Vassar B. Carlton Inn Celebrates Luau Style

The Vassar B. Carlton Inn of Court held its last event of the year on May 19, 2021, our “End of the Year Banquet”.  It was a momentous occasion as it was the first event hosted in person and was designed to celebrate the end of another successful, yet very different year for our Inn.  Hawaiian shirts and leis were encouraged as attire as it was a luau theme on the deck overlooking the water at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club in Melbourne, Brevard County.  Great food and drinks were served, and the company and networking were even better.  During the evening, our Mentoring Director Scarlett Davidson emphasized how important it was that we maintained our mentor/mentee communications and provided professional courtesies, especially during the difficult year all of us have had.  She also provided a toast (an original Limerick) to our Inn.  Our Program Director Amy Romaine gave a brief update on the various presentations and announced some of our awards for the year, including Associate of the Year Cassidy Petersen and Member of the Year Roger Klaffka.  Finally, our President Judge Jennifer Taylor thanked the entire membership for making the year a success despite the many challenges we all faced, not only personally but professionally.  She also mentioned that we will be recognizing our Inn’s 30th anniversary next year and will be planning a big celebration.  The evening was enjoyed by all as we look forward to our next year, hopefully in person as we “break bread” together and share good company per our historic Inn of Court traditions. (See attached pictures from the event)

Ruth Singer, Judge Jennifer Taylor, and Judge Michelle Vitt Baker chat at the luauFmr. Judge Tanya Rainwater, Judge Robert Segal, and Michelle Studstill enjoying the festivities

Scarlett Davidson speaks to the crowd

2019-2020 Current Year

The Inn conducted its First Virtual Meeting via Microsoft Teams on June 10, 2020 and it was a great success. 



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2017-18 Annual Banquet

We are delighted to announce the details for our Annual Banquet. We hope you will join us to celebrate another great year with the Inn! A special thank you to the Honorable David Silverman and Mark Peters for sponsoring the banquet! Please send your $40 meal payment to Patricia Smith at 120 Malabar Rd. SE, Suite 201, Palm Bay, FL 32907. Make the check payable to "Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court." If you prefer to pay by credit card, please email patricia.smith@palmbayfloridaorg to request an invoice. New members will have their meal costs covered by the Inn. Also, in order to provide Suntree Country Club with the most accurate head count, it is imperative that you RSVP. Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm Location: Suntree Country Club Cost: $40 per person (price for members and non-members alike) *RSVP DEADLINE IS Thursday, MAY 31 BY 4:30 PM.* Click through the following link to RSVP:…

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Team One Offering Free Meeting to BCBA with Training for AAL Service

FIRST MEETING: Team #1 is presenting on September 13, 2017 at the H.I. West of 95 on 520. This is open to Brevard County Bar members (FREE dinner) as a CLE training to learn about the Attorney Ad Litem program in dependency court. The team is working very hard to put together a great program with several speakers and some short skits. Please share this with your circle and invite any BCBA members to attend. Registration will be done online through BCBA and the link will be posted soon. In the meantime for information email Bonnie Klein Rhoden at and you will receive an update and the link when it is ready for registration of BCBA members. 

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The Vassar B. Carlton Inn of Court held its annual New Member Social on August 18, 2016 at the Tuscany Grill restaurant in Suntree.  The social was well attended with new members, associates, barristers, masters and our esteemed President, Judge David Silverman (shown below giving his welcoming comments to the group).  

Overhead at the social, "Welcome to our Inn.  Joining was the best decision and I've not only learned a lot from the monthly presentations but I've made many contacts with other lawyers.  Having an entire group full of mentors is an immense advantage to a new lawyer in the area."  

The event was hosted by the Social Committee headed by Guna Ose, Esq.  An icebreaker BINGO game was played by all the new members.  The object was for the new members to find each person listed on the game board.  This created the opportunity for new members to meet Judges and attorneys in attendance.  And other than Scott Krasny, Esq. claiming to be Judge McKibben the game was a success.  (Disclaimer:  Scott was not mis-identified as Judge McKibben by any new members.) 

If you are interested in joining the Inn, please call or email any member of our Board.  

If you are a member and have photos from this or other events, please send to Bonnie Klein Rhoden or Scott Blaue.   


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Above:  Judge David Silverman, President, 2016-2017 Vassar B. Carlton Inn of Court, Greeting members at New Member Social, August 2016, Suntree


Above:  Judge Kelly McKibben, 2016-2017 Achieving Excellence Coordinator, Vassar B. Carlton Inn of Court, Greeting members at New Member Social, August 2017, Suntree