Sophisticated Gents of Florida

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 The New Normal?

While the nation tries to shake itself free from a natural crisis which has claimed in excess of 150,000 lives, we will have to come to grips with the realization that until we have a vaccine for Covid-19; we are going to have to learn how to live in a new “Normal”. That means people of color, because of our socio-economic situation, will have to be especially careful if we want not to fall ill to this virus. A crowd lingered after the memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Thursday.So now, in addition to Covid-19, we are still grappling with that same old, four hundred year old problem of racism. “We” know its ALWAYS been there. Its been cleaned-up, polished-up, and "lurking"in the “Down Low”; but we knew! When other folk talk about having “That Talk” with their sons; “That Talk” takes on a whole new dimension with "Our Folk”. True, video has, indeed, been somewhat of a “Game Changer”. But even with video, equal treatment is still not a “Slam Dunk” for us. I absolutely hate the “rioting", "burning", and destruction of other people’s property that  went on. It pained me to see a Black business owner, with tears running down his cheeks, watch his life savings go up in flames! That ,by the way, could be said for ANY business owner! While we may live in the Villages or comparable nearby communities, we know that we are not that far removed from "those" neighborhoods. Most of us were raised in "those" neighborhoods! The great separator for everyone is education; and here again access is unequal.   Education is the key to a truly "New Normal".

                                   THIS IS WHY WE PAY IT FORWARD WITH OUR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM...


We Care- AL Jenkins-President       

              




THE GENTS ORGANIZED A TREMENDOUS ANTI-RACISM VIGIL HELD JUNE 12TH AT LAKE SUMTER LANDING!

A DIVERSE representation of residents from the community along with members from:The Sophisticated Gents,The African American Club,The Spanish American Club and the Villages Rotary Clubs held a vigil at Sumter Landing within the Villages. Approximately 400 were in attendance. blacklivesmatter.co                   

         Systemic Racism Video Part One

        Systemic Racism Video Part Two

   


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2020 Friendship Golf Tournament 

It is with deep regret to inform you that this year’s Friendship Golf Tournament scheduled for November 7, 2020 is cancelled due to concerns surrounding the worldwide pandemic and the effects of COVID – 19. The Sophisticated Gents of Florida and our partner organization TAAC includes an age group determined to be most vulnerable to the ravages of the corona virus. This and the ever-increasing cases within the state of Florida prompted the Friendship Golf Tournament Leadership Team and the executive boards of the two organizations to err on the side of caution and forego holding this year’s tournament.

I know many of you have looked forward to participating in this annual event, but keep in mind the tournament is but one piece of an over-arching scholarship fund-raising initiative. The pandemic has presented us some new challenges. However, we are fully committed to move forward with our fund-raising drive to support scholarships for the local area high school graduating class of 2021. We aim to do so by utilizing traditional means of outreach to club members and business owners who have supported the tournament in the past, and by leveraging the advantages of social media.

Although the tournament will not occur as scheduled, let us not forget that our primary focus should be to provide a means by which our local high school graduates can live out their dreams of pursuing higher education. Through the grace of the Almighty and your financial contribution, we can achieve that goal.


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There is NO amount too small or too large to contribute. Please donate on either this or our Facebook Site above today! The donation button is below.


Allen C Jenkins, President



CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS  REFLECTING A BROAD RACIAL AND ETHNIC SPECTRUM  EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR  OUR ANTI -RACISM VIGIL...

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  • 09/15/2020 10:52 AM | Dan Dildy (Administrator)

    Note: In the interest of helping everyone staying safe from COVID-19, below is useful information from Johns Hopkins Hospital. They provided much of the information earlier during the pandemic. In an abundance of caution, they wanted to reinforce the need to continue to protect ourselves and others.

     

    From Johns Hopkins Hospital

     

    The COVID-19  virus is not a living organism. It is a protein molecule (RNA or DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular (eyes), nasal (nose) or buccal mucosa (mouth), changes their genetic code (mutates) and converts into aggressor and multiplier cells.

     

    -- Since the virus is not a living organism, but is a protein molecule, it cannot be killed.  It has to decay on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

     

    -- The COVID-19 virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat and that is the reason why soap or detergent is the best weapon. The foam CUTS THE FAT (that is why you have to scrub for 20 seconds or more, to create lots of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down.

     

    -- Heat melts fat; this is why it is necessary to use water above 77F degrees for hand washing, laundry and cleaning surfaces. In addition, hot water makes more foam, making it more effective.

     

    -- Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ALL FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

     

    -- Any solution with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the inside.

     

    -- Oxygenated water increases the effectiveness of soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein.  However, because you have to use it in its pure form, it can damage your skin.

     

    -- NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC WILL WORK because the virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.

     

    -- The virus molecules remain very stable at colder temperatures, including air conditioning in houses and cars. They also need moisture and darkness to stay stable. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade the virus faster.

     

    -- UV LIGHT on any object that may contain the virus breaks down the protein.  Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.

     

    -- The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

     

    -- Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

     

    -- NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is only 40% alcohol, and you need a minimum of 65%.

     

    -- The more confined the space, the higher the concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

     

    -- You have to wash your hands before and after touching any commonly used surfaces such as: mucosa (mouth area) , food, locks, knobs, switches, remotes, cell phones, watches, computers, desks, etc. and don't forget when you use the bathroom.

     

    -- You have to MOISTURIZE YOUR HANDS due to frequent washing.  Dry hands have cracks and the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.

     

    -- Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.


  • 09/10/2020 3:21 PM | Dan Dildy (Administrator)

    If you are a member of the Sophisticated Gents of Florida and are reading this, YOU are in luck! Due to the isolation required to remain safe from COVID, we are especially concerned because WE CARE about you and want to know that you and your family are safe! 

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    So, in that regard, your Executive Board has undertaken an initiative that offers a new and additional method of communicating with you.  We know that 87% of us read our TEXT messages quickly, while it may be days, or weeks in some cases, before 60% of us bother to check our emails. 

    Here's what you need to do to help us, help you:

    1. Go to our website: www.sophisticatedgentsfl.org
    2. Click on the man-like icon to log in. 
    3. If you forgot your password, click on the 'forgot password' button to request a new one.
    4. After signing in, highlight the 'View Profile' link.
    5. Your information will appear. This is where you can review your file to make any necessary changes.
    6. If your cell phone number is accurate, you are finished. Thank you.
    7. If you don't have a cell phone number, please insert a cell number of your spouse, grandkids, girlfriend, or whoever else you trust to get your messages.  IMPORTANT: Text messages can only be sent through a cell phone, a land line won't do!

    See the source imageWe will be 'texting' you from time to time on your cell phone to notify you of important information about your club, as well as making sure you and your family are safe during these difficult times. Remember, WE CARE!



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  • 08/24/2020 7:58 PM | Dan Dildy (Administrator)

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  • 08/24/2020 7:23 PM | Dan Dildy (Administrator)

    "I just felt the good cholesterol kick the bad cholesterol."

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  • 08/24/2020 3:44 PM | Dan Dildy (Administrator)

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