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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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SWFL Rheem Team Renews Scholar-Athlete Title Sponsor Role

Posted on Apr 11, 2017

SWFL Rheem Team Renews Scholar-Athlete Title Sponsor Role

Steps up to support Rotary Club of Fort Myers South banquet for 13th 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 31th Annual Rotary South Scholar Athlete Banquet. This is the thirteenth year the Southwest Florida Rheem Team has served as a major sponsor of the event and its eighth 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. Charlie Costa, Secretary of Southwest Florida Rheem Team, said, “The Rheem Team is a dedicated group of air conditioning experts who consider ourselves philanthropists first. The Scholar Athlete program is one of the most exciting ways for us to give back to the community we love. To encourage the hard work, talent and dedication in our young people is a powerful investment in our future.” Rotary Club of Fort Myers South will honor 36 students from 18 area high schools and will announce the recipients of several scholarships winners at its Scholar Athlete Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 10 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 The Southwest Florida Rheem Team was formed 17 years ago. In addition to maintaining the highest possible standard of technical expertise in their field, the six 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. Eighteen Lee County-area high schools 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. Event sponsorship opportunities are still available for the May 10 banquet, starting at just $100 to sponsor a scholar-athlete. Scholarship sponsorships are also available, starting at $1,000 per student. For more information about the 31th Annual Rotary Club of Fort Myers South’s Scholar-Athlete Awards, contact Rob Scharlau at rob.scharlau@busey.com. About the Southwest Florida Rheem Team The Southwest Florida Rheem Team was formed 17 years ago with a desire to be of service to the community. These six Air Conditioning experts undergo extensive training and hold each other to the highest technical standards, yet consider themselves philanthropists first. Local charitable efforts include 13 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 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. Rotary Club of Fort Myers South meetings are held each Monday at noon at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. Watch this video of the SWFL Rheem Team announcing their...

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4-Way Test Award Nominees Sought

Posted on Apr 10, 2017

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is seeking deserving nominees for its annual 4-Way Test Award. 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? If you know of a business owner or professional in the South Fort Myers area who would be a good nominee, please download, complete and submit the 4-Way Test Nomination Form to Read Sawczyn at rsawczyn@finemarkbank.com.  Call Read at 239-264-3820 with any questions.  Alternate contacts are Scott Gregory 239-433-7136 or Connie Ramos-Williams at 239-690-9840. Nominations are due by May 1, 2017.  The award will be presented on June 5 at the club’s Monday lunch meeting held at Crowne...

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Rotary’s Cattle Can delivered to young cancer patient at Golisano

Posted on Feb 3, 2017

Rotary’s Cattle Can delivered to young cancer patient at Golisano

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South members recently put together and donated a “cattle can” to the American Cancer Society’s Lee County Cattle Baron’s Ball, where it was purchased by an ACS supporter.  Cattle cans are themed gift baskets (but in a metal can) aimed at making young cancer patients’ treatment time more bearable.  Rotary’s cattle can was delivered to Christian at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Health Park on February 3, and certainly brightened the start of his...

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Grants Awarded by Rotary Club of Fort Myers South

Posted on Jan 30, 2017

Grants Awarded by Rotary Club of Fort Myers South

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South awarded three community grants to local organizations on January 30, 2017, totaling $7,000. McGregor Clinic provides holistic, integrated health care to people living with HIV/AIDS. They provide case management and prevention services to the community at large. The organization has been in operation here for 17 years. The $2,500 grant given by Rotary South will be used to enhance the Positive Living Room. Valerie’s House is a non-profit organization devoted to providing children and their families, who have experienced the death of a loved one, a safe place to share and experience support with others who are also grieving, while moving through the healing process. Their mission is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives. Their vision that no child will grieve alone.  Although the organization was founded about just one year ago, it already serves more than 90 children throughout Southwest Florida. Meetings are held in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and now Naples.  The Rotary South grant of $2,500 will be used to purchase furniture for children’s art room, arts & crafts supplies, grief books and welcome kits for new families. Fort Myers High School’s Junior ROTC was given a grant of $2,000 to help them purchase some much-needed equipment for their program. These grants are made possible through various events and fundraisers organized and presented by members of the club, including the Law and Order Ball and All-Star Classic football game. For more information… If your organization or project is interested in applying for a grant from the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, please talk to one of our members or submit a contact form and a representative will follow up with you. For reference, please familiarize yourself with our Giving Request....

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