Flagler County, FL – Some come for the networking, some come for the speakers. Over the past several years, the Flagler Tiger Bay Club has consistently brought in distinguished speakers to address cutting edge topics of local, state and national significance, while connecting civic and business leaders from across the region.
Marking the third anniversary of the nonpartisan political club last Thursday evening, it was the long awaited ‘Big Reveal’ midway through the Social by the Sea winetasting at the Hammock Beach Resort that brought members and guests to a standstill in anticipation.
Unveiling the club’s fall lineup of speakers Flagler Tiger Bay Club president Greg Davis opened the program by announcing the return of Chief Michael J. Fisher for a powerful two-part 9/11 event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11th attacks on America.
With the distinction of being the longest serving border chief in U.S. history, Fisher will share his perspective on the events of the day, and the decisions made that have impacted the nation over the past 20 years, including the formation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“I think that’s what we’re supposed to do as an organization and it also goes to our mission of developing the next generation of leaders,” said Davis of the two-part special program.
“I’m always struck by the fact that the Gen Z’ers weren’t born when 9/11 happened though they are continually impacted by it,” he said. “I think that Mike is the right speaker to make things real world (for the youth) and bring it forward to how things are being impacted today. It’s going to be an outstanding program.”
The Flagler Tiger Bay Club will host Fisher for the September luncheon meeting for members and guests on September 8th at the Hammock Beach Resort, starting at 11:30 a.m. Later in the day, in partnership with the Flagler Auditorium, Chief Fisher will be the guest speaker for a free public event at the Flagler Auditorium, starting at 4:00 p.m.
“We were so excited to be approached by the Flagler Tiger Bay Club to host this speaker,” said Flagler Auditorium director Amelia Fulmer.
“Our students have done 9/11 programs for many years at the high school but as time has gone on, it’s kind of like Pearl Harbor for a lot of our students. To bring a speaker that’s actually lived it, breathed it and had a lot to do with what’s happened over the last 20 years, to be involved in that is a spectacular opportunity.”
Davis continued by announcing the full Fall 2021 season featuring guest speakers ranging from President and CEO of the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, the Honorable Rafael Borras, and Florida Representative and future Speaker of the Florida House Paul Renner, to CNN Commentator Alice Stewart, Brad Swanson, President and CEO of Florida Internet & Television, and Florida Transportation Commissioner Rusty Roberts.
“We’re excited to have a number of nationally recognized speakers who’ve had extensive careers in government and public policy that will be covering a wide range of important issues such as national security, homeland security, the 2022 campaigns, and the impact of the massive infrastructure bill and what that may mean for Florida in terms of transportation and digital infrastructure,” said Flagler Tiger Bay Club speaker committee chairman Dr. Joe Saviak.
“Once again, Flagler Tiger Bay continues to provide a wonderful public service to the community by bringing those speakers here so we can directly meet them, hear from them and learn from them,” he said.