“I’ve been a member of the Rotary Club of Dunedin since 1997. Rotary has provided me with a lot of opportunities to give back to my community. Last week, I had the opportunity to read to three classes at Head Start, one of our club’s community outreach programs. I had a lot of fun and I’m already scheduled to go back.” - Angie Eisele, Accounting Representative
"This was my grandson’s first time giving back to the community. On the ride to Orlando, we talked him through a typical day for him and all the things he wouldn’t be able to do if he were in Puerto Rico with no water and no power. No milk in the refrigerator for his cereal, no water to brush his teeth, no electricity to watch tv, play video games, and no lights at night to do homework by, no air conditioning, no laundry, etc. It began to hit home what these children were going through. We worked for several hours packing meal boxes and he got to see how good it feels to help someone else."
“I recently moved from Pennsylvania where I was a YMCA volunteer basketball coach for girls 7-8 years old. We had an undefeated season last year! I'm looking forward to getting involved with the Sarasota YMCA soon.”
“I’ve been painting for about 8 years now. I enjoy painting with acrylics and paint mostly abstract landscapes. I’ve done many commission paintings for people over the years and currently have a show going on in Nashville, Tennessee. To me, painting is a great way to slow down, relax and have a glass of wine.”
“I’ve been involved with the Rotary Club of Dunedin Waterside for the past six years as a volunteer, and two as an official member. For the past three years I’ve co-chaired the Annual Golf Tournament held at Eastlake Woodlands, our largest fundraiser of the year. 2017 was our best year by far raising $33,000! I was very honored and extremely humbled to have received this year’s “TEE IT UP” award for dedication to our golf fundraiser. Through the funds our club raised at this event we’ve been able to give back to our community charity partners, Homeless Empowerment Program, Random Acts of Flowers, The Backpack Lady Project, and Clothes to Kids.”
"Pediatric cancer has always been close to my heart and running a marathon was personal goal of mine in 2017. I was able to partner with a non-profit called Endure to Cure along with the Chicago Marathon to raise funds for families battling this horrible disease. Collectively, our team was able to raise over $30,000 for these children. I was honored to be able to provide a blessing to these children while fulfilling a lifetime goal. Thank you to my family, friends, and co-workers for your support!"
"I started sewing in elementary school and bought my first machine in college. I’ve always been excited by the endless possibilities of fusing materials together. By taking on unique projects for family and friends through the years, I developed my technique and once I had a few memory quilts under my belt the demand grew. Everyone seems to have a bin of old clothing from their childhood, team sports or hobbies, or remnants of a lost loved one – that they just can’t seem to part with. It is the most rewarding thing to transform those items into a functional work of art that can be used daily and cherished forever!"
"Basketball opened a lot of doors for me. It paid for my education at Florida Southern College and gave me opportunity to play in the NCAA Division II National Tournament with an Elite Eight appearance '87 and a Final Four appearance '86. Basketball even gave me the opportunity to be in the movies! You may not want to watch the entire movie and please don't let the kids view it, but checkout the basketball scenes in the 1985 movie "Porky's Revenge". I am the basketball double for Brian Schwartz (played by Scott Colomby) and with a little help from Hollywood I drive the lane and dunk the ball (twice) in the championship game. The entire gym thought that we were movie stars so of course, we never did correct them!"
"Take Stock in Children is a nonprofit organization unique to the State of Florida that provides an opportunity for low-income, academically qualified students to escape the cycle of poverty by providing opportunities for a post-secondary education. We offer college scholarships, provide caring volunteer mentors, and instill hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services begin in middle school, continue through high school, and include the students' transition into college and career. With the mentorship and support that Take Stock provides the High School graduation rate for our Scholars is 96% (vs FL avg 76%) and College graduation rate is 67% (vs FL avg 48%). I became a mentor with TSIC last year and my mentee, Elizabeth, is a sophomore in high school. Elizabeth is a very intelligent and ambitious student. She is a member of the National Honor Society, leadership club and the Key Club. Following her love for animals and children, she volunteers at the Humane Society and the Early Learning Center. Although we keep in touch via text and email quite regularly, I go to the high school every week and we meet during her lunch break. My role as a mentor is primarily to provide encouragement, support and guidance to help Elizabeth succeed in her goal to graduate from college. Elizabeth, similar to many Take Stock Scholars, will be the first college graduate in her family!” - Teresa Foderingham, Commercial Lines Manager
"We have been matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters for 3 years. We enjoy playing sports and finding the best place to eat waffles in Tampa Bay. He plays football, both flag and tackle, loves to draw, and his favorite subject is science. He is a polite and respectful young man who loves his family. I look forward to watching him grow up into a bright and successful man.
"I was privileged to be asked to volunteer to usher people to their seats in February 1967. I have volunteered at each Rodeo since and this year that is 50 years. I was privileged to be asked to become a member of the organization in 1982, and because Usher Chairman. We always joke on our team that we get to tell people "where to go". This year, I was awarded the 2017 Women's Lifetime Achievement Award for my services to this great organization. I have always been taught and believe that you 'Give to Give' you never 'Give to Get'".
"Prior to coming to Bouchard I played professional arena football. I played for a few teams, including the Richmond Raiders, where I signed my first professional contract. That season I tied the SIFL record for consecutive extra points in a game with 12."
"I’m part of a group called 'IR4 Siblings- The Unsung Heroes' It’s a branch off of the group IR4. IR4 is a group created to virtually pair runners with children who physically are unable to run themselves. IR4 Siblings was created to show support and appreciation to the siblings of disabled children. I dedicate all my running miles to my “running buddy” by sending him photos of my runs. I participate in one 5k per month and mail him all of the medals and t-shirts that I receive. He has a rack hanging on his wall that displays all of the medals. We keep in contact weekly."
"I started playing competitive ultimate in college for the club team at FSU. I played all 4 years I was in college, traveled across the country to play, and met some lifelong friends in the process. I’ve had the chance to play on ESPN’s platform a few times over the past couple of years. Last year one of the catches that I made was broadcast out by Bleacher Report on their Instagram account (4 million followers). It had a couple hundred thousand views and comments last time I checked; it was a cool moment to get recognized on such a big sports platform."
"You don't look like a roller derby girl" is typically the first thing I hear when someone finds out I play. In reality, roller derby embraces diversity and doesn't have one "look." It is quite interesting meeting all the different people that play all over the world! My league, Tampa Roller Derby, spends a lot of time together, not only at practices and games, but at events to fundraise, promote, and to recruit new members. Playing competitively is demanding of both time and money, but I couldn’t imagine not playing. Being an adult can be difficult; getting to skate hard and hit your friends at practice really relieves the stress of the day!
“I learned about Man Up and Go through my church. They were advertising a mission trip to Africa, I went to the interest meeting and 5 months later I was in Uganda. Man Up and Go partners with local churches to help mentor men and encourage women, teaching and equipping them to take a personal responsibility for their families, faith & community. There are over 700 million fatherless children in the world and we want to see Less Orphans and More Families. I now serve on the Board of Directors and this summer I will take my 5th trip to Uganda.”