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Sun City Florist, Suncoast Credit Union, Visiting Angels-Business Aug. 2, 2007
Aug 2, 2007, 08:08

Local Florist Receives Florida Master Designer Certification
Laura Morgan of Sun City Center Flowers and Gifts in Sun City Center recently received the Florida State Master Designer certification in Jacksonville at the Florida State Florist’s annual convention.
The certification indicates the designer’s achievements and excellence in floral design.
The Florida State Florist’s Association Accreditation Program is offered to floral designers who want to continue their floral education..
Sun City Center Flowers and Gifts is located at 1607 Sun City Center Plaza.
For more information call (813) 634-3011.

Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union  awarded the Braille Institute a $10,995 grant
Suncoast for Kids Foundation, sponsored by the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, awarded the Braille Institute a $10,995 grant to be used for the Institute’s mobile classroom “Good Bumps on a Roll.™”  The grant was issued on June 27.  The funds will be used to purchase and install a high-volume Braille embosser to publish early reader books and school texts inside the mobile unit. 

Pictured from left:  Joan White, service center manager, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union; Sarah Watts, Braille teacher; Dr. Gail Ghigna-Hallas, president, Braille Institute of Florida; and Charles Johnson, secretary/treasurer, Braille Institute of Florida.

 “We are ecstatic about the commitment that Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union has for the education of children,” says Dr. Gail Ghigna-Hallas, President of Braille Institute of Florida. “The money that they have awarded is going to touch the lives of over 5,000 children in Southwest Florida in the first year alone!” 
 The 45-foot motor coach, measuring more than eight feet wide, will be the first mobile eye unit of this caliber, and will travel throughout Southwest Florida, providing free pediatric eye exams by certified doctors, teach Braille, and bring other needed services to blind individuals.
 “Our members can take pride in the fact that their relationship with Suncoast allows significant contributions like this to be made by our Foundation to improve the quality of life of children in our communities,” said Tom Dorety, president and CEO of Suncoast Schools FCU. “Our support is always focused on children’s health and education issues, areas where we believe everyone benefits,” he adds.
 The institute is still in need of approximately $376,000 to purchase the vehicle and make it available as planned. For more information, contact the Braille Institute of Florida at (239) 671-0579 or email

 Learn How to Influence Employees

Business leaders in the SouthShore Community have a wonderful opportunity available to them next month. On Aug. 7 and 8, they have the chance to learn how to influence their employees in a way that gets them to do exactly what they want them to do.  Who wouldn’t want that?
Most managers and supervisors will admit that they spend far too much time on personnel issues and fixing things that weren’t done right to begin with.
The Situational Leadership Model was developed by Dr. Paul Hersey and Dr. Ken Blanchard at the Center for Leadership Studies in California.  Both these gentlemen have spent many years studying and writing about management and leadership, and the Situational Leadership Model has been adopted by over 700 corporations both here in the States and in many other countries.  The model has proved to be the most successful leadership style being used today.
On Aug. 7 and 8, Penny Smith will be teaching the model at the Cypress Creek Golf Club in Sun City Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Smith has been certified by the Center as an instructor and has taught all over the country.
“The 2 day course costs as much as $749 at the Center for Leadership Studies.  SouthShore residents can register for this first course for only $299.  All materials will be provided and lunch is included both days.  Seating is limited so call now!
Call Penny at 454-5406 for more information.

Why Choosing the Right Caregiver is So Important

As the number of seniors in the U.S. continues to grow—indeed, the first “Baby Boomers” will turn 65 in 2011—so does the market for non-medical senior homecare.    Chances are, you will at some point, be looking for a caregiver for an elderly family member.  Visiting Angels is one of the nations leading providers of non-medical senior homecare, with over 170 locations nationwide.
According to Ken and Debbie Waldecker owners of a Hillsborough County area Visiting Angels, located at 715 US Hwy 92 East, Suite A in Seffner, “At Visiting Angels (, we are dedicated to working with clients and their families to ensure the best possible non-medical homecare.  Nothing is better than providing the quality care that allows an elderly client to stay in their own home.” 
“Today’s seniors wish to maintain their independence and quality of life as long as possible,” states Ken.  “At the same time, their adult children are often sandwiched between taking care of their own offspring and helping their elderly parent, who may live hours away.  That’s why the Visiting Angels non-medical homecare has become popular in the Hillsborough County area.”
“Many seniors do not require a nurse, but simply need the assistance Visiting Angels provides helping with the tasks of daily living,” continues Ken. 
Visiting Angels’ services include, meal preparation, basic household chores, shopping, companionship, transportation and, in some case, simply providing a respite for family caregivers.
Due to the increased need for such assistance, many non-medical homecare agencies are sprouting up across the landscape. However, not all agencies are alike, and it’s important to understand the differences.
At Visiting Angels, they make it a priority to ensure the safety of  clients by doing thorough background screenings on all caregivers.  They allow  families the opportunity to meet with the caregivers to determine if the personalities of both the client and the caregiver match and that there is a feeling of comfort and ease when the caregiver arrives at the home.
For more information on how Visiting Angels can best assist you and your family call Ken Waldecker at 813-752-0008 or at

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