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Rotary Happenings: Rotary distributes $80,000 in charity over season

By Staff | Apr 8, 2015

High season on Island is winding down. Oh, we do have another week or two but after that Rotarians will own Periwinkle.

This season has gone incredibly fast, it’s been a great season with a lot of great energy coming from visiting and snowbird Rotarians pitching in on all the projects and activities that the club has engaged in the last six months.

So last Friday, our Sanibel-Captiva Rotary club President, Bill Rahe presented a recap of the club’s service projects, fundraising activities, grants distributions – both internal and external from our own Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Fund (giving arm of Sanibel-Captiva Rotary), the updating of club by-laws, and our club’s membership growth.

What an upbeat and positive report it was.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary has a guideline given to the club from our District #6960 Governor each year, amazingly named the Governor’s Goals.

This list of club activities helps our club plan and direct achievement toward club participation in Rotary International programs. This document guides Rotary clubs in avenues of service both club and community, club foundation giving, youth service, district service, membership goals, and vocational goals.

Although this is a District guideline, each Rotary club tailors their own activities and plans on what they select to participate in; however, as an added incentive for each District goal achieved the club is recognized on a District level by receiving District awards and ultimately the Governor’s Award.

This year our President, Bill Rahe determinedly wanted to achieve all the goals set by District for the Rotary 2014-15 year.

So, with a great deal of participation from all club Rotarians, snowbird Rotarians, and visiting Rotarians, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary will no doubt receive the highest distinction from the District #6960 Governor, Pete Doragh this year.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club fundraising activities have allowed the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva Trust to distributedrumroll pleasethis Rotary 2014/15 year over $80,000 in support to other non-profits and organizations with programs and projects aligned with Rotary International.

This $80,000 also includes the financing of three Sanibel-Captiva direct or designated Rotary Scholarships.

Our Trust is currently distributing this money with a 50/50 split between local and International gifting.

Local recipients were: FISH, Women’s Fund of SWFL, CECI KIDS, Heights Center, Suarez Soup Kitchen, CROW, Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, Ft. Myers Middle School Academy, Friends Who Care, Paul Duval Foundation, and Shell Museum – total locally $40,450.

International recipients were: Gift of Life, Guatemala Coffee Micro Loans, Shelter Box, Rotary Club St March Haiti, Polio Plus, WheelChair Foundation, Clinica Verde, and El Hogar – total internationally – $37,300. Plus our three Rotary Scholarships of $3,500.

Each dollar contributed to these organizations and scholarship recipients sets the groundwork for a brighter future for someone and benefits all of us through the success of these projects.

President Rahe we call him the energizer bunnyhas certainly taken on his leadership role with great gusto and our club members have followed his lead.

Somehow the word is out and our membership this year has grown by 12 new members. That is mostly due to the positive reputation within our community that the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club has a broad reach into the community and worldwide for making a contribution to bettering the lives of so many.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotarians work hard and we play hardjoin us at one of our weekly Friday morning meetings at 7:00am for breakfast at the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club and you will see how much fun we really have. Visitors are always welcomed.