Jeanne Hogan, Editor                                                                      May - June 2018

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 a wide variety of projects to enhance our friendly, quaint, historic water-side community. For more of the history of TEAM click here .

Our Perspective on Updating
The 2005 Citizens'  Master Plan
 By Nancy Johnson, CEO
Nancy Johnson
TEAM Punta Gorda applauds City Council's intention to update the 2005 Citizens' Master Plan, and we are looking forward to participating in the process. In 2005, on the heels of the devastation caused by Hurricane Charley, a group of citizens raised $250,000 in a very short time to commission the first Citizens' Master Plan. This group became TEAM Punta Gorda. 
Once again, TEAM is prepared to help put the citizens' voice in the Citizens' Master Plan. We also agree that this time the City should take the lead, so that the results can be more easily implemented.  LEARN MORE about our perspective

Note:   If you would like to see the Citizens' Master Plan of 2005, it can be found on TEAM's website at
They Scrambled for TEAM at 
St. Andrews South
It was fun in the sun at TEAM's 13th annual golf scramble, held on Satur da y, April 21st , at St. Andrews South Golf Club in Punta Gorda Isles. Nearly 80 enthusiastic golfers competed in an 18-hole format that held the promise of some great prizes.
"Some teams were serious but most were recreational," reports Co-Chair Kathy des Enfants. TEAM's Annual Golf Scramble, held in honor of its late CEO Judy Brentano, is an important fundraiser.  
According to  TEAM CEO Nancy Johnson, "It was a beautiful day to be outdoors an d spirits were high. Many thanks to the golf committee, its chairs and everyone involved. Thanks also to St. Andrews South Golf Club and their staff and to the generous sponsors for this annual fundraiser that helps keep TEAM's operations funded."   READ MORE and see players in action

2018 Giving Challenge
Thank you so much for your support during the 2018 Giving Challenge. It means a lot to us that the community cares about the work we do. On behalf of the TEAM Punta Gorda board and volunteers, you have our sincere appreciation.
Nancy Johnson, CEO  - and -  Eric DeYoung, Board President
   L-R: Membership Chair
   Diane Smolen, Sue Hooley,
   Ruth and George Weaver
Our Last Mixer of the Season Was a Beach Party
It was a fun night at the Torch Bar and Grill in Punta Gorda April 17th. Despite the fact that many TEAM friends and volunteers had already departed for their summer sojourn, the dining room was filled to capacity. The food was delicious and generously served through-out the evening.   READ MORE
What's more fun than watching a kid
catch a fish?  N OTHING!

The  4th Annual "Reel in the Fun" Kid's Pier Fishing Tournament was held on May 19th. The Maritime Committee once again teamed up with Downtown Bait and Tackle Shop for a day on the pier with the little ones. Downtown Bait and Tackle Shop supplied the bait and prizes while parents assisted their children in a catch and release fishing tournament.  

There were 78 little fisher people who participated this year. Three prizes for most fish caught were awarded in each of the three age groups. The big winner reeled in 16 fish.

Every child received a certificate, a fishing pole with tackle boxes, and a raffle prize! Lunch was provided under a large tent and many adults went home with high-end raffle prizes. This is a popular event requiring about 25 volunteers to pull it off. 
Welcome to TEAM

Welcome Dan Kain, new Chairperson of the Bicycle Friendly Community Committee. Dan is a retired engineering consultant. He and his wife were international live-aboard sailors before coming permanently ashore in Punta Gorda in 2014. He is an avid bicyclist looking forward to making a difference.
Welcome Jeanne Hogan, new TEAM Talk Editor. She wanted to volunteer her time with TEAM Punta Gorda but didn't know in what capacity until her husband came home from the TEAM Build/Habitat for Humanity breakfast for volunteers. Nancy Johnson had shared they were looking for a new editor for TEAM's newsletter. That was it! Just exactly what Jeanne was looking for.
Share your time and talent with TEAM. You can make a difference in our community.

TEAM Builds
Volunteers Helping Others
By Bill Welsch
There was the slightest hint of chill in the April morning air as I emerged from my car and looked at the quaint, partially-built bungalow. I had responded to an email from TEAM Punta Gorda asking for assistance with construction of a Habitat for Humanity home. 

I joined a dozen or so volunteers standing in a semi-circle listening to instructions from Tom, a Habitat for Humanity site supervisor. He explained that our tasks for the day were to install siding and soffits on the three-bedroom home. I joined forces with two other volunteers I knew from other TEAM projects and the three of us - after some siding installation training from Tom - jumped to it.  READ MORE

But right now you can enjoy Bruce Tompkins' amazing Team Builds video. A must watch!
Save the Date for Paddle  Punta Gorda

Mark your calendar for our 2018 Paddle Punta Gorda event. Naturalists lead groups of 20 paddlers through selected waterways. Discover nature up close and
                                               personal on one of several different routes.  

Participation is limited so watch for upcoming registration details.   Click here for flyer

     For volunteer information, please contact
     To find information about TEAM Punta Gorda, check out our website at
     Contact information: 941-637-8326 or

14 Years of Comprehensive Coverage

Platinum sponsor Time Insurance Agency opened its doors in Punta Gorda in 2004, the sa me year Hurricane Charley devastated the City. Time President James Kubek first became acquainted with TEAM in 2005. 

 "We share TEAM's love for Punta Gorda," explains Kubek. "This is a great community and we are proud to call Punta Gorda home. 
The work that TEAM does for the area brings people together. It is uplifting and makes our community a more beautiful place."    READ MORE
S u m me r  Slowdown

TEAM projects and events are wrapped up until fall, so we will not be maintaining regular office hours from June 15th through Labor Day. However, Office Administrator Corinne Carlson will be working all summer. If you need anything at all, contact her
at .

T he office will be available for committee meetings. Please schedule with Corinne and she will provide access. TEAM Talk will be published bimonthly during this interim.
Don't Forget to Smile this Summer!

Shop at Select TEAM Punta Gorda as your charity. TEAM receives a small % of your purchase.

Tip:  If you forget to log onto Smile and get as far as your Shopping Cart, just log out
       and back in again with Smile. You will be seamlessly returned to your checkout
       procedure and TEAM will be credited. Thanks!

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