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Polly Wilkie

 


Polly Wilkie retired as V. President of Community Bank of Broward, and she has been running Prestige for fifteen years.  Her dream was to make Prestige so well known that even after she is gone it will continue.  


Prestige Club is a not for profit 501c (3) organization, established in 1996.  Its purpose is to encompass a networking group of business leaders and help promote their services and skills to the community while at the same time organizing various fundraising, charity, and educational events towards the advancement of people less fortunate. Prestige is an organization that offers love, compassion, support, and assistance to families and children in need. At the present time, Prestige sponsors over twenty-one different non-profit organizations in Broward County that assists towards the growth and development of our society.


Mrs. Wilkie at age seventy five has accomplished twenty one projects this last year and will probably by pass that for 2012.   Below are a few of her accomplishments.


Accomplishments:
•    Book Author:  “The Flight of the Parrot.”
•    2012 - Founder of the Renaissance Ball– An Awards Ceremony that recognizes individuals in the community for their Outstanding Dedication and Service to the Communities of South Florida
•    2012 Founder of Hoot Camp
•    2011 Humanitarian Award from Nova Southeastern University
•    2009 Founder of the 100 Outstanding Women in Broward County benefiting the Boys & Girls Club
•    Recipient of the Presidential Award
•    Recipient of the Governor’s Award
•    Recipient of the Humanitarian of the year award for the EASE Foundation
•    Rick Case Honda Golf Tournament – 8th Year
•    2006 President’s Award for Volunteerism
•    2006 Governor’s Point of Light Award
•    2005 Angel Award from the Boys & Girls Club
•    2005 Sun Sentinel Newspaper – Person of the Year Award
•    2003 Featured in the Sun Sentinel:  “Putting Prestige to Work for Others
•    First Women Chairman of the Miramar & Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce for three (3) consecutive years
•    First Chairwomen of Crime Stoppers of Broward County for three (3) years
•    Advisory Board Member of Crime Stoppers of Broward County since inception
•    International Chairperson Award  for Crime Stoppers
•    Former President of the Deerfield Beach Chamber of  Commerce
•    Commissioner of Volunteers for The Boys & Girls Club
•    Board Member of The Boys & Girls Club
•    Board Member of the Light of the World Clinic
•    Former Board Member of the Davie & Cooper City Chamber of Commerce
•    Former Board Member of the E.A.S.E Foundation


Non-Profit Organizations affiliated with The Prestige Club:
    A Child Is Missing – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    A Place Called Hope – Cooper City, Florida
    Angel’s Pediatric Heart House – Plantation, Florida
    Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    Children’s Harbor – Pembroke Pines, Florida
    Take Stock in Children, Miami, Florida
    E.A.S.E. Foundation, Davie, Florida
    Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, Inc. – Weston, Florida
    HOPE  Outreach Center, Inc. -  Davie, Florida
    Liberia Economic & Social Development, Inc.  – Hollywood, Florida
    Light of the World Clinic – Oakland Park, Florida
    Miramar Police Athletic League (PAL)
    Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation
    Schott Communities for Persons who are Deaf or Disabled
    Starlight Children’s Foundation – Lauderhill, Florida
    Susan B. Anthony Recover Center, Pembroke Pines, Florida
    Women in Distress, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    YouthPower Movement – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida  

 

Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?  Helping over 5,000 kids a year assisting 28 agencies for a day of fun at a picnic so that the kids can forget all their problems.

What do you enjoy the most about your work?  Helping others

Do you have a mentor; someone who has been there to guide you or consult with you when you needed their input?   NO

What program with your organization do you get the most excited about?  All of them

How did you determine which charitable organizations you would support?  I started my own:  Prestige


What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?  Be able to communication my passion

What is your greatest challenge at this time?  Money


What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?  To show love to everyone

How do you relax?  Planning another fundraiser

 What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?  Money  

If you found a treasure chest – and you could keep it, what would you want to be in it?   Money for children

How can we reach out to other people in the world?  Compassion

Is there a fond childhood memory you can share with us?  NO!

When you were a little girl, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?  I did not want to be hungry any more

What is your vision and hope for the future?  Go to heaven

What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing in this country today?
People do not know how to read  

How do you want to be remembered by future generations?  A person with compassion for animals and children

Who is the most interesting person you have ever met?  Governor Jeb Bush

What word best describes your life right now?  Busy

What charitable organizations are you involved with at this time?  The Prestige Club, Boys & Girls Club, Light of the World Clinic

Is there a non-profit event you really look forward to attending each year?  Prestige Gala & Ranch Roam

What is your proudest achievement?
Founding of Prestige Club, being a humanitarian, the creation of the Nova Southeastern University Scholarship.

What is your fondest childhood memory?  None


What is something your parents taught you that you will never forget?  Nothing

If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title of it be?  Flight of the parrott

Who is your hero?  Bishop Dwayne Swilley

What is your idea of a perfect vacation?  Costa Rica and/or Vegas

What’s been the key to the success and growth of ----------?  My dedication and compassion


How do you stay so motivated and committed?  Passion

When does someone know when it’s time to move on?  When it does not work

What are your favorite leisure time activities or hobbies?    Fundraising

What is your favorite sport?  Basketball

Do you feel women have made progress in their quest to be treated fairly and equally in the workplace?  Yes, but it still needs work

How does the “seasoned” woman compete in a marketplace that is focused on looking and being young?  I think the day I wrote my book

You are evidently a very capable and talented woman/man, what other talent do you wish you had been born with?   Singing and dancing
 
What is the best book you have ever read?  Daniel Steele books

What’s the best movie you have ever seen?  Gone with the Wind & the Magnificient Obsession


What three things are always in your refrigerator?  Eggs, cheese & salad

What is your most treasured possession?  My Dog

What is your greatest indulgence?  Buying clothes for needy children

What is your favorite store for clothes shopping?  Dillards

What magazine do you look forward to reading each week/month?  Lifestyle Magazine & Think

What is your favorite restaurant?  La Brochetta & Vienna Cafe

What will we find you doing on a Saturday night?  Going to fundraising events

What is your favorite room in your house?  Family room

If your house was up for sale, and a potential buyer did a walk through, what would your home say about you? That I am happy & love colors

What is your pet peeve?  People who do not tell the truth, and are mean to kids or animals

What can make you laugh?   Anything

What can make you cry?  Everything

What is your greatest strength?   Putting people together to try to make a difference

What is your greatest weakness?  Children & Animals

What are you most disciplined about?  A drive and passion for the success of the Prestige Club

If there were a movie being made about your life, what actor/actress would best play you?  Sandra Bullock

What is something you have learned from a pet?  Unconditional love

If you were going to be on a Space Shuttle for about a year, what one item would you have to take with you?  My dog

What is your favorite snack?   Ice cream

What is your favorite Ice Cream flavor?     Ginger

What is your biggest fear?   Dying and not completing my bucket list

What do you like the most about yourself?   I help others

What’s in the future for -----? Making The Prestige Club HUGE so it goes on and on after I pass!

What would you still like to learn how to do?  Dance

What do you have to say to all the young women/men out there ready to take on the future?    Always be compassionate and always remember where you came from
 
How do we get our young people more interested in charitable giving and community volunteering?   I think it needs to start at a very young age.  You have to teach kids how to give back to the community and how to fundraise.

How do you want to be remembered by future generations?  Helping Children

What would you like to see happen in our world, let’s say, five years from now?  No hunger, no violence and nobody suffering

What is the greatest problem we are facing in this country today?  Greed
 

What can we personally do to make things better for future generations?  Show a little more compassion and love

Polly, I am honored to have you on my website feature "Have You Met!
Ginny Fujino - Blacktie-Southflorida
16-Apr-12