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TEAM Punta Gorda Newsletter
 Nan cy Morris, Editor
                                                    December 2016
In This Issue



Learn about the Bicycle Loaner Program. Where to find them and how it works.

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           Paddle PG 2016      
TEAM Water Activity
Dragon boat
Though not a TEAM Punta Gorda event, TEAM participated in this charity event.  Despite the strong winds,TEAM Punta Gorda's "Dream TEAM" dragon boat paddlers braved the rough waters of the Peace River to participate in a community event to benefit the Charlotte Local Education Foundation - Take Stock in Children.  Due to poor weather conditions it was necessary to reduce the number of paddlers, including the drummer, but that didn't diminish the enthusiasm.  Dream TEAM placed 14 out of 18 community teams. Of the 18 paddlers on board, only two had previous experience. BRAVO "Dream Team"! Hope to see you again next year. 

Getting briefed by the Steersman

                         Group Photo with Terri Hoagland, Drummer

Dream TEAM is the middle boat in this video. 
Watch them in action.
Paddle Punta Gorda a Success!

This first-time TEAM Punta Gorda event proved to be so successful, the chairpersons were asked to bring it back next year.  Naturalists guided 90 kayakers through five tours on the Peace River, Shell Creek, Alligator Creek, Lettuce Lake and Ponce Deleon Park early morning on November 12th. Lunch and entertainment followed the tours. Get your 'yaks ready for next year's launch and explore a different area.


Community Housing Initiative            

Founder's Day BBQ and Historical Poker Run - December 7
             It's not too late......reserve your place today.
TEAM Punta Gorda is closing the week of activities for the Founders Day Celebration this year with something special. Our Historic Poker Run finale is scheduled for December 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Community Foundation building, 227 Sullivan St.  You'll  walk, run or ride to five historic places at your own pace collecting a poker hand.  At each location, you'll answer a historical question relative to the site before receiving your card in a sealed envelope.  Bring your five unopened envelopes back to the Community Foundation to reveal your hand and enjoy an old time barbecue.  Prizes will be given while you enjoy an evening of camaraderie with good food, good ol' people, and old fashioned lemonade.
Just fill out the registration below and submit to TEAM Punta Gorda along with your $25 contribution.
       For information on all the events taking place during Founders Day Week click here:
                                                              Founders Day Week 

      History Park Community Garden Grand Opening Invite
All plots of this organic garden are currently under lease for this year and we have a waiting list.  Enjoy the green thumb efforts while celebrating the ribbon cutting of this event.


Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting

Paint Your Heart Out - Seeking Sponsors

Make it a priority to be part of next year's effort!  Sponsors are still needed.  Save the date of February 18, 2017 and be part of it by contacting Peter Krumsiek or Sue Carman at 

Paint Your Heart Out (PYHO) is an annual service project done in collaboration with Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity and heavily supported by local contractors, tradesmen, businesses and service clubs.  Each year houses are painted by volunteers for homeowners who need a helping hand.  It was initiated in the spring of 2014, designed to help elderly, disabled, and needy residents while beautifying Punta Gorda.  PYHO does more than paint homes.  It sends a message of pride and builds a sense of community spirit and unity that lasts long after this day of service is over.  

TEAM Volunteers - Be a Gift to Your Community

Do you have time to help
Here's just a sampling of some of the fun things you can do with just a little bit of your time:
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Fund Raiser Coordinator 
One day opportunities to help us:
  • Founder's Day Week event (Historical Poker Run), 12/7
  • History Park Community Garden Ribbon Cutting - 12/12
  • Paint Your Heart Out, 2/18
  • Golf Tournament, 3/18
  • Pedal 'N Play Bike Event, 3/24 and 3/25
Interested? contact TEAM Punta Gorda at  or  941-637-8326

Gilchrist Park Activity Center
TEAM Punta Gorda is looking for volunteers to participate on the Gilchrist Park Activity Center Community Input team.
TEAM Punta Gorda has agreed to support the City of Punta Gorda in obtaining community input for a potential project to replace the existing two buildings in Gilchrist Park with a new structure. Volunteers will develop and administer surveys and interviews to individuals and local organizations to gather feedback to be used in the project design phase.  If you are interested in learning more, please call TEAM at 941-637-8326 or email TEAM

Fa La La La La...La La La La 

The "Downtown Christmas Celebration, Carol Sing and Tree Lighting" will take place on Friday, December 2nd from 5 - 8 p.m. in front of the Christmas tree located at the corner of W Marion Avenue and Taylor Street.  TEAM members will be on stage donned in red scarves caroling an all time favorite, "Deck the Halls".
The weather forecast is calling for snow showers so dress appropriately and bring your own seating. The event is part of Punta Gorda Founders Day Week. For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact the City of Punta Gorda at (941)575-3302.

Ugly Sweater Run


A Message from TEAM CEOs
  age from the CEO
Nancy J
Nancy Johnson

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We invite you to visit the community calendars below for more information about upcoming events in December:

Parting Shot
 Our City Manage stopped in this afternoon, as he always does when he makes his rounds, noticed that I was working on this newsletter and asked that I pass along his holiday wishes to all our readers.       

So.................. Happy Holidays from Howard Kunik
Nancy Morris
Editor, TEAM Talk
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