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 Nancy Morris, Editor                                                                                                                      January, 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.
A Special Invitation:
       
Please join us in celebrating our year  
of achievements and discover more
about TEAM Punta Gorda, where we're
headed and how you might want to be
involved. 
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Light refreshments will be served and a
special guest speaker is sure to enlighten you.
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Mark your calendars for January 26th 6:30-8:00 at the Civic Association
                                                                                                       
Last Month TEAM Activities 
 
 
 
Marie Mosley and Sue Carman represented TEAM Punta Gorda with a volunteer group of local pickleball players who rode the Loaner Bikes in the annual Christmas parade

 
 

 
TEAM celebrated Punta Gorda's Founders Week on December 7th with an old time BBQ & Poker Run.  More than fifty eager participants converged on the Charlotte County Community Foundation building on Sullivan Street. From there they walked, ran or rode to five historical sites around downtown Punta Gorda hoping to "earn" a winning poker card.  At each location they were asked a question and had to search for the correct answers on the property. Once the correct answer was provided, each participant was given a sealed envelope with a card in it. All of the players then returned to the Community Foundation building to open their envelopes and discover their "hand." The highest poker hands received prizes. Everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ dinner catered by McCurdy's BBQ. 



img_0726        Over 140 people attended the Ribbon
       Cutting Ceremony at the History Park
       Community Garden making it a huge
       success.  A great time was had by all.
       Thanks to all the volunteers who
       decorated the gardens, served re-       refreshments and cleaned up the
       surrounding area. 
 
       Special thanks to the HPCG
       Committee.                



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Message from TEAM CEO
 

2016 Was A Great Year For TEAM Punta Gorda Volunteers
 
2016 was a great year for TEAM Punta Gorda volunteers. Among their accomplishments:
  • The History Park Community Garden opened this month displaying the seasonal bounty of 72 local gardeners. It's TEAM's third Community Garden and a real hit.
  • Continued efforts to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in partnership with the PGPD and the City of Punta Gorda
  • Coordinated harbor conservation efforts such as the Nancy JCoastal Cleanup and installed the first in a series of interpretive signs along the Harborwalk.
  • Launched a Community Housing Collaborative to study the issue of workforce and affordable housing
  • Painted eight houses for homeowners needing a helping hand, all on one day with 100 volunteers
 
In order to accomplish all of this, and much more, 710 volunteers stepped forward to help! Of those, 450 volunteered for special events or one-day projects. Perhaps they helped with registration for Pedal & Play, our great Spring charity bicycling event. They may have helped to improve a neighborhood by painting a house for Paint Your Heart Out, Punta Gorda. They could have been among the 200 volunteers who helped pick up waterway trash during this year's Coastal Cleanup. Even when these volunteers who only work occasionally are removed from the count, there were still 260 volunteers working year-round on 20 committees or other projects to help make our community a better place to live work and play. Active volunteers spend on average ten hours a month doing related tasks, typically for about 6 months of the year. Our core team of committee chairs and leaders invest much, much more. Because of the spirit of service and collaboration that is present in this town, Punta Gorda is a special place where if you dream it, you can do it.
 
This year's TEAM Punta Gorda Annual Community Meeting will be a time to toast those volunteers and celebrate their accomplishments. Please join us on January 26th at 6:30 PM at the Punta Gorda Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street in Punta Gorda. The event is open to the public. All are encouraged to come enjoy this entertaining and informative evening. The theme of the meeting this year is "Orchestrating a Dynamic Community Together". Charlotte Symphony Music Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti will be the guest speaker. Maestro Ponti will speak of the relevance of the Symphony to the future of the community. Maestro Ponti envisions the Symphony and TEAM as "two driving forces working together." 

Coming TEAM Punta Gorda events not to be missed:
  • Paint your Heart Out February 18
  • Judy Brentano Annual Golf Tournament @ St Andrews South Golf Club, March 18
  • Pedal and Play 2017, March 24th and 25th at Laishley Park
 
My hopes for the new year are that by working together we can make our town safer to cycle and walk; improve the health of our harbor; provide education an awareness about community housing options; continue to improve and beautify our neighborhoods; and support other community organizations in their endeavors through strategic partnerships.
 
TEAM Punta Gorda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. N ancy Johnson is the CEO of TEAM Punta Gorda. Ideas or q uestions can be addressed to her at team@teampuntagorda.org .  Or, call 941-637-TEAM (8326). Find a complete schedule of all upcoming activities, as well as more information about TEAM Punta Gorda, membership, or to volunteer, visit our website, www.teampuntagorda.org . 
 
 



 
 
Pedal & Play Save the Date
Pedal & Play Save the Date

WANTED:  a co-chair for the food manager position for Pedal and Play. This position will manage the volunteers for the breakfast and lunch on the day of the event. We have a list of last year's volunteers and a partnership with the IYC to draw from. If you are interested contact Diane Smolen at dsmolen11@hotmail.com or 517 281-8987. 


 
 



           



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Parting Shot



Goodbye 2016.  You've been an amazing year! 

Contact:
TEAM Punta Gorda
 227 Sullivan St., #1245
 Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 637-8326 (TEAM)