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SWAT Presents Check to Women’s Resource Center

At the Annual “Boots and Bling” Celebration for SWAT Networking at IMG Golf Club in January, CEO, Dr. Robyn Spirtas and SWAT Executive Director, Deb Gerard presented a check to attendee, Ashely Brown, the CEO of the Women’s Resource Center for close to $3000. “We collect ‘brag dollars’ all year long to give to a charity” stated, Gerard, “it is a great way for us to get to know each other on a more personal level and collecting for a charity at the same time.” SWAT Networking always gives to a charity but it was a special connection to give to another organization that supports women’s successes. SWAT, Successful Women Aligning Together is a unique women’s networking organization of 300 professional women. There are seven chapters from Venice to Brandon and Lakewood Ranch to Anna Maria Island in three counties – Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota. The celebration dinner was filled with awards, recognitions and speakers. SWAT welcomes visitors and guests. Visit

Brandon Coin Club Seeks New Members

The Brandon Coin Club meets the third Tuesday of every month at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, located at 331 Bryan Rd. in Brandon, Room 421 in the Disciple Hall. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. Conversation starts at 6:30 p.m. After the meeting, an auction is held for all ages. The next meeting will take place on February 21. Call 719-5192 for more information.

Brandon Lions Club Enjoys Local Speakers At Meetings

Sally Harris, a member of the Hillsborough County School board recently spoke at the Brandon Lions February 2 meeting relating her experiences as a school teacher and as a developer of a special needs school in Tampa, and eventually running for school board. She was encouraging those attending to consider mentoring school children.

Christine Michaels of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce presented info about its activities and interests, which include business development and problem traffic areas. She informed the group about what types of activities and outings the Chamber gets involved with.

The Brandon Lions Club, located at 610 Limona Rd. in Brandon, meets the first and third Thursdays of each month. Dinner is 6:45 p.m. and the meeting follows at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit or email if you might be interested in joining. At a recent meeting, Christine Michaels of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce recently spoke to the Brandon Lions Club.

Casino Night To Benefit Tampa Crossroads Athena House

Bets for Vets Casino Night will take place on Friday, March 10 from 6-9 p.m. at the Amvets Post 44, 5521 S.R. 60 E. in Plant City. Five thousand chips for $20 per person or $35 per couple. Enjoy food, fun and prizes. Play Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold-Em and more.
Casino Night benefits Tampa Crossroads Athena House.

Newcomers March Events

The March meeting of the Brandon Newcomers Club is held on the third Wednesday of the month at the Brandon Community Center on Sadie Street at 9:30 a.m.  This month it will be on March 15. Many interesting activities are offered…Arts & Crafts; Bridge; Bunco; Dominoes; Flick Chicks; Girl’s Night Out; Hand & Foot; and Out and About and more. Each meeting is entertaining and informative.

On Wednesday, March 27 at 9 a.m. will be FUN AND GAMES. Enjoy coffee from 9-9:30 a.m. and then you can play a game of your choice – Bridge, Bunco, Dominoes or Hand and from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch will then be served and prizes given out. Sign up by first week in March.  For more information, call Re at 643-3281.

Eastern Hillsborough Community Band Spring Concerts

The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform three concerts as part of its 2017 Spring Concert Series in the Brandon area and Sun City Center. 

Performance dates and locations are: Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m. at Logan Hall, New Hope United Methodist Church, 115 Knights Ave., Brandon; Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m. at Strawberry Ridge Clubhouse, 3419 State Road 60 East, Valrico; and Thursday May 4, 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W., Sun City Center.

A $5 suggested donation asked at the door.  

EHCB is a full-sized band that has been entertaining since 2009. Visit or call 569-1771.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.