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Rotary Happenings

May 5, 2014
Special to the Reporter ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

It was a busy meeting at Rotary this week. Trying to roll through our morning meeting rituals in quick order and getting on with our business meeting wasn't an easy task. Snowbird Rotarians are still leaving and this is their last meeting for some time, so they had a little more to say than usual, but they also had a reason to want the business portion of this meeting to get started because many of them had bought tickets to our Summer in the Colorado Mountains raffle and the winning ticket was to be drawn as soon as we wrapped up all the announcements and Happy Bucks.

Everyone thought we were finally getting to the drawing, but not quite yet, there was just one other matter to take care of first. Incoming 2014-2015 Club President Bill Rahe wanted to present a gift to outgoing President Scot Congress for his year of service and providing his outstanding leadership in the planning and implementing of a great year for Rotary. Bill made note of the many accomplishments for the club this year and announced that the club's fundraising activities during Scot's presidency had reached a record net figure just north or south of $100,000. Distribution of the proceeds from three fundraisers have allowed the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club to present scholarships, grants, and support to a plethora of organizations and non-profits to continue their work in our community, here in Florida, and internationally. A beautiful, large, engraved Luc Century vase was then presented to Scot from the club in appreciation.

The club thanked Bill Rahe for his dedicated work on this project and his crackerjack selling team, Bailey's for allowing us to sell tickets out front every weekend, and most of all to the many people who supported our club's efforts to raise money for both CROW on Sanibel and for Polio Now, Rotary International's effort to eradicate Polio from all communities across the globe by buying raffle tickets. Sanibel-Captiva Rotary raised somewhere around $11,000 on this raffle. Presentation of checks to CROW and Polio Now will be presented, as soon as final figures are in.

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Scot Congress and Bill Rahe. PHOTO PROVIDED.

Invited to participate in the drawing of the winning raffle ticket were Melissa Congress, president of CROW, and Stephen Calabro, CROW executive director. The winning ticket was drawn by Rebecca Congress and the winner was Arlene Knox of Fort Myers. Bill Rahe had sold the winning ticket at the downtown Rotary Club of Fort Myers at a recent visit to the club. Congratulations Arlene!

Not that there's any inbreeding in Rotary, but it just so happened that two members of the downtown Rotary Club of Fort Myers were visiting us last Friday to drum up interest in their upcoming Rotary Cup Golf Tournament to benefit PAL-Police Athletic League on May 17, when the winning ticket was drawn. Stephen Calabro, CROW executive director, might be a member of that club, as well.

Our club's Trust Foundation, the giving arm of Sanibel-Captiva Rotary, represented by Trust Foundation member Lee Almas also was in a giving mood. A $1,000 Rotary check was presented to Dorrie Hipschman, executive director of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum for educational programming at the museum. Just for full disclosure, Dorrie is also a Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club member.

And to make note, Rotarians world-wide are active and involved people, as we can see by their involvement of our own community. Sanibel-Captiva Rotarians are represented and serve in leadership rolls of many non-profits on the islands and off.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club meets at 7:00a.m., every Friday morning at the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, on Sanibel Island. Guests are always welcomed.



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