting is
scheduled for 7 p.m.

Anglers can begin their pursuit of dolphin at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. Weigh-
ins are to take place 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday.

A banquet and awards ceremony closes this exciting three-day event following Sunday’s weigh-in at 5:00pm.

Tournament entry fees are $150 per angler in the open division and $50 per angler in the youth divi-
sion. Admission to all social events is included in the entry fee.

Additional social passes for the banquet can be purchased for $20 per adult and $15 per youngster
age 15 and under.

Registration forms for the Big Pine and Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament are available at the Lower
Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 Oceanside on Big Pine Key, online at Boondocks Grille and Draft House, Ramrod Key, MM 27.5 and on Cud-
joe Key at Cudjoe Sales Fishermen’s Warehouse, MM 22.5.

For information about the tournament or about accommodations in the Lower Florida Keys, call the
Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce at 305-872-2411. Accommodations information also is available
on the Florida Keys website at

Thank you to our major sponsors who make this event possible: Boondocks Grille & Draft House &
Miniature Golf, Cudjoe Sales Fishermen's Warehouse, Centennial Bank, Royal Plus, Inc., Flori-, News Barometer, AT&T The Real Yellow Pages, The Florida Keys & Key West Monroe
County Tourist Development Council and The Florida Keys Fishing Tournaments.
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        Lower Keys Chamber participating in Visitors Survey on new
                       Florida All Electronic Tolls

       The Tourist Development Council (TDC) recently asked all
five Chambers of Commerce to participate in a survey asking
Florida Keys Visitors a series of questions designed to gauge
reaction to the new Florida Turnpike All-Electronic Tolls. Staff
has conducted over twenty so far with some visitors reacting
with anger although 75% feel the turnpike is now safer to
drive without having to stop to pay tolls. Many are not aware
what their rental car company will charge upon the return of
the rental car for the SunPass installed in their vehicle. We will
continue the survey at the request of the TDC and hopefully
inform more visitors about Florida’s Turnpike All-Electronic
Tolls so they are informed and better prepared for future travel
to the Florida Keys.
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           Lower Keys Chamber Big Pine & Lower Keys Street
                        Map Publication 2011

The Lower Keys Chamber is preparing to reprint our Big Pine & Lower Keys Street
Map for 2011. The map has always been very popular with locals and visitors and
we hope that you will consider advertising in it. Dave Facinelli, representative from
Heron Publishing will be contacting the membership for advertising and you will re-
ceive the letter below shortly in the mail so you can be assured this is a legitimate
                                  Chamber venture. We look forward to seeing you
                                  on the map. Thanks as ever for your support.

                                      It’s time to put your business on the map, literally. Publi-
                                      cation of the popular Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce
                                      Street Map is in the works and will be produced by
                                      Heron Publishing.
                                      Put your business into the hands of the thousands of new-
                                      comers and visitors that call or visit the Chamber asking
                                      for this map. As newcomers, they are looking to acquaint
                                      themselves with the lay of the land and the services avail-
                                      able. Don’t you want your business to be one of the first
                                      to make an impression ? Paper maps travel. They are
better than a sticker on a suitcase. Think about this...
• Your advertisement is working for two years
• Your company receives multiple impressions as consumers refer to it frequently
• Maps are passed on to family, friends and relatives, increasing your exposure
• Advertisers receive copies for distribution to clients and guests
• Make the most of your ad with a professionally designed ad at no additional cost
Be one of the first and send in the enclosed reply card.
Once you have returned
the enclosed reply card,
Dave Facinelli from
Heron will contact you to
discuss, placement and
rate information. Space is
limited. Ad placement is
on a first come first serve
basis. The Chamber is
pleased to offer yet an-
other avenue to assist in
promoting your business
to our frequent visitors
and newcomers.
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   15th Annual Fine Art Auction ~
         Pete Rosin Scholarship

           Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
$10 Admission includes preview party with Wine
    and Appetizers from 5:30pm—7:00pm.
          Auction begins at 7:00 pm
  For More Information Call 872-1828 or visit
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                     Williams Pest Control, LLC
                             Professional Reliable Service
                           Serving the Middle & Lower Keys

Household Pests                                    Ant, Scorpions, Etc
Lawn & Ornamental                                  Rats & Mice
                                                   Spot Termite Treatment
Termite Inspections

Keith Williams                                     Big Pine Key: (305)872-1008
Over 30 Years experience                           Marathon :    (305)743-7222

 Bahia Honda State Park, located in the Lower Keys at MM 36.8, is to host its 16th
 annual Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free
 family-friendly event features live music, a sand sculpture contest, fish printing,
 puppet shows, children's games, environmental exhibitions by local groups such as
 Marathon's renowned Turtle Hospital and more. For more information, call the Ba-
 hia Honda Sand and Sea Nature Center at 305-872-9807.

Green Living & Energy Education (GLEE), a local nonprofit organization dedi-
             cated to promoting sustainable living in the Keys, will host its an-
             nual Earth Day celebration 5-8 p.m. April 22 at Key West's Bottle
             Cap Groove Lounge, 1128 Simonton St. Free and open to the pub-
             lic, the celebration is to feature a healthy living cook-off com-
             plete with a raffle and prizes. In addition, attendees can pay a
             small fee to judge the cook-off. For more information, call
Bridget at 305-923-1994.

                                     ”Members on the Move”
Anyone having an event, happening or Social gathering, the Lower Keys Chamber
is interested in your news to publish in the monthly Chamber Channel Newslet-
ter. Did you know as a member of the Lower Keys Chamber we will send your news
to the entire membership upon request? The editing staff reserves the right of selec-
tion. As the Chamber Channel is published the first Friday of every month, the dead-
line date for news submitted is the Monday before. Send us your news, events, etc.
and we will help get it “out there” to the entire Chamber. membership.
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          Notary Services

Did you know that if you are a Cham-
ber Member you have free Notary Ser-
vices available to you? As a member
of Lower Keys       Chamber of Com-
merce, if you have anything that needs
notarizing you can call the office at
(305)872-2411 to set up a time to
come in and have your documents no-
tarized without a hassle. Please set up
an appointment ahead of time to be
sure that a notary is on hand.
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 Adventure Watersport Charters                       Bank of America
          Jack & Kelly Jordaan                     Pat Camp/Lisa Feliciano
              29148 Rose Drive                      30572 Overseas Highway
           Big Pine Key, FL 33043                    Big Pine Key, FL 33043
           Phone: 305-453-6070                        Phone: 305-872-8933

 Email:   Email:
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 The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Director wish to com-
                   mend and recognize the following Chamber Members:

 Karen Sharp, CEO of First State Bank of the Keys has been honored with the Florida Diversity Coun-
cil 2011 Glass Ceiling Award that is designed to honor women that have shattered the glass ceiling
in all professions. Karen Sharp was recognized for her commitment to professional excellence and
for setting an outstanding example to women in terms of the education, dedication, commitment,
interpersonal and leadership skills, team spirit and attitude needed to attain senior management po-
sitions in the financial services industry. Ms. Sharp was elected president of First State Bank in 2002
making her the first woman to hold the position as well as the first female board members and later
named First State’s first female chief executive officer. Congratulations Karen!

Key West Key Lime Pie Company’s Jim Brush and Alison Sloat were featured on the Food Network’s
“Throwdown with Bobby Flay” Wednesday, March 23rd where Flay challenges the makers of their
signature dish to a kind of cook-off creating his own version with the help of two test cooks. Expert
judges choose the winner. Earlier Jim and Alison took five ribbons from the National Pie Champion-
ships held annually in Orlando by the American Pie Council. IN 2009, they earned a spot in Jane
and Michael Stern’s book “500 Things to East Before It’s too late” and the very best places to eat
them. Jim Brush says, “the pies speak for themselves”. Currently Key West Key Lime Pie Company
has three locations; one on Big Pine Key and two in Key West. Congratulations once again Jim and
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ber website for the new special     million products available for
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these special offers to you:        at 305-743-4456 or email:              retirement needs.
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                                    •   Your policies are performing   Member on any full or half day
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Scott and Tammy Bringle of
                                        You have the appropriate       their friends
Royal Plus want to help you         •
prepare your business ahead             amount and type of cover-      -OR-
of time in case of a hurricane          age.                           If a Chamber Member refers
or other emergency. Call to-                                           someone for a Charter that
                                    Ownership is structured prop-
day and receive a free                                                 member may have their friend
                                    erly and beneficiary designa-
"Emergency Management                                                  get a 10% discount on the trip
                                    tions are up-to-date.
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OR the member may receive         offers you a substantial savings     pleased: “The phone rep was
10% cash back. Call John          with an average of 51% off list      great to work with, the office
Sahagian at (305)872-3407 or      prices! In addition:                 supply order came in one day
email at:                         •   Up to 75% off the already        and the savings were excellent.”                    low Office Depot list prices     For our members who prefer to
                                      on 180 item Most Popular         shop “in store”, Office Depot is
             *****                                                     offering their “Store Purchasing
                                      Buy list.
FREE basic Credit Card Ma-                                             Card” package as part of our
                                  •   Pay only $5.95 for shipping      Member Perks program. The
chine rental as long as the           on orders under $50 or take      Lower Keys Chamber of Com-
processing is with TermNet            1% off an order over $150.       merce currently has a supply of
Merchant Services Limit           •   Save a shopping list and reor-   these cards so please come by
one per business, only $15            der in record time.              and pick yours up today. The
                                                                       package includes a card identify-
for additional machines. For      •   Order your office supplies on    ing the holder as a Lower Keys
details call Oscar Rodriguez          the private, password pro-
                                                                       Chamber member, credit and
at (305)395-2897 or email:            tected, order site.
                                                                       transaction limits identified on the          •   No sign-up fees, no commit-      carrier, method of payment estab-
                                      ments, no contract, no penal-    lished at the time of registration,
             *****                    ties                             and a copy of the Terms and Con-
Please call the Chamber           To register for this absolutely      ditions. This expanded service
                                  free savings benefit, simply         enables you to purchase from
at 872-2411 or email:                                                  any of the Office Depot store lo-
                                  check or enter into your web
info@lowerkeyschamber.c           browser address field the follow-    cations nationwide with the
om if you have any dis-           ing link:                            benefit of receiving your special
                                                                       account contract pricing. When
counts that you would            you make your purchase at the
like to offer to your fellow      Perks.asp?                           store, the receipt will show either
Lower Keys Chamber of                                                  the special agreement price or
Commerce Members.                                                      the retail price, whichever is
                                 After filling out a short form with   lower. You will be asked to pay
                                 your business contact informa-        based on the method of payment
               *****             tion you will receive an email        established upon registration
                                 with your welcome packet, in-         (charging to the account billing
     Office Depot Discount
                                 cluding your user ID, password        or paying at the register). To
             Program             and a link to the secure-order        open a Business Account with
                                 website within three business         online access with Office Depot,
The Lower Keys Chamber of        days. You can then order online       simply email Barbara Maglio at
Commerce strives to offer a con- or by phone and you can re- 
tinuous stream of benefits to    ceive the same discounts in-store     or call her at 561-914-2148.
you. One of the benefits we      at the Marathon Office Depot by
would like to remind you of is   registering your credit card us-
the Office Depot Savings Pro-    ing the form included in your
gram available through our af- welcome packet. Alison Sloat of
filiation with the Florida Cham- Key West Key Lime Pie Company
ber of Commerce. This program tried the service and was very
   April Calendar                                                              PAGE 17

         Friday, April 1st
      Rotary Meeting—Noon
    Big Pine Methodist Church
                                      The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce
       APRIL FOOL’S DAY               Board of Directors and Executive Director,
       Saturday, April 2nd            Carole Stevens are pleased to announce
                                      the opportunity to purchase sponsorship
Lower Keys 3rd Annual Reggae Fest
                                      packages as well as Title Sponsorships for
 Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17 Bayside        the Chamber’s Community Events for 2011
         Noon—6:00 pm                 are now available. These packages are
                                      reasonably priced to fit everyone’s budget
      Wednesday, April 6th            and offer great opportunities to advertise
Fishing Umbrella, 7:00pm—7:30pm       your business. Please call the Chamber at
                                      872-2411 and ask for Carole for more in-
        Marathon Library
       Thursday. April 7th
         FKSCA 1:30 pm
     Marathon EOC Building
   Flagler Centennial, 11:30am      Have you moved or added a new email or web-
                                    site address for your business?
 Castaways Restaurant, Marathon
         Friday, April 8th          Would you like multiple employees to receive
                                    email notification of all Chamber events?
      Rotary Meeting—Noon
                                    If you would like to update your Chamber con-
    Big Pine Methodist Church
                                    tact information or add employees to the Cham-
     Wednesday, April 13th          ber’s email list, please email your request to of-
         Board Meeting     or contact
         LKCC—6:00pm                the Chamber at 872-2411.
        Friday, April 15th          Would you like to make a presentation to the
      Rotary Meeting—Noon           staff of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce
                                    which allows you the opportunity to inform staff
    Big Pine Methodist Church
                                    of any special information or features of your
       Sunday, April 17th           business? This information allows staff to make
          Palm Sunday               good recommendations and better decisions
       Tuesday, April 19th          when speaking with visitors at the office or on
                                    the phone. Appointments are available; just call
                                    the Chamber at 872-2411.
            Passover                       Business Social 2011 Hosts
        Friday, April 22nd                           Sought
           Good Friday
                                      The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce
       Sunday, April 24th             is seeking interested businesses to host
          Easter Sunday               a Chamber Business Social for the up-
       Tuesday, April 26th            coming months of 2011. Consider hav-
  General Membership Meeting          ing a Social with several businesses to-
                                      gether. This is an ideal way to show-
    Location to be announced
                                      case your business to the community
        6:00pm—8:00 pm
                                      and provide a networking venue for
        Friday, April 29th            your fellow business owners and em-
      Rotary Meeting—Noon             ployees. Please call the Chamber at
    Big Pine Methodist Church         872-2411 for information.
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      The Lower Keys Chamber of Com-                 to our community.                                       in our community), is extensively in-
                                                          Any person, business association, cor-         volved with the Monroe County Tourist
merce is incorporated under the laws of the
                                                     poration, partnership, or estate within the         Development Council and its administration
State of Florida and has been recognized by                                                              of locally-generated tourist tax monies. The
                                                     service district may subscribe to one or more
the United States of America Chamber of              FULL memberships in the Lower Keys                  allocation of these funds is carefully moni-
                                                     Chamber of Commerce and shall be entitled           tored, with a view of tailored growth and
Commerce since its inception in 1959. The                                                                maximum prosperity for the entire commu-
                                                     to vote at any of the regular or special meet-
Chamber is a member of the Florida Cham-             ings of the membership.                             nity.

ber of Commerce, the largest Chamber in the               Any person not engaged in a business                 Whether you provide goods and ser-
                                                     or profession within the district or person or      vices to residents, seafood for the tables, or
Country, and the Florida Association of
                                                     business association, corporation, partner-         accommodations and recreational opportu-
Membership Executives. The Lower Keys                ship or estate not in the service district shall    nities for tourists, the Lower Keys Chamber
                                                     have all of the privileges of membership            of Commerce is working for you! The
Chamber of Commerce represents the ser-
                                                     except the vote and eligibility to hold office.     Chamber provides an organizational frame-
vice district from west of the 7-mile bridge to                                                          work within which its members can indi-
                                                          Chamber dues, as adopted by the mem-           vidually and collectively optimize their time
Stock Island. It is dedicated to promoting
                                                     bership, are based on the number of employ-         and talents for the betterment of the commu-
business and professional interests in the           ees currently working at the firm or busi-          nity.
                                                     ness. Any business having a branch office in
Lower Keys; encouraging the further devel-                                                                     The success of the Chamber depends in
                                                     the Lower Keys, with a main office else-
opment of existing businesses, offering assis-                                                           large part upon its responsiveness to your
                                                     where, may calculate dues based upon the
                                                                                                         input. We welcome your comments, ideas
tance to any enterprise seeking to locate in         number employed at that branch office.
                                                                                                         and participation. Please do not hesitate to
the area, supporting civic, political and gov-            The Chamber, through the District              call, write, fax or drop by the Chamber of-
                                                     Advisory Committee (a nine member com-              fice, located at Mile Marker 31 on Big Pine
ernmental activities believed to be beneficial       mittee composed of various business leaders         Key. We look forward to serving you.

  •     To help businesses prosper and             issues that affect the business          tising opportunities through
        grow                                       community                                the Chamber Channel                  The Lower Keys
                                               •   To greet and distribute infor-      •    Most of all, to serve as a forum
  •     To increase job opportunities                                                                                               Chamber of
                                                   mation to visitors to our area           for area business people to
  •     To contribute to the overall eco-
                                               •   To provide relocation and em-
                                                                                            network and determine what            Commerce is a
        nomic stability of the community.                                                   can best serve this community
                                                   ployment information for new
                                                                                            economically, balancing it
                                                                                                                                voluntary partner-
  •     To encourage and promote the               residents
        Nation’s private enterprise of                                                      with our fragile environment        ship of Business &
                                               •   To provide networking oppor-             status
        competitive marketing                      tunities through General Mem-                                               Professional People
                                                                                       •    The Lower Keys Chamber of
        To provide a strong membership             bership Meetings, Business
                                                   Socials and other functions
                                                                                            Commerce is a voluntary part-      working together to
        base of currently 280 members
                                                                                            nership of business and pro-
  •     To use member input to deter-          •   To have a representative at all          fessional people working to-
                                                                                                                                  build a healthy
        mine ways to help our commu-               meetings vital to the economy            gether to build a healthy econ-       economy and to
        nity                                       and                                      omy and improve the quality
                                                   betterment of the Lower Keys             of life in our community           improve the quality
  •     To support community efforts to
                                                                                            and determine what can best             of life in its
        improve the quality of life in the     •   To distribute the Lower Keys             serve this community eco-
        Lower Keys                                 Map and Guide to help market             nomically, balancing it with            community.
  •     To provide access to valuable              our area                                 our fragile environmental
        demographic studies and                •   To provide our members, out-             status.
        statistics on our area                     of-town organizations and
                                                   other Chambers of Commerce
  •     To provide an experienced, mem-
                                                   with information regarding
        ber-elected Board of Directors
                                                   important issues through the
  •     To provide political clout with            Chamber Channel
        the approval of the Board on
                                               •   To provide inexpensive adver-

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