November 2019 Newsletter
A Word from the Director:

Thank you to everyone that donated blood at our 3rd Annual Fall Give Thanks Blood Drive, if you missed it, you can donate at your local One Blood location. They need blood donors ESPECIALLY around the holidays. The Chamber also organized our 2nd Annual Paws in the Park Welcome Back Pawty for the dogs of Ocean Reef and it was a tail-waggin good time! Thank you to our sponsors for making the event possible. The Chamber is always looking for ideas to help you network and promote your business. Have an idea for an event, please email your suggestions to me at 

While you are out this weekend, don't' forget to purchase a toy for our Toys For Tots campaign. Drop off your unwrapped toy to our office or one of the locations below now through December 13th or bring it to our luncheon on Wednesday, December 4th. All of the toys collected will be distributed to children in the Florida Keys. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones! 

ORCA & Card Sound/905 Update: DON'T SPEED. Speeding only save you 5 minutes and puts your life and others in danger. With increased police patrols, it could also earn you a $300 fine.

Toastmasters Update:   Join us for Cookies and Conversations at our Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 11th from 10-11 in the ORC HR Room! 

Business of the month:


December Luncheon
Wednesday, December 4th @ Noon- Tarpon Room

Join us for our December Luncheon 
on Wednesday, December 4th 

Keith Young, CEO
The Medical Center at Ocean Reef

 Jerome Murphy, Head of School
The Academy at Ocean Reef

Did you know that we have a Medical Center on property or that Chamber members can enroll their children in the Academy at Ocean Reef? Come learn all about the Medical Center at Ocean Reef, the Academy at Ocean Reef and the benefits available to you. 
We'll also enjoy some holiday carols sung by students from the Academy at Ocean Reef. 

Don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy for our Toys For Tots campaign (all toys will be distributed to children in the Florida Keys). We'll also have Sergeant Gunny Lou Slagle there to talk a little about Toys For Tots! 

$30 with online Registration & Payment

$35 at the door     

 Register Now! 

Bring your business cards for distribution  

Don't forget to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to be featured as our Business of the Month for December. Congratulations again to our November winner: 

  Upper Keys Marine Construction



Become a Luncheon Sponsor... Promote YOUR Business While Supporting YOUR Chamber!

Make It Safe on Card Sound Road
Ocean Reef Toastmasters Club
Meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month

We have Toastmasters members from Fantastic EndeavorsFrank-Keys Landscaping Inc. , IBERIABANK , ORCA , MassMutual-Coastal Wealth Ocean Reef Club Sotheby's International Realty , Reef Tropical Pool & Landscape, and  TechTutorUSA.comWe learn and grow together each month, please join us at our Open House on Wednesday, December 11th, you'll be glad you did!

*Must have a valid ORCA ID card to attend*

Left: Toastmaster Peter Raffalski from IBERIABANK presented the Best Table Topics award to Darlene Moore from IBERIABANK.

Right: Peter Raffalski awarding the Best Speaker award to Wil Pena from MassMutual-Coastal Wealth.

2nd Annual Paws in the Park Welcome Back Pawty
Thursday, November 14th @ Ocean Reef Club 

The Chamber had our 2nd Annual Paws in the Park Welcome Back Pawty on Thursday, November 14th to welcome back the dogs of Ocean Reef. We had about twenty dogs attend and Honey Bun from the Upper Keys Humane Society got adopted by Ocean Reef Club associate Jade Comstock. We look forward to growing the event next year. Thank you again to our sponsors Al's Wifi & Electronics, Keen Battle Mead & Company, ORCA, Ocean Reef Homes, Protech E2, Swenson & Ecuyer Realty,  and Watson Luxury Properties at Ocean Reef  for making the event possible! 

All Charities Weekend: How Can Your Business Get Involved 


Last year, your Chamber was given a unique opportunity to promote our sponsored businesses to Ocean Reef members while giving back to those in need in the communities of Key Largo, Homestead and Florida City.  Last year's sponsors were exposed to over 400 Ocean Reef Club residents. We are being extended this valuable opportunity once more through All Charities Weekend. 

The most active, engaged and philanthropic families in Ocean Reef join together to support one highly-anticipated social event of the year, All Charities Weekend, which raises over $6 million each year for non-profit organizations. The annual auction will be held on February 7 and 8, 2019.

*Preferred Partners
Each donate $50,000/year to cover event costs. All donated monies go to non-profits and not to their operating expenses thanks to their Preferred Partners. 

*Donate a Silent Auction Item
If item is worth $5,000 or more, one team member will be invited to accompany item at auction.

*Ocean Reef Chamber Luncheon
The luncheon sponsors will be displayed on a banner at the luncheon. Additionally, sponsors will have the chance to volunteer at the Friday night wine tasting event and gain even more exposure.   
Contact Jill at (305)367-3646 or to learn more

Toys For Tots Collection
Now through Friday, December 13th 

We have several collection sites on property and we'll have a box at our December luncheon. ALL of the toys collected at Ocean Reef Club will be distributed to children in the Florida Keys!

Collection Sites on Property:

Lily Pulitzer at Ocean Reef 

Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce

The Academy at Ocean Reef

The Medical Center at Ocean Reef

The Ocean Reef Public Safety Department

The UPS Store at Ocean Reef

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fund raising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991.The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The History of the Toys for Tots Foundation:

Since 1775 the Marine Corps has defended freedom and democracy - A duty they have fulfilled with honor, courage, and commitment. As they have fulfilled that duty, Marines have earned a well deserved reputation for toughness.

However, there is another side to the Marine Corps - The side that springs from a genuine concern for the communities in which they live, and a deep compassion for the under- privileged children of America. That's the side that exemplifies the spirit of the Marine Corps.  That side is found in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

In 1947, a group of Marines recognized that there were children in the community could benefit from the generosity of local citizens. The Marines Toys for Tots program was established then and has been going strong ever since. The Marines took this mission into their hands and have given all of their efforts for many years. The purpose of this program is to send a message of hope to the children of the community. 
ORCA Season Hours 
No-Work Thursday to Sunday, Nov 28-Dec 1
SBDC Finding & Winning Government Contracts 
Space for Rent in the Plaza Building
Events Happening in the Community: 

Looking for a Job? These Chamber Members are Hiring...

Contact Delle Cleaveland

Office: (305) 451-0007


Looking for a full time experienced technician
Interested? Reach out to Al Garcia at or 305-257-9434




Job Title:              Client Account Manager
Department:           Personal Lines
Location:              Homestead - 566
Provide a high level of customer service by developing a positive relationship with each client. Must demonstrate clear knowledge of personal insurance coverage and remain current with industry offerings. Manage the day-to-day account activity as well as renewal marketing efforts & account rounding opportunities.
Essential Duties and Functions:
  •          Manage daily account activity such as answering client questions, providing coverage analysis, submitting change requests, invoicing, providing claims assistance, & maintaining timely follow-up procedures.
  •          Follow procedures as presented in the Personal Lines Procedure Manual with accuracy and attention to detail.
  •          Manage the monthly renewal process to include market selection and submission, quote analysis/comparison, & company rewrites when necessary.
  •          Participate in cross-selling opportunities and cross-department referrals, as well as proactively striving to increase client retention
  • Once approved/reviewed and if needed, work with Producers to prepare renewal proposal indicating summary of current and renewal/re-write options. 
  • Attend meetings, seminars, and programs to stay up-to-date on new commercial lines products and services and to learn new skills
  • Establish strong relationship with clients and insurance carriers
  • Issue Certificates of Insurance


Contact Yaritza Morris
Private Client Leader
Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc. dba. TR Jones & Co.
at (305) 246-7528 or

Full time help in office.

To apply, please contact Eileen Plasky at  or 305.735.4589



To apply, please contact Katya Andrade at or 305-852-4246 x235 or fax at 305-852-6902.

Youth Mentor

Would you or someone you know enjoy a career inspiring young people?
The Florida Keys Children's Shelter seeks individuals to work directly with preteens and teens at its Children's Center in the Upper Florida Keys. Starting pay is $15-16 an hour. Some evenings and weekends are required. You must be at least 21 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid Florida driver's license, and be able to pass a comprehensive background check and drug screening. Experience working with youth and a bachelor's degree are preferred. Send your resume to or 73 High Point Rd., Tavernier, FL 33070, or fax to 305-852-6902.


Looking for help in the office with work orders, deposits, answering phone calls, etc.

Interested? Reach out to MJ at  305-451-9796  for more details

Job Opportunity Submitted
Contact Name
Lorenzo Giles
Contact Phone
Contact Email
Job Title
A/V Technician, Programmer, Field Manager
Job Description
Please Email: for application and inquiries about these positions.

Please review our website for more information on our services.


The Ocean Reef Community Association (ORCA) in North Key Largo is hiring! 
Interested in joining our team? Check out our website at:
Positions are available in the following areas:
(click on the job title for more details)

ORCA Accounting:

Full-Time Staff Accountant 
Full-Time Accounting Assistant 
Ocean Reef Public Safety Department:
Full-Time Access Control Officer (Welcome Center)
Part-Time/ON-Call Communications Officer/Dispatcher
ORCAT and The Grayvik Animal Care Center:
Part-Time Animal Care Assistant

Ocean Reef Volunteer Fire Department:
Volunteer Firefighter
For consideration, please apply online at and send your resume to:
Talent Acquisition Division


$10-11.00 per hour depending on experience
Call Nicole at 305-367-2036 or email
Experience Preferred, Must Pass Background

The UPS Store at Ocean Reef- Now Hiring!


Apply via email attention Michele Beach: 


Job Opportunity Submitted
Contact Name
Christina Watson
Contact Phone
Contact Email

Job Title
Part time receptionist
Job Description
Please call or email Christina if you're interested in applying.  


Zero Dress Code in Islamorada is looking for a 
Full-time or Part-time Sales Position  

The Dress Code in Ocean Reef is looking for a 
Part-time Sales or Seasonal Position
Send Resume to Inquire in person at either location or Call Suzi 305-393-4445
Thank you!

Did you Know? 

Let us help you promote your next event, post your job openings, or sh are your member member deals.  The Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce is happy to:

Complimentary (on our website):
-Post job openings
-Share member to member specials
-Post current coupons being offered

Minimal fee:
-Send e-blast to our contact list on your behalf
-Feature your story on our newsletter
-Post flyers on our social networks 

Contact us at 305-367-3646 to find out more!