Fifth Friday lunch offers summer safety advice
by Matt Shinall
May 30, 2013 | 513 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This month an extra Friday means members of the Bartow Business and Contractors Connection will host a networking lunch for area professionals, but this Fifth Friday Luncheon will be different. Organizers are opening the event to anyone interested in learning more about keeping their families safe this summer.

The BBCC will host Bart Mitcham, owner of Action Training Academy, to share a lunchtime presentation about how guests can keep themselves and their families safe.

“One of the things we try to do at the Bartow Business and Contractors Connection is, on a quarterly basis, come up with a program that would benefit all the members of the community and not just those of our group,” said BBCC co-founder Parnick Jennings. “Mr. Mitcham comes highly regarded having written books and is really world renown on his ability to help people enhance their safety.

“There are some things he has mentioned that I had not even thought about. That’s why we’ve opened it up to anyone in the community, because I think it could be beneficial. One of the things he will be able to share with us is about young people that are going off to college. ... This will include some information we can pass along to our children or grandchildren that are going off to college for the first time and how to be safe in an environment they’re not used to.”

Many of the areas Mitcham will discuss focus on another situation placing people in unfamiliar surroundings — summer vacation. From how to choose a hotel to tips on booking a flight, Mitcham will share information about preventing the unforeseen on family vacation.

“We’re coming up on summer vacation time,” Mitcham said. “This time of year, where’s the most likely place for people to get hurt or in trouble? That’s traveling, because they’re in strange locations. You know what the bad areas are around this area, but let’s say you go to Tampa, you may not know where the bad parts of town are. We’ll tell you what to look for when picking your hotel and motel, where to park in parking garages, that kind of stuff.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, you can get something out of this class that you will be able to use this week.”

Mitcham has written several books on safety and private investigation, including ‘How To Be A Real Life Action Hero.’ He will be teaching lessons from this book at Friday’s luncheon and after the presentation, one guest will be given a copy.

BBCC co-founder Jessica Fleetwood also is in the security field as owner of Fleetwood Security. She hopes guests will attend Friday’s luncheon in order to protect their families and their belongings, including the home while families are out of town.

“This will offer people a chance to learn about personal safety, maybe things that they aren’t quite aware of when they’re going somewhere and how to keep themselves safe,” Fleetwood said. “Things like putting out on social media that you’re on vacation and not at home. It may not be your friend, but it could be a friend of a friend of a friend that sees that as an opportunity.”

The BBCC was founded to provide a free networking resource for area professionals. There is no charge to attend the Fifth Friday Luncheon, but a buffet lunch provided by the Cartersville Country Club is $15. To RSVP, contact Trish Abernathy at 770-382-4882.