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There he is, Mr. Seminole

The lawyer, a chamber member since 1984, has led the Seminole Stampede since 1994 and served many other causes.

By JULIANNE WU, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 3, 2002

SEMINOLE -- Seminole lawyer Timothy C. Schuler has added another accolade to his resume.

On Friday, he was named Mr. Seminole 2001 at a Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Wine Cellar Restaurant, North Redington Beach. More than 100 people attended, including several past Mr. and Ms. Seminole recipients.

The award is always given for the previous year. It is a cumulative honor, for services rendered to the chamber and community over several years, said Jimmy Johnson, the chamber's executive director.

"I really do appreciate it," Schuler said. "It is an honor to be named. There are lots of big shoes to fill . . . to follow in their footsteps."

A chamber member since 1984, Schuler, 53, has been active in many committees since he served as president in 1996-97. He was a director from 1993 to 1996 and the board's corporate secretary in 1995. He is the chamber's only two-time Merit Award winner, having won it in 1992 and again in 1999.

Since its inception in 1994, Schuler has either chaired or co-chaired the chamber's annual Seminole Stampede. Last year, he was instrumental in adding a 10K run to the traditional 5K race and 1-mile fun run. The Stampede is the chamber's major fundraiser.

Schuler also helped develop the Economic Development Committee, a joint project between the chamber and city. The committee wants to look at vacant properties in Seminole and find ways to refill and market them.

He was on the SPC Seminole Campus Citizens Advisory Board and is now an adjunct instructor for hospitality law at St. Petersburg College.

He has been in the Rotary Club of Lake Seminole since 1982 and was twice its president: in 1984-85 and 1992-93. He chaired the Citizens Advisory Board for the Seminole Fire Rescue Department. Then he served as its president and chairman of the interim board, which ultimately led to the city's assuming control of the fire department.

Schuler practices law in Seminole, but he and his wife, Barbara, live in Safety Harbor. He has five children.

Among Schuler's first duties as Mr. Seminole 2001 will be to ride in the Seminole Pow Wow Festival parade Saturday. The parade is the official kickoff to the Pow Wow festivities, although the festival will open this Friday at the Seminole Recreation Center with carnival rides and entertainment.

Schuler will also serve as an unofficial ambassador for the chamber for a year.

Eva Jones, Ms. Seminole 2000, introduced Schuler. She will march in the Pow Wow parade as well, since there was no Pow Wow festival last year.

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