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I am so excited. After a long 58 year break, the St Petersburg Yacht Club Habana Sailing Race has been re-instated this year. The fleet of boats left the St Petersburg harbor this morning at 10am and will sail 284 nautical miles to arrive at the Hemingway Marina in Havana on Thursday, March 2nd. On Saturday there will a Nautical Parade & the Torreon de la Chorrera Regatta to Morro Castle.

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photo by Annalisa Weller July 2015

The Micara, a Cuban boat with all Cuban sailors, is among the 81 yachts & 550 sailors.

In 1929 George S. Gandy, Jr., a well known yachtsman and son of the builder of the first bridge across Tampa Bay, sailed his 36′ ketch Cynosure to Havana.  There he met with Commodore Rafael Posso of the Habana Yacht Club and the St. Petersburg-Habana yacht race was born.

The first race started off The Pier in St. Petersburg March 30, 1930 and finished at Morro Castle at the Habana harbor entrance. Eleven boats participated and was won by the schooner Haligonian owned by Houston Wall of Tampa.  The race was sailed over the same route from 1930 through 1959 with the exception of three years of World War II, when the race was cancelled, and 1958 when political conditions in Cuba required the fleet to go to Miami. The last race in 1959 race had 37 yachts participating.

Glad to see it back! Wishing you smooth sailing.

Please come join us this evening for networking, eating, drinking & visiting the Museum of Fine Arts at a reduced price. Held on the steps of the museum-right across the street from our Coastal Properties Group-Christie’s International Real Estate office on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg. Last month, a great time was had by all.

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I truly believe that we should not judge a person by the color of their skin, their country of origin, their sexual preference, their economic status or their religion. One’s actions, words and treatment of others is the most important thing that one can do. Treat others as you want them to treat you with respect, with kindness and with love. In the words of Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Whether you travel with your body or in your mind through books or discussions, open your heart and mind to others.  I can not begin to convey what Martin Luther King, Jr. stated so eloquently on August 28th, 1963. I have only chosen a few lines of that incredible speech. The link to the complete speech is listed below. I hope that you take the time to read it. With much hope & love, Annalisa

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.  Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!”

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Source: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/i-have-dream-address-delivered-march-washington-jobs-and-freedom

MLKEC-INP, Martin Luther King, Jr. Estate Collection, In Private Hands

 

What: The National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Annual Conference and Expo
When: November 4-7, 2016
Where: Orange County Convention Center West, Orlando FL

Network with Realtors from across the USA and from around the world. Learn about the latest products, technologies and legal issues. Take classes. Be aware of the latest scams-protect yourself and your clients. Join in on meetings. Find out about the best marketing tools. What do buyers and sellers want these days in a home and in their agent? See what benefits NAR has for its members. Expand your mind and have fun!

Hope to see you there!

I think that is a wonderful event. I can only imagine what Halloween must be like for children with hearing impairments. Thank you so much for having the love, care and idea to put this together for these wonderful children. Happy Halloween to all children!
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University throws Halloween party for children with hearing impairments. (KTRK)

Monday, October 31, 2016 05:07AM   http://abc13.com/society/halloween-for-hearing-impaired-kids/1581539/

A university in California threw a Halloween bash expressly for children with hearing impairments.

The Halloween Harvest Carnival had all the typical carnival events Saturday, including prizes, crafts and face-painting.

Hearing-impaired and deaf kids dressed up and went trick-or-treating at the party.

To make it easier for these children to participate in the events, all of the volunteers had studied American Sign Language, and the entertainment was focused on the visual.

“Most carnivals, deaf and hard of hearing do not have access to be able to communicate directly with the people that are running the booth,” said Bobbi Long of William Jessup University, told KTXL.

She said the idea of the carnival was to provide a space for hearing-impaired kids at Halloween that was geared toward their learning styles and abilities.

The father of two hearing-impaired children, Sean Kyles Jensen says his family often struggles to find events for their kids. He was enthusiastic about the university’s carnival.

“It’s something that really helps us not only get to know the community but also understand our own boys, and it allows our boys to express themselves,” Kyles Jensen said.

The party was the first of its kind organized by William Jessup University, but organizers say they hope to continue the event in future years.

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This Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 8:00am – 5:00pm, the Pinellas International Council will hold another Certified International Property Specialist course-The Americas and International Real Estate. It will be held at the Pinellas Realtor Organization (PRO) at 4590 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater.

This course offers you practical information on working with Caribbean, North, Central and South American investors.  Historical and cultural influences, regional relationship, and investment opportunities are covered along with a special focus on Mexico.

***This course is one of the courses required to earn the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation. The CIPS Network comprises 2,500 real estate professionals from 50 countries and is the specialty membership group for global business practitioners of the National Association of Realtors®. The CIPS® designation prepares Realtors® to service the growing international market in their local community by focusing on culture, exchange rates, investment trends, and legal issues. Click here for more information about CIPS and the requirements to earn this prestigious designation.

SPEAKER: Jorge Cantero
Jorge is licensed in real estate in the state Florida since 1985, and previously a recipient of a New York State Broker’s License. Mr. Cantero’s international experience prior to that was a result of being involved in the chemical industry with a series of multinational companies, and having extensively traveled in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Mr. Cantero’s specializations include residential resales, marketing of foreclosures; and in particular serving inbound international investors and residential real estate exchangers.

Mr. Cantero is a Past President of the Residential Association of the Miami Association of REALTOR®, and was the recipient of the Association’s Educational Award in 1994, and of the REALTOR® of the Year Award for 1995. Furthermore, he is a member and director of numerous committees of the Miami Association, Florida Association and National Association of REALTORS®.

In addition to having earned the designations of Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Mr. Cantero holds a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from New York University (NYU), 1972.

SCHEDULE:
7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Sign-in, networking, and breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Course

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

REGISTRATION:
PRO Members ($95):
Click here to register.

~~~PRO Members – would you like a scholarship to help pay for this course? The REALTOR® Professional Development Scholarship is available for you, courtesy of the Pinellas REALTOR® Foundation and the Affiliate Business Partners of PRO. Click here to learn more and apply. Note: the scholarship does not cover any additional costs associated with obtaining the certification. If you’re interested in the scholarship, REGISTER AND PAY FOR THIS COURSE FIRST, then fill out the application on the webpage linked above. We request that you register and pay for the course first to guarantee your spot since scholarships and seating are limited. If you are awarded, we will issue you a check.

Non-PRO Members ($95):
Click here to register.

For more information, please Contact: Jan Dean at  JDean@tampabayrealtor.com
Phone: 727-216-3004

Tomorrow about 100 teams will be participating in the Coastal Charity Challenge Scavenger Hunt to raise money for local charities. Each team could win up to $10,000. for their charity. Each team is made up of 4 members. Our team, which consists of Denise Reilly, Karen Vogel, Dana Tenaglia and me, will be trying to raise money for Morning Star School-Pinellas Park . So please look for our posts tomorrow on Facebook #CCChallenge. This could be very entertaining for all while we perform tasks, collect poker chips and, hopefully, raise money for our charities!! Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

SCAVENGER HUNT TIME:        10AM-2PM

AWARDS CEREMONY/PARTY:    2PM-4PM
  • 1st Place: $10,000 for your Charity

  • 2nd Place: $2,000 for your Charity

  • 3rd-5th Place: $1,000 for your Charity

**** DONATED BY COASTAL PROPERTIES GROUP

  1. Meet at SEA DOG BREWING COMPANY– 26200 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33761 on Saturday, May 21st at 9:30am for registration.
  2. Hunt begins promptly at 10:00am. There is no time limit except that you must return to finish line by 2:00pm. 

  3. Each team will randomly be given a card as their starting point. They must drive to the location and will be asked to perform a task which will earn them a poker chip. Each chip is worth a different amount. The chip amounts are unknown and will be assigned during the Grand Prize Gathering. Each team will attempt to attain the maximum number of poker chips. Teams will be required to take a picture of their task and upload it to Facebook. #CCChallenge  All team members must be present in the photo. Teams must stay together thoroughout the challenge. 

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Here’s a little information about our charity:

Morning Star School-Pinellas Park is dedicated to helping our students develop into educated, well-rounded, productive and successful members of society. We offer a caring, Christian learning environment where kids are able to succeed. The positive is accentuated to help our students recognize their potential.

Ours is a unique school that offers an individualized educational program designed specifically to meet the academic needs of each pupil.  Our teachers take pride in skillfully developing academic lessons with every student in mind.  The ungraded classrooms allow all to excel at their own pace.  Our intention is that each Morning Star student will have the opportunity to reach his or her maximum potential academically, socially, and spiritually.

We understand that children with special education requirements need more care and attention than is often offered in a traditional school setting. These students necessitate individualized instruction from caring professionals who are trained to understand and meet each student’s unique needs.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/longdivision.com/Morningstar+Final+Draft-HD-1280×720.mp4– This is the link to the video.

This is the link to the website – www.morningstarschool.org/

The sponsors for the challenge are: 

SWAT
Exterminating Co. 

Certified International Property  Specialist courses help Realtors to become more knowledgeable when conducting business with International buyers and sellers, understand the cultures, make worldwide connections, obtain the designation, and ultimately make more money.These 5 National Association of Realtors courses are to be offered at Pinellas Realtors Organization over the next few months. They include Transactions Tools, Asia/Pacific, Europe and the Americas. In addition, At Home with Diversity will be offered. Please register at PRO’s website soon as the first course begins on MAY 19th.  http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

Hope to see you there!!

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Please join the Pinellas International Council for our monthly International Marketing and Networking Session. The event is free but we do need you to register on the PRO website in advance-Wine and small bites are provided by the PRO Affiliate Business Partners. Thank you!!  http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

Hope to see you there!

 

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You may also contact: Martha Vasquez
Email: martha@marthavasquez.com

 

 

Spending the day w/Deborah Boza-Valledor teaching Transnational Referral Certification (TRC), Proxio, and Marketing Yourself Globally!  Priceless!

We are talking about Deborah Boza-Valledor, the COO of the greater Miami Association of Realtors and Beaches, who was awarded the 2015 CIPS Instructor of the Year Award for her teaching excellence in the field of International Real Estate by NAR.

The Pinellas International Council (PIC) has put together an exciting International Day with Deborah. The Date is April 15th, so it’s Tax Day. You should have either filed your taxes or requested an extension! So come spend the with us!!.

Hold on to your seats – here comes Deborah, a whirlwind in action!  Practice your shorthand as you will be given innumerable and priceless tips and ideas by this dynamic presenter! Brought to you by the Pinellas International Council, your $20 fee includes three classes (and lunch!) by one of the most well-respected national international real estate presenters, Deborah Boza-Valledor. Take your international real estate career to the next level with Deborah. This day promises to be highly informative, fast-paced and one of a kind.
1. Transnational Referral Certification You will to learn how to make and receive compensated referrals using a proven system so that you can integrate international referrals into your business plan. Upon completion of this course, you will be given the opportunity to become certified and included in the World Properties TRC database for a fee. Click here for additional information about the TRC certification. You will learn how to: * Integrate international referrals * Increase your income * Market yourself worldwide as “TRC” * Be part of a searchable database.
2. Proxio Enjoy your complimentary lunch while learning about Proxio – a real estate platform that provides global marketing and networking services that empower you to market yourself and your listings worldwide in 19 languages and 55 currencies. Real estate professionals use Proxio’s online services to promote and translate listings, build business networks, and search for properties that meet client’s criteria – across geographic and cultural borders. By connecting the sources of real estate supply and demand in an efficient manner, Proxio enables real estate professionals to reach a global audience and close more transactions.
3. Marketing Yourself Globally Identifying and marketing your personal brand is an essential core competency for managing and sustaining a successful real estate career. Empower yourself by knowing what you have to offer, what you want and how to ask for it. Learn tips of the trade from Deborah about how to position yourself worldwide as the “expert” in real estate. Don’t neglect the rest of the world – you could be missing out on tons of sales. 

SCHEDULE: 9:00 a.m. to noon: Transnational Referral Certification Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Break 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Proxio (Lunch and Learn) 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Break 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.: Marketing Yourself Globally
INSTRUCTOR: Deborah Boza-Valledor Deborah calls herself an “Island Girl” as she was born in Key West to a Cuban father and a Bahamian mother, and grandparents from the Spanish Canary Islands. Deborah is a REALTOR® and licensed instructor as well as an avid blogger and coffee drinker. She currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer of the REALTOR® Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches. Deborah has served as a Director of the National Association of REALTORS® and as the International Regional Coordinator for North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

REGISTRATION: Pinellas International Council (PIC) Members: $20: Click here to register.

PRO Members ($25): Click here to register.
Non-PRO Members ($30): Click here to register.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

(727) 804-6566
AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com

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