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Rotary Happenings

April 11, 2014
Special to the Reporter ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

It seems that our snowbird Rotarians are already talking about flying the coop and heading back up north, although no one is quite sure if that's a good idea. Weather is still unpredictable up there and we always miss our friends when they're not here. That being said, now they can catch up with us by going on our newly designed web-site by PP Joel Ospa. No excuses now not to know what's going on back here in Sanibel.

During season our Rotary club goes full steam and snowbird Rotarians are there working shoulder to shoulder on all kinds of projects including fundraising efforts and involvement with committees that identify projects the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary are or will be working on for the year. Before they start heading home, club President Scot Congress called for an assembly to bring everyone up-to-date on the club's financial footing.

John Danner, treasurer, first went over the account balances including our recent Rotary Arts and Crafts Fair. Sanibel-Captiva netted, give or take a few dollars, close to $85,000 from this year's fair. Line items on the income side were all basically up, but our Silent Auction area shot up considerably thanks to the fantastic efforts of Rotarian Rodger Triftshauser.

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Bill Raye and Scot Congress giving up-dates on Rotary Projects. PHOTO PROVIDED.

Although the club has other fundraisers throughout the year, they are usually dedicated toward a special project such as our recent Classical Piano Concert by Francesco Attesti for Rotary Gift of Life, Fla., but the Arts & Crafts Fair is our club's largest fundraiser. Its proceeds are placed in the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Fund and are used throughout the year to support donations, contributions, and the giving of scholarships. Tony Gropp, chair of our club's Rotary Trust, reported that the majority of Sanibel-Captiva Rotary year July 2012 to July 2013 giving has been concentrated locally.

Our international giving is overseen by Chet Sadler who along with San-Cap Rotary immediate PP John Grey has taken the opportunity to visit many of the countries receiving or needing funding to see where our money is being used and in what other ways Sanibel-Captiva Rotary may help. Sadler and Grey have gone to Haiti and Guatemala-touring water project sites and the homes of Guatemalans' that received cooking stoves purchased with our partner for this project Miracles in Action. Sadler, also, explored and carried through on our micro-financing loan investment in Guatemala with project partner: As Green as it Gets.

Discussion is now underway regarding new giving opportunities. Recently the club put into play a new request for funds procedure. When a club member or even a snowbird is approached regarding possible funding, before being considered the proper paper work must be filled out. Then the sponsoring member must present the giving opportunity before the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club Board of Directors and the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Board with all information regarding the project. If request for funding is above $25,000, it must go in front of the entire membership. At this point the club has one local project in this category under consideration, not yet ready to be named.

As some Islanders may have noticed, Rotary fundraising efforts are still going on. You may have noticed our Rotary Banners and display tables at Bailey's General Store or posters somewhere else around town announcing and selling tickets for our Summer in the Colorado Mountains amazing raffle proceeds to be split between CROW on Sanibel and Polio Plus, a Rotary International project funds, which will be matched by the Gates Foundation to rid the world of polio and the World Health Organization who just this week announced the goal of ridding the globe of polio by 2018.

Don't delay, buy your tickets now, the raffle will be drawn April 19, you don't have to be here to win. We're definitely at Bailey's every weekend or call Bill Raye at 395-2147 or e-mail him at, he'll get you those tickets. The Summer in the Colorado Mountains includes six nights in a luxury condo, car rental, golf, rodeo, boat rental, tubing, bike rental, horseback riding, plus dinners, picnic lunch, pool passes, kids' activities and more. This is a fun raffle package.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets at 7 a.m., every Friday morning at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Sanibel. Guests are always welcomed.



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