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Updated: 10/05/2013 08:00:02AM

Legislative delegation meeting set

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Rep. Seth McKeel


Dennis Ross, the Republican candidate who appeared at the Tiger Bay luncheon, gives his background and why he believes he is best qualified to serve District 12 in the House of Representatives.

Shandale Terrell

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Florida Rep. Seth McKeel, chair of the Polk County Legislative Delegation, has a delegation annual meeting with other elected officials scheduled Dec. 16.

The meeting is set at 9 a.m. in Polk County Commissioner’s Chamber Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow.

The tentative schedule is as follows: 9-11 a.m. Delegation Meeting with County Commissioners; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lunch; 1 p.m. to conclusion, Constitutional Officers, Judicial, Municipalities, Public Testimony.

Those who would like to be on the agenda to speak, fill out a Request to Speak Form and email it to Rep. McKeel’s office at no later than noon on Friday, Dec. 13.

Please bring nine copies of all handouts and other information to the Meeting to be distributed at that time.

Those who would like information about your organization distributed in lieu of appearing before the delegation, McKeel’s office will provide that.

Decisions regarding local legislation for the 2014 Legislative Session will be made at this meeting. All proposals for local bills are to be presented at the hearing and must be drafted in bill form, accompanied by a resolution from the local government supporting the proposed legislation. This information must be submitted to Rep. McKeel, 4250 S. Florida Ave. Suite 4, Lakeland, FL 33813 no later than noon Friday, Dec. 13. Following the consideration of local bills, the public will be invited to address the Delegation on state issues that are of concern.

PMoA to give achievement award

Longtime Polk Museum of Art member Patricia Meyer is the 2013 recipient of the Harrison-Hooks Lifetime Achievement Award, the museum said. The award will be presented to Meyer on Thursday, Oct. 17, at a dinner in her honor.

Meyer, who has lived in Lakeland since 1996, has been an active supporter of the Museum since shortly after moving here. She has served on the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors and served as co-chair of the Gala. She was instrumental in planning numerous Galas, spring fashion shows and Harrison-Hooks Lifetime Achievement Award Banquets. She helped organize the Museum’s Festival of Trees, and in recent years has assisted in decorating the Museum for the holidays.

Meyer works in floral design and décor and represents several portrait artists. She volunteers with Children’s Home Society and formerly with Florida West Ballet in Clearwater. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lakeland. She has two grown children and a granddaughter.

The Harrison-Hooks Lifetime Achievement Award Banquet is from 6-9 p.m. at the Lakeland Yacht & Country Club. Tickets are $125 ($40 of this amount is a tax-deductible donation). Sponsor or hosted tables are available. Call 863-688-7743, ext. 240 for tickets.

Ross is one of two Florida members to earn Taxpayers’ Friend Award

U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross. R-Lakeland, earned the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” from the National Taxpayers Union.

This award was recently given to 55 members of Congress for their votes on tax and fiscal policy during 2012.

“The last thing that we need is for the government to take more of our money,” Ross said in a press release. “My neighbors from across the 15th District — from Lutz and Brandon to Plant City to Lakeland are urging me to vote to protect their money, and that’s what I’m doing.”

“As our nation continues to confront challenges to a strong economic recovery, fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C., has never been more important,” NTU President Duane Parde said. “Fortunately, residents of Florida’s 15th District could count on Ross, to whom National Taxpayers Union is proud to present a ‘Taxpayers’ Friend Award.’”

Terrell gives students life advice

Shandale Terrell, administrative assistant for Crystal Lake Middle School spoke to the varsity football at Lakeland High School about character building, achieving academic success in school, positive character traits, life skills, time management, servant leadership in their community, planning for their future on Sept. 25.

He was invited there by George Williams, chaplain for the Lakeland High School football team and Coach Bill Castle.

The group of student athletes is a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for Lakeland Senior High School.

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