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Nancy Morris, Editor                                                                            May, 2017
TEAM Punta Gorda is an all-volunteer organization committed to making the greater Punta Gorda area a great place to live, work and play. Originally created after the devastation caused by Hurricane Charley in 2004, TEAM volunteers focus on wide variety of projects to enhance our friendly, quaint, historic waterside community. For more of the history of TEAM click here

TEAM Donates Bike Rack to Public Safety Building
This new bike rack was donated to the City by TEAM Punta Gorda's Bicycle Friendly Community Committee.
According to BFCC co-chair Gerry Fallon, "The donation of a bike rack to the Public Safety Building will let riders secure their bikes during their visit to check out the new mural, or when using the lobby for safe transactions or to attend a meeting with our police and first responders."
Committee members are promoting the strategic location of bike racks elsewhere in Punta Gorda. 

      History Park Gardeners Lunch and Learn

Twenty Four of History Park gardeners gathered for their first ever  "Gardeners' Social" on Sunday, April 23rd at the Women's Club.  The food was delicious as everyone brought a dish to pass.
Master gardener, Fred Browning, did a great job of teaching us how and why to solarize our plots. A great time was had by all, as everyone got to know their fellow gardeners a little better and picked up some really helpful tips. A special thanks to Sue Carman, Margaret Bogardus, and Martha Lindquist for organizing the event.

Thanks Isles Yacht Club for A Great April Mixer

The April mixer held at the Isles Yacht Club was another success. 
Seventy two people attended and eleven new contributing members joined TEAM.  

We had a few new volunteers and many new faces in attendance.
Thirteen raffle prizes were donated by:  Beach Bums, Simply Sweet (Cathy Perry from Fisherman's Village) , Nino's Bakery, Mercer  Roasted Coffee, Nail Spa and the Outreach Committee.

Several attendees received springtime flowers.
The food was provided by the IYC.  The servers were very attentive and kept us all eating, drinking and content throughout the night.
TEAM Plans Participation in October Dragon Boat Races

TEAM Punta Gorda will be participating in the Dragon Boat races again this year.  If interested in participating please email Sue Carman at

The first 20 people to complete registration and pay the $40 fee will secure their spot on the Dragon Boat.  We will have a wait list of alternate paddlers.  If someone has to cancel before October 1st an alternate paddler will reimburse your $40 and take your spot.  If canceling after October 1st your money will not be refunded and an alternate paddler will take your spot.  TEAM Punta Gorda will provide t-shirts for everyone so when you register please advise your t-shirt size. 

We will provide a tent, water and snacks.  We will have a TEAM meeting October 2 at 6PM at Charlotte County Foundation Building 227 Sullivan Street in Punta Gorda.  There will be Community Team practices at Laishley Marina on October 21 and 22, the weekend prior to the festival, as well as on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 25-27. High Five Dragon Boats LLC will be running the practices as well as the festival races on Saturday the 28th!  All paddlers need to be available for practice.
        Race Day is October 28, 2017!

Don't miss your chance for this fun filled day!  Contact Sue Carman to secure your spot on the Dream TEAM Dragon Boat.

        For more information on the actual race go to

Nancy Johnson
A Message from TEAM CEO
Sharing Leadership Responsibility
Grass roots organizations have unique characteristics and needs. This is especially true in the area of leadership. Many corporations operate on a hierarchal basis, but at the grassroots level, decisions where everyone participates are much more likely to be implemented successfully. Each member of the group brings their unique talents to the table and each volunteer needs to feel ownership of the decision-making process. This requires a much flatter organizational hierarchy.
Each year some 300 volunteers bring their talents to TEAM Punta Gorda's 20 committees. We've had a great year with many accomplishments. Volunteers painted houses, organized community events, and tackled complex issues such as examining workforce housing needs. In order to sustain the leadership needed to oversee our growth, the TEAM Punta Gorda Board is rolling out a new plan for sharing leadership. The key positions in TEAM Punta Gorda (CEO, COO and CFO) will operate with a three-year leadership ladder. Each of these officers will have an assistant to share the work load and to succeed them.  This will provide two people in each position to back each other up. We are also adding an office administrator for support. This year we plan to reduce our activity over the summer months. When many of our volunteers head North, we will take a break. 
We'd like encourage new and old volunteers to serve in leadership roles. Why do this, you might ask? There is an enormous sense of satisfaction in making a difference in the town where you live. It's one way to have a voice in the community. There is the opportunity to be part of a high spirited group of very talented people. It is also a great deal of fun.  
All of the processes and procedures needed for day-to-day operations are already in place. There is excellent support from the strongest board TEAM has ever had. Many of our experienced committee chairs are already in place to manage current and future projects. If this sounds interesting to you, let us know. Co-chairing a committee is a great place to start. We will be glad find a place for you. The most creative ideas for community projects come from our volunteers.
The community garden project at the Punta Gorda History Park is a fine example of shared leadership. TEAM Punta gorda volunteers built the garden with funding from Mosaic and TEAM is responsible for the project for two years. The management team that is emerging is composed of the gardeners who have plots. This group of local gardeners is showing they have the right stuff to manage the community garden activities. They share the leadership of this project under the watchful eye of the Punta Gorda Historical Society and the City of Punta Gorda. We are very proud of the work they are doing and have confidence in their emerging leadership. We see this as a great example of how complex projects can be managed by a group of people, thus spreading both the burdens and benefits. TEAM Punta Gorda really does have the best volunteers!

Parting Shot
                         Public Safety Building welcomes bicyclists.

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