Florida Pond
Chartered on April 18, 1908

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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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Florida Pond Raises Money and Gifts for Our Charities

At our monthly meeting on October 27th, members of the Florida Pond contributed over $300 in Halloween candy to A Kid's Place.

On Monday, November 7th, the Florida Pond held its Third Annual Blue Goose Open Golf Tournament at Carrollwood Country Club.  We had 80 golfers registered and raised a total of $8855 for The Children's Home and Joshua House.  Additionally, the members of the Florida Pond collected over $500 in school supplies and cold remedies for The Children's Home.

On Saturday, December 10th, MLG Lori Hall, WGQ George Harwood and Golf Chairman David Neuhaus attended the Annual Tree Lighting for The Children's Home and presented them with a check for $10,000.

On Thursday, December 1st, we held our Annual Holiday Social Gathering at Del Frisco's Grille and collected over $1000 worth of gift cards for A Kid's Place.

On January 26th, The Pond met at the DoubleTree and collected approximately $300 in gift cards at various eateries and the movies for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.  Our turnout was low due to the presence of the LEA meetings at the Tampa Marriott Waterside, where thay actually had to evacuate the hotel due to a three alarm fire while we were holding our meeting nearby.

Our Venitial Masquerade Charity Ball was held on Saturday, February 11th at the Hollywood Venue, to benefit A.F.I.R.E. of Pasco County, Humane Society Tampa Bay and Children's Home Network (formerly The Children's Home).  We presented representatives of each charity a check for $1,500.  Here is the complete picture gallery.  With our financial results finalized, we issued additional checks for $870 to each of the three charities.  We also requested Grand Nest to pay an additional $100 in matching funds.

Our meeting on February 23 raised quite a bundle of toiletries for the Domestic Violence Center of Hillsborough (Dept. of Families and Children).

At our march 23rd meeting, we raised approximately $400 worth of Easter Basket stuffing items.  At the request of A Kid's Place, we did not assemble the baskets, as they wished to customize the baskets to fulfill the individual needs of their children.

Our Gatherings on the Banks of the Pond: 

(Note: We meet on 4th Thursdays)
Meetings begin with social hour @ 5:00pm
followed by business meeting @ 6:00pm

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

Scheduled Gatherings on the Banks of the Pond:

[Future Monthly Meetings will be at the discretion of the newly elected officers.]

Mark Your Calendars!
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Monday, November 6, 2017
Forth Annual Blue Goose Invitational Golf Outing
Carrollwood Country Club

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Third Annual Blue Goose Charity Ball
Hollywood Venue

Upcoming Grand Nest Conventions:

July 11-13, 2017
Hyatt Regency
Savannah, Georgia

July 11-13, 2018
Westin Hotel
Edmonton, Alberta

Summer, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana

July 19-21, 2020
Hartford Marriott Downtown
Hartford, Connecticut

Information and Facts About Us:

Who We Are

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

History and Traditions of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, Int'l

Our Official Charity:
A Kid's Place

We're a Tax-Exempt IRC 501 (c) 8-"Fraternal  Beneficiary Society"

The Birth of Blue Goose
An Eyewitness Account

The 'Blue Goose' Flies to War

Why I Joined Blue Goose

The Real Blue Goose

Membership Committee
Kevin Ormsby, Chairman

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,
as it doesn't come directly to the Florida Pond.

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Our Officers:

l to r: George, Cheryl, Charlene, Jay, Lynnette

Most Loyal Gander
Lynnette Selfslaghs

Supervisor of the Flock
Jay Knight Guasco

Custodian of the Goslings
Cheryl Saggese

Guardian of the Pond
Charlene Demers

Keeper of the Golden Goose Egg
Wielder of the Goose Quill
Pond Office
PMLGG George Harwood
8349 Dunham Station Drive
Tampa, FL 33647-3387
(813) 929-6287

This website sponsored by PMLGG George Harwood

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