The world of firearms can be intimidating and confusing for women. Much of the training and resources available to new shooters have been directed toward men and the needs of women are often overlooked.
The Cape has a new organization, TWAW Cape Coral, geared toward mentoring women shooters.
The Well-Armed Woman (TWAW) was founded by Carrie Lightfoot in 2012. It is the premier resource for women gun owners and enthusiasts. Currently, with over 360 chapters and 11,000 members across 49 states, TWAW provides women a safe and comfortable environment to learn about gun ownership, discuss issues surrounding the topic and provides comprehensive training.
The Cape Coral Chapter of TWAW began in October 2017 with Shelia Rosario as the leader and Beth Granger and Sharon Salerno as co-leaders.
Mrs. Rosario learned the basics of shooting from her husband Hector, Ret. Army Sergeant Major, five years ago. She became interested in shooting with other women and sought out a national women’s organization, quickly discovering TWAW. In 2013, she founded the second TWAW chapter in Indiana. In 2014 she became the TWAW State Leader helping mentor new chapter leaders.
Mrs. Rosario is an NRA instructor certified to teach the Basics of Pistol Shooting, Personal Protection in the Home and Home Firearm Safety. She is a TWAW certified instructor, as well as a US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) Instructor and Training Counselor. She is a Refuse to Be a Victim instructor and is an NRA certified Chief Range Safety Officer. Mrs. Rosario enjoys teaching other women the basics of shooting and how to be safe in their homes, workplace and in public.
Co-leaders Beth Granger and Sharon Salerno are NRA certified Range Safety Officers and NRA certified instructors of the Basics of Pistol Shooting.
The Cape Coral Chapter of TWAW meets at Shoot Center, 1122 Delprado Blvd. S, the first Monday of the month from 6 -8:30 pm and the first Tuesday of the month from 12:30- 3 pm. Visitors are invited to attend one meeting. If they chose to become a member, the cost is $50 per year. Interested women can join online at www.twawshootingchapters.org.
The TWAW meetings are more than just range time. They provide a comprehensive program that includes certified instructors, training, practice time, interactive discussion, guest speakers and exclusive events. All meetings are geared toward helping Educate, Equip and Empower women shooters as they endeavor to become their own self-protectors.
Membership in TWAW is recognized at all national chapters allowing members to transfer membership should they move or are traveling.
It is not required to own a firearm or have a concealed carry permit to attend the meetings. Through instruction at the meetings, leaders can provide assistance in helping women select a firearm that is right for them. Shoot Center has a large selection of firearms for women to rent and try out before making the final decision on which firearm to purchase.
Anyone over the age 21 and legally able to purchase a firearm can join the Cape Coral Chapter.
To learn more, visit www.twawshootingchapters.org or contact Shelia Rosario at email@example.com or 317-828-0785.
Ray and Tammy Gallant moved to Cape Coral 13 years ago. Originally from Montana, they had been in Ohio for a year before moving here.
“I married my best friend while he was still in the Navy Reserves,” said Tammy. Ray had already done 16 years of active duty, then finished up the last 5 in the reserves. At his retirement, Ray was the most decorated person in the building!
They came to Florida because Ray was offered a position with CenturyLink where he is an installation and repair technician. Ray helps Tammy as her photography assistant whenever he can. They have 2 daughters and a son, all currently residing in Montana. They also have 3 dogs: two 12-year-old Pomeranian brothers and a female 7-year-old German Shepherd who lives to play ball and frisbee.
Tammy started TS Gallant Photography back in 2004 in Billings, MT. She was regularly published in the Billings Gazette and was also featured in the Sports Car of American and the Yellowstone Region SCCA News.
“My love of cameras comes from my day,” said Tammy. “He bought me my first little 35mm film camera when I was 10.” The love of photography was something they had in common until his death last summer. Tammy always loved photography and after a lot of online encouragement by pros who though her work was good enough, she made the move from hobbyist to professional photographer. She has since been published in several newspapers and magazines around the world.
She now focuses primarily on portraiture, especially children from birth to 18. She offers not only traditional photography, using either natural or studio light, but she also offers compositing, utilizing chromakey technology. With portraiture, Tammy can photograph children, families, engagement sessions, pets, and corporate headshots. As a hobby, she pursues artistic photography, wildlife, and commercial photography.
“I’m hard-pressed to pick just one thing” about Cape Coral that makes it the best place to live, said Tammy. “It’s got everything, rural, urban, businesses around the corner one direction and secluded nature trails around the other. It’s got old-school charm and new age hop. It’s just pretty darned perfect!”
Tammy is a motorcycle enthusiast, owning 3 motorcycle and no cars or trucks. Tammy and Ray ride their motorcycles across the county every year, and do motorcycle charity runs whenever the schedule allows. “I really love working with the Rebel Riders and their missions,” Tammy declared. “They are known for their anti-bullying movement and suicide prevention. I am a strong supporter of any veteran cause.”
Tammy and Ray also do work as “Santa and Mrs. Claus.” (Look at the pictures and you’ll understand why!)
If you need a photographer for any reason, check out TS Gallant Photography online at www.tsgallantphotography.com or call 239-313-1477.
By The Cape Crusader
Well, another year has flown by and our desire to promote “the best-kept secret in Florida” keeps getting stronger. This time last year, CapeStyle Magazine introduced the Cape Coral Map-a-paloosa to rave reviews. But we’re not ones to rest on our laurels, so we’ve revised, added to, expanded on, and otherwise enhanced our ‘suitable for framing’ CapeScape—officially making it not only the newest local tradition but the coolest and fun-est business-boosting promo in The Cape.
Cape Coral is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. New businesses are popping up every month. Who can keep up? This year, lots more shops, companies and services have come together to form the face of their community in this eye-catching collage. The 2018 CapeScape is twice as big, and way more detailed, making it even funner to meander down familiar streets and side-alleys to find those quaint, little gems you’ve heard so much about, wanted to try, but haven’t taken the time to punch them into your GPS.
Now you can easily find that laid-back Tiki bar, that unique boutique, that intimate cafe, charming art gallery, fresh market and exciting new restaurant—like Blu Agave, where they serve up authentic Mexican cuisine. Or Point 57, with its fare & libations geared to the sophisticated palate. An elegant waterfront dining experience may be had at Gather, where good friends get together to eat, drink and chill. At a glance, you’ll mentally bookmark these and other great additions to the Cape’s culinary scene.
This CapeScape is chock-full of all kinds of new places to discover, along with nuggets of helpful info. It’s a visual feast for the eyes, designed to make locals proud of their diverse sub-tropical paradise while giving Snowbirds a quick lay-of-the-land.
But this is only the beginning! Each year, we intend to build and grow right along with our beloved town, adding more facts and detail, identifiable landmarks, colorful facades and memory-making hot-spots. It’s truly the fun-est business-boosting tradition ever! If you didn’t join us this time, there’s always next year!
Pick yours up FREE from any participating shopkeeper, merchant or service provider. And look for me too! The Cape Crusader—pointing the way to truth, justice and of course, the Cape Style.
It’s All About the Sauce!
Although publicized in local newspapers, many people aren’t aware of the rebirth of the Royal Tee Golf Course into the Cape Royal Golf Club, managed by Green Golf Partners. Tyler Arnold is the PGA General Manager & Head Professional.
Residents of the gated Cape Royal community purchased the property and leased it to Green Golf Partners last year, and they began rebuilding the 27-hole course. During that time the clubhouse was redecorated and it was refurbished with a new kitchen. The bar/dining area was changed to a full-service bar and restaurant named The Caloosa Club. It is run by Executive Chef Mark Thomas, Food and Beverage Director.
The Caloosa Club operates with the same goal as the Cape Royal Golf Club: to provide championship service, “A1 Service,” to customers from the time they arrive until the time they depart the property. Club employees strive daily to make all guests feel welcome.
Chef Thomas brings a special mix of education, training and experience to The Caloosa Club. He came to Cape Royal from Lake Jovita Country Club and Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, near Clearwater. He earned his chef’s degree at Florida Culinary Institute where the study of sauces was his specialty. Afterwards, he trained under French and Italian chefs who say, “The sauce is the key to everything.” His career has involved, opening as many as nine restaurants and working for the well-known Veranda Restaurant in Tarpon Springs (1500 seats), formerly the famous Louis Pappas Greek restaurant. Some of the Caloosa Club’s most popular menu items are best-loved recipes from these other restaurants.
The club is one of the few local golf course-connected restaurants in the area that offers an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a kids menu. Selections include gourmet sandwiches, wraps, fancy pasta dishes, super-sized salads, tasty appetizers, soups and full size dinner entrees. Favorites like the 1905 Salad, Philly Cheesesteak, and the classic Reuben are additional choices beyond hamburgers and hot dogs. The most popular entree served is the prime rib dinner.
Menu selections are continuously reviewed by Chef Thomas for variety, and menu specials are developed daily and weekly. The chef also monitors serving sizes offered: he recently added two serving sizes of a Midwest soup named Chicken Booyah which is immensely popular. Food is prepared here from locally grown sources, and each diner’s meal is made to order. The restaurant’s growing popularity is reflected in the fact that it is now serving as many evening dinners as it is lunches.
Chef Thomas, who supervises a restaurant/bar staff of 12-20, also provides catering for community residents and the public at large. He develops special catered menus based on guests, and he plans every event and menu to be unique, whether it is for a ladies luncheon or a men’s golf dinner. The club also offers home delivery of meal orders to Cape Royal community residents. It will prepare orders in 20 minutes for anyone (including golfers) who calls ahead of his arrival.
The Caloosa Club’s fully stocked bar includes a choice of wines and craft beers. It hosts monthly wine tasting events, as well as quarterly beer tasting events. These activities are open to the public.
The Cape Royal Golf Club has experienced significant growth in the few months it has been open. Recently, a new golf league outside the community signed up for weekly games. Local business associations have noticed the positive transformation of the golf club and restaurant, and they are planning future events here. The Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce has selected the club for its annual golf outing here in March.
Recently, a charity golf event was held to benefit the Cape Royal Community Foundation, resulting in $6,000 being raised. The Hawaiian themed menu selected by Chef Thomas was quite different from what golfers might have expected. Chef Thomas stated that hosting these successful charity events is essential for the club’s growth.
More information about The Caloosa Club at 11460 Royal Tee Circle in Cape Coral can be obtained by checking its Facebook page or visiting caperoyalgolfclub.com. It is open 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, and 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. (when service stops) Wednesday through Saturday.
Non-residents going to the Caloosa Club for dinner should arrive at the community before front gates close at 7:00 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and before 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Other questions can be answered by phoning the pro shop at 239/283-5522.
Deborah and Keith have been a couple for 24 years now and they are still going strong. They have 2 sons, Jason (who lives in Chicago) and Michael (a graduate of Cape Coral High School and FGCU with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.) The family is not complete without their shih tzu Samantha, their family mascot.
Deborah and Keith and the family moved to Cape Coral 15 years ago from New Jersey. They started a successful catering business 13 years ago, then almost a year ago opened Personal Touch Banquet & Catering on Santa Barbara Boulevard at the corner of Trafalgar. In New Jersey, they worked with the #1 top rated caterer in the area, and when they relocated here, saw a need in the community.
They are proud to be actively involved in many community organizations and sponsor many community events, including the Chamber of Commerce, Wolfhounds Legacy, Women of Distinction, Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Award, and more.
Personal Touch Banquet & Catering is located at 1530 Santa Barbara Boulevard. It’s a renovated building that is beautifully decorated and available for weddings, memorial services, parties, baby or wedding showers, private meetings, or any other event you may want to celebrate. They are a full service caterer with amazing food and can customize any menu you choose for your event.
Deborah and Keith are proud to live in The Cape, work and own a business in The Cape, and to do everything they can to “keep it in The Cape.”
For additional information, please feel free to stop by and visit Personal Touch Banquet & Catering. You can call them at 239-945-2456 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out their website at personaltouchcateringfl.com
Derrick Driver and his wife Rebecca moved here on July 4th, 2016. They had been planning the move from Connecticut for a couple of years.
Derrick had been working in the same salon in Connecticut for over 17 years. The salon owner was a friend and mentor, along with the reason why Derrick decided to make hair styling his career. The career allowed Derrick the opportunity to travel the country as an educator and platform artist, working with some of the industry giants. But after being behind the chair for 17 years, he had the feeling that the time was right for him to open his own salon.
At the same time as Derrick was making this decision, his in-laws, Joe and Louise Hebert, were considering their options for the future. They were seriously looking at investing in up and coming new businesses in their new home of Cape Coral. After several long distance conversations, Joe and Louise decided to invest in their own family and done by Deroc was born. Done by Deroc studio for hair opened its doors on April 1st of this year.
Derrick’s wife Rebecca is his soulmate and inspiration. They just celebrated their 2 year wedding anniversary in October, but they’ve been together for 6 years. Rebecca is the General Manager at done by Deroc, as well as bartending at City Tavern in Fort Myers.
They have 3 children, Zoe (19) who lives in Fort Myers, and Emory (12) and Riley (13) who still live in Connecticut with their mother. While it was a difficult decision to move away from the two youngest, owning the salon was going to benefit everyone in the long run.
Rebecca and Derrick also have two dogs. Boo Radley is a racing greyhound who never made it to the track because he was too slow! Oliver is a Lab/Pitt mix and is a lovable dog who can sense people who are about to have a seizure and people who need emotional support. Both dogs are rescues, a cause in which both Derrick and Rebecca support. They immediately got involved volunteering with the new Cape Coral Animal Shelter which will be opening next year.
The entire family is very committed to giving back to the community. Louise is the Volunteer Head of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter’s Speakers Bureau and has fostered many dogs through a variety of shelters. Derrick is assisting the animal shelter with their website construction. Done by Deroc is a proud member of the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral, and Louse sits on the Membership Development Committee. And they will be implementing a new program shortly where done by Deroc will contribute to multiple local charities every month. Stay tuned for details on the program!
The best part of living in Cape Coral? It has to be the people! “So many smiling faces, eager to help, and so courteous. It has been a joy getting to know them more and more as my business grows,” says Derrick.
Stop by and visit done by Deroc studio for hair at 840 Lafayette Street in South Cape, or call 239-230-1124 or visit www.donebyderoc.com