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“Lee Pitts Live” Leaves FOX 4

On October 4, “Lee Pitts Live on Radio” hit the airways and instantly placed Lee Pitts deeper in Southwest Florida broadcasting history as the first African-American to host a TV and radio show.

The Lee Pitts Live TV show, WINK-CW channel 6 Sundays 6:30 am, was already groundbreaking with 30 years in the books and continuing.

Now, you can catch the radio shows Mondays-Fridays 12 noon- 1:00 pm on WGGM 90.5 FM. The radio show also streams world-wide on www.dunbargospel.com.

On radio, Lee Pitts will continue to interview community leaders with a one hour format that connects the community. You also get treated to smooth and soulful gospel music between interviews. “ My generation is blessed with Lee Pitts. He set an example for us to see the possibilities of how to build a sustained and respected broadcasting career, states Chon “Skinny” Cosby, founder, Ispaz Radio.

“I am very excited at the tremendous positive response Lee Pitts Live on Radio is receiving. I think the daily immediacy of the talk format allows our community to stay updated on their lunch break”, notes Lee Pitts, host and executive producer Lee Pitts Live and Lee Pitts Live on Radio. “We will continue to cover politics, sports, entertainment, education, health, economic development and more,” concludes Pitts.

Meet American Legion Post 38  Commander Kevin Boyd

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DJJ Restoring Hope Summit  Promotes Mental & Behavioral  Health Awareness

Kevin Boyd, Commander of American Legion Post 38 in downtown Fort Myers, says “If you don’t get involved with your city and the different municipalities, you don’t know what’s available to you.” That is the mission and vision Kevin and his team has worked under for more than twelve years.  

American Legion Post 38 is a veteran's organization created to provide assistance and support to veterans. One of the services the post provides is a food pantry for veterans and family members of deployed service members. Services also includes clothing for the homeless and veterans, assists with utility bills, rent and gas and bail money for veterans.

American Legion Post 38, also known as The Rabe O. Wilkison Post, was established on Sept. 5, 1919, just months after the national organization formed in the wake of World War I.

Rabe O. Wilkison, an Immokalee native was drafted into the Army in 1918. He volunteered for a World War I mission that a commanding officer warned would offer only a 1-in-100 chance of survival. Wilkison nonetheless, forged ahead and was killed on Sept. 16, 1918 in the battle at St. Mihiel in France. Less than two months later, the war was over. Wilkison was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart in 1963.

Kevin Boyd’s Branch of service includes; United States Navy (1976-1979), Military Job Yeoman (Administration); Rank Petty Officer Second Class; Navy Reserve (1979-2005); American Legion Post 38 (Finance Officer 2009) - Post Commander (2009-Present).

Under Boyd’s leadership, American Legion Post 38 provides programs in partnership with organizations such as the City of Fort Myers, American Red Cross, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Fort Myers Police Department, YMCA, VFW, local churches, schools and others. Veterans Affairs also partnered with the Post to get senior minority veterans vaccinated against COVID-19.

In addition to veteran services, Post 38 sponsors special events on Memorial Day and Veteran's day; an annual Salute to Our Troops Gala and a Veteran's Day Parade. This 2021 Veterans Day Parade will take place in the parking lot of the Edison Mall at 10am. Post 38 also provides Color Guard presentations for various organizations.

The oldest Post in Southwest Florida, Post 38 has a total Veteran membership of 330+ which includes the Auxiliary and Sons of Legion. All these groups meet at the post. The Legion sponsors John Ebling Veteran Art Gallery (1st art gallery in an American Legion Post), River District Alliance, and Boys State & Girls State (programs that teach students about the U.S. Government.)

Commander Kevin Boyd, along with the entire staff, invite you to visit the Legion located at 1857 Jackson Street in downtown Fort Myers and enjoy all the features and events in a friendly and patriotic atmosphere.

For more information about American Legion Post 38, please visit http://post38-swfl.org.

The Community Press salutes American Legion Post 38 Commander, Kevin Boyd.  Thank you for your service to your country and to your community!

(Top) Commander Boyd with the American flag from the liberation of the Nordhausen  concentration camp in Germany (1945). (Bottom) Commander Boyd shows  the food pantry which the Post 38 stocks to distribute items to veterans in need.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice held its 2021 Restoring Hope Training Summit in Orlando, Florida, under the theme of Promoting Mental and Behavioral Health Awareness. The three day summit held at the Florida Hotel and Convention Center, provided training and opportunities to network, discuss best practices, share ideas and resources from and for community stakeholders and providers of enhanced programs.

The mission of the Florida DJJ is to help guide young people toward successful adulthood. In a program note to those in attendance, Acting Secretary, Josefina Tamayo wrote, “Thank you for attending this exciting event. It is my hope that you will use the information and resources that you receive to further develop and maintain effective prevention and intervention strategies.”

Summit speakers included Dr. Sheila Williams, CEO, SW Consulting Services; Rev. Robert Streater, III, Team Streater Seminars and Services; and Lisa Grossman, PhD, President, SMR Performance Consulting. The large array of workshops ranged from Trauma Informed Intervention, Mental Health Matters, and Engaging Youth in Challenging Times to Breaking Barriers to Bring Communities Together for a Brighter Future.

The statewide annual event has been consistent in recognizing and honoring community partners, teachers, law enforcement and organizations that have been essential in their efforts to impact the lives of Florida youth. Local recognitions from Southwest Florida included Pace Center for Girls Lee for its Commendable Education Program; Champions for Children recipients, Fort Myers Police Office Yvette Dominique and Hendry County Sheriff Deputy Shanita Campbell; and Community Ambassadors of Hope Champions, Dunbar Core Chair, Veronica Barber and Outreach Coordinator, Joseph Smith from the US Attorney’s Office.

Congratulations to all SWFL recognition recipients and special thanks to DJJ Delinquency Prevention Specialist, Sandra Ferguson for her excellence in representing Southwest Florida.

The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Eta Alpha Zeta Chapter got into their “Think Pink” state of mind, to make strides against breast cancer during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Making strides against breast cancer is one of the initiatives of the Sorority. The one mile awareness walk began at Clemente Park and ended at the Jupiter Hammond Library.

Before the walk, the ladies gathered in a circle and said the name of someone battling, or who has died from the disease. "SAY HER NAME," shouted Detres Henderson-Young, Chapter President. One-by-one, the names began to pour from the lips of the walkers with a passion that touched the ears and hearts of everyone within the sound of their voices. Family and friends of the members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and members of their women's auxiliary group, Amicae, and their husbands participated in the walk.

Photos by Jacquie Matthews Williams.

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Zeta Phi Beta Holds  Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

More than 120 participants attended the "Woman in the Mirror" Conference, hosted and inspired by Cheryl Glover from her own Self Love Journey. The two day conference at Mt. Hermon Church, kicked off with an inspirational message from Dr. William Glover on Friday, October 29th. Saturday, October 30th was a day of power and transformation, as women were inspired toward change by keynote speaker, Christy Sawyer.

When asked about the mission behind the creation of the conference,Cheryl Glover responded, "My mission as an inspirational speaker and unapologetic advocate for self-love, is to empower women of all ages and walks of life, to embrace and practice self-love during all stages of their lives. This conference was the launch of my Self Love Ministry. I am utterly incapable of adequately describing the POWER of God that settled upon the women during the conference, that allowed real transformations to occur. The "Woman in the Mirror" was empowering in an entirely new way with live results and real transformations on the spot. It was an honor and blessing to see what God did for us and through us at this conference."

Photos by Altama “Champ” Davis.

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“Women in the Mirror” Conference  Held at Mt. Hermon Ministries