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August 18, 2018 • Clearwater, FL   
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit is hosting a Brainstorming Bash/Kickoff Meeting for Tampa Bay Unit members
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Garden House of Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health, Clearwater, FL.  The goal of this event is to learn what members want from the Unit Leadership as the 2018-19 season begins.  This event is free.  There will be refreshments and door prizes.

September 29, 2018 • Clearwater, FL
NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit presents "Family Drug Treatment Courts:  Do They Work?" with Dr. Brittany Peters LCSW, MCAP, QS,
from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Garden House - Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health (Parking is free). Registration is $5 for NASW members, $15 for Non-members.  Registration is free for BSW/MSW students, retired and unemployed NASW Members. If paying onsite, please pay with cash or personal check.


Jack Smith, LCSW - Unit Chair

​Unit Vice Chair
Sharon Barber

Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI)
Stacy Kratz 

Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee 
David LaPensee 
Robin Waters ​


Social Media

Elizabeth Thomas, MSW

Brittany Peters 

491 Board Liaison
Susan Infanzon

Chapter Supervisory Task Force
Nancy Gordon
Susan Infanzon


Stacy Kratz

MSW Representative

Sarah Jenkins

BSW Representatives

Marlene Aboytes  

Jaqualla Grimes


(Updated 8/14/18)

Greetings everyone. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you as we start the 2018-2019 season for our Tampa Bay Unit. If you are new to our Unit, Florida and/or the NASW, I offer you a hearty and sincere welcome! As our tradition has always held, our Unit strives to offer everyone a true sense of belonging, the hope that we can all offer one another many great memories as well as learning what matters to each of our members. 

That said, I hope you will make every effort to attend our upcoming Brainstorming/Kickoff meeting on Saturday, August 18, 2018. It will  be held at Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health in Clearwater. We'll use this event to hear what you, the members, want to ensure that the Tampa Bay Unit is meeting your needs. Also, I'll outline some ideas that I have to make our coming season our best ever.  Also, on Saturday, September 29, 2018, Dr. Brittany Peters, LCSW will offer a compelling 3 CE workshop titled "Family Drug Treatment Courts: Do They Work?" at this same location. Please register for these events on on the right hand side.

As we move forward, I want to let everyone know that Elizabeth Thomas volunteered to become our Social Media Chair and a member of the Steering Committee. In the very near future, Elizabeth will be resurrecting our Tampa Bay Unit Facebook page  and establishing a presence for us on Twitter. 

Next, I again urge everyone to register to vote and VOTE in this year's mid-term elections. As long as I've been around,  I've never seen a more challenging time for our profession on the local, state and national levels. In recognition of the importance of the issues facing us as we consider who  we're voting for  as well as what we're voting for, PLEASE use your ballot to vote in accordance with our NASW Code of Ethics. This includes your decision on how you vote for the 13 proposed Amendments to the FL Constitution that will be on the ballot on election day, November 6, 2018.

 Finally, as your representative on the NASW FL Board of Directors, I will be attending the next Board meeting on August 24 and 25, 2018. This meeting will take place at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions, concerns or ideas you'd like me to raise at the Board meeting. I'm happy to do so. In addition to the new board members including a new President and Vice President, please know that the newest member of the NASW FL Chapter team will be introduced at this Board meeting. She is our Political Organizer. Her role will be to assist Units, including our Tampa Bay Unit,  in voting as well as arranging meetings and candidate forums for local and state offices. So, if you have an idea of how we can use this newest staff member, please let me know.

In closing, I again request your questions, concerns and ideas as to how we can make our Tampa Bay Unit more responsive to you. Please email me at or call the NASW-FL Office at 1-800-352-6279 and leave a message for me. 
Best Regards

Jack Smith, LCSW, ACSW
Tampa Bay Unit Chair
NASW FL Chapter

P.S. As a benefit of NASW membership, I continue to offer members a review of their resume. The goal of this complimentary review revolves around offering you suggestions to sharpen and focus your resume. Also, I will use my  40 year social work career to offer members interviewing tips."

As always, feel free to submit your ideas to make our Tampa Bay Unit better. Currently, we're in need for ideas to increase our membership and ensure that you receive maximum "bang" for all of your annual dues "bucks." If you have ideas or wish to volunteer, please contact Jack at


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