Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Association of Veterans and Military Supporters
Serving Our Community
Operation Thanksgiving 2019 means our Del Webb Association of Veterans and Military Supporters is once again providing a gift of thanks to military families in need at MacDill Airforce Base.
If you want to sponsor a Thanksgiving Box for a military family, you can sign up in the WiFi Café at the Oasis from Monday, October 14th to Friday, October 18th. On these days, AVMS volunteers will be available from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm to provide details.
From your $50 donation, a military family in need will receive a decorated box. Each box contains Thanksgiving food along with vouchers for a turkey and pie. Additionally, each $50 sponsor is invited to participate in the November 24th Packing Party. There, you will pack your box and take part in a special holiday celebration. Learn more »»
FUN FACT: AVMS membership now stands at 156 members. That is a 61% increase since January 1, 2019. Come help us serve our community – Join Now »»|
AVMS Upcoming Events
SAVE THE DATE: November 10, 2019
SAVE THE DATE: November 24, 2019 at 1:00pm
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Member of the Quarter: Christopher DiBiase
A.V.M.S is proud to recognize Christopher DiBiase as our next Member of the Quarter.
Chris and his wife Kristin moved to Del Webb in February 2018. “It’s one of the best decisions we ever made,” says Chris, “Del Webb Lakewood Ranch and its residents are fun, active, involved, and care for each other. Although I’m not a veteran, I am a strong supporter of a service-oriented group like AVMS that helps its community in so many ways.”
If you’re up early in the morning, chances are you’ll see Chris out on the road for his morning run. Or, maybe you’ll see him on his bike solo or with the Del Webb Wheelers bike group Sunday mornings. And, for good measure, the pickleball courts beckon on some Saturday mornings. “I’m not retired yet,” Chris laments, “but I love playing with the other Del Webb players on Saturday mornings. They’re very supportive as I pick up on the sport. I started out playing awful, now I’m just bad, but striving to be mediocre.”
Chris received his undergraduate degree in Communications: Public Relations from Rowan University (previously known as Glassboro State College by those of you from up north).
Chris grew up in southern New Jersey in a town called Delran. He’s a long-suffering Philadelphia sports team fan. “Philadelphia sports team championships are like Halley’s Comet – they only come around about every 30 years. I’ve been fortunate to witness a couple of these rarities in my lifetime.”
After college, he worked for 8 years in sales with Neopost, and then with Pitney Bowes. But, after the churn of office product sales, he was able to pivot into the healthcare arena. Chris started in critical care product sales with B. Braun Medical Inc. in 1990. Due to rapid corporate growth, after 3 years in Sales, Chris was promoted into Marketing at the company’s Bethlehem, PA U.S. headquarters. As a result, Chris and his family moved to Pennsylvania while he worked as Director of Marketing for Pain Control products. In 2007, Chris and Kristin decided to re-locate to central Florida, moving to Winter Garden (near Orlando). The move dictated that Chris transition from Marketing back to Sales. He is currently a Critical Care Region Manager leading a team of 6 Critical Care Specialists serving the Southeast Region.
The Path to Lakewood Ranch
“We were on the brink of empty-nesting when Kristin and I looked at each other in 2017 and said ‘Time to downsize’ and find our dream home,” said Chris, “We knew about Lakewood Ranch already because my in-laws lived there for several years. We always liked the area – especially its proximity to Siesta Key Beach – and signed on the dotted line for Del Webb on our first visit.”
AVMS Website Webmaster
“One of the skills I picked up while working in Marketing was HTML coding and WordPress website development, so when Herman and Jerry put out a request for assistance with managing the AVMS website, I volunteered to help,” said Chris who is currently Webmaster for the AVMS site. “The Association welcomes veterans, military supporters, and all who want to serve the community. My father served in the Army and in the Navy, so I have lots of respect for our service men and women, and want to do my small part to continue serving.”
Chris and his wife Kristin have been married for over 34 years. They have three children:
- Amanda, 31, lives in Orlando
- Kelsey, 27, lives with her husband Brock (center of wedding picture) in Atlanta (Decatur)
- Christopher, 23, lives in St. Petersburg
Did you miss our last Member of the Quarter? If so click to read about our previous Member of the Quarter »»
Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Association of Veterans and Military Supporters welcomes you to our website.
As our Del Webb community started to develop in 2017, a small group of residents had the idea to start a group to support our military, their families and our community.
Although we're still growing and developing, we already have a couple of years of meaningful, successful events that have touched many lives. We will continue to grow with our community's support.
Our dedicated group of men and women finds ways to support our active soldiers, their families, and military retirees in need, while ensuring that our community never forgets what our troops do for us.
Please help us to make this resource a tool for all our active members, potential new members, and our Del Webb community by giving us feedback on what you like and what could be improved.
Herman Martinez, Commander
Become a Member
It's easy! You can use the link below to pull up the instructions and application form or just go to the next meeting and talk to any A.V.M.S. member about joining our proud organization.