Osprey Nokomis Florida Chamber of Commerce


The Wine, Cheese, Jazz and After Expo Mingle


wine-cheese-jazz-eventThe Wine, Cheese, Jazz and After Expo Mingle at Bentley’s Boutique Hotel in Osprey will take place from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

It will follow the 2015 Consumer Business Expo Event. Admission to the Day-Time Expo is free.

The Wine, Cheese, Jazz and After Expo Mingle will feature various wine and craft beer tastings, paired with hors d’oevres from some of our best local restaurants as well as varieties of Wisconsin Cheese.

Entertainment by Jazz Pianist, Bob Teesdale

Meet and Greet Our Expo Speakers, Authors and Guests:

Former White House Chef, John Moeller-

Chef John Moeller is a member of an elite corps of chefs, those who have served in the White House preparing très soigné cuisine for Presidents, First Families, and their guests, including visiting Heads of State.

Chef Moeller will be talking about cooking at the White House, his signature style of cuisine and how to take advantage of fresh seasonal produce at 4 pm.  His Dining in the White House book will be available for purchase and autographing.

Woman’s Business Consultant, Gayle Carson-

Dr. Gayle Carson is an expert adviser to CEO’s and entrepreneurial managers around the world. She is the consultant that major media such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and in the WSJ, USA Today, Newsweek turns to on business, communication and service issues.

Dr. Gayle will be presenting a 1 hour seminar at 1 pm called “No Drama in Business” which includes a free book to attendees. She will also be doing a breakout session after the main seminar called “How to Give Your Business a Mini-Makeover”

2-Time Olympic Coach, Nicholas Romanov, Ph.D.-

2-time Olympic Coach, author, developer of the Pose Method®, and world-renowned sports scientist Nicholas Romanov, Ph.D.

The Pose Method® has been utilized at an institutional level with large organizations including the United States Military, CrossFit, and professional sports programs including the National Triathlon teams of Great Britain, United States, Mexico and Russia. Dr. Romanov also works with medical professionals including physical therapists, podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons. He travels around the world conducting research, consulting professional sports organizations, and as a motivational speaker.

Dr. Romanov will be presenting “The Running Revolution” at 12noon / 3 pm His book by the same name will be available for purchase and autographing after the presentation.

Journalist, Lynn Wadell-

Has covered major news stories for national publications and written several books. Lynn writes for National travel magazines. Lynn Waddell will be a guest speaker and book signer.

Business Consultant: Ken Countess-

Ken Countess is the award‐winning marketer and an internationally recognized, accredited expert on Email and Social Media Marketing.  He has educated audiences on successful use of email marketing and social media tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to build their business or non‐profit.  He has created successful marketing and sales growth strategies for Fortune 100 companies such as Motorola, Marriott and Caremark.
Ken will be presenting a seminar on Social Media 101 + Linkedin for Business at 2 pm.

Tickets to the Evening Wine/ Beer & Food Festival are as follows:

  • (ONCC members) $25 each. Advance Purchase Only. Tickets on Sale at Bentley’s Boutique Hotel and Dana’s Gourmet Market in Osprey until March 27th.
  • (non-members) $30 each. Available at the door or, Maryanne Bolduc @ Total Therapy Solutions in the Blackburn Point Plaza is selling tickets for the Evening Wine/Beer & Food Festival on behalf of the Venice Relay For Life. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s volunteer driven fundraiser. For every ticket sold here, the Venice Relay For Life will receive $10 towards the fight against cancer!

Tickets to the Wine/Beer & Food Festival will be available at the door for ONCC members and non-members for $30.00.

Event Benefits: Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department, American Cancer Society, Instride Therapy and Habitat for Humanity

March 2, 2015 |

Nokomis Beach Duck Event October 2013


nokomis-beach-event-duck-race-oct-2013Rubber Duckie’s at Nokomis Beach Event

If you ever wondered what it was like to be a member of a village community then this last Saturday would have been your opportunity to experience it.

Only a village spirit could entertain the idea that a rubber duck race would be so much fun! The time was 11:00 AM on a Saturday morning; the Freedom Boat Club Duck Launcher was throttled back, sweat pouring from the brows of the nervous onlookers and duck sponsors.

The princely sum of one thousand dollars was at stake for the first duck to land on the shore of our beloved beach.

Our intrepid management team comprising of Dana Chase and Chris Stevens were quivering in their flip flops as they discussed the flat glassy seas and still mid- morning air. Liquor had not touched their lips which did not help our Quacked Crusaders.


Rubber Duckies Racing to the shore of Nokomis Beach

To whoops and cheers the ducks gathered in a pod as if frightened to move, this was the first time they had tasted freedom and it was clearly too much for the frightened little duckies to comprehend. “Let’s stick together and do nothing”! exclaimed the leader, maybe if we sit still no one will realize we are here!

At least that’s what I think was being said in rubber duckie language”.

20 minutes passed and not a duck had broken from the gaggle. Freedom made several passes with the powerful blades of the twin engines and then there was a panic in the air. Slowly the ducks separated and Chris our hero launched into the water to encourage our little yellow friends to swim toward the beach.


Event attendees waiting to see who will be the lucky winners

It was now 45 minutes into our duckie ordeal and the closing stages of this spectacular was nearing it’s finale. The onlookers were dancing to the sounds from DJ Harry’s Sound System and “The Rubber Duckie” song from the sensational Muppets creator Jim Henson.

Jim would be proud that his anthem was indeed exploding into the Gulf of Mexico heralding the winners of the first ever extraordinary event unfolding before our very eyes.

The Osprey Nokomis Chamber Crew were on the beach screaming and fainting as the hot morning sun and extraordinary excitement was simply too much to bare.



3rd Place Duck Race Winner: Brian Guentner with his family

Children standing on the water’s edge were waving encouragement with their parents singing along to the words:

When I squeeze you, you make noise

Rubber Duckie

You’re my best friend it’s true.


A scream could be heard as far away as Sarasota and our first duck was plucked to safety, followed swiftly by the runner’s up.

1st Place: Retired USAF Col. Lenny & Dorothy Nolan

2nd Place: Jack Gang with the number “69” (Why did you pick that one Jack)?

3rd Place: Bryan (Remax) Guentner proving that money really does go to money!!! LOLO

Never had Nokomis Beach seen this much excitement, not since Aunt Mildred lost her engagement ring in the warm Gulf Waters, had the beach witnessed such an intense spectacle. Only now can we reflect on the fact that “Never in the field of Rubber Duck Races was so much owed by so many to so few”

Habitat for Humanity will benefit from the trepidation of the Chamber Crew and our new found yellow friends, courtesy of the Venice Rotary Club. Until next year everyone.


Expert Orange Hunter

It pays to be Quackers… Just ask the winners!!!

As if the excitement of 1000 yellow duckies racing toward the beach was not enough, the fun continued into the afternoon as 13 oranges strategically buried in the warm sands were un-earthed by Orange Hunters who had trained for many years to sniff out the citric essence that can only be found on the skin of the Fabulous Florida Orange. Each Orange holding an un-earthly value of $25.00 donated by the Osprey Nokomis vendors that have worked and saved all year with one purpose. To Sponsor the Fabulous Fruity Florida Fantasy Fun Fruit Finding Finale Favorite . To you all I salute you. All 13 Oranges were unearthed which, given all of the training our competitors had gone through was no great surprise.

Our sand castle competition, second only to the great Siesta Key extravaganza was also well received, so great were the castles, that everyone who entered won a tub of Bentley’s Ice Cream. Great Job Kids!


Musician, George De Jong

Let the Music Play On: Our very own local Super Star, George DeJong of Hermans Hermits fame along with the Florida Frets and very special appearance from upcoming legend Cameron with oh so many more local and very talented musicians played to the excited masses. Crowd control was a problem, however the Osprey Nokomis Security Team (Dana Chase, Chris Stevens and Tony Bartlett with a little help from Bryan Guentner kept the masses from swarming the stage) Great Job Security Unlimited! This Team of Professional, Special Forces Trained personnel will be available for children’s parties and come highly recommended. Call in to Butcher’s Gourmet, Southbay Hair Studio, Remax Platinum or Bentley’s Ice Cream for further information.

Special Guest all the way from London, Executive Chef Sir Rodney Thomas (That’s Me)!! And the very talented Su Chef, Cathy of Legendary Journey’s kept the food coming “Hot and Steamy”. A plethora of wonderful people from, Remax, Venetian Coffee, Total Therapy Solutions, Southbay Hair Studio, Silent Sports, First America Bank, Bentley’s Hotel, Freedom Boat Club, PS Printing Inc, Pepperidge Farms, Rotary Club, Walmart, Observer Media Group and our Major Sponsor “The Gondolier Sun” (Where did you go)? Ensured that the event was run like a “well oiled machine” by keeping the flow of beer, and laughter constant. Trust me we were well oiled by the end!

This wasn’t just any event, this was THE NOKOMIS BEACH EVENT of 2013.


Executive Chef, Rod Thomas

If you by chance missed The Spectacular Rubber Duckie Race of 2013 and are suffering from depression because you will have to wait until next year, please contact our HELPLINE (941) 266-6462 Our very own trained professional will be on hand to help you through your grief at this time.

Our thoughts go out to Mona who in the last moments of sticking numbers on our duckie friends, put her back out and was unable to attend. Mona and Red, what can we say, Once again you put duty and responsibility ahead of fun, food and frolics. You paid the ultimate price for which we salute you.

Despite you not being there in body, you were both there in spirit and I drank your beer for you my friends. Until next year!

Click on the video “PLAY” button to watch all the fun at the Nokomis Beach Duck Race Event LIVE!


Sandcastle Contest was fun for all ages!

Thank you all so very much for participating in the October 2013 Nokomis Beach Event and here’s to 2014 when once again we will be pitting the very best against the very best.

A technical write up is to follow so keep your eyes peeled and check out www.radioearnetwork.com (Chamber Chat) to hear and learn so much more.

In the meantime have a fabulous week from all of us at The Osprey Nokomis Chamber, especially me (Rod and my dearly beloved Kimmie) Quack! Quack!

October 20, 2013 |

Haunted Trails Event at Oscar Scherer Park


oscar-scherer-state-park-eventOscar Scherer State Park and Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department

Invite You to the 1st Annual Haunted Trails

“A Frightfully Fun Time For the Howl Family!”

When: October 25 & 26, 2013 From 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Where: Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey FL 34229

What: A Spooky Haunted Woods Trail for those who dare to be scared! And, A Trick-or-Treat Trail for the more cautious…

Plus, Lots of activities for kids, costume contests, spooky sounds, and more!

Admission: $5.00 per person donation (All donations go to the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department, Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc., and the Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call: 941-483-5956

Our Haunted Trails Event needs volunteers. If you’d like to join us as a volunteer for this event please contact Ashley Melton (Park Services Specialist) at 941-486-2155. Please fax or email your completed registration form to: FAX # 941-480-3007 OR EMAIL: Ashley.Melton@dep.state.fl.us

Volunteer Guide for the 2013 Haunted Trails Event

Individual Volunteer Registration Form   Group Volunteer Registration Form

July 16, 2013 |

July Event | Beach Bash Photos


Osprey Nokomis Chamber Event: July 11th Beach Bash at North Jetty Park in Nokomis, Florida

For those who missed the FUN at the Beach Bash in Nokomis, we thought we’d share some photos…  ENJOY!

July 13, 2013 |

Nokomis Florida Beach Party Event


Osprey Nokomis Florida Water Festival & Beach Party Event on October 12, 2013


Quack! Quack! Mark Your Calendar for the Osprey Nokomis Chamber Event of the Year!!

Nokomis Florida Beach Event Details:

Who : Everyone is welcome

Where : The Pavilion @ Osprey Nokomis Beach (Access from Albee Road)

When : October 12th 2013 from 11:00AM — 3:00PM

Schedule of Events :

  • 11:00 AM The Great Rubber Duck Race—1st Prize $1,000.00
  • 12 Noon : Orange Maze Find 12 hidden oranges buried in the sand, each orange holds the key to your prize. Win $25 gift vouchers to local Osprey Nokomis Businesses
  • 1 PM—3:00PM : Children’s Sand Castle Competition (Prizes for all children competitors)

Plus, Live Music with local musicians including George DeJong from Hermans Hermits.

Food available from 11:30 until food has been eaten: Hamburgers $2:00, Hot Dogs $1:00, Sides $1:00.

Chamber Members are welcomed to run their own booths/tents, to sell, giveaway or simply promote their
own businesses. Must be by prior arrangement. Contact Osprey Nokomis Chamber for details.

Volunteers required to help sell Rubber Ducks, flip burgers, catch ducks as they come ashore and cleanup/

Please note that no store is necessary to sell duck sponsorship, every duck sold will help the Chamber in many ways and also provide funding for Habitat for Humanity.

Duck Race sheets are available from Chris Stevens and Dana Chase.

For Information on all of the above please check our website www.ospreynokomischamber.com or contact:

Dana Chase of Butchers Gourmet 978-590-6234 or Chris Stevens of Bentley’s Ice Cream 941-525-3439

Quack! Quack! Mark Your Calendar!!
October 12th 2013
Let’s Get Ready To Party
On “Nokomis Florida Beach”

July 12, 2013 |
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