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Atlanta 2017 Rotary International Convention

Posted on May 17, 2016

Atlanta 2017 Rotary International Convention

Atlanta Convention Super Early Bird Registration Discounts May 28 – June 6 Attending the annual Rotary International convention is a perfect way to experience Rotary’s internationality, exchange ideas with fellow members, and discover new avenues – and potential partners – for service. It’s only once every several years that the United States has the honor of hosting the Rotary International Convention, and that time is coming June 10-14, 2017 in Atlanta.  Even though it’s a year away, Rotary South is working on arrangements for round trip bus transportation, and a block of hotel rooms for our members. The 2017 Rotary International convention will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, June 10-14, 2017 and is expected to draw thousands of visitors from more than 130 countries, and fill 41,000 hotel rooms. The Rotary Foundation started in Atlanta in 1917 and the annual conference will celebrate the Foundation’s 100th anniversary. The worldwide organization serves as an advocate to governments and provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards and helps build goodwill and peace around the world. The convention is often described as a “mini-United Nations” because of its internationality. In addition, general sessions, breakout sessions and House of Friendship exhibits offer countless ways to help you get the most from your Rotary membership and make your club stronger. DOWNLOAD BROCHURE Those who sign up early will be rewarded! Information provided at our recent District Conference revealed a very rare opportunity to commit to attending VERY EARLY and save!  Registration will open May 28 at the Rotary International Convention Atlanta 2017 web site. The earlier you register, the better price you will receive. May 28- June 6, 2016  $265 June 7 – Dec. 15, 2016 $340 Dec. 16, 2016 – Mar. 31, 2017 $425 On Site Registration $490 Registration includes: inspiring and entertaining speakers, including top leaders in our organization; informative breakout sessions to help you build your communication, leadership, and project management skills; opportunities to network and exchange ideas while browsing the project and fellowship booths in the House of Friendship; entertainment provided by local artists and musicians in the House of Friendship and general sessions. Preconvention events, Rotary and Host Organization Committee-ticketed events, accommodations, transportation, and meals are not included in your registration...

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Johnson and Kobie to represent RI District 6960 in Atlanta

Posted on May 5, 2016

Johnson and Kobie to represent RI District 6960 in Atlanta

Southland Young Professionals Summit delegates selected to exchange ideas and make the Rotary experience more relevant to the next generation of leaders Rotary District 6960 District Governor Cyndi Doragh is pleased to announce that two applicants from the district have been selected to participate in the Rotary International Southland Young Professionals Summit in Atlanta this June. Shannon Johnson and Christine Kobie were selected by a panel of judges in a competitive application process to represent the district. The summit provides a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with delegates representing the 29 districts of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Southeastern United States, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname. Johnson and Kobie are rising stars that have both been members of the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, one of the district’s more than 50 clubs, since 2015. They will travel with Doragh’s personal representative, District Governor Nominee Designate Sandra Hemstead. Johnson is Real Estate Manager for Chico’s FAS, Inc. and a third-generation Rotarian. “’Service Above Self’ was a distinctive part of my upbringing as my Rotary parents, and grandfather, invested countless hours of service throughout our local community and around the world,” Johnson said. “I was taught that to serve others is to find true happiness, and Rotary is the perfect vehicle for me to give back and serve others. I am so very pleased Rotary acknowledges the value young professionals have to offer and is taking the time to invest in us in an effort to better engage our involvement and commitment in Rotary!” Kobie works in Community Education for Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. as a Violence Prevention Education and Volunteer Coordinator. She said, “It is an honor to represent district 6960 at the Young Professionals Summit. I’m excited for the growth and ripple effect that will begin; I can already feel the energy!” About Rotary Rotary is an international organization of business and community leaders working together through friendships and building relationships in an effort to serve others and do good in the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference. There are more than 32,000 clubs worldwide composed of 1.2 million individual members. Rotary District 6960 in Southwest Florida has more than 50 clubs. Rotary’s purpose is to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. Rotary’s primary motto is “Service Above Self;” its secondary motto is “One profits most who serves best.” For more information about Rotary International District 6960,  visit...

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Scholar-Athletes Recognized by Rotary

Posted on Apr 27, 2016

Scholar-Athletes Recognized by Rotary

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South will honor 36 scholar-athletes and announce the scholarship recipients and other award winners at its Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet from 7 to 9 p.m. May 11, 2016 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. Former NFL running back Albert Bentley will deliver the keynote address to the scholar-athletes. Bentley is a native of Naples and attended the University of Miami where he played for the Hurricanes national championship team in 1983. Bentley also played eight seasons in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers.  Bentley currently lives in Immokalee. 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 People’s Choice Scholar-Athlete Award, where the winner receives an iPad. 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 2016 scholar-athletes are: Richard Maribona and Hallianne Hobson from Bishop Verot Catholic High School, Stephen Hueniken and Caroline Flaharty from Canterbury School, Christon Lewis and Makenzie Buss from Cape Coral High School, Paul Cribbs and Lexi Hoerr from Cypress Lake High School, Zachary Lackman and Nahisa Alabre from Dunbar High School, Dustin Goodman and Sharonda Exius from East Lee County High School, Joshua Winckowski and Taylor Hatch from Estero High School, Henry Valentine and Kylee Rullo from Evangelical Christian School, Landon Weber and Kendall Brent from Fort Myers High School, Jonathan Stockhausen and Kayla Scott from Gateway Charter, Jordan Diggs and Syniah S. Clark from Ida S. Baker High School, Miguel Vidal and Kayla Davidson from Island Coast High School, Matthew Williams and Amara Ezenwa from Lehigh Senior High School, Keaton Koselke and Alexis Restrepo from Mariner High School, Austin Knipper and Madison Lampkins from North Fort Myers High School, Daniel Williamson and Elizabeth White from Riverdale High School, Jordari Rene and McKenzie Owens from South Fort Myers High School, Justin Vazquez and Ally Frith from Southwest Florida Christian Academy. For more information about the 29th Annual Rotary Club of Fort Myers South’s Scholar-Athlete Awards, contact Rob Scharlau at (239) 810-2554 or...

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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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