Carolyn Miller, Elma Kelly and Bert Newbill attended the last meeting of Club Chivalry for the school year April 9 and handled the refreshments and raffles. Elk Courtney Weil and her daughter Capriana Sanchez, and son, Taylor Taylor, attended as guest speakers. The meeting was very successful with the students in the club particularly relating to the younger Elks’ message about bullying and domestic violence. That awesome Elk family trio, often accompanied by daughter Christina, have been making the rounds of high schools and their speeches are impacting young lives across Tampa Bay.
On April 10, Club Chivalry had what may have been the best field trip yet. After making sure all the club attendees had breakfast, they loaded the bus at 8 a.m. and headed downtown to the Straz Center for Performing Arts. Billed as the 2018 Build Tampa Bay Event, this initiative is in its third year and getting bigger and better. More than 1,000 students from across Tampa Bay had the chance for one-on-one meetings with employers ready to hire the students directly from high school and offer them full four-year scholarships. The students would work full time and attend classes two nights a week. They would begin as laborers but in four years they would be journeymen or experts in their field. There were also some amazing motivational speakers. John Ratzenberger, the actor from Cheers, spoke about how he was a carpenter and had peace of mind because he could always fall back on that skill if his acting career fizzled out. Sally C. Harris, local school board member, spoke about how she was penniless when she started out in early education but she just kept learning and earning. One of the speakers pointed out all the teachers in the audience and told the students that in four years they could be earning more than their teacher. The teachers did not disagree.
Amazingly, the event sponsors paid for the club students’ lunch and the bus! That is a big savings for the club. The volunteer chaperones, Tommy Moore, Laura Jones and Antonio Cruz, were very impressed and hope to repeat this trip next year since it is a perfect fit for the club demographic.