Posts made in October, 2014

Four new members inducted in October

Posted on Oct 30, 2014

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South inducted four new members at its weekly meeting on October 27, 2014 at Crowne Plaza. Read Sawczyn is a private wealth advisor at FineMark National Bank and Trust. His career also includes 12 years as a commercial litigator and creditor’s rights attorney in Tampa and Denver. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Miami, holds an MBA from the Warrington College of Business Administration at University of Florida, and a Juris Doctor from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. In his spare time, he enjoys boating and spending time with his wife Kelly and their two daughters, Lauren and Macy. He was welcomed by club president Rebecca Goff. Rabbi Marc Sack is the Rabbi at Temple Judea in Fort Myers. He is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. Rabbi Sack earned his bachelor’s degree at Case Western Reserve University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1982 and received a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. He began his career as an assistant rabbi in Minneapolis. Before coming to Temple Judea, he served congregations in Austin Texas and Tampa, Florida. He was sponsored by Pam Oakes. Keith Mahoney, is the CEO of The Human Factor, LLC, an executive-search consulting firm, and has been in the executive search business since the late 1980’s.  Keith received his B.A. degree with history and sociology concentrations from the University of the State of New York after serving in the U.S. Navy as a broadcast journalist. Subsequently, he served as a civilian member of the U.S. federal law enforcement and intelligence community where he was trained in counterintelligence and counter terrorism operations. He was welcomed by RI District 6960 Governor Pete Doragh. Michelle Whitlock is the owner of Siesta Pebble, which provides pool finishes to customers throughout Southwest Florida and has been in business locally for over 16 years. Michelle is very active in the Florida Swimming Pool Association, National Plasterers Council, Cape Coral Construction Industry Association, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, and the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, including Leadership Cape. She was sponsored by Christin...

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Rocktoberfest 2014: Battle of the Bands

Posted on Oct 12, 2014

Rocktoberfest 2014: Battle of the Bands

Get ready to rock for Rotary!  On Saturday, October 25, Bell Tower Shops and the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South present Rocktoberfest 2014 in a new format: Battle of the Bands.  Celebrate, support, and recognize the excellence of local musicians and talent of all ages. From 4-8pm on October 25, at a stage near Fresh Market, 20 bands or musicians will compete for a grand prize of $1,000, performance opportunities at future events, and exposure to executives from ClearChannel radio stations. Each band’s entry fee is $25 and they will have 10 minutes on stage to show their best for the competition.  All genres are welcome. Rocktoberfest 2014 is a family-friendly event. Admission is $5 per person, at the door.  Bell Tower Shops is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) and Daniels Parkway in South Fort Myers. Address: 13499 U.S. Highway 41, Fort Myers, Florida 33907. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South. Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 130 members who are among the 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide. Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International, which has contributed more than $1.2 billion and tens of thousands of volunteer hours toward polio eradication in addition to projects such as water quality, world peace and literacy. Contact thebelltowershops@madisonmarquette.com with questions or if you’d like to sign up to compete or visit the Rocktoberfest 2014 event page on...

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Law and Order Ball – Officers of the Year

Posted on Oct 11, 2014

Law and Order Ball – Officers of the Year

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South honored members of Lee County law enforcement during its inaugural Law and Order Ball Friday, October 10, 2014 at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers, Florida.  The event drew more than 400 local dignitaries, law enforcement representatives, business owners and residents. Among the red and blue hues of siren lights from law enforcement cars, boats, motorcycles and even a helicopter in the room, two officers were named Officers of the Year at the 2014 Law and Order Ball: Officer Yvetta Dominque and Officer Bryan Fuller, both from the Fort Myers Police Department. These officers have done and outstanding job of developing programs targeting local at-risk youth. The officers meet regularly with a group of young people to share positive messages, inspiration, and to build trusting relationships. They also organized a summer camp program which serves hundreds of students each year.  Officers Dominque and Fuller will receive custom designed jewelry from Mark Loren Designs, recognition plaque, and their own brand new Glock pistol. Five finalists were recognized out of 22 nominations submitted from six different area law enforcement agencies: Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Myers Police Department, Cape Coral Police Department, Sanibel Police Department, Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department, and Florida Southwestern State College Police Department. Athough the committee selection process was “blind” (all identifiers were blacked out on the nomination forms reviewed by the six member panel of judges), all five finalists happened to be from the Fort Myers Police Department. In addition to the Officer Yvetta Dominque and Officer Bryan Fuller who were named co-Officers of the Year, finalists included:: Officer Christopher Scavo Detective Richard Meeks Officer Robert Vega “We were looking for the officers that went above and beyond that exhibit a consistent pattern of doing more and someone that exemplifies their department,” said Jeffrey Kircher, a member Rotary South Board who served on the award selection committee. The night’s events also included a silent auction, and a live auction with many unique packages – including Mark Loren-designed cuff links, VIP excursions, and even a ride in a SWAT team vehicle.  Entertainment was provided by the local band “Alter Ego”, and the ceremonies were led by Rachel Pierce, co-anchor of NBC2 News Today. Proceeds from the event go to law enforcement youth programs and to help fund community grants given by the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South. Rotary South would like to extend special thanks to the Law and Order Ball Presenting Sponsor Creighton Development/Ada’s Natural Market; Deputy Chief/Sheriff Sponsors Galloway Family of Dealerships, Florida Weekly, The News-Press Media Group, TOTI Media, Inc.; Inspector/Commander Sponsors: LeeSar and Survival Armor; Captain Sponsors The Eventful Company, Harborside Event Center, CONRIC PR & Marketing, Mark Loren Designs, Armor Correctional Health Services, as well as Beasley Broadcast Group, Birely Family Fund, Edison National Bank, Fuccillo Kia, HBKS Wealth Advisors, Kagan Law Firm, Morgan and Morgan, Palm Printing, Rapid Print, Southern Wines & Spirits, Suncoast Beverages & Sales, ‘Tween Waters Inn, and Uastar Photo Booth.  ...

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Dictionary Day for Lee County Third Graders

Posted on Oct 3, 2014

Dictionary Day for Lee County Third Graders

On Friday, October 3, 2014, members of the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South visited several Lee County schools today to distribute dictionaries to all third graders. Each year, all of the Rotary clubs in Lee County provide every third grade student in Lee County schools with a dictionary. This year, Rotary Club of Fort Myers South was assigned Colonial Elementary, Heights Elementary, Orangewood Elementary, Ray Pottorf Elementary, Tanglewood Elementary, and Treeline Elementary. Before the dictionaries were distributed to students, volunteers met at the Lee County School District office to uncase the dictionaries, apply the Rotary 4-Way Test labels, re-case the dictionaries, label the boxes for the destination schools and place them on pallets for delivery. “Handing out the dictionaries this year was a lot of fun, we started a little after 8 a.m. and by 10:45, we had distributed one dictionary to each third grader in Lee County,” says Jim Applegate, dictionary project chairman for Rotary Club of Fort Myers South. “The children at each location were so excited and asked a lot of questions, while constantly thanking our Rotary members profusely,” he adds. During the dictionary distribution, Rotarians gave a brief introduction to Rotary before handing the dictionaries to third graders. “I have been told by some of the teachers that for some students this is the first book they have ever owned. It is a joy to see the excitement on their faces when we hand them their very own dictionary,” Applegate...

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