See GOOD THINGS we've done!
DECEMBER 11, 2013 - Annual Holiday Social and Annual Toy Drive sponsored by Century 21 Beggins, 1515 Gulf Blvd. Indian Rocks Beach
Enjoy a tropical Christmas outside with live entertainment by Tony Wylie and Islands and snowy scene inside where Santa will be available for photos from 5-8pm. Food will be provided by JAQX Eateries and beer donated by Red Lion Pub and wine will be available for a donation.
Please bring an unwrapped toy to add to the collection. The toys will be going to Grace House, a shelter for homeless families and to The American Legion in Madeira Beach who works with the VA to provide clothing and gifts for children of homeless veterans. Grace House asks that we remember the 11-17 year olds who don’t receive many gifts.
The Homeowners will be donating $1000 in American Express gift cards.
DECEMBER 21 - 27th Annual IRB Lighted Boat parade.
Let's help make this year's parade the best ever! Enter Your Boat! We always want as many boats as possible in the parade! If you have a boat, please consider entering it in our parade this year. Big or small, all boats are welcome. There is no charge to participate and there will be OVER $3000 IN PRIZE MONEY, but more importantly, EVERY boat receives a great goodie bag full of gifts and area business gift certificates, and enjoys a Captain's meeting with hors d'oeuvres the week before the parade and an awards dinner the following week. To participate, call Randy Schwab, at the City 595.6889, e-mail RSchwab@irbcity.com or download the parade application and information.
The boats line up around 6:30 at the Holiday Inn Harborside and at 7pm they proceed north. If you don't live on the water, the Holiday Inn deck is a great place to view it.
BOAT CLUB MEETINGS - The Third Thursday, of each month; 6 p.m. Happy Hour/7 p.m-8:30 p.m. Meeting at Jimmy Guana's, Holiday Inn Harbourside. Enjoy guest speakers, boating information and make plans for your next day on the water. For more info, contact Boat Club President Bob Griffin: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (727) 430-8300.
IRB SCAVENGER HUNT PUB CRAWL - Our first Scavenger Hunt was held October 5th. We had 326 registered participants visiting 17 bars, restaurants and local businesses. THANK YOU to all involved. A BIG Thank you to the volunteers and the planning committee who worked so hard to made this first time event happen with cash prizes and almost 50 doorprizes and 112 great clues! To the 326 scavengers...thank you for supporting our hunt. You brought great enthusiasm with all the team costumes, decorated bikes and great team names. To the IRB establishments involved, you are the best! We appreciate your participation. Many scavengers mentioned they had to find answers in businesses they normally don't visit, and saw places they want to revisit, so it looks like there will be some new customers!
Finally, THANK YOU to our event sponsor Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty! It was only through their help and support that we were able to bring this event to Indian Rocks Beach!
HOA FOURTH QUARTER MEMBERSHIP MEETING - Wednesday, November 20th; 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. All members urged to attend! We will be voting on modifications to our by-laws at this meeting. Per our present by-laws, they are available for review Here 45 days prior to the meeting.
HOA SCORES BIG FOR WEST PINELLAS LITTLE LEAGUE - Kudos to HOA Vice President Phil Wrobel who spearheaded the West Pinellas Little League scoreboard project funded by the IRB HOA! Our group donated $7,500 to purchase and install a new flag pole, PA system/speakers and scoreboard in IRB's Campalong Field, near City Hall. The project took a little longer than expected to complete but thanks to Phil "the Bulldog" Wrobel, it happened just in time for Opening Day...much to the delight of West Pinellas Little League (WPLL) President & IRB City employee, Mike Kelly, and his crew who are all smiles in the photo above! Also deserving of special thanks is Joe Esposito of J & J Builders and Developers, who so graciously donated his company's services to handle the installation and Concrete On Call who donated the cement. WPLL is hosting a Field Day on September 14th to get everything ready for the season kickoff. Volunteers welcome! Plaaaaay ball!
SEE OTHER GOOD THINGS WE'VE DONE!
HOMEOWNERS GET SCHOOLED! Our group donated to the 4th Annual Achieva Box Car Rally, October 5th in Clearwater's Downtown Cleveland District. Proceeds to benefit local schools, sending money directly into classrooms in our area!
TASTE OF IRB RAFFLE TICKETS NOW ON SALE!! Look for HOA Board Member & Raffle Chairperson Lisa Dawson's smiling face (pictured above with HOA Secretary Helen Laramee!) at upcoming HOA Happy Hours and other events to be announced! Tickets are $2 each or 3/$5 and you could win over $600 in gift certificates to local restaurants and other businesses. Just ask June Gannon who won last year's raffle! Proceeds go back into the community to support various local projects and causes!
IRB HOMEOWNERS BOWLING TEAM STRIKES IT BIG-Congratulations to the IRB Homeowners Pet Bowl Bowling Team who raised $260 at the SPCA Pet Bowl on July 13th at Seminole Lanes! The third highest amount raised by any team! A special thank-you to Nikki Laramee (second from right) for heading up our team and much appreciation to all those who contributed. Once again, you make us proud!
GIMME SHELTER: Keeping watching the activity in Keegan Clair Park near the new IRB floating boat docks south of the Holiday Inn! Our group recently voted to donate $10,000 for a new, 10' X 16' picnic shelter that will be installed by the City soon!
THANK-YOU FROM THE BEACH COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY! We received the following words of gratitude from Chuck Pond of the Beach Community Food Pantry at Calvary Episcopal Church: "Thanks for the terrific cooperation and help at the "Taste" on Saturday. Our Beach Community Food Pantry netted enough on our beverage sales to buy a month's worth of food! You guys took care of us big time...all this plus the generous cash gift for the holidays and proceeds from the Poker Run, too. You are a top-notch group and we are very appreciative. Our community is remarkably blessed by your efforts."
ULTIMATE THANK-YOU! The IRB Homeowners received an honor that truly humbled us. Jeff Garber thanked us for our Beach Boxes for Troops program by presenting our group with an American flag flown by the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squad over actual combat in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Garber, who learned about our Beach Boxes for Troops on Facebook, is a Clearwater resident and member of the Air Force Reserves who had just returned from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. What an incredible honor!
See the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squad AWARD CERTIFICATE that accompanied the flag
Personal THANK-YOUS from Beach Box Recipients
The Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Association is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and dedicated to promoting community unity in Indian Rocks Beach, FL. To our city of less than three miles along the Gulf of Mexico, we provide opportunities for our 4,100 residents to meet neighbors and business leaders in friendly and informal settings at various adult and family social events throughout the year. Proceeds from our events are donated back to the community to fund various worthwhile projects that improve the overall health and well-being of the community we all love. JOIN THE IRB HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION!
Interested in getting more involved with our group or volunteering at our events? Is there an event you'd like to see us sponsor?
Contact Becky Griffin, President
And as always, enjoy your time here in our "Little Piece of Heaven."