EVENTS

VENICE HERITAGE ANNUAL DINNER 

Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Venice Yacht Club 1330 Tarpon Center Drive

Tickets are $60 per person and may be purchased right here on our website (with only a $2 per ticket handling fee) or by sending a check payable to:
Venice Heritage, P.O. Box 1190, Venice, Florida 34284-1190.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER Monday, May 14, 2018
Proceeds will be used to complete restoration of the Lord-Higel House.

Our Speaker will be Jim Clinch 

Jim Clinch moved to Venice with his parents in 1967 and is a graduate of Venice Elementary, Venice Junior High and Venice High. After college in St Augustine, Florida, Jim and his wife Bobbie lived in Gainesville, Williamsburg, Virginia, back to Venice in the late 1980s and then Michigan and Indiana. The Clinches returned to Venice with their young children in 1995. He is a life member and past president of the Sertoma Club of Venice, past board chairman of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, and has volunteered on numerous other non-profit boards over the years.

Clinch is an insurance agent with Roberts Insurance Group and has written two humorous novels inspired by the loveable (and sometimes not so loveable) kooks that live in and migrate to the Sunshine State. He loves his wife and family, kids, boating, fishing, fried seafood, the Venice Indians, good music, travel, college football and performing for local non-profits with his band the Cry’n Shames. He most definitely does not love rude people, selfishness, kale, pretentiousness in any form, most tourists, personal injury attorneys on TV, noisy jet skis, prescription drug commercials, chain restaurants and Kanye West.

His novels Canterbury's Tale and Pink Gin Rickey are available on Amazon and Kindle. The main character is a socially selective, emotionally damaged misanthrope solving mysteries in a Florida beach town. Jim is quick to point out that any resemblance between his beach bum protagonist, Canterbury Garfield, and himself is purely coincidental.

Jim's short stories and flash fiction have appeared in various e-zines including Linguistic Erosion and Bradburyesque Quarterly. Jim holds a B.A. in English from Flagler College, a Master of Arts in Business Management from Nazareth College, and a PhGED in Quirkology from the Snake Island Polytechnic Institute. Quirkology, in case you are unaware, is the study of any human behavior that elicits an involuntary eye-roll from an impartial observer. In this age of presidential tweets, pussy hats, bump-stocks, snowflakes, Russian spies and fake news, Quirkology is a wide open field of study.

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