December 2019

Another Hurricane Season is in the books.While we were prepared to serve our Lakewood Ranch neighborhoods, we are glad our area was spared a major hurricane hit this year.

Happy Holidays!
Parting Words from President Victor Kline

First of all, I want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season. I am sure that we are all thankful that major hurricanes passed us by again, but we were ready.

New 2020 Board Members
I want to welcome our three members elected to the 2020 CERT Board of Directors: Jan Kuhn, David Mills and Valerie Stafford-Mallis. They will be excellent additions to our leadership team.

Retiring Board Members
I especially want to thank the following Board members who served with me and will be coming off of the Board at the end of this year. Without their guidance and hard work, we would not have been able to grow and improve our organization: Bob Cheung, Marilyn Kline, Larry Lemley, Teresa Reeck, Alan Silverglat, and Tony Vasile.

I will also be retiring from the Board but will stay involved in training and radio communications. It has been an honor and a pleasure working with all of you over the past ten years, and I hope to be able to continue serving with CERT for many more years.

Victor Kline
Team Kit Return Set for Dec. 7

Team Captains are reminded that their Team Kits may be returned to LWR CERT storage on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 - 10:30 AM. Pry bars and first aid signs should also be returned.

Team Captains who are unable to turn in their kits on Saturday should contact Pat Knowles at

As part of the year-end process, the Logisitics Committee has been hard at work inventorying the contents of LWR CERT storage bays. Thanks, Logistics Committee for keeping track of all our supplies!
Thank You to Our Retiring Board Members!
Alan Silverglat has agreed to continue to serve LWR CERT as an Honorary Board Member in 2020. Thank you, Alan. We appreciate your dedication to our organization.
Team Captain Meeting at Speaks Clam Bar - Nov. 14, 2019
News You Can Use and Other Interesting Tidbits
Resident Education - In 2019, LWR CERT educated more than 300 residents of Lakewood Ranch on how to be better prepared for hurricane season.

2019 New Members - LWR CERT added 51 new trained and equipped members in 2019. Many have already become active, contributing members of our organization. Welcome!

Technology Update - LWR CERT is now using Google G-Suite for Non-Profits for our email, video/audio conferencing for meetings and collaboration tools. If you have an interest in helping us manage our G-Suite or other technologies, contact Nigel Pilling at
Too Cute!

Wow! We are blown away at the creativity of Joyce Jackowski, wife of member Paul Jackowski. Joyce created this adorable elephant out of the neon green bandana Paul received at the August Member Meeting. Thanks to Joyce, we now have 53 reasons to carry a bandana!
Upcoming LWR CERT Meetings and Training
Meetings take place at LWR Town Hall unless otherwise noted and are open to all members

2020 Calendar - Thanks to the efforts of Alan Silverglat, Vic Kline and Karen Emanuelson , LWR CERT now has more than 70 events on the Town Hall calendar in 2020 including 8 Skills Booster sessions, 5 member meetings, 4 Basic courses, 8 public education sessions, and as well as numerous monthly Board and committee meetings!
Watch your inbox for event details and invitations.
Newsletter Editor - Karen Emanuelson , Marketing/ Communications Committee

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