Dress For Success
Belle Glade was the newest location for Dress for Success. The official ribbon cutting and celebration was on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 was attended by about 50 guests.
During the event, guests took a tour of the mini boutique set up with racks of clothing, shoes and displays of accessories, a private dressing room and space set up for the job readiness coaching (a service that Dress for Success provides).
Among local leaders joining in the program were Kelley Burke, Chief of Staff to County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay; Tammy Jackson-Moore, founder of Guardian of the Glades; Laura Danowski, Vice Mayor of Loxahatchee; Robert Rease with Florida State Rep. Kelly Skidmore’s office; Charles Duval, CareerSource Associate VP of Business; and Julia Dattalo, CareerSource President/CEO.
More than a dozen of the organization’s volunteers and supporters traveled to the festivities aboard a shuttle bus from the group’s main location in Palm Springs.
Each guest received a thermal tote filled with pre-packaged snacks, bottled water and a fanciful “fashion-shaped” decorated cookie.
This year’s teacher appreciation breakfast took place on Friday, August 6, 2021 at the Eddie Rhodes Gymnasium in Pahokee. Teachers from Belle Glade, Canal Point, Pahokee, and South Bay were invited with approximately 200 teachers attending.
A lite breakfast of coffee and juices along with fruit cups and pastries was provided by local businesses. Each teacher received a bag full of “goodies” and many teachers won door prizes including a flat panel tv, computers, and a variety of other wonderful prizes that were provided by our sponsors.
Mrs. Moore from the Palm Beach County School District along with District 6 School Board Member, Mrs. Andrews, welcomed the teachers and gave
encouragement for the upcoming school year. Several organizations set up tables and handed out information on resources available to the teachers.
The event lasted a little over an hour with teachers being recognized for the challenging work that they do. We truly appreciate our teachers and we look forward to next year - we are already planning on how to make it better!
Chamber Board Member Spotlight
Kathy Rhodes works in the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s office which is responsible for administering Tax Exemptions, updating property records and maintaining property mailing addresses. Kathy is the Manager for the Belle Glade Service Center, and in September, she will be with the Appraiser’s office for 19 years.
Kathy has been on the Belle Glade Chamber Board of Directors since 2019 and currently serves as 2nd Vice President. She also serves as President of the Belle Glade Rotary Club and was just elected Director for the FLCIAAO Executive Board. She has also served as Chair for the Steering Committee for the Exemptions Track for Florida Chapter of International Association of Assessing Officers.
Kathy is happily married to her husband of 23 years and has two amazing kids and two beautiful granddaughters. When asked about hobbies, Kathy responded, “I don’t do hobbies per se, however I do like to decorate and spend time with friends and family”.
A fun fact about Kathy is that she LOVES twinkle lights. So much that she incorporates them in EVERTHING... all year round!
Chamber Member Spotlight
South Bay RV Campground - This peaceful RV park is located at the base of the levee on the southeast shore of Lake Okeechobee, 100 Levee Road, South Bay. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). The telephone number for the RV park is 561-992-9045 and their website is:
Visitors to the RV park enjoy hiking, biking and bird watching on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. Pets are welcome (see the park website for rules) and provides 72 spacious, paved sites each with its own grill and picnic table. Full hookups with water, electric sewer at every site (30 and 50 amp electric service available) and WiFi throughout the campground. There is also a multi-purpose pavilion with screened picnic area, large charcoal grills and an air-conditioned recreation room with TV, card tables and books to share. Other amenities are two swing-sets and a shuffleboard court. A playground with climbing equipment is located adjacent to the campground at the South Bay Crossroads Center. The campground is wheelchair and stroller friendly. South Bay RV Campground is your place to simply relax.
Welcome New Chamber Members!
• Michelle Oyola McGovern - joined with an individual membership, Michelle is running for the District 6 County Commission seat. You can check out Michelle on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/votemichellemcgovern/
• Best Care Community & Family Health Center - a clinic for the entire family, located at 371 S Main Street in Belle Glade. The Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurances and welcomes patients with no insurance. They offer on onsite lab and EKG, Telemedicine, home visits and will provide free transportation for elderly Medicare patients. They can be reached at 561-983-4884 or check out their website at www.bestcarecommunityfhc.com
• SunValley Health Care Services, LLC - a clinic for the entire family. They offer School, DOT, and work physicals, weigh loss programs, chronic disease management, and hydration therapy. Home visits and transportation is available, they are located at 156 West Ave A in Belle Glade and can be reached at 561-983-8371.
• Glades Janitorial & Maintenance - a family owned business that provides exceptional service. The specialize in office cleaning, School/Daycare/University cleaning, construction clean up, medial cleaning services, floor and carpet care, and Aribnb rental cleaning. They have been in business since 2015 and are located in Pahokee. You can reach Sylvia at 561-674-1696 or check out their website at http://Gladesfl.com