The seven luncheons are a mini immersion class about the Venice area, designed to be a scaled down, summary version of the Leadership Venice program.
VENICE — The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce will roll out “Focus on Venice,” a mini Leadership Venice course that will be covered in a series of monthly luncheon talks from January through March. Final registration is Jan. 3
“It’s an abbreviated version of what you do in Leadership Venice, for people who can’t commit to one day a month,” chamber spokeswoman Erin Lilly said.
Leadership classes such as Leadership Venice require that whole-day commitment, as participants learn more about the greater Venice community and take direct field trips to a variety of locations.
Classes also contribute some sort of class project at the end of their term.
Chamber President & CEO Kathy Lehner noted in a prepared statement that the inaugural class created a “Venice Quest,” a scavenger hunt app that is available through scavify.com that offers locals and tourists a way to get to know the city of Venice.
In addition to that, a large shark’s tooth sculpture has been installed at the back entrance of the chamber offices, which are located at 597 Tamiami Trail South, to both create an area for photo opportunities and to reinforce the notion that Venice is considered to be the shark tooth capital of the world.
Focus on Venice, which will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber building on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in January and February, and the second, fourth and fifth Tuesday in March, gives attendees a sense of what the city offers.
The first class on Jan. 14 will be an orientation, while the Jan. 28 class will cover history.
The two February classes are dedicated to medical care and law enforcement, respectively.
In March, the three classes are government, arts and culture and a wrapup.
Speakers for each day have not yet been released.
“They’re catering it a little toward retirees and people who just moved here, but anyone is welcome to come,” Lillly said.
The luncheon program is similar to one offered by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
Registration is available online at venicechamber.com/focusonvenice.
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