Posts made in March, 2016

SWFL Rheem Team Renews Scholar-Athlete Commitment for 12th Year

Posted on Mar 14, 2016

SWFL Rheem Team Renews Scholar-Athlete Commitment for 12th Year

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is pleased to announce the Southwest Florida Rheem Team will proudly serve as the overall $10,000 Scholarship Sponsor for the 30th Annual Rotary South Scholar Athlete Banquet. This is the twelfth year the Southwest Florida Rheem Team has served as a major sponsor of the event and its sixth year as the overall Scholarship Sponsor. The scholarship program recognizes top athletes from area high schools based on athletic and academic achievement, along with strength of character. “We are thrilled to once again hold the title sponsor role for the Rotary South Scholar Athlete Program,” said Charlie Costa, secretary of the Southwest Florida Rheem Team. It’s been a valuable long-term partnership and an honor to be aligned with like-minded professionals, as well as such exemplary students. Rotary Club of Fort Myers South will honor the 36 nominees and announce the scholarship recipients and other award winners at its Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet on May 11, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza in Fort Myers. The Southwest Florida Rheem Team will underwrite two $5,000 scholarships as the program’s Title Scholarship Sponsor. In addition to sponsoring the scholarships, the Rheem Team hosts an online Annual People’s Choice Scholar-Athlete Award, where the winner receives a prize. The Southwest Florida Rheem Team was formed 15 years ago. In addition to maintaining the highest possible standard of technical expertise in their field, the seven member HVAC contractors work together to contribute to the local and global community. The support of the Scholar-Athlete Awards is only one of many valuable contributions these philanthropic service professionals make in Southwest Florida. Rotary South Scholar-Athlete Awards Chairman Rob Scharlau said, “The Southwest Florida Rheem Team continues to be a great partner as the sponsor for the Scholar Athlete Banquet.  Their efforts have made tremendous difference in the lives of Lee County’s best and brightest athlete-scholars. We are extremely appreciative of the support they have given to this program over the past twelve years.” Eighteen Lee County-area high schools may each nominate one top male and female varsity letter winner who maintains a minimum 3.2 GPA, is involved in school and community activities and demonstrates leadership characteristics. A selection committee of Rotary South members interviews nominees and selects the winners. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the May 11 banquet, starting at just $100 to sponsor a scholar-athlete. For more information about the 30th Annual Rotary Club of Fort Myers South’s Scholar-Athlete Awards, contact Rob Scharlau at 239-810-2554 or rob.scharlau@busey.com.   About the Southwest Florida Rheem Team The Southwest Florida Rheem Team was formed 15 years ago with a desire to be of service to the community. These seven Air Conditioning experts undergo extensive training and hold each other to the highest technical standards, yet they consider themselves philanthropists first. Local charitable efforts include 12 years of sponsoring the Rotary South Scholar-Athlete Program and donating air conditioning systems to support The Calusa Nature Center’s state-of-the-art planetarium projector.   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. Meetings are held each Monday at 12:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. For more information, visit...

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Rotary South furnishes ACT with a big check!

Posted on Mar 7, 2016

Rotary South furnishes ACT with a big check!

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South presented a check for just over $9,000 to Jennifer L. Benton, Chief Executive Officer of ACT (Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc.) at its March 7, 2016 luncheon meeting.  ACT is a private, not-for-profit agency committed to serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. The grant is earmarked for the purchase of new, durable furniture for the facility’s family room so that clients may have a comfortable and inviting place to enjoy during their stay.   Our Sergeant-at-Arms Christine Desroches Kobie, a community educator for the organization, identified the need and submitted the grant request which was approved by the Board at its February meeting. Rotary South member Joe Gammon’s company Office Furniture and Design worked with representatives of ACT to identify suitable commercial grade furniture choices that would hold up to heavy daily use, including three dozen stackable chairs and a large U-shaped brown vinyl...

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President-Elect Gerry Poppe attends PETS

Posted on Mar 4, 2016

President-Elect Gerry Poppe attends PETS

This week, Gerry Poppe is preparing for his year as President of Rotary Club of Fort Myers South by attending PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar).  The 2016 edition of Rotary Florida PETS, held from March 3-5 in Orlando, is the 13th multi-district PETS in Florida and the seventh in which all eight Rotary districts participate and collaborate in its planning. The training never stops during this intensive three-day event. Topics covered include planning, dynamics of the club and its board, engaging members, making an impact on the community, public relations, youth services, and club partnering. During fellowship, sharing meals, or in the House of Friendship, networking is an important component of what Presidents-Elect learn. Keynote speakers, including Rotary International President-Elect John Germ bring the latest information on Rotary around the world. There are also special breakout sessions for spouses or partners who choose to attend and actively participate. Each year, every Rotary club’s President-Elect must attend PETS, as required by Rotary International’s by-laws. You cannot serve if you have not attended PETS.  Others who are invited to attend PETS include assistant governors and other leaders asked by the district governor-elect in each Florida district.  For more information about PETS in Florida, visit...

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