Apply to serve as an Advisory Council Volunteer in Wakulla County


Apply to serve as an Advisory Council Volunteer in Wakulla County


By Kate Davis

Big Bend Hospice Community Relations Coordinator


Big Bend Hospice has inspired hope for patients and families for more than 35 years, but the compassionate care we provide is only possible through strong community support.

Each day in Wakulla County, BBH employees, volunteers and donors work together to provide excellent medical care and support to families experiencing serious illness and grief. These dedicated individuals are your friends and neighbors living in Crawfordville and the surrounding communities.

People like Heidi Franklin, your local Registered Nurse/Team Manager, Sarah Reakes, Clinical Support specialist, Kate Davis, Community Relations Coordinator, Ed Lyon Spiritual Counselor, Ashely Hall, Music Therapist, nursing staff: Deanna Murphy, Barbara Butler, Heather LeBlanc, Lesley Kissell and Hospice Aides Faye Greene, Michelle Sanders, Carolyn Wright, Lynn Vickers and Sharon Lewis set BBH apart. We are your hometown Hospice, and we need you. As the Community Relations Coordinator, I want BBH to have an even greater impact in Wakulla County, and with your help, I know we will.

We are currently seeking Advisory Council volunteers. I encourage you to apply.

Advisory Council volunteers increase awareness of the Hospice mission, provide input on how to meet the community’s needs and help make important decisions. They attend monthly meetings, volunteer for special events and create partnerships with other local organizations.

Advisory Council members help make decisions about the Patient Special Needs Fund, which is available to Hospice families experiencing financial crisis. Most importantly, they play a critical role in bringing hope to patients and families in their darkest hours. We work together to support services including:

  • Spiritual care.
  • Music therapy.
  • Bereavement support.
  • The Valor Program, which serves Veterans at the end of life.
  • Pet Peace of Mind, which helps Hospice patients care for their pets.

We’re also getting the word out about the BBH Transitions program, which serves people who are experiencing a life-limiting illness but are not yet eligible for Hospice care. Staff and volunteers provide case management, companionship, transportation, help with errands, caregiver respite and resource referrals.

Many hospice providers do not offer this wide array of services, but BBH does, thanks to generous community support and the work of trained volunteers.

This is an exciting time to get involved as we’re celebrating 35 years of service. Care to guess how many patients BBH has served during that time? More than 32,000! Each patient received excellent medical care and so much more, thanks to people like you.

I have learned so much about Wakulla County and its people since becoming Community Relations Coordinator. BBH is honored to be part of this community. Join us in the important mission of bringing hope to families when they need us most.

If you’d like to join the Wakulla County Advisory Council, please contact me today to fill out an application. Our next meeting is at 1 p.m. Oct. 17 at the TCC Wakulla Campus, 2932 Crawfordville Highway in Crawfordville.

Kate Davis is Community Relations Coordinator for Big Bend Hospice. For more information, contact her at 850-878-5310 or For more information about Big Bend Hospice, including Hospice services, visit or call 800-772-5862 to speak to a representative 24 hour a day.  


How to help

Advisory Council Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and live or work in Wakulla County. They provide professional expertise and knowledge of the community. They are champions for the Big Bend Hospice mission and provide input on how best to serve community members in need of Hospice care.

The next meeting is at 1 p.m. Oct. 17 at TCC Wakulla Campus, 2932 Crawfordville Highway in Crawfordville.

For more information, contact Kate Davis at 850-878-5310 or

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OnOctober 4, 2018, posted in: Charity, News by

Spark Workshops

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Open enrollment – a hands-on, practical course designed for students and community members who want to explore a business idea, start a business for the first time, or plan to expand an existing business. The emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of performing a competitor analysis, estimating an accurate sales forecast, creating a marketing plan, and determining your necessary (lean start-up or bootstrapping) expenses. Students will gain the knowledge and proper format to write a complete business plan worthy of submission to an investor or bank.


The class meets once a week at TCC’s Center for Innovation on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 pm. The cost of the class is $225 and does not include the cost of the book. Registration is now open, go to: and register as a Workforce Development Continuing Education student and then add ENT0001 once you have registered and pay the $225 fee.


Startup / Small Business / VFEP Mentoring

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Are you interested in learning about entrepreneurship or starting your own business? Are you searching for an idea? Do you have an idea you want to check out? Do you have a micro or small business that you need a little help with? Then TCC Spark’s Startup / Small Business / Veterans (VFEP) Mentoring events are for you. This is a monthly outreach program design to help answer your business questions. Tickets are $5 sign up today at:


Spark Workshop – Sales Forecasting

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when preparing a marketing or business plan is overestimating your annual sales.  It’s common for bankers and investors to use much low sales forecast numbers than what you claim due to typical entrepreneurial exuberance.  If your sales forecast is absurdly high, people will dismiss your plan immediately.   So how do you get highly accurate sales forecast?  A great question that will be answered in this workshop because every business decision from inventory to employees to equipment needs are all based upon your sales forecast.  Tickets are $10 sign up today at:


Quincy Fest

Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come join us and enjoy many of the things that make North Florida such a great place to live! We will be enjoying Blues, a Backyard BBQ Competition, Arts and Crafts, Beer Garden, Antique Automobiles, and more. The 30th annual Q’Fest will take place at the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Quincy, FL.  Brought to you by Quincy Main Street:


Design Week

Monday, October 15 to Friday, October 19, 2018

A week of creativity, conversation and learning, Design Week Tallahassee is an annual 7-day event that welcomes designers of all levels. The festivities include guest speakers, workshops and lots of fun social events!  Our website for more information about Design Week is and attendees can register/buy tickets at


HappE Hour

Monday, October 15, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A monthly gathering of area entrepreneurs for a purely social and relaxed opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs.  This month’s guest entrepreneurs are Syrheda La Shea of Bourne Brilliant, and Nicole Everett with Conversations with Nicole.  Location is the Grasslands Brewing Company, 603 W Gaines St #7, Tallahassee, FL 32304.  Be there or be a non-entrepreneur! 


Entrepreneurs’ Forum – Black Business Loan Program

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Black Business Loan Program was designed to Strengthen Florida’s economy by increasing the number of qualified black enterprises.  The program provides alternative lending opportunities and technical assistance to black business enterprises that cannot obtain capital through conventional lending institutions but could otherwise compete successfully in the private sector.


During the forum, we will cover, what the program offers, who qualifies, how to get started, various loan terms, loan amounts, credit counseling, understanding profit and loss statements, how much to borrow, and the components of a business plans.  Tickets are free but please register at:


Please look for TCC Spark on the following medias and like, or follow us:






Spark web page: http:///

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OnSeptember 27, 2018, posted in: News by

Employment Opportunity at Wakulla Senior Citizens Center

Wakulla Senior Citizens Center is accepting applications for the following position: Part-time Certified Nursing Assistant. Background check and drug testing are required. Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and CNA Certificate. Please contact Ms. Vicki McKenzie at (850) 888-1021

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OnSeptember 25, 2018, posted in: News by

Leon Works Expo with Wakulla and Gadsden Counties

The Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality, Leon County Government invites the businesses within Wakulla County to be a part of our 2018 Leon Works Expo on November 2 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Leon Works helps students and job seekers identify and pursue a meaningful career path and learn from individuals with local success stories while providing them the chance to engage with employees one-on-one and in person. There will be an estimated 500 high school students from Leon, Gadsden, and Wakulla counties, along with other job seekers attending who will want to talk with representatives from local companies and organizations. All attendees at the Expo will be seeking more information on certifications, apprenticeships, internships, and educational opportunities.

The Leon Works Expo is a great way to retain local talent and show attendees the abundant of opportunities available in our region, which is why we would love for your company/organization to be an exhibitor!

Exhibit registration can be found at The registration deadline is October 19, so please register as soon as possible. For more information about the Expo, please visit

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OnSeptember 18, 2018, posted in: News by

Wakulla Medical Center Hiring LPN or MA

Wakulla Medical Center is currently hiring a LPN or MA for full time position. To see requirements, duties and to apply please visit here

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OnSeptember 12, 2018, posted in: News by

What Smoking Costs Employers


Smoking cigarettes comes with many steep costs. It costs many smokers their health, their money and their time with friends and family. In addition, the consequences do not stop there; employers are paying the price as well. In Florida, the annual direct costs to the economy attributable to smoking were in excess of $19.6 billion, including workplace productivity losses of $4.4 billion, premature death losses of $7.9 billion and direct medical expenditures of $7.2 billion.
The increased health care costs of having employees who smoke impacts the bottom line. Employer costs for insuring someone who smokes are $2,000 more every year than insuring a non-smoker. There is also lost productivity from smoke breaks, sick days and “presenteeism”, which is where your employee is at work but they are not as productive as they should be due to the distraction of withdrawal or physical illness related to smoking. In sum, between losses in productivity and extra health care costs, an employee who smokes will cost a business upwards of $6,000 per year.
Employers are increasingly recognizing that helping their employees quit smoking can provide a noticeable boost to their bottom line. Many workplaces are introducing smoking cessation programs that can benefit everyone involved. Four key elements comprise the gold standard for promoting a smoke-free workplace: 1. Implement a smoke-free workplace policy, 2. Support smoking cessation through health benefits, 3. Cessation initiatives, 4. Work with health care providers.

Please contact your local AHEC to set up a meeting to discuss offering tobacco cessation in your workplace. We provide onsite counseling and nicotine replacement therapy free of charge. We can also help you develop a tobacco free policy. Contact Person: Emily Kohler Phone: 850-224-9340 Email:

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OnSeptember 4, 2018, posted in: News by




The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is seeking two (2) volunteers to serve a four (4) year term on the Tourist Development Council (TDC).  The TDC was established for the purpose of promoting and facilitating travel to and within Wakulla County for the benefit of its economy, residents and travel/tourism industry.

State law requires that the TDC membership shall consist of nine (9) members serving four (4) year terms and are appointed by the BOCC.  State law requires that TDC membership be comprised of the BOCC Chair or designated Commissioner; two (2) elected municipal officers; and six (6) members who represent tourism related industries, of these six (6) members, not less than three (3) and not more than four (4) members shall own or operate tourist accommodations, subject to the tourist development tax.

Members must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be an elector of Wakulla County
  2. Represent a tourism industry and shall own or operate a tourist related business.

Interested persons should submit a properly completed application via e-mail to or by mail to Wakulla County BOCC, Attn: Thomas Herndon, PO Box 1263, Crawfordville, FL. 32326 no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2018.    The TDC membership application is available on the website or by contacting Thomas Herndon via e-mail or telephone:  850-926-0919 ext.713. 

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OnAugust 28, 2018, posted in: News by

Vote for your Favorite Wakulla Area Business – Open to the Public

2018 Wakulla Area Business of the Year

As part of the Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Excellence Awards this award is sponsored by THE WAKULLA NEWS. Nominations for this award are open to all citizens and nominees are not required to be members of the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce. Each nomination must be original and include a brief description of the reason the business is deserving. **IMPORTANT – duplicate nominations from the same email or individual will be disqualified. 


Here is your chance to participate and nominate your favorite Wakulla business! 

Nominate Wakulla Area business here

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OnAugust 14, 2018, posted in: Awards, News by

Ameris Bank Presents Wakulla Chamber Annual Business Excellence Awards

It’s time again to nominate and be nominated for the
 2018 Business Excellence Awards 

Thanks once again to Ameris Bank for their continued support of this important annual business appreciation and recognition event!


These awards recognize Chamber members for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community. Judging criteria include the quality of customer/client service and goods provided, and efforts to benefit our community culturally, economically and through education.  

Nominations are limited to members in good standing as of June 1, 2018. You may nominate yourself and submit multiple nominations. We strongly encourage you to forward this email and spread the word throughout your organization, agency, company and workforce and encourage your staff and employees to get involved.  It’s a privilege of membership to participate.
Nominations are submitted electronically.
*A listing of all eligible businesses for each category will display in the drop – down menu for each category in the links below. NOTICE THERE ARE SEPARATE LINKS FOR VOLUNTEER AND WAKULLA AREA BUSINESS NOMINATIONS.  You may return as often as you want to nominate.
Please take this opportunity to submit your nominations and recognize a business member today!  Call Petra Shuff 850.926.1848 with questions or for more information. Banquet date and location is being planned.


*The Awards and Recognition Committee has compiled the list of eligible names with the best information available.

Nominate business categories here

Nominate volunteers here

Nominate Wakulla Area business here

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OnAugust 14, 2018, posted in: Awards, News by