“Meet & Greet Week in Donnelly Park."  One of our priorities since earlier this year is to make sure we are not planning any social events that would put anyone in danger during this pandemic.  We want to continue with this strategy and offer a safe and outside Meet & Greet opportunity.  Triangle will offer three options below and ask that you select a day and time to attend and join us at Donnelly Park (near corner of 5th and Donnelly streets and within view of the park fountain in downtown Mt. Dora).  For each event we are asking you to bring your own chair, mask, meal, and beverage.  We’ll wear our masks until we sit down and eat.  Here are the options on when you can join your friends:

·        Sunday, Nov 1st at 1:30 p.m.

·     Monday, Nov 2nd at Noon

·     Tuesday – we'll skip due to election

·     Wednesday, Nov 4th at 4 p.m.

We realize not everyone may feel comfortable yet meeting in a large setting and that’s completely understandable.  We want to provide this as an option and we are hoping that by having three separate days/times friends that can attend that the crowds will be manageable, and also it will be enjoyable to come together to socialize again.  If rain occurs we will have to skip and hope for sunshine on the other two days. 


Oct.  24th Lake Cares Non-Perishable Items Drop-off.   On Saturday, October 24th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. we will collect non-perishable items for Lake Cares.  This time we will meet on Ruby Street in downtown Tavares.  Directions:  If you go to the Ruby Street side of the restaurant Ruby Street Grille (221 E. Ruby Street, Tavares) and look for the giant Adirondack chair, you will see TC people waiting to collect your non-perishable items.  Please wear your mask and maintain social distance.  That same day, we will also deliver all the Triangle Connection donations to the Lake Cares office.  Thank you for the last two successful food drives and we hope to see you on October 24th

The William A. "Bill" Sievert Scholarship Fund So far this year we have raised about $1,300 for the scholarship fund.  To donate, please make your check payable to “William A. Sievert Scholarship Fund” and mail to Triangle Connection, P.O. Box 382, Mt. Dora, FL 32757.  While we have funds to manage the scholarship fund through 2021, we will need to bring in additional scholarship income to sustain long-term.



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Weekly Social and Entertainment Opportunities in the Area

Note for the time being all of the belowTC physical activities and events are delayed until after we get past this pandemic.  Your health and safety are our primary concern right now.  

Events on hold are as follows:

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:
 
Slightly Revised Mission Statement  "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."  

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

Triangle Connection Board of Director Team ChangesYour TC board of directors continues to meet monthly. To support social distancing, the team meets via a telephone conference line to conduct business while being safe. Two of our board members have decided to retire from the TC board. Shannon King was a board member for four years. We appreciate his commitment, wisdom, and great approach to business. Shannon felt it was time to rotate off to let others serve. We will also miss Chuck LeSage who has most recently served as the board’s official Secretary. Along with Shannon, Chuck helped us develop and expand our mission statement and was a great team player. We appreciate Shannon and Chuck’s service to the Triangle Connection community. When people join our board team we realize it’s not a permanent commitment and eventually they will feel it’s time to rotate off and let others carry on the work. To help TC expand our work by bringing in new people, we are announcing three new board members and one advisor to the team, as follows:
* Darla Adams became involved in TC around the time the pandemic began but didn’t let physical distancing stop her from volunteering. She contacted TC via FB PM and volunteered to help people register to vote and provides 2-3 post suggestions per week for our FB page.  A native of upstate New York, Darla is the proud mom of an adult trans son and lives in the area with her husband Bert.
* Tom Harry is already a community volunteer, serving on the Central Florida HIV Planning Council that supports Lake County and surrounding areas. He has been very active in TC for over one year and loves our community and mission. Tom is a retired psychiatrist and a native of Jacksonville. He resides in the Country Club of Mt Dora. 
* Edmund Mach has been a TC friend for several years and many of you already know him from Meet & Greets and Friday night cocktails at Pisces. He is a realtor supporting Seminole, Orange, and Lake County customers and brings his great approaches to business and people to our board team. Born in Miami, Edmund spent his childhood in Miami and San Diego before he started a 20 year flying career and before becoming a realtor.  has been organizing and planning events in Mt Dora for a while. He was part of the group that helped bring Drag Queen Bingo to Mt Dora which was followed by a younger LGBTQ+ population and an organizer of the BLM peaceful march earlier this year.
* Henry Ollendick is co-owner or the Papilio shop in Mt Dora and a leader among the downtown merchant group. With his desires for inclusion, we are excited he will help as a board advisor. Henry is a native of Panama and lived in Key West before relocating to Mt Dora a few years ago.