Good News - March 2023

To bring our village together, we'd like you to get to know some of our business and community leaders of faith in a more personal way. That's why we encourage the kind of conversations you might have with a friend at a casual backyard barbecue. Good News Wants to Know... What is a fun fact about you that othersmay be surprised to learn? I'm sure this will make for some texts and emails: I was co-captain of the wrestling team in high school. William “Bill” C. Davell, Director, Tripp Scott PA I don’t like or trust animals that are incapable of smiling. I’m sure there are times when snakes, sharks, spiders are in a good mood. I just have no idea when that is, so I would rather stay away from them in the event they’re really mad about something. Bob Denison, President, Denison Yachting I’ve flown over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter and then went rafting down the Colorado River inside the Grand Canyon the same day. I once left Spain and crossed the Straits of Gibraltar in a ship and then drove four hours in the dessert to get to Fez, Morocco. Ended up being invited to a Moroccan wedding at a palace only to meet with the parents of the bride who also had a son attending Johns Hopkins University. I was living in Baltimore at the time. It is truly a small world. Char Talmadge, Executive Director, Rescue Upstream FUN FACT: I was not interested in politics as a young man, nor did I major in Political Science. I aspired to be a professional musician or an automotive designer. Now serving as a State Representative in Tallahassee, I have joined the SEMACaucus for auto enthusiasts, and we have contemplated a Rock & Roll Caucus for music enthusiasts in the Florida House! Chip LaMarca, State Representative, Florida House District 100 Two things come to mind: I have aWorld Series ring fromwhen I was the chaplain for the Florida Marlins (2003) and I used to race a stock car at the old Hialeah Speedway back in the early 90’s. Chris Lane, President, First Priority of South Florida Despite being married for 23 years to an amazing Hispanic wife who absolutely adores it, I cannot, in any way, eat cilantro! Apparently, chefs love to sprinkle it on just about everything like its mama's secret ingredient, but to me it tastes like soap! Don’t ask how I know what soap tastes like. Hehehehe... yuck. Chris C. Simpson, President, CBMC International I have helped four of my six kids set 12 Junior Angler World Records with the International Game Fish Association, and one of them, a Pacific Sierra Mackerel that was caught by my daughter Amanda in 1997 still stands. The others included Pacific Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Atlantic Snook, Barracuda, twoAlmaco Jacks, three Bonefish, Cubera Snapper, and Whaler (Lemon) Shark. The largest bonefish weighed 13 lbs., and the shark weighed 244 lbs. H. Collins Forman, Jr., P.A. One thing most people don't know about me is that I was a US Professional TennisAssociation (USPTA) teaching professional for over 12 years, serving in four States. In most clubs, I was the first female "head pro." I found great satisfaction in introducing people of all ages to this wonderful, lifetime sport and helping them improve, plus I made great money that I used to travel the world. Deborah Cusick, FAU Campus Volunteer, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship My mom kept me out of music class when I was a small girl, which made me very upset, to ride a bus to downtown Washington, D.C. to see who she called "a very special Pastor" speak. It turned out to be the "I have a dream" speech by one of her heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I wish I had been old enough to appreciate the amazing privilege I had been given that day, but my mom always reminded me of the value of that speech, the influence of Dr. King, our calling to love all people as God's image bearers... and to have the courage to speak up for Godly justice. Dolores King-St. George, President, King Communications and GraceNet Radio I was born to missionary parents in Nigeria, and we were sent off to boarding school for first grade separated from our parents for eight months of the year. I believe it was harder on our parents than us kids as they left family, friends and comfort to serve the Lord only returning to Canada every five years. Don Campion, President, Banyan Air Service When I graduated from Rancho High School in Las Vegas, I had a chance to try out for the Kansas City Royals baseball team. I was called back for further tryouts two times, and I really thought that I would end up playing major league baseball. Kansas City didn't see it the same way. I was told that I was too small and didn't have enough power. I am so, so glad that the Lord doesn't judge the same way that the Royals did. Today, I may not have been chosen by a baseball team, but I thank my God daily that He chose me to be on His team. Thank you, Jesus. "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man..." (1 Timothy 1:12). Fidel Gomez, Assistant Pastor, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Most people would not know that I am an instrument commercial-rated private pilot and once owned two airplanes. Fred Scarbrough, DVM, Founder, Scarbrough Animal Hospital\ and HOPE South Florida Chris Lane Chris C. Simpson H. Collins Forman Bob Denison Char Talmadge Chip LaMarca Wants to Know… - William C. Davell -