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       John Carr Named Palm Beach North Chamber Chair

      Jupiter Resident Has Track                         the government affairs committee, secretary, treasurer, and part   worked at his father’s gas station just off 45th Street. “I have
      Record Of Giving Back To                           of the chamber’s strategic plan steering committee.  always loved the north end of Palm Beach County and the vast
                                                                                                           opportunities for growth here. We are seeing it now as more and
                                                           According to Carr, one of his primary focus areas during
      Community                                          his chamber tenure will be to work collaboratively with leaders   more businesses and residents call our area home. It’s critical
                                                         from Palm Beach North and Palm Beach County to encourage   that our chamber takes the lead in smart growth for this region,
        The new chairman of the                          the mission of the chamber as the unified voice of business in   while we preserve the beauty that attracted so many of us to
      Palm Beach North Chamber                           Palm Beach North. He has already formed a new council of   golf, fish, boat and travel here.”
      of Commerce is turning his                         past chamber chairmen to offer their experienced perspective     An avid golfer, John and his wife Michelle reside in Jupiter
      longtime love affair with                          to current leadership. This council will also engage in other   where he enjoys spending time with his family. “My own
      the north end of the county                        activities with leadership to help provide the resources needed to   grandparents had a profound impact on me,” said Carr. “My
      into opportunity for local                         ensure the community delivers on the promise of being Florida’s   grandfather taught me by example to have respect for our
      businesses. John Carr was                          “Prosperity Coast.”                               country and great respect for others. At Christmas I helped my
      recently installed as board                          “I’ve had the honor of serving alongside John over a number   grandmother, Nana, deliver home-baked cheesecakes to friends
      chairman of the non-for-                           of years on the chamber’s executive committee,” said former   without any family. I constantly have them both in the back of
      profit organization – which                        Palm Beach North Chamber Chairman Rachel Docekal. “John’s   my mind as I try to do the next right thing.”
      spans 10 Palm Beach County                         passion for the Palm Beach North Chamber is unparalleled     Widely recognized by fellow chamber members for his
      municipalities from Tequesta                       and I look forward to a tremendous year ahead under his   enthusiasm, compassion and open communication, Carr serves
      to Palm Beach Gardens to Riviera Beach, and serves more than   chairmanship.”                        as a managing director of Venture Construction Group (VCG)
      1,000 business members.                              In his ‘tween years, Carr spent time at his father’s home in   of Florida, a position that takes him to major projects located
        In this role, Carr serves as the executive officer of the chamber   Lake Park and fell in love with the area. Recognizing the north   throughout the state. Recently, he spent time in Florida’s
      and presides at all business meetings of the board and executive   end of the county’s potential for growth even then, Carr recalls   Panhandle, where Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction, to
      committees, along with any meetings of the membership. His   a time before The Gardens Mall became the area’s business   assist with the management of recovery projects. VCG is a leader
      experience at the chamber includes serving as small business   anchor.                               in residential and commercial construction, roofing, renovations,
      advisory council chairman, ambassador chairman, member of     “It was much quieter then,” he said of the 1980s, when he   restoration, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services.
                                                                                                             Carr also serves as director of the JRC Charitable Foundation,
                     27 Year old Networking Group has 47                                                   where he raises funds to support nonprofits who are helping to
                                                                                                           enrich our local communities. For the past nine years, his annual
              members that want to refer business to you!                                                  golf tournaments have raised more than $15,000 annually to
                                                                                                           help organizations such as Tequesta’s United for Families. He
                              Where:  Abacoa Golf Club                                                     also serves as a director at large for 211 of the Palm Beaches.
                                                                                                             Founded in 2007 as a result of a merger from two previous
                              When:  Wednesday morning from 7:30 am - 8:45 am                              chambers, the Jupiter Tequesta Juno Beach Chamber of
                              Who:   Visit our website to see if your category is available.               Commerce (founded in 1948) and the North Palm Beach
                                                                                                           County Chamber of Commerce (founded in 1947), the Palm
                                                                                                           Beach North Chamber of Commerce strives to be a dynamic
                                                                                                           organization that serves as a vital business and community
             Interested?  Join us for a complimentary breakfast to  nd out more.                           resource. The chamber focuses on the development and retention
                                Call Marc Weinberg at 561-262-4724                                         of businesses by taking an active role in issues that affect the
                                                                                                           profitability of local companies, protecting and improving the
                                                                                                           quality of life for residents and, above all, providing superior
            The Palm Beach’s premier exclusive networking                                                  services and resources to our members. For more information on
            organization for extraordinary business owners.                       membership in the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce,
                                                                                                           visit or call (561) 746-7111.

        Pet Matters

        For The Love Of Animals

        by Pat Deshong, President of Furry Friends Adoption,
        Clinic & Ranch
           “For the Love of Animals” features
        real stories happening at Furry Friends in
        Jupiter. We are The Humane Society of
        Greater Jupiter/Tequesta and the only no-
        kill shelter open to the public in northern                                                          Animals like Cookie and Piper (with volunteers Cayden and
        Palm Beach County. We’ve been rescuing,                                                           Caleigh) are waiting for you to take them home. Please come visit
        rehabilitating, and re-homing the homeless                                                        them and the many others at our Palm City Ranch and Jupiter
        animals in our community for more than 30                                                         Adoption Center!
        years. Our not for profit 501c3 organization
        consists of our Jupiter based Adoption Center, Veterinary Clinic   Rebecca with Kiki and Sophie  Reese waited for her new daddy for
        (open to the public), Thrift Boutique, and Palm City Ranch.             a long time!
           Thirty-three adoptions!  Monroe, Sunny, & Luce are just a few
        to name.  What a tremendous “Clear the Shelter” adoption day we         Blue, now
        had at our Jupiter Adoption Center & Palm City Ranch on Saturday,       Graysea Blu,
        August 17.  This was a record breaking one-day adoption number          is pretty in
        for our organization.  We are thrilled that so many deserving dogs,     pink in her
        cats, puppies & kittens found their forever families!                   new home!!!
           One lucky dynamic duo trotting out the door was Sophie and
        Kiki, an older, bonded sibling pair surrendered to us in April after
        their owner passed away.  They sat in our shelter for more than four
        months, hopeful that someone kind would pick up on their own kind,      Furry Friends’ new Adoption Center & Veterinary Clinic,
        loving ways.  These two are so special, never barking or behaving   located at 100 Capital Street in the Jupiter Commerce Park, will
        poorly in the midst of what can often be a chaotic life… shelter life.    be completed in October 2019.  If you would like to be a part of
           Patiently they waited.  You would pass them by in their pen,   our new beginning, please contact us.  Like each nail, block, & tile,
        meeting their soulful, hopeful eyes or watching them snooze away   every donation, no matter how small, will help make our dream
        the day together.  August 17 was the answer to their prayerful paws   come true… All for the Love of Animals.
        when Rebecca walked in, having followed the status of the two on      Please visit or call
        our website for several weeks.  Rebecca lives in an apartment so   561.747.5311 ext. 1 for more information. Ask for Pat Deshong,
        she was looking for an older quiet dog who would lounge on the   President, or Curry Krasulak, Director of Development.
        couch.  When she saw Kiki and Sophie, she thought, “Why not two?       This is what Furry Friends is all about…rescuing, rehabilitating,
        They’ll keep each other company when I’m away from home.”  and giving homeless companion animals their best future… no
           We are thankful to Rebecca and all of the adopters who decided   matter how long it takes to find it. We have many wonderful
        to rescue a life on August 17.  We are thankful to all adopters for   dogs and cats at our Jupiter Adoption Center and Palm City
        opening their hearts and homes, giving the voiceless their new   Ranch. We invite you to come visit us! Our website is www.
        beginnings.  At Furry Friends, we cannot rescue, rehabilitate and
        re-home needy dogs and cats if there is no one willing to help us      Furry Friends depends on the generous support from donors
        complete the circle of our mission.              like you. Without Furry Friends, the future of the many animals
           When considering adding a furry family member to your family,   we save would be uncertain. Thank you for donating and helping
        please come see us.  There is no better feeling than when you save   us continue our animal saving mission.
        a life!                                          Ways to donate (tax ID #59-2111273):
           Blessings to you for your support and faith in us… all for the   1. Mail a check made payable to Furry Friends to 401 Maplewood
        LOVE of animals!                                 Drive, Ste. 8, Jupiter, FL 33458.
                                                         2. Visit
                                                         3. Call us with your credit card information at 561.747.5311 ext. 1
                                                         “Your donation creates the possibilities to make miracles
        Patricia Deshong, President                      happen for our Furry Friends”
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