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Which Way for the Soul of America? – November 2018

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in BLOG

November 3, 2018…….and 72 hours before a midterm election that is likely to be remembered months, years, and perhaps decades ahead. Most pundits are saying that the Democrats are likely to regain control of the House. I don’t know about this. I only know that more than any time in my adult life I’ve paid attention daily to the utterances and actions of our President. Trump would dismiss me as a consumer of “fake news” too “elite” to appreciate the great things he has accomplished in just two years in office: the US economy is booming reflected in a 3.7% unemployment rate, real wages have started to rise for the first time in years, Mexico and Canada as trading partners are treating the US more fairly and he will see that China does too. In truth, Trump lies so...

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Mid Atlantic Club Management Association Celebrates 30 Years

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in BLOG

Mid Atlantic Club Management Association Celebrates 30 Years Mitch Wald and I co-founded MACMA in 1986. Delighted it’s still going strong. Below is their most recent...

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“Thank You Mr. Roger” – A Boys and Girls Club Volunteer’s Reward

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in BLOG   I received this video out of the blue about a stock picking project we put together last year for teen members of the Roy McBean Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota. Was not quite sure until then whether it was “just one more” volunteer idea disruptive for staff.* Here is the gist of this simple project: Rather than cut a check as a contribution I decided to put up $2000 to help interested kids personally learn about the realities of the stock market. At this early stage I did not want any of the kids or staff to lose any money but to benefit from any upside. To that extent the project was not realistic but served to create more personal involvement, interest, and discussion. There were four different $500 categories of participants and each had to...

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Badges for Baseball Sarasota

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in BLOG

Badges for Baseball is a core program of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, (CRSF). It began in 2009 and has served over 100,000 youth in twenty different states and twenty seven different communities. Created by the CRSF it partners with local law enforcement agencies and trains police volunteers to use Foundation programs like Quickball and Healthy Choices Healthy Children as a vehicle to positively influence their relationship with youth and visa-versa. The Sarasota Police Department began its program in the spring of 2014. Once a week six volunteer officers come to the Roy McBean Boys and Girls Club. What they do there will vary but a common theme is to engage the kids via new activities or simply discussion. An example of the former was a bocci ball program introduced by 25 year law enforcement veteran Sgt. Eric Bolden pictured...

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Rachel’s Challenge

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in BLOG

Cody Hodges, Rachel’s Challenge, Presenter; Dr. Rachel Shelley, Principal, Booker High School December 3, 2014 proved quite a special day for some Sarasota kids and adults and the organizations that made it happen: the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF); the Sarasota Police Department; and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota. As a result of a $5000 grant from the Sarasota Police Department using drug forfeiture funds CRSF was able to bring Rachel’s Challenge to Sarasota. At its core, Rachel’s Challenge is about how children and adults alike can live their lives to make the world better for themselves and others. Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School massacre- there were 13 killed in April 1999. In the aftermath of her murder Rachel’s father and step-mother established Rachel’s Challenge, a national non-profit organization that has brought...

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A Trip to Cooperstown with Cal Ripken, Jr. – July 2014

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in BLOG

This year marks the 75th year of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the weekend of July 25th, 2014 most certainly memorable for the inductees: Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre. Very memorable for me too as Cal Ripken, Jr. invited me to join him knowing that the only way this could work was if he “carried my bags”. I had recently come off colon surgery and was under serious orders from the surgeon and my wife Elaine to lift nothing. Cal did this with good humor and grace. As one can imagine, this weekend at Cooperstown was a great experience at every level- whether simply walking through town while Cal rode his bike 25 miles around the lake, having lunch on Saturday at the Blue Mingo or...

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