December 2018 News

December 2018 News

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December 2018 Newsletter
A Word from the Director:
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and have a very Happy (and healthy) New Year!

Our January luncheon will be held on THURSDAY, January 3rd in the SAILFISH ROOM at CARYSFORT HALL. Registration is required for this interactive Toastmasters workshop, reserve your spot today!

Business of the Month:
The Islander Painting Company
January Luncheon 
THURSDAY, January 3rd @ noon- SAILFISH ROOM

Join us for our January Luncheon
on THURSDAY, January 3rd featuring:
Richard Erschik
Homestead Toastmasters, Club President

Richard is one of the highest rated trade show exhibitor educators and trainers in the country. 
In this interactive workshop you'll learn:
  • How to perfect your elevator speech
  • How to get your message across in a timely manner
  • How to become more confident when speaking in public
$30 with online Registration & Payment
$35 at the door
 Bring your business cards for distribution
Don't forget to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to be featured as our Business of the Month for January. Congratulations to our December winner: The Islander Painting Company
Thank you to our Luncheon sponsors!

Toys For Tots collection:
Thank you to everyone that donated toys at our November and December Chamber Luncheon. Special shout out to the businesses below for helping us collect toys ❤️

Collection Sites on Property:

ORCA Public Works

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fund raising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991.The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The History of the Toys for Tots Foundation:

Since 1775 the Marine Corps has defended freedom and democracy - A duty they have fulfilled with honor, courage, and commitment. As they have fulfilled that duty, Marines have earned a well deserved reputation for toughness.

However, there is another side to the Marine Corps - The side that springs from a genuine concern for the communities in which they live, and a deep compassion for the under- privileged children of America. That's the side that exemplifies the spirit of the Marine Corps.  That side is found in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

In 1947, a group of Marines recognized that there were children in the community could benefit from the generosity of local citizens. The Marines Toys for Tots program was established then and has been going strong ever since. The Marines took this mission into their hands and have given all of their efforts for many years. The purpose of this program is to send a message of hope to the children of the community. 
Welcome New Members:
Yachting Solutions- William Morong
All Charities- How Can Your Business Get Involved?
Don't Miss Event:
Events Happening in the Community: 
Rebuild Florida Deadline EXTENDED to March 29, 2019
Intro to Hospitality Program:
Volunteer Opportunity:


How often have you thought you would like to 'make a difference' in your 
community?Well now is the perfect time! Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys could use a little of your time volunteering at the ReStore. 

Can you spare 3.5 hours a week for a good cause? Store hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, and 9am-4pm on Saturdays. If you can volunteer for a morning or afternoon shift please give us a call at 305-453-7855 or stop in to say hi!

All operating profits from ReStore sales go into Habitat's building program, and help provide adequate housing for hard working Upper Keys families. 

Perks? First look at all of the cool furniture we get in! 20% discount! Fund environment- sometimes we have cookies!


The ReStore is located at 98970 Overseas Hwy 
MM 98.9 * In the median.

Looking for a Job? These Chamber Members are Hiring...


For seasoned producers the ideal person should have the following:
  • Established relationships with realtors or mortgage brokers
  •  FL General Lines Insurance 220 license (desired)
  •  3+ years of experience in sales - Negotiable
  •  Bachelor's Degree
  •  Willing to travel and engage in networking activities outside of regular business hours
  •   Excellent oral and written communications, interpersonal, prospect and client relationship development, and decision-making skills
  •   Must be Detail oriented, team player and results oriented with a self-drive to succeed

 For the Producer In Training to Stay in Personal Lines
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Tech savvy
  •  Will get licensed after joining our team
  • Willing to travel and engage in networking activities outside of regular business hours
  •  Excellent oral and written communications (preferably English and Spanish), interpersonal, prospect and client relationship development, and decision-making skills.
  • Must be Detail oriented, team player and results oriented with a self-drive to succeed
This will be a salary based / commission / production incentive position with a full benefits package and T&E expenses covered.

Full time help in office.

To apply, please contact Eileen Plasky at or 305.735.4589


To apply, please contact Katya Andrade at or 305-852-4246 x235 or fax at 305-852-6902.

Group Training Facilitators

New! Updated on September 28, 2018
The Florida Keys Children's Shelter is launching our newest program, Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) which teaches youth ages 6-11, and their parents, how to make better choices 'in the moment.' You will be part of a team leading 13-week group sessions across Monroe County. This is a unique opportunity to give back to your community, and make a difference in the lives of young people.
  • Lead discussions for small groups, with commitment to the SNAP program and values.
  • Work in conjunction with a team of volunteers, paid staff, and representatives from outside organizations.
  • Establish and maintain effective rapport with clients and maintain high satisfaction rate with clients and families served.
  • Demonstrate active listening, validation, and patience in one-on-one and group settings.
  • Assist with set up and take down of materials for groups including handouts, manuals, and other presentation items.
  • Help with registration, gathering of paperwork, and food arrangements as needed.
  • Participate in pre-briefing and de-briefing meetings with other SNAP Team members.
  • Other tasks which may include filming role plays, conducting sibling groups, and managing door prizes.
  • Professional demeanor suitable for working with young children.
  • Excellent skills for effectively communicating with diverse groups of individuals.
  • Ability to pass a background check which includes initial and random drug testing, and a fingerprinting for local, state and FBI national criminal history records.
  • Availability to commit in advance to scheduled group trainings which may take place in the evening or on weekends.
  • Participation in a five day training hosted by the Child Development Institute and the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services. Trainings are held in various cities throughout Florida.
  • Participation in agency training and meetings at the headquarters located in Tavernier, Florida
  • Ability to provide your own transportation to all required trainings, meetings, and group sessions.
  • Experience working with youth especially in structured groups or parent education groups is preferred but not required.

Life Skills Coach

New! Added on August 6, 2018
The Life Skills Coach is responsible for developing and promoting life skills for homeless and at-risk youth (preparing resumes, college prep, hygiene management, etc.), case management, supervision of staff and youth, and promoting positive behavioral growth
Qualifications: This is a management position for a person with a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in social work, mental health, education or similar field.

House Parents

New! Updated on August 6, 2018
Live your dream life in Key West, Florida! Free housing with time off and stipend offered, plus dental and vision.  We are seeking a couple who does not currently have children of their own at home, but has a dedication to helping children.

Youth Mentor

If you are interested in a career working with young people, this could be the opportunity for you! Our youth support team members are responsible for the supervision of and facilitation of activities for youth ages 10-18 living in our Upper Keys residential facility.
You must be at least 21 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent to apply. Entry level position but six months to one year of experience working with youth is preferred.

Job Opportunity Submitted
Contact Name Lorenzo Giles
Contact Phone 3056001411
Contact Email
Job Title A/V Technician, Programmer, Field Manager
Job Description
Please Email: for application and inquiries about these positions. 

Please review our website for more information on our services.


The Ocean Reef Community Association (ORCA) in North Key Largo is hiring! 
Interested in joining our team? Check out our website at:
Positions are available in the following areas:
Fire/EMS Commander
Temporary Receptionist
Part-Time Access Control Officer (Front Gate)
Part-Time Animal Care Assistant
Volunteer Firefighter

For consideration, please apply online at and send your resume to:
Talent Acquisition Division


The UPS Store at Ocean Reef- Now Hiring!


Apply via email attention Michele Beach: 


Job Opportunity Submitted
Contact Name Christina Watson
Contact Phone
Contact Email
Job Title Part time receptionist
Job Description
Please call or email Christina if you're interested in applying.  

Did you Know? 

Let us help you promote your next event, post your job openings, or share your member member deals.  The Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce is happy to:

Complimentary (on our website):
-Post job openings
-Share member to member specials
-Post current coupons being offered

Minimal fee:
-Send e-blast to our contact list on your behalf
-Feature your story on our newsletter
-Post flyers on our social networks 

Contact us at 305-367-3646 to find out more!



Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce

1 Dockside Lane

Key Largo, FL 33037 

Phone: 305.367.3646
Fax: 305.367.2799

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