All Physical Meet & Greets and Other Events PostponedDue to the impacts of COVID-19 and Triangle Connection encouraging everyone to follow CDC social distancing recommendations, we have cancelled all physical events until further notice.  We are already working a Tea Dance 2 for late 2020 and hopefully we'll be able to resume functions sooner.  Please continue to check back here for updates.



Virtual/Chat Cocktail Party Fridays at 5'ishPlease join us by going to the Triangle Connection FB page and looking for the Triangle Connection Friends Chat icon (near the top of the screen-look for the blue/green icon with people) and this will take you to the TC Friends Chat page.  At the top of the page on Friday afternoons, look for the martini glass and join the party.  Pour yourself a refreshing drink first and join the party.  Cheers!  











William"Bill" A. Sievert Memorial Scholarship Recipient for 2020 Announced:  Katherine KozlowskiKatherine will receive a $3,000 scholarship as she heads off to attend college in Tampa at the University of South Florida in the fall.  She aspires to major in Environmental Policy and is very passionate about helping the environment.  To quote Katherine, “My ultimate goal is to become a Chief Officer of Sustainability, a relatively new career that involves making a corporation as environmentally friendly as possible without taking too much away from its profit.  I hope to work in a private sector for a company like Exxon Mobil, which is the #1 company that emits the most CO2 into the air.  I don't think capitalism is going away anytime soon, so I've decided to work with the system and try to reduce carbon emissions that way.”  Katherine was also the founder of the Gender and Sexualities club at her school and volunteers at the Faith Neighborhood Center.  Her goal is to make a difference, and we are happy to support her in her future endeavors. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the William A. Sievert Memorial Scholarship.  Your contributions are building the future of our country. The William A. Sievert Memorial Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor the late William "Bill" A. Sievert.  Bill was among the pioneers who helped establish and lead Triangle Connection.  The scholarship is administered by the Triangle Connection through the auspices of The Mount Dora Community Trust.  Katherine is the fifth recipient to be awarded a scholarship.Triangle wants to thank the 2020 selection committee:  Sunny Beseler and Roy Seven.  Discovering Katherine during the pandemic, reviewing her application, interviewing, and making a final decision are the responsibilities of the committee. With schools closed due to the pandemic, Sunny and Roy did not let roadblocks prevent them from discovering Katherine and selecting her as our 2020 recipient.  Congratulations again to Katherine.



















   https://calendar.google.com/event?action=TEMPLATE&tmeid=MGpxM2g0aDdxdHQ2c2RuNmdna2oya3R0bHYgZG1scGxvcjQ4ZzRlZ2o4b2w2Zm10ZzhpNThAZw&tmsrc=dmlplor48g4egj8ol6fmtg8i58%40group.calendar.google.com



Weekly Social and Entertainment Opportunities in the Area

Note for the time being all TC activities and events are delayed until after we get past this pandemic.  Your health and safety is our primary concern right now.  Please be safe.


Pisces Rising is the location for weekly Friday cocktails, starting around 5:30 p.m. - 239 W 4th Ave, Mt Dora. This tradition of gathering at Pisces on Fridays has been going on 14+ years. 

Two weekly breakfast groups look forward to welcoming you as follows:

 * Lake House is the place on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. - 315 N. Highland St, Mt Dora.

 * Geronimo's is the place on Thursdays 8 a.m. - 359 E. Burleigh Blvd, Tavares.

Serendipity hosts Drag Queen Bingo weekly on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. - 144 W 5th Ave, Mt Dora. Call Serendipity at 352-729-2213 to reserve your table. "Big Mama" is always ready for show biz on Wednesdays.

Mt. Dora Plaza Live continues to feature some great LGBTQ+ shows.  For more details see their website:  https://www.mountdoraplazalive.com/
 
Also check out our friends at Rainbow Family & Friends in The Villages for their activities and initiativesOur sister organization is just down the road a few miles NW of where most of us live. Their Thursday evening event at Bonifay is incredible. More details at  http://www.rainbowfamilyvillagesfl.com/





Other TC News:
 
The William A. Sievert Scholarship100% of the donations collected for the scholarship fund go to the students.  100%.  We make this happen with the Triangle Connection organization paying all administrative fees.  For example, when you buy raffle tickets at Meet & Greets (and any other donations to TC), that money is part of  TC operating budget and about 20% of the funds annually are used to pay the administrative costs to manage the William A. Sievert Scholarship enabling all donations to scholarship to go directly to the well deserving students.  Donations:  Please make your check payable to William A. Sievert Scholarship Fund and mail to Triangle Connection, P.O. Box 382, Mt. Dora, FL 32757.  
Lake Cares needs are greater than ever.  With TC having to cancel Meet & Greets, with the M&Gs being a major way to collect donations, and with this crisis facing our community...the needs for Lake Cares donation are greater than ever. You can drop off your donations to their office located at 2001 W. Old U.S. Hwy 441 in Mt. Dora on Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays from 9am-noon. Ruthie, their marketing manager, says items particularly needed right now are PB&J, Canned Chili, Canned Soup, Rice, Cereal, Kid-Friendly Foods, Mac & Cheese, Pastas and Sauces, Canned Beans including Kidney & Pinto & Black Beans, Canned Tuna & Other Canned Meats, Canned Fruits & Vegetables. Note: As of April 25 we hear peanut butter is very well stocked so if you want to make donations see the above list excluding PB.  You can also make donations on-line at LakeCares.org. Next month we may come up with other ways to collect your donations, but for March and early April, please feel free to drop off your donations to their office. Again, the needs are greater than ever right now. 
Slightly Revised Mission Statement Recently the Board of Directors of Triangle Connection made a few tweaks to our Mission Statement.  We heard feedback from our TC friends that we needed to adjust our Mission to ensure we are truly working to be more inclusive.  The revised statement reads as follows:  "The Triangle Connection is a non-profit organization which offers social and service opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community. We are focused on creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for people of all sexual orientations and genders who live, love, work, play and visit Lake County's Golden Triangle neighborhoods of Mount Dora, Eustis, and Tavares, Florida and surrounding areas." 
OBITUARY OF PHILIP STEPHEN TOMARCHIO
       Philip Stephen Tomarchio, a resident of Mount Dora, Florida, passed away on June 15th, 2020, at age 79 after a short illness.  Philip was predeceased by his spouse Kevin H. Barnicle, his mother Josephine E. Tomarchio (nee Fusco),and his father Stephen Tomarchio.  Surviving are his brother Charles M. Tomarchio and his wife Mary Lynn (nee Ealey); nieces Stephanie Jo Tomarchio-Teague (Samuel), Christina M. Tomarchio-Manning (Eddie) and nephew Brian C. Tomarchio.  Also surviving is his dearest friend Judy Walcott (akin to a daughter), grandnieces Monica Carmen Tomarchio and Michelina Ann Sanders, grandnephew Skylar Charles Dixon and his wife Sabrina (nee Falcone), stepsister Tilda Rizzo (nee Testa) (Frank) and stepbrother Cosmo Testa (Gerri).
       Philip served over 50 years in nursing. During his nursing career Philip obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and served as a nurse leader at various medical institutions in the Boston, Massachusetts area.  Philip had LPN licensure and then obtained his Registered Nurses Degree at Emerson College in Boston.  Philip got involved in a theater company in Boston.  He directed/staged, and ran lights.  He met Andy Graham an R.N. who was organizing a neighborhood drop-in center for the mentally ill people who were discharged from inpatient units to half-way houses.  Philip’s organizational skills helped increase the number of patients seen.  The center was called a Day Hospital where meds were administered, lunch was given and group meetings were set up to try to meet the patients’ needs.  Social Workers would establish groups to help patients improve their social skills.  Philip also nudged the Social Worker staff to find housing for patients that were living independently.  One of the many ideas that Philip initiated was to use the program as a training ground for nursing students and social workers training placement at the Day Hospital, all of which helped the patients and lightened the patient load of the RN’s and LPN.
       Philip was an early supporter and friend of The Triangle Connection, a non-profit organization which offers social and service opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community.  This organization is focused on creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for people of all sexual orientations and genders who live, love, work, play and visit Lake County’s Golden Triangle neighborhoods of Mount Dora, Eustis, and Tavares, Florida and surrounding areas.
       In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Philip’s memory to Lake Cares Food Pantry, 2001 West Old Highway 441, Suite #1, Mount Dora, Florida, 32757, or at http://www.lakecares.org.
       A celebration of life will be held at a future date in Florida.




















Lake County Pride 2020:  Due to NOVID 19 and to ensure safety, the 2020 event has been postponed until 2021.  Please visit this group's official website for more information at

Having trouble getting registered to voteDarla Adams is a new TC friend and wants to help people vote in November by registering now.  Please contact Darla at daloo915@gmail.com