Thursday, September 30, 2010


Founder Mannatech, Inc 

Mannarelief Ministries

                                            Dr. Stephen Boyd
                      International Medical Director, Mannatech, Inc.

"Every 6 seconds a child dies of malnutrition"
("One Crises May Hide Another: Food Price Crises Masked Deadly Child Malnutrition",
Time for Refocus at Madrid Food Summit 26-27 January 2009.

First, Sam Caster, founder of Mannatech, Inc and Mannarelief Ministries, speaks to how Social Entrepreneurs are offering solutions to the world's greatest plague:  malnutrition.  Dr. Boyd will address the solution that one innovative research and development company offers for this plague.
In addition, Mr. Caster offers solutions to end world malnutrition while also sharing a revolutionary approach to the world's second leading concern:
a challenged economy.

Over 21 million servings of nutrition have been sent out to over 80,000 children worldwide in 3rd and 1st world countries by Mannarelief Ministries.  Whether you are interested in staying healthy, are concerned for your financial future or would like to make a difference in your community or on a global level, we have SOLUTIONS.


                                                   Friday - Oct 15, 2010
7:00 Registration - 7:30 PM
MLS of Naples Training Center
1455 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34109

Guests:  Free with ticket

RSVP: Danica Stenberg: 239-653-9458

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


OCTOBER 5, 2010

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Empowered Network and 88.7 Way FM are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Live Life Well Expo on Tues Oct. 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  at the Three Oaks Banquet Center.   This family friendly community event will feature dozens of local organizations, offering massages, health screenings, facials, mammography, entertainment, jewelry, giveaways and more as a way to raise money for local breast cancer awareness and non-profit organization, Partners in Breast Cancer Care.

Event goers can visit the Live Life Well Expo to take part in the fun and enjoy a day of pampering for a good cause.   Plus support dozens of local businesses who will be on hand providing services, discounts, and valuable information.

Event goers will even have the opportunity to win great prizes by offering a donation at the door for the cause.

"Breast cancer is one of the top 10 causes of death for women in the United States," said Joann Frazier, President, Empowered Network.  "For this reason, the Empowered Network created the Live Life Well Expo to encourage healthy living and support for those affected by this terrible disease."

Vendor and Sponsor opportunities are still available by calling  239.233.4114
Kristen Pell
Business Development Director
Southwest Florida Region
239-936-1929 x16
888-936-1929 (toll free)
239-936-5433 (f)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Behind the Iron Veil by Mike Houston - Book Signing

Local Author Mike Houston will be at the Celebrate SWFL Expo to autograph copies of his recent book "Behind the Iron Veil" One Woman's Triumph and Transformation.

The Expo is Presented by Whats Up SWFL and will be held Sat Oct 16th from 11 AM - 4 PM  at the Hyatt Place at the Forum.  SR 82 and I-75 behind the Coastal Gas Station.  Free Admission 
For more info on the Expo please visit: Celebrate SWFL Expo

Here is a something about this very emotional book.

This is a True Story. It's about the life of one seemingly ordinary woman born under a very suppressive and manipulative regime. It's about her awakening to the entrapping web of lies she was indoctrinated with all her life, and her amazing transformation as the truth becomes unfurled. This gentle woman was propelled by circumstances to participate in Poland's Solidarity Resistance. She stood as a David against the Goliath of a totalitarian government that totally controlled the life of Poland, and the life of her family. It's a story of the bravery of one mother against incredible obstacles. It's a personal story of a woman named Amanda, who displayed incredible strength and determination to triumph in her extraordinary life.

It's an Exposé. This story unveils the actuality of living under a Socialistic/Communist system, not idealistic theory. This is a history that has been hidden and masked by intent, and by political correctness. It's been carefully hidden by an elitist mentality who seek to accomplish their agendas regardless of the enslavement of others. This exposé uncovers the deceptive, meticulous, and ruthless methods created by obsessive and troubled personalities; it details how these techniques capture, enslave and continually abuse millions of unwilling people. It also exposes their most vulnerable weakness.

This is a Historical Novel. It reveals to the Western mind what life can become when Big Government controls all aspects of life. It's the history of some of the darker imprints of humankind's footsteps. It breaks directly through the politically correct facades, the noble sounding images, and the carefully conceived constructs of indoctrination being 'force fed' to the youth of today. It cries a dire warning, depicting the real consequences of allowing such a system to be fully implemented. It's a history lesson for any mother who loves her children and their freedom. It's a lesson not being taught in the schools.


The American Cancer Society & Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar
You are cordially invited to an evening of
Fun, Excitement, and Prizes!!!
Assorted appetizers and 1 Free Drink included!!!
Proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Research!!!
Thursday, 14 October 2010
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Payment Available at the Door
Janet A Brune 239-216-1123
Paul Gloersen 239-628-5667

POLITICS IN THE PARK - Community Council Lehigh Acres


Lehigh Acres, Florida, Monday, September 27, 2010 – The Community Council of Lehigh Acres will once again host Politics in the Park on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 11 am to 2 pm at Veteran's Park Recreational Center at 55 Homestead Rd S, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.  Candidates will have an opportunity to share their platform, distribute literature, and meet the voting public. 
Among those invited to appear are candidates for U.S. Representative, Governor, State Representative, State Senate, County Commission, Lee County Court Judge, School and Hospital Boards, Mosquito Control, ECWCD and Fire Commissioner.  All local, state, and federal level general election candidates are invited. Lehigh Acres is one of the growing areas in Southwest Florida with a population now at 77,000 and a strong voting tradition.
This event provides voters an opportunity to hear from the candidates before the election and to speak with them one-on-one during the event. There will be tables with campaign information and the opportunity to network with the candidates.  Hot dogs and drinks will be provided through the generous donations of our Friends of the Council and local businesses. For more information regarding the Candidate Forum contact Tami Baker at


Community Council of Lehigh Acres, Florida Inc.
The Voice of Lehigh
Our mission is to partner with the citizens and governing agencies within Lee County Florida to make Lehigh Acres a great place to live and work.

The Community Council of Lehigh Acres, Florida Inc. was formed in 1968 by 20 by concerned citizens as the organization in our community to advance the welfare of unincorporated Lehigh Acres.  The Community Council of Lehigh Acres is made up of 41 members (21 elected members from Lehigh Acres and 20 appointed members from various civic, social, industry and government agencies in the Lehigh Acres area). The Community Council meets monthly (3rd Monday @ 6:30 PM) at Living Waters Christian Fellowship Church at 500 N. Sunshine Blvd. (next to Doc's Collision north of Lee Blvd.) The public is welcome to attend and voice any concerns regarding issues affecting our community. Friends of the Council provide financial support.

2010 Great Political Candidate Forum - NFM Chamber and Hispanic Chamber

2010 Great Political Candidate Forum hosted by NFM Chamber and SWFL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Business Community and residents come together.

North Fort Myers, Fla (Sept 21, 2010) - The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee is partnering with the SWFL Hispanic Chamber and North Fort Myers Civic Association to host a 2010 Candidates Forum on October 12, 2010.  This free Public event will be held at Faith Assembly's 1000 seat auditorium, located at 7101 Bay shore Ave, North Fort Myers, Florida 33903

The business community and residents come together to meet candidates running for Lee County Commissioner seats, Lee County Court Judge, Lee County School Board District, Lee Memorial Health Systems Board of Directors Trauma Services, US Senator, US Representative 14th Congressional District, Lee Soil and Water Conservation, Lee County Mosquito Control, State Representative District 73 and the much anticipated seat for Florida Governor .  Snacks and beverage provided by the North Fort Myers Public Affairs Committee 5:00PM to 6:45PM.  Pre- Forum networking will include business exposition tables sponsored by Ray Hair State Farm Insurance, Abby Carpet and Floors, R&D Construction, BJ's Wholesale Club, Easy To Use Bluebook, Lee County Insurance and Sun Country Homes Realty.   Be informed, speak about the issues, and impact your state and local leadership! The Lee County Elections Office will be providing information at event.

Program will start at 7:00PM.  Meet and greet opportunities start at 5:00PM to 6:45PM inside Fellowship Hall next to auditorium.  Representatives from North Fort Myers Chamber and SWFL Hispanic chamber will provide free community and business resource materials.  For more information go to to view events or call the North Fort Myers Chamber Welcome Center at (239) 997-9111

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Come Out With Pride - Pride SWFL

By Nicholas Miller

We hope you are as excited as we are at OUR upcoming SWFL Gay and Lesbian Pride event
on October 9th! This is a special weekend – Monday will be “National Coming Out Day”,
which makes October 9th a wonderful opportunity to “Come OUT with Pride!”

This year’s Pride Festival and vendor marketplace will be held from 1 PM – 5 PM on the entire campus of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort Myers located at 13411 Shire Lane off Daniels & 1-75. This location provides easy access for everyone from Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties. The festival will include our entertainment stage, vendor market, community service organizations, food, beer and more.

Pride-SWFL was created in August 2009 out of a grass roots effort to put on a community festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. It all started with twenty something individuals meeting in living rooms representing local businesses, local clubs, local organizations and local colleges. Within only six weeks, with no money, little experience, and only a few posters to get the word out we put together and threw a four hour festival with a stage packed full of entertainment, and over 30 participating vendors. We saw participants, vendors and volunteers from Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties. Today we are still a 100% volunteer organization.

Why is Pride still relevant 41 years after the Stonewall Riots? We have come a long way since 1969 but we still have a long way to go in SWFL and a Pride festival is a good start. It is about saying that we are here and we vote. It is about showcasing LGBT organizations and those supporting the LGBT community. It is about belonging to and discovering a community that is larger than just the part of it we see in our daily lives. It’s about those struggling with coming out every day and it’s about those who came out years ago. It is about those who work everyday throughout the year to give us their support.

We are working to turn out our local gay lesbian, transgender and bi communities as well as their families and friends to our Pride festival. This is will be Southwest Florida’s largest GLBT event of the year. Our local sponsors, Bambusa and Tubby’s, along with our other local bars and clubs will be holding after parties to continue the festivities.

We understand that there are going to be questions, so please feel free to check out our website or join us on facebook at Pride-SWFL.

We still operate on a shoe sting budget and the heart of our success is our volunteers. If you are willing to volunteer your time on October 9th please contact us at .

If you or some you know wants to participate as a vendor, please find all the information and vendor contracts on the forms page of our website Get those contracts in quickly as available space is filling up.

Come Out, Come Out, Who Ever You Are and celebrate who we are with our friends, neighbors and families. Happy Pride SWFL!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Sancturary 2010

 Volunteers and Donations Needed

The Sanctuary will begin renovations on a 5 bedroom home located in Fort Myers.
This house will be able to accommodate up to 8 young adults aged out of foster care/ homeless or nearly homeless.

If you have Time, Skills or Materials that you can donate all will be greatly appreciated.

There are many homeless teens waiting for this House to be finished as I write. They will be on sight helping to get it cleaned and organized.

Please check out or web-site for materials that we need donated. 

Please do something if only sending this message on to someone else you think may be able to help. And of course please pray that we will have all that we need and for it to be finished quickly. God bless.

Lena Lackey
Executive Director
The Sanctuary
Homeless Prevention Program

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Destiny Diaper Bank Annouces Sponsor Program

Destiny Diaper Bank is a 501C3 serving Southwest Florida babies, elderly, handicapped children and adults in need of diapers. We are the only diaper bank in Southwest Florida. Please visit our website

The demand to keep babies dry has increased over the past two years and we are trying to keep up with the demand. The government waiting list for diaper assistance an average of six years and the WIC program and Food Stamps do not cover diapers. In fact many local agencies, funded by the government, are sending families to us for help. Destiny Diaper Bank is not federally funded and is run by only volunteers.

Our center is located in Cape Coral and has distribution locations in four other areas: Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, East Ft. Myers, and Ft. Myers. We need the communities support to continue helping families in your area. The cost of transportation is exceeding our budget every day and may not be continued without funding. We are going to other areas because not all families have transportation to our main location in Cape Coral.

Child abuse is on the rise because babies are crying due to a wet or soiled diaper. Mothers are removing the soiled portion and putting it back on their baby because the diapers are gone and no extra money to buy more. We have had Mothers arrive to our centers with babies wrapped in paper towels. Handicapped children requiring diapers are not able to attend school because the family can not afford diapers for school hours. Our elderly citizens are sitting in soiled and wet diapers for days due to no money to purchase diapers.

Please help us continue to help the local babies, elderly, and handicapped children and adults with a clean supply of diapers and safe warm beds for babies. Sponsorships are available beginning at $100. Please consider a donation. Your donation is tax deductible. Please feel free to call me for an appointment.


Rebecca Hines
Founder of Destiny Diaper Bank
(239) 910-8198

Saturday, September 18, 2010

HOW TO HAVE A GREAT EXHIBIT: Pre-Show Planning and Preparation

Are you considering doing a tradeshow or a display table at one of The Bridge Networking Events this year? Maybe you have already participated and won't do it again because you didn't get any new sales or leads – at least not enough to cover the cost! Remember even if you didn't get an immediate sale or "good" leads, you still got great exposure! It's not always instant gratification.

You're meeting face-to-face with potential new buyers, establishing new and old relationships and building quality databases. Remember, when you book a space you are buying an audience. Here are some tips on how to have a "Great Show" and maximize your marketing dollars.

Pre-show planning is very important. The three steps to a successful exhibit are: Plan, Execute and Follow-Up. Ask yourself three questions: Why am I doing this? Who am I targeting and will they attend? What do I expect to accomplish?

Here are 7 steps to follow when planning your exhibit. Know what your objectives are and how you're going to reach them.

·         Generating sales
·         Introducing new products
·         Selling to existing customers
·         Learning/teaching
·         Increasing name/product awareness
·         Obtaining sales leads
·         Market research
·         Enhance existing customer relationships
·         Establish a presence
·         Reach new markets

What message are you trying to convey?

·         key points (develop each with details)
·         Use understandable and clear language
·         Use words that "paint" a picture

Have a Theme to Remember.

·         Be creative
·         Have coordinating colors
·         Use balloons as decorations
·         Make sure your booth is gender balanced
·         Design a booth that projects what and who your company will be like in the future (customers like progressive businesses)
Order literature and giveaways and give plenty of time for shipping.

·         Preferably, low cost promotional tools.
·         Self-adhesive stickers (with "where" and "when" information to put on invoices, catalogs and other correspondence mail)
·         Order literature for approximately a third of anticipated attendees (only if in your budget)
·         Remember, if you want only those that are truly interested in your product/service to pickup your info or giveaway, put your table in the back of your booth instead of up front

Finalize your pre-show promotions. Target your buyers-  existing customers, hot prospects, prospects called on but not closed and prospects you haven't called on. Take control – PROMOTE PROMOTE PROMOTE

·         Use your own printed invitations, postcards, letters, emails, newsletters.
·         Use colored envelopes instead of manila or white and hand write or type the address on the envelope. Don't use a label – it looks like                          junk mail.
·         Add a tag line to all existing advertising/correspondence with

        booth number (if you have one) and an invitation  
§  Mail personal invitations 2 weeks before the show and setup on-site appointments. Mail out cards redeemable for a gift from visiting the booth.
§   Use a banner in your ads or your newsletter – "See us in booth 1301 at ABC Show."
§  Issue press releases announcing new services, key people in the event and special show promotions.
§  Invite the press and send your press release kit to all invited press.
§  Make telephone calls to your key prospects just prior to the show with an invite.
§  Provide complimentary passes to your clients and prospects.

Develop attention getting devices and be creative
§  Contest
§  Giveaways
 Select your booth staff
·         Good attitude/sales oriented
·         Creates the "right" impression
·         Warm and friendly
·         Good product knowledge
·         Get a commitment from each staffer

With your pre-show planning, be sure your booth staffers understand their assignments and objectives. Print your brochures and other materials well in advance. Create
customizable cover letters to mail with materials.

Practice with any tech devices so you can work fluidly on the floor the day of the exhibit. Follow-up is very important and a three-part process: before, during and after the show.

Most important, remember to have fun!

Jodie Andre, Personal Marketing Consultant
Marketing Dazzle


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Riders Down Productions Fundraising Event

By Denise Shenandoah
Riders down Productions is a newly formed non-profit organization.
The agency is made up of 3 members,
who volunteer to promote fund raising events
for fellow sports bike riders who have
unfortunately met with a riding accident.
We help them with short term financial assistance.
The RWR Event Is for Ralph in Colorado
who is currently on a respirator and
 may be paralyzed from the chest down.
This event is hosted at NirVana located at
9101 College Pkwy in Fort Myers
on September 24th.
We will have a DJ
 gift certificates
 a garden showing of
"Rocky Horror Picture Show"
and much more....
This show will air live
Monday Sept 20 @ 3 PM
it will be recorded so by clicking on the link  above
you can hear the recording at anytime
after the show airs live.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Matlacha Hookers 12th annual Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament

The Matlacha Hookers announce the 12th annual Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament and Derby Sunday, October 17, at the Olde Fish House Marina 4530 Pine Island Road in Matlacha from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m..  The event will feature a fishing tournament for adults and a derby for children.  Live music will be featured as well as children's face and T shirt painting, silent auction Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and a fish fry at 4 p.m.

The Adult Angler's tournament is from 7 a.m.- 3 p.m..  The cost is $50 per angler and will include a T shirt and fish fry dinner.  There is a $500 prize for three fish categories and a $1,000 grand slam prize.

 The Kid's Derby is from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration is $30 for PIE students and $35 for kids from other schools.  Prizes will be awarded  for weight in each age group.  Fish fry tickets can be purchased for $5.

Registration for the adult and tournament and Kid's Derby can be obtained online at and clicking on tournament or call 

239 283-3706 for more information.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Shirley Mae Dove Foundation Event

Uterine Cancer Fundraising Event
Saturday October  16
11:00 - 8:00
Victory Lane Cafe
4120 Hancock Bridge Parkway
North Ft. Myers
 Prime Rib Dinner - $19.99
Kids - $3.99 6 choices
Texas Hold'em Tournament
Kids Activities
Bounce House
Toss Across
Go Fish
Pony Rides
Face Painting
Clowns and Balloons
Bust a Balloon
Premier Design Fashion Jewelry
MaryKay Cosmetics
Florida Calendar Girls
All American Dance Studio
Victory Lane Cafe Band
Proceeds from the event benefit the Shirley Mae Foundation which raises money to raise awareness of Uterine Cancer and help women and families with medical expenses.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Florida Calendar Girls Events


Sunday, Sept 12th - Afghan Relief Effort Fundraiser
                                     Ariel's Restaurant
                                     1341 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral
                                       We perform after 2:30PM

Saturday, Sept 18th - Senior Friendship Center 5K Run
                                         Lakes Park, Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers
                                         We are on hand to cheer on the runners at 8AM

Sunday, Sept 19th - International Day of Peace
                                     Jaycee Park, Cape Coral
                                       We perform after 2PM

For more information please visit Calendar Girls Florida

The Bridge Networking September

By Michele Andre
Fort Myers Luncheon
Friday September 10
Famous Dave's BBQ
US 41
$20 Pre Pay 
30 Minute
Accounting Workshop
Dena Martin
Smooth Sailing Bookkeeping
Special Guest
Cathy Clement
Serve Pro Central Fort Myers
For more information and to pre pay
Note: this will be the last Fort Myers Bridge Luncheon through the rest of 2010 as it is being combined with the Central Fort Myers Luncheon)
Central Fort Myers Luncheon
Thursday September 30
Royal Palm Yacht Club
W. First St
Fort Myers
$20 Pre Pay
How Life And Stress Are Causing You Pain
Mary Anne Cipressy
ITSC Coaching
For more information and to pre pay

Saturday, September 4, 2010

September 2010 Blogtalk Radio Schedule for ITSC Coaching

You can hear us dialog on Blogtalk Radio on a variety of topics that will inspire your life and empower your journey.Click on show title to listen to the show.

September 1 3 PM What You Believe to be Real is Real
Whatever you believe to be is exactly what you make real for yourself. This can be shifted and changed to march what it is you want to experience in your life. Mary Anne and David will be dialoging on how we make things real for ourselves and how to change what we have made real.
September 10 3 PM You and Your Life
Do you live your life to please others,to meet others expectations? David and Mary Anne will be dialoging on how to life your life, the life you want to live without being selfish but being centered in self.
September 15 3 PM What Are You Worthy Of?
We are all worthy of something be it happiness or despair, love or anger; We are all worthy of what it is we are experiencing but we can change what we are experiencing. David and Mary Anne will be dialoging on self worth, our sense of deserving and how to shift towards feeling worthy of what we desire.  
September 24 3 PM Embracing Change 
Change does not happen to us but because of us. We bring about the change we need to evolve our life towards what it is we really want to experience, towards being the real you. Mary Anne and David will be dialoging on how to embrace change and what that change is really telling us.
 September 29 3 PM Loving Your Expansion
We expand in all that we desire and experience. The non- physical aspect of ourselves vibrationally becomes what we desire and leads us towards manifesting that experience in our reality. We will be dialoging on how you too can live your expansion.