What's Up Zephyrhills

a blog – by Greg First

Bloodnet USA Sponsors Monthly Chamber Breakfast At Golden Corral

Susan Ramos, Community Rep speaks about donating blood as Executive District Director Pauline Simmonds-Brown looks on.

Members and friends of the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce gathered to exchange business cards and enjoy a breakfast at the Golden Corral in Zephyrhills on Thursday, July 28th. The monthly sponsor was Bloodnet USA based in Lakeland which is now part of the Florida Blood Services(FBS) family. Community Relations Rep Susan Ramos did a brief presentation about the blood bank and took a variety of questions from those in attendance. Pauline Simmonds-Brown, Executive District Director also helped in answering some of the questions.  Door prizes were provided by Bloodnet and a 50/50 drawing was held. In this area Bloodnet USA supplies all of the blood for patients at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills and Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City. Be on the lookout for bloodmobiles in the area as many donors are away for the summer months and schools have not yet returned from their long break. Bloodnet has an office in front of the Florida Medical Center Complex at 38040 Market Square Drive in Zephyrhills. To find out more about donating blood go to www.bloodnetusa.org or call 1-800-683-8355. Remember, one donation can save 3 lives!!

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Bloodnet USA, Florida Blood Services, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, Zephyrhills Community Activities, Zephyrhills Community News | Leave a comment

Greater Zephyrhills Chamber Of Commerce Announces New Board Of Directors.

The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2011 Board of Directors election results. The below listed have been elected to a 3 year term.

Rebecca Gaddis, VP and Area Branch Manager for Community Bank in Zephyrhills; Matt Hulbert, President of Matt Hulbert Realty: RJ Keetch, Assistant City Planner of the City of Zephyrhills; Tim Linville, Owner of E-Z Clean Car Wash; Pat Pennington, Retail Account Manager for The Tampa Tribune; and Steve Van Gorden, Principal at Zephyrhills High School.

The above listed and the rest of the Officers and Directors will be installed at the Annual Member Appreciation and Awards Banquet on Thursday, September 15th at Scotland Yards Golf Club.

Congratulations and welcome to the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce.

July 20, 2011 Posted by | Banquet, Board of Directors, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, Zephyrhills Community Activities, Zephyrhills Community News | Leave a comment

Zephyrhills Chamber/Rotary Annual Golf Tournament Brings Out Good Weather And Good Fun

The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Zephyrhills Annual Golf Tournament at Silverado Golf and Country Club on Friday, May 6th, 2011 was a success. As organizers of the event arrived at the venue the rain was pouring down and several people were checking their smart phones, ipad’s and the televisions in the clubhouse to get updates on when this much needed rain would end. A shotgun start was scheduled for 1:00pm and by 1:15 the rain was gone and golfers were set to enjoy a day of fun, fellowship and great golfing. The weather turned to perfect (Wow, Chamber of Commerce weather) with a little bit of Divine intervention. Keep watching your favorite media outlet for the results of the tournament and thanks for supporting this event for two of the top community service organizations in this area.

May 8, 2011 Posted by | Golf Tournament, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce | Leave a comment

5th Annual Bivouac & Barracks At Zephyrhills Airport February 18 – 20

The 5th Annual Bivouac & Barracks event benefitting the WWII Barracks Museum will be Friday, February 18th thru Sunday, February 20th at the Zephyrhills Airport Restored Barracks Museum on South Avenue. Some of the things you will see are WWII Encampments, Military Vehicles, WWII Battle Re-enactments, Vintage Aircraft, Weapons Demos and much more. On Friday at noon will be a weapons demonstration followed by a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and Barracks Re-Opening Ceremony. Saturday at noon is a weapons demo, battle re-enactment at 2pm and a dinner menu served from 5pm to 8pm with a USO show beginning at 7:00pm as Bonnie Gray presents “A Tribute to the Andrews Sisters” at the Zephyrhills Amvets at 4645 Airport Road just a few blocks from the Barracks Museum. On Sunday at 11am it’s a Weapons demonstration and a battle re-actment at 1pm. Admission is free to the public. Looking forward to seeing all of you at this great event. For more information please call 813-788-5969.

February 15, 2011 Posted by | AmVets Post 550, Area Service Clubs, Bivouac & Barracks, Charlie Belcher, The Andrew Sisters, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, Zephyrhills Community Activities | 2 Comments

Pigz Invade Zephyrhills At Inaugural Event

The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce is bringing what is hoped to be their new signature event, “Pigz In Z’Hills” to Krusen Field on Saturday, October 30, 2010. Proceeds will benefit local youth & education programs. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and will run to 8 p.m. A variety of activities will be on hand for the whole family with the focal point being barbeque and blues. Music will be in the air as Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues hit the stage at Noon till 3 p.m. followed by Cold Iron with showtimes 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be lots of kids activites including face painting, games and a bounce house. In addition an antique car show will be on tap. Stop on out for a day of fun and help support the efforts of your Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce.

October 29, 2010 Posted by | Blues Music, Pigz in Zhills, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, Zephyrhills Community Activities | Leave a comment

Conservative Club East Pasco Now On Facebook

The Conservative Club East Pasco is now on Facebook. The site went live on Thursday, July 15th after the ribbon cutting at their campaign headquarters on 5th Avenue in Zephyrhills. The ribbon cutting was under the auspices of the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and it was a packed house. A special thank you to all who participated and for all of the volunteers to make this a wonderful event. You must have a Facebook account to access this new site. It is very easy and free to sign up.

July 16, 2010 Posted by | Conservative Club, Conservative Club East Pasco, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, Zephyrhills Community News, Zephyrhills Upcoming Events, Zephyrhills WHAT?? | Leave a comment

See The Time Capsule Now Or Come Back In 2060 To See It Again!

You will get a couple of opportunities to see the Time Capsule before it is sealed in a monument at Zephyr Park as part of the 100 year Anniversary of this Community. It will be in the Founder’s Day parade kicking off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010 in Downtown Zephyrhills. It will then be on display at the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce for the remainder of the activities after the parade. You will have an opportunity to stop by and write a message or draw a picture to be included in the capsule to be opened in the year 2060. On Sunday, March 14, 2010 a Dedication Ceremony will take place at the Veteran’s Memorial Flagpole in Zephyr Park beginning at 3:30 p.m.   The program kicks off with skydivers from Skydive City parachuting in and bringing a well used parachute to be used as a blanket for the capsule for the next 50 years. It will be placed by the Skydivers and members of the JROTC. A complete program will follow. Bring your family and friends to experience a once in a lifetime event. Be a part of history and be a part of the 100 year Centennial Anniversary Celebration of the City Of Zephyrhills.

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Centennial Celebration, Vonnie Mikkelsen, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, Zephyrhills Community News, Zephyrhills News, Zephyrhills Upcoming Events | Leave a comment

Community’s Samaritan Project Is Going To Church, Really!

Chancey Road Christian Church

The Community wide effort known as the Samaritan Project is moving from the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce on 5th Avenue to the Chancey Road Christian Church located at  34921 Chancey Road in Zephyrhills beginning January 11, 2010. This is necessary due to increases in volume at the Chamber office. Plans are to expand the hours of operation as volunteers become available. If your church, business, organization or club would like to volunteer to man the phones and intake office, please contact Pastor Tim Mitchell at 813-788-4881 or email him at mirroringthemessage@yahoo.com

December 28, 2009 Posted by | Samaritan Project, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, Zephyrhills Community Activities | Leave a comment

Zephyrhills Chamber Has A New Look And New Direction

Photo by Gary Hatrick

The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted and are pleased that Vonnie Mikkelsen has accepted the position of Executive Director. A long list of applicants applied for the position, several were interviewed and by a majority vote Vonnie was the clear choice.  Her community involvement and great enthusiasm coupled with a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of South Florida helped to make the decision. The Chamber is looking for a new look and direction and Vonnie has already hit the ground running.  The Chamber should be a leader in business and in communicating information to its members. One of the first areas to address is the website and within a couple of months we plan to roll out a new and much improved product for the membership and community.  If you get a chance stop by and say hi.  Welcome to Zephyrhills Vonnie.  We are glad you’re here!

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Vonnie Mikkelsen, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, Zephyrhills Community News | | Leave a comment

Students Make Family, Schools & Community Proud

Photo by Gary Hatrick

With all of the talk about kids today I want to take my Gator hat off to the exceptional students that were awarded, “Citizen Of The Month”. These future community leaders stood out in a good way and were selected by the school that they attend as going above and beyond and being role models for their peers. The Zephyrhills Chamber of  Commerce sponsors this event and it is hosted by Zephyrhills High School in the Bulldog Inn. In the photo the December Citizens of the Month pose with Santa Claus and from left to right are: Glenda Montgomery, West Zephyrhills Elementary School: Sidney Dunn, Woodland Elementary School: Sarah Baniszewski, Zephyrhills High School: and Erika Johnson, Raymond B. Stewart Middle School. Again, congratulations and keep up the good work.

December 16, 2009 Posted by | Student of The Month, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, Zephyrhills Community News | Leave a comment