Posts made in July, 2014

Sharon Arnold and Jeffrey Garvin Join Rotary South

Posted on Jul 28, 2014

Sharon Arnold and Jeffrey Garvin Join Rotary South

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South inducted two new members on Monday, July 28, 2014: Sharon Arnold and Jeffrey Garvin. Sharon Arnold is a partner in the public relations firm Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold in Fort Myers, Florida. She joined the firm in 2001 and was named partner in 2005. With more than three decades of domestic and international experience in the public relations and marketing field, she has earned professional recognition for newsletter production, media relations, advertising and crisis communications. Arnold serves on the board of directors of Water Enhancement & Restoration Coalition, Southwest Florida Watershed Council and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Florida Public Relations Association. She is a graduate of the University of West Florida. Sharon’s Rotary sponsor was Clif Parker. Jeffrey R. Garvin is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with the Garvin Law Firm in Fort Myers, Florida.  He has litigated catastrophic injury and death cases throughout the country for over 30 years.  He has been selected by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America since 2005 and included in Florida Super Lawyers since 2006. He is a past president of the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Calusa Inns of Court, Edison Community College Endowment Corporation, and the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Fund. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers for 14 years, chairing virtually all their committees. Garvin is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law. He has been a pilot since 1975.  Jeffrey’s Rotary sponsor was Gerry Poppe. Welcome to Rotary South Sharon Arnold and Jeffrey...

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Creighton and Ada’s Law & Order Ball Title Sponsor

Posted on Jul 22, 2014

Creighton and Ada’s Law & Order Ball Title Sponsor

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South organizes gala to honor uniformed heroes Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is proud to name Creighton Commercial Development and Ada’s Natural Market as Title Sponsor of the Inaugural Law & Order Ball. Owners pledged $25,000 in support of the Inaugural Law & Order Ball to be held October 10th at 5:30 p.m. at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. The event will honor local uniformed heroes in seven law enforcement agencies who keep us safe and enable us to build our businesses and thrive as a community. The agencies involved who will be recognizing officers are: Cape Coral Police Department, Florida SouthWestern State College Police Department, Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department, Fort Myers Police Department, Lee County Port Authority Police, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Sanibel Police Department. Each of the agencies will nominate officers for the “Officer of the Year” award. An independent committee will select five finalists that will be announced in September. One special hero will be awarded the night of the Law & Order Ball, and receive a custom designed piece by Rotarian Mark Loren of Mark Loren Designs. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, with major sponsors being honored at a special VIP reception starting at 5 p.m. the night of this black tie-optional event. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Foundation and Lee County law enforcement youth programs. The Law & Order Ball will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous dinner, and a silent and live auction. Entertainment will be provided by the popular local band Alter Ego, featuring retired Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Molloy. Other sponsors include Galloway Dealerships, Florida Weekly, The News-Press Media Group, TOTI Media, LeeSar, The Eventful Company, Harborside Event Center, CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, Loren Designs, Bireley Family Fund, Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral, Southern Wine and Spirits and Suncoast Beverage. For information about silent and live auction donations and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.lawandorderball.org or contact Lori Cook North at lori@eventfulinc.com or Pam Morrison at...

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Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Honors 4-Way Test Award Winners

Posted on Jul 18, 2014

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Honors 4-Way Test Award Winners

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is pleased to announce Lori Riti and Connie Ramos-Williams were each awarded the 2014 4-Way Test Award at the club’s July 6 meeting. Riti is Director of De LaSalle Academy, and was awarded as the club’s non-Rotarian Community Winner. Ramos-Williams is President and CEO of CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing and was awarded as the club’s Rotarian Winner. This prestigious award recognizes individuals in the community who exemplify Rotary values in their personal and business lives. These recipients emphasize service above self and conduct their lives and business in line with the four tenets of Rotary International: Is it truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Does it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? The Community and Rotarian runners-up were Barbara Dell, Executive Director of Dress for Success of Southwest Florida, and Jennifer Nettles, General Manager of Bell Tower Shops, respectively. Riti has served as a school administrator in Southwest Florida since 2002. Her mission since 1993 has been to serve children with special needs. In 2012, she teamed with other caring professionals and community members to open De LaSalle Academy to provide individualized and comprehensive services for children with special needs, including mild to moderate learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD and high functioning autism (Asperger’s Syndrome). Recently, De LaSalle Academy moved to a new, larger location on Plantation Road in South Fort Myers. Ramos-Williams, in addition to overseeing the business development and operations of her award-winning full-service public relations, advertising, marketing and publishing agency, serves as a director or advisor for many community organizations, including Dress for Success of Southwest Florida, Multicultural Centre of SWFL, Above Board Chamber of Commerce.She serves as a mentor and advocate for women in business, budding entrepreneurs and students in pursuit of a career in marketing. For the past 14-years she has served as the project director and media chair for the Multicultural Centre of SWFL’s BIG Backpack Event, which provides support for students and families in need, as well as celebrates diversity in our community. To date more than 30,000 school age children have received free backpacks, school supplies, food and other giveaways thanks to this event. In 2014 Ramos-Williams has donated more than $100,000 in time, talent and treasure back to the...

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Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Installs New Officers

Posted on Jul 11, 2014

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South installed its new officers and Board of Directors at its annual dinner on June 28, 2014. Immediate Past President Roger Mercado presented a year in review of this active chapter of Rotary International, whose motto is “Service Above Self.” Mercado then introduced the club’s new president, Rebecca Goff, who highlighted her goals and opportunities for the club to do even more in the year ahead. The officers serving along side Goff for 2014-2015 include President Elect John Doramus, President Elect Nominee Gerry Poppe, Treasurer John Kozak, Assistant Treasurer Mark Rupolo and Secretary Steve Wassman. The club also welcomed new Board Members Greg Blurton, Tracie Bagans and Gerry Poppe and recognized returning Board Members Cliff Parker, Jeff Kircher and Kimberley Christian. Over the past year, Rotary Club of Fort Myers South donated thousands of dollars for numerous causes such as The Heights Foundation, Child Care of Southwest Florida, Southwest Florida Symphony and Good Wheels. Club members also volunteered hundreds of hours of their time for events such as the quarterly Adopt-a-Road Cleanup, the annual Scholar Athlete Banquet and Dictionary Day. Fort Myers South was pleased to collaborate with several other local clubs on projects such as Blessings in a Backpack, which provides student backpacks filled with groceries to help families feed their children over the...

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Rotary South Pitches In To Help Child Care of Southwest Florida

Posted on Jul 10, 2014

Rotary South Pitches In To Help Child Care of Southwest Florida

Three Rotary Clubs have supported Child Care of Southwest Florida’s efforts to provide high-quality early education to low-income children with a combined $8,500 contribution to the agency’s scholarship fund. Rotary Club of Fort Myers contributed $5,000, Rotary Club of Fort Myers South donated $2,500, and Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva added $1,000. “Once we shared research results with the Rotary Clubs, they were eager to support our efforts,” said Executive Director and Rotarian Beth Lobdell. “Studies prove that children who are deprived of high-quality early-education experiences are far more likely to drop out of school, experience teen pregnancies and run into trouble with the law. Ninety percent of the brain’s neurons develop by the age of 5, so kindergarten is too late to start providing an effective learning environment.” Child Care of Southwest Florida provides early-education and voluntary prekindergarten programs at six accredited centers in Lee and Hendry counties. Scholarships are provided to low-income families, allowing them to maintain employment and providing their children with the continuity that fosters learning and social development. When the agency learned of unexpected funding cuts that would impact many of its families, its board of directors launched a fundraising effort to keep affected children in its centers. “Low-income families don’t always have access to high-quality programs, and dependable child care is critical to their employment,” said Board Chair Karen Miller. “We could not let any of our children leave for financial reasons, and we’re grateful to the Rotary Clubs and others who are helping us cover the shortfall.” Rotary Clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships and take action. The clubs, with Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, work to make lasting improvements in their communities and around the world. To donate or learn more about Child Care of Southwest Florida, a United Way agency established in 1967, visit www.CCSWFL.orgto learn...

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