Posts made in June, 2017

Rotary Presents Awards to Community Leaders

Posted on Jun 28, 2017

Rotary Presents Awards to Community Leaders

Arlene Goldberg and Diana Willis honored for “service above self” The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South presented its prestigious 4-Way Test Award to Arlene Goldberg and Vocational Service Leadership Award to Diana Willis at its June 26 luncheon. Rotary 4-Way Test Award Rotary’s 4-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test acknowledges truth, fairness, goodwill and benefit for all concerned. It is the standard by which a Rotarian’s highest level of conduct is measured, and the criteria Rotary Club of Fort Myers South uses to award a community member every year. Along with many other community service activities, Arlene Goldberg is co-founder of both the Southwest Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce and Visuality. The Harmony Chamber provides networking and business outreach opportunities for LGBTQ business owners, potential customers and straight allies. Visuality is a non-profit organization aimed at ending violence, harassment and discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. It provides support groups, educational panels, workshops and youth socials to reduce violence and isolation. Goldberg successfully fought for her and her late wife, Carol, to become the first legally married same-sex marriage in the state of Florida. In making sure that the privileges most of us take for granted are beneficial and fair to all in our community, she lives by the spirit of the 4-Way Test. Vocational Service Leadership Award The Vocational Service Leadership Award recognizes individuals who exemplify integrity and high ethical standards in their vocation and use their vocational talents to serve the community. As vice president, chief motivational officer and co-owner of Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida, Willis operates six locations from Sarasota to Naples, employing more than 300 people. Over the past 16 years, Willis has assisted many nonprofits in the five counties her business serves, and is current board chair for PACE Center for Girls, Lee County. She is also the advisory board past chair for Florida Gulf Coast University’s School of Resort and Hospitality Management and serves on the Dean’s Council for the Lutgert College of Business. Willis and her team at Jason’s Deli donate thousands of dollars worth of food and beverage to numerous nonprofit organizations and the community in need every year. Her admirable vocational leadership service in the community sets the example for others and makes her the ideal recipient for this prestigious award. About Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has 125 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 noon at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower...

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Scholar-Athletes Recognized by Rotary

Posted on Jun 6, 2017

Scholar-Athletes Recognized by Rotary

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South honored 36 scholar-athletes and announced the scholarship recipients and other award winners at its Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet on May 10, 2017  at the Crowne Plaza in Fort Myers. The scholarship program recognizes top athletes from area high schools based on athletic and academic achievement, along with strength of character. Olympic champion, network television and radio sports broadcaster, author and corporate speaker, John Naber delivered a keynote address to the audience and visited with the award recipients.  Naber won five Olympic medals in swimming in 1976, set six World Records, and achieved ten NCAA individual titles.  He was awarded the James E. Sullivan Award as USA’s top amateur athlete in 1977, was an Olympic torch bearer in 1984, 1996, 2002, and 2004, and was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame in 1984. The Southwest Florida Rheem Team once again underwrote two $5,000 scholarships as the program’s Title Scholarship Sponsor. They have supported the Scholar Athlete Awards since 2004. Eighteen Lee County-area high schools each nominated 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. The 2017 scholar-athletes are: Mindie Mabry and Santiago Corredor from Bishop Verot Catholic High School, Peyton Hornung and Sam Keating from Canterbury School, Emma Barcena and Jonah Martinez from Cape Coral High School, Adrienne Baker and Preston Moore from Cypress Lake High School, Te’Niya Jones and Trevor McDaniel from Dunbar High School, Jaritza Crespo and Tyrik Pitts from East Lee County High School, Alina Faunce and Arye Scott Beck from Estero High School, Rachel Miller and Matthew Malavsky from Evangelical Christian School, Krissy Gear and Evan Babitz from Fort Myers High School, Rachel Legiec and Kaleb Konieczki from Gateway Charter,Sedona Townsend and Jimmy O’Connor from Ida S. Baker High School, Mackenzie Hare and Kory Kurtis from Island Coast High School, Amani Desamours and Patston Stewart from Lehigh Senior High School, Journi Northrop and Sean Kostyk from Mariner High School, Kayla Easterly and Garrett Morgan from North Fort Myers High School, Valerie Iglehart and Cole Schneider from Riverdale High School, Gabrielle A. Taveras and Althiery Leontes from South Fort Myers High School, Sarah Kathryn Sheffield and Dillon Martino from Southwest Florida Christian Academy.                   Scholarship winners were as follows: Overall $5,000 RHEEM TEAM Scholar Athletes of the Year: Male: Santiago Corredor, Bishop Verot High School Female: Alina Faunce, Estero High School   Service Above Self $1,000 Scholarships: Jaritza Crespo, East Lee County – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Kaleb Konieczki, Gateway Charter – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Gabrielle A. Taveras, South Fort Myers – sponsored by the Rotary Foundation Matthew Malavsky, Evangelical Christian – sponsored by the Rotary Foundation Te’Niya Jones, Dunbar – sponsored by the Rotary Foundation Emma Barcena, Cape Coral – sponsored by Siesta Pebble Kayla Easterly, North Fort Myers – sponsored by Millennium Physician Group Sedona Townsend, Ida S. Baker – sponsored by Grabowski Family Tyrik Pitts, East Lee County – sponsored by Grabowski Family MacKenzie Hare, Island Coast – sponsored by Bill and Susan Mallett Patston Stewart, Lehigh – sponsored by Bill and Susan Mallett Jimmy O’ Connor, Ida Baker – sponsored by Pool Pros Jonah Martinez, Cape Coral – sponsored by Huff Insurance Adrienne Baker, Cypress Lake – sponsored by Zavada’s Renegades Embroidery Journi Northrop, Mariner – sponsored by McCaughan Home Lending For more information about the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South’s Scholar-Athlete Awards, contact...

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Rotary South Recognizes Scholar-Athletes

Posted on Jun 6, 2017

Rotary South Recognizes Scholar-Athletes

Each year, the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South honors 36 top athletes from area high schools based on athletic and academic achievement, along with strength of character. Thanks to the SWFL Rheem Team for their continued support and sponsoring two $5,000 scholarships. For more details about the winners and other donors, please click here.

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