Florida Pond

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We are an insurance professional fraternity founded June 19, 1906 on the banks of the "Mother Pond" at Green Lake, Wisconsin and dedicated to the Cardinal Principles of Character, Charity and Fellowship.

Our International Charity Report for FY July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, reports that the organization gave a reported $191,960 in cash and $62,300 gifts-in-kind to various charities.  That does not include 2,180 man-hours of volunteer labor and $7,000 in scholarships.  For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the Florida Pond has contributed $22,753.81 in cash, gifts-in-kind and man-hours to at least eight charibable endevours.

As a cautionary note, we are NOT a marketing network.  Please leave your marketing materials at the office.  Anyone found distributing marketing materials or soliciting business on the banks of the Pond will be banished from the Pond.   Our Ganders didn't join the Blue Goose to be solicited or hassled for business, but rather to come together in a social and friendly relationship, and in the spirit of good cheer, to support our favorite charitable and educational endeavors.

Dues Payment:
Your July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 dues are $50

Mail check payable to "Florida Pond-Blue Goose"
1936 Bruce B Downs Blvd #501
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544-9262

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NOTE: The Florida Pond does NOT accept credit card payments
and will NEVER ask you for your credit card information.

Our Gatherings on the Banks of the Pond: 

3rd Annual Blue Goose Golf Invitational
CANCELLED Monday, August 29th, 2016 CANCELLED
Rescheduled Monday, November 7, 2016

Tropical Wave "Invest 99-L" potentially means many
golfers will be dispatched to Miami or other areas
and the golf course may be subject to torrential rainfall

Carrollwood Country Club

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(Note: We meet on 4th Thursdays)
(No meetings in June or July)
Meetings begin with social hour @ 5:30pm
followed by business meeting @ 6:30pm

All meetings at DoubleTree Westshore
4500 W. Cypress St., Tampa

Scheduled Gatherings on the Banks of the Pond:
Thursday, October 27, 2016-Haloween Candy for A Kid's Place @ DoubleTree
Please bring candy, socks, pencils, etc. for Haloween bags for A Kid's Place
Monday, November 7, 2017-Blue Goose Golf Invitational @ Carrollwood CC
Thursday, December 1-Charity Social @ Del Frisco's Grille [upsairs]
[4138 Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa]
Please bring Target or Wallmart gift cards in no greater than $25 increments
for A Kid's Place
Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ DoubleTree
Saturday, Feb 11-Venitian Masquerade Charity Ball @ Hollywood Venue
Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ DoubleTree
Thursday, March 23, 2017-Easter Baskets for A Kid's Place @ DoubleTree
Please bring lots of candy and elbow grease
Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ DoubleTree
Thursday, May 25, 2017-Annual Meeting @ DoubleTree

Upcoming Grand Nest Conventions:

July 11-13, 2017
Hyatt Regency Savannah (Georgia)

July 11-13, 2018
Westin Edmonton (Alberta)

Summer, 2019
Indianapolis, IN

Summer, 2020
Hartford, CT

August 5, 2015
March 5, 2015
September 29, 2014
September 8, 2014
March 5, 2014
Mary Berg's letter of 2/10/14 from A Kids Place
January 23, 2014
December 13, 2013
October 10, 2013
August 29, 2013
May 28, 2013 Extra
May 23, 2013
April 25, 2013
March 24, 2013

Information and Facts About Us:

We're a Tax-Exempt IRC 501(c)8-Fraternal  Beneficiary Society
According to the Internal Revenue Service:
1. We must have a fraternal purpose wherein our members are
of a similiar calling, advocation or profession (insurance)
2. We must operate under a lodge system
(a Pond chartered by Grand Nest)
3. We must provide for benefits only to OUR OWN members
for sickness, accident or death
4. We are allowed to raise donations to IRC 501(c)3 organizations
that promote religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes or for prevention of cruelty to childern or animals.
["Go Fund Me" promotions ARE NOT IRC 501(c)3 organizations,
thus any contributions by us could jepordize our tax-exempt status.]

Our Official Charity:
A Kid's Place

Who We Are

The Cardinal Principles of Character, Charity and Fellowship
are explained here

History and Traditions of Blue Goose

The Birth of Blue Goose
An Eyewitness Account

The 'Blue Goose' Flies to War

Why I Joined Blue Goose

The Real Blue Goose

Membership Application
Print and complete.  Bring Hard copy with check to meeting, or
pay on-line using PayPal (above) and bring your payment confirmation.
PLEASE, DO NOT submit on-line application at bluegoose.org website.

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Our Officers:

Most Loyal Gander
Lori Hall

Supervisor of the Flock
Michael Smith

Custodian of the Goslings
Kristen Dill

Guardian of the Pond
Gina Varn

Keeper of the Golden Goose Egg
Wielder of the Goose Quill
Editor - Sunshine
Pond Office
PMLGG George Harwood
1936 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Suite 501
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544-9262
(813) 929-6440

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