2016 SOUTH FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL PRESS CLUB OFFICERS AND BOARD
PRESIDENT - TBA
VICE PRESIDENT - TONY FINSTROM
TREASURER - RICHARD LEONE
RECORDING SECRETARY - VERONICA FUCHS
Board members include outgoing president Ron Levitt, Iris Acker, Tony Finstrom, Dave Goodwin, Margaret McLaughlin, Veronica Fuchs and Dolores Singer.
2014 SOUTH FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL PRESS CLUB OFFICERS AND BOARD
PRESS CLUB OFFICERS
PAST PRESIDENT - RON LEVITT Ron Levitt, a freelance writer, is a former United Press Staff Correspondent and chairman of a public relations firm, founded in 1960. He served as Florida’s Assistant Secretary of State. He currently is president of the South Florida International Press Club and secretary of the Society of Professional Journalists (South Florida chapter). He is a theatre critic and a Carbonell voter, Vice President of the Theatre League of South Florida and serves on the Board of WLRN Public radio/TV in Miami and on the Executive Committee of the University of Miami. He has been president of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and president of the European American Chamber off Commerce. Today, he is Florida Correspondent for the Huffington Post, guest columnist for ENV magazine and edits Florida Media News. He has been a speechwriter and organizer for several Presidential candidates and has managed more than 200 successful political campaigns. A decorated Naval journalist, he served in the Korean conflict and was the editor of the NSD Eagle, named the best service publication buy the Department of defense. In recognition of his public service, he received the first ever Royal Palm Award in 1997 from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He had served two terms as PRSA’s South Florida Chapter President and as PRSA Southeastern Chairman and as a board member of the Counselor’s Academy. Among other honors, in 1999, he received the The Miami Arts Exchange Maxie Award for his contribution to the advancement of culture, and in 2008, he was selected as the recipient of the REMY Service Award from the Theatre League of South Florida. He has taught creative writing at his alma-mater, the University of Miami. In 2008, he was elected to the American Theatre Crtitics Association.
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RECORDING SECRETARY – DAVE GOODWIN Goodwin's writings center on these main interests: I. Business A. Three books on insurance, including "Stop Wasting Your Insurance Dollars," published by Essandess Division of Simon & Schuster. B. Approximately 1,400 published newspaper and magazine articles on insurance from the consumers' point of view as well as from the insurers' and/or agents' . 1. Consumers - "Insurance for Consumers," ongoing newspaper columns. - featured series in "Boardroom Reports," and "Consumers Digest." - consultant to and/or appeared in and/or a source for: "Medical Economics," "The Miami Herald," "Money," "Kiplinger's," "National Underwriter," "Business Insurance," "The Miami News," Journal of Consumer Affairs," Army Times," Reference Guide for Consumers," LarryKing's column, The Larry King show (8 times), and various other radio and TV shows. - contributor to: "Your Book of Financial Planning" by Loren Dunton; "Financial Planning Today." 2. Insurers and Agents - Series of columns, articles and/or features in "Best's Review," "The Financial Planner," "The Insurance Journal," "The Professional Agent," "American Agent and Broker," Life Insurance Selling," "Rough Notes," "CPCU Journal," "Insurance Review," "Financial Services Times," "The John Liner Letter," "Probe," "Insurance Journal," "Life Plus Forum," "Life and Health Insurance Sales,"."Insurance Times." 3. "Money Matters," a business column. 4. "The Testifying Expert ." II. Travel "Travel Log" and other column and feature writings centering on business travel, meeting facilities, railroad travel, meetings at sea, shipboard facilities and art, folk music, and pre- and post-meeting attractions anywhere. III. Judaica Correspondent for "Jewish Post & Opinion;" editor of "ZOA District News," "Masada News." IV. Masonic Writer for "The Craftsman." He proudly notes that his writing has led to interviews with U.S. presidents (Reagan, Truman), statesmen (Abba Eban, Kissinger, Elie Wiesel), many business and civic leaders, and (not so proudly) to a KKK meeting, reporting for a Jewish publication. PO Box 54-6661, Surfside, FL 33154-0661 phone: 305 865 0158 e-mail: email@example.com
TREASURER - RICHARD LEONE Retired from both WSVN Cnannel 7 and WPBT Channel 2 where he worked as Announcer, on-air talent (Weatherman, Program host and Commercial Voice talent from 1969 through 1995. Most recently He has been with WLRN TV since 1987 as on air Announcer and operations engineer. Since 2004, he has co-produced, along with my his wife Corinne, "Entertainment Spotlight" a cable TV show Produced by Miami Dade College and aired on Cabletap Comcast Channel 78.They also produce an Internet Radio show of the same name, heard on www.entertainment-spotlight.com, "News and Reviews" . Leone started in Miami with the Miami News Youth Roundup in 1956 as Teen Emcee of Betty Ward's (Miami News Writer) of "Keen Teen" aired on WTVJ, Channel 4. He graduated UM with a BA in Broadcasting in 1959. The University saw fit to tap him into Iron Arrow for his work in Student Activities for the University, His journalism experience included as an Information Specialist with Third Army Headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. from 1963-1966. This included writing press releases, news shows for radio (AFRTS) and copy for radio and TV spots. for US Army Recruiting. Following that, after discharge, he was a newsman for WKAT (CBS) here in Miami from 1966-1969. His work at WPBT Channel 2 lasted from 1969 until 1978. He was also at WSVN, Channel 7, during this same period, continuing until 1995. His work at Channel 17, starting in 1987 ran concurrently with WSVN. 7751 NE Bayshore Ct.2D, Miami, Florida 33138. Phone 305-756-7408 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
IRIS ACKER Iris Acker is producer/host of “On Stage With Iris Acker”, which airs on Becon TV ,in Miami, Broward & Palm Beach. She has produced other programs as well, including the award winning “The Jury Box.” She is past president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists(AFTRA), and served as The Actors Equity Liaison and is an active member of the Screen Actors Guild. Ms. Acker has served on Florida’s State Media Arts grant review panel. She is certified as a Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and she coaches attorneys in courtroom presence and theatrics. She currently serves on the board of the South Florida Int’l Press Club. As an actress she was directed by Jose Ferrer at the Coconut Grove Playhouse and by Tennessee Williams in his own “Night of the Iguana”. Miami News Reviewer Bill Von Maurer hailed Iris as a “bombshell” in her performance as “The Gingerbread Lady” by Neil Simon. New York and regional audiences have applauded her many theater performances in Carousel, A Box of Tears, Streets Of New York, A Taste Of Honey, Look Homeward Angel and Murder In The Cathedral. Regionally, she has performed in most of Florida’s theaters and was nominated three times for Carbonell Awards, for Social Security at The Burt Reynolds Theater, for Lovers and Other Strangers and for the musical Chaplin. Iris’ latest films, Cocoon, Shattered Trust, Flight of the Navigator, Whoops Apocalypse and Intimate Strangers. She was Judge Mary Laverty on the T.V. series Wiseguy.Her most recent award was from the Theatre League of South Florida for Lifetime Service to the Theatre Community of South Florida. Also honoring her , The Miami Arts Exchange for her contribution to the advancement of culture, and two years running Iris was the recipient of the Y.W.C.A.’s “Women Who Make A Difference” award, and the National Council of Jewish Women honored her with their “Women In Power” award. Iris’ books “What Got You Where You Are Today” and “The Secrets to Auditioning for Commercials” as well as her video tape “On Camera” are available nationally and on Amazon .com She has appeared in over 250 commercials. 400 Leslie Drive #520 Hallandale, FL 33009 Tel: 954 458-5520 :email@example.com
DANIEL L (DAN) FITZGERALD Dan Fitzgerald is a past president of The Miami Chapter of The Florida Public Relations Assn., Alpha Delta Sigma advertising society, The Professional Actors Assn. of Florida, a three term president of the Florida branch of Screen Actors Guild, and two terms as president of the South Florida Emerald Society. Before retiring he owned Fashioncrest International modeling and fashion promotion agency. Dan has appeared in a total of 40 feature motion pictures and authored "Stars In My Eyes" a memoir. 6251 S.W.36 Street Miami, FL 33155 305 668-4160 firstname.lastname@example.org
With a B.A. in Journalism & Drama from Central Michigan University, and following two years of U.S. Army PIO service in Texas, where he wrote for Fort Hood's "Armored Sentinel" newspaper, he has worked as a journalist in New York for "After Dark Magazine" and "The Soho Weekly News." There he also studied screenwriting at the New School for Social Research, and playwriting at the Circle Repertory Company, at Primary Stages, and at Long Island's Bay Street Theatre. Today he is an award-winning playwright and the co-founding chariman of the Silver Palm Theatre Awards of South Florida. After years of service on the Executive Board of the Theatre League of South Florida, he was awarded their 2006 "Remy Award" for outstanding service to the local theatre community, as well as a 2008 Silver Palm Award for his outstanding contribution to the 2008 South Florida Theatre Festival. The Mosaic Theatre in Plantation, FL, has also named him a recipient of the Jack Zink Spirit Award for 2011, having "demonstrated excellence in the areas of leadership, creativity, commitment and passion for the arts." He is currently a Carbonell Awards Judge, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. 347 N. New River Drive (Apt. 2202) Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-3167 954-522-1178 Tonyfin@aol.com
MARGARET J, MCLAUGHLIN --Margaret McLaughlin likes to write and to travel.She began travelingby conducting tours throughout Europeand South America with her mother (Grace DuPre Brown, who headed the Foreign Language Department of Miami Beach Senior High School for many years).Later,Margaret took tour groups several times to Egypt and around the world.In Japan,where she taught for the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense for two years,she helped the USO plan and conduct tours throughout the main islands of Honshu and Kyushu.
For The Mainichi Shimbun (Daily News) of Tokyo and Osaka, she wrote articles on Japan and a series of 11 feature stories, “Pacific Adventure,”based on travels in the South Pacific-- fromOahu andTahitito Java and Bali--and Southeast Asia from Cambodia and Vietnam to Korea.Her articles on the Ainu aborigines of Japan and on Japanese women in the upper and lower houses of the Diet appeared in The Christian Science Monitor.The Japanese Government radio and television network, NHK,used her scripts on the Ainus andwomen political leaders for overseas broadcast.
She has also published her writing in The Miami Herald,magazines like The Rotarian and U.S. Lady (distributed to American personnel around the globe), and the Sunday travel section of The New York Times.
Her teaching career includes teaching the humanities for Barry University and Miami-Dade Community College and courses in writing andAmerican, British,
and world literature for the University of Miami;Manchester College in North
Manchester, Indiana;and for Florida International University.At Miami and FIU, she
developed five semester-longinterdisciplinary courses--four of them on the Near and Middle East—with professors from various departments and the community.
She earneda Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Miami, a M.A. from Duke University,a Ph.D. Degree from Tulane University,and took additional courses and credits at Columbia University in New York City.
In community work, she has served as president of two Miami travel clubs and of The Egyptology and Asian Civilizations Society of Miami,at that time an affiliate of the Museum of Science.
Along with publishing several articles on Egypt,sheparticipated in radio talk shows dealing with Egyptologyand gave television programs for Channel 17ongreat Egyptologists and travel in Egypt.Her media experience also includes acting as producer oftwo series of programs for Dade County Cable television: Caribbean Writersand Their Art andHaiti Cherie.As host for the latter, she interviewed Haitian writers, musicians, dancers,and community leaders in south Florida.
She now serves as Scholarship Chair and member of the Board of Directors for the South Florida International Press Club andis an active members of the South Florida Writers’ Association.For several years,she has been teaching courses in literature,film,and creative writingfor the Osher Academy of Lifelong Learningat FIU’s Biscayne Bay campus.
She is listed in Who’s Who in American Education,Who’s Who of AmericanWomen,Who’s Who in America,and Who’s Who in the World.