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Rotary Happenings: Outstanding community leaders selected to receive Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Award

By Staff | Apr 30, 2015

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary recently voted to recognize each year, a non-Rotarian community leader with the club’s newly created Vocational Excellence Award.

Considerations for receiving this award were a nomination from Sanibel-Captiva Rotary members with each candidate demonstrating exceptional vocational performance in our community.

The club’s 2015 Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Vocational Excellence Award recipient is Maggie Feiner, President and CEO FISH – Friends In Service Here .

FISH of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. is a leading nonprofit, non-sectarian, human services organization focused on “neighbors helping neighbors” on Sanibel and Captiva islands.

Their mission is to lend a helping hand to those in need who live, work, or visit here. Their objective is to make a social investment in the community that assists our neighbors to live independently with dignity in their homes.

In her position as President of FISH, Feiner administers six core programs and actively fosters community partnerships, such as “Aging in Place” with the Zonta club.

She has been recognized many times for her leadership throughout Lee County. Since her first term as President of the FISH Board of Directors in 2006, she has excelled not only in leadership, but in administration, as attested to by the growth and accomplishments of multiple programs under her supervision.

Along with receiving the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club 2015 Vocational Excellence Award, Feiner was also awarded the distinguished Rotary Paul Harris Award and medallion by Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club President, Bill Rahe.

This Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

To honor our Vocational Excellence 2015 recipient, Feiner, Rotary International has received a financial donation from the club in her name.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotarian, John Grey also was surprised with his nomination by the club for the pretentious Rotary District #6960 2015 Vocational Service Member of the Year award.

All nominees have made great contributions through their devoted service to community, nationally, and globally.

As many Islanders know, Grey is owner and operator of John Grey Painting Company, Sanibel.

He has demonstrated high ethical standards in the conduct of his business and continually gives back to the community through both in-kind and financial support for many non-profits in Lee County.

His remarkable record of service to the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club has brought high standards for involvement for our club. Grey and his business have been an active force in the Sanibel-Captiva and regional community not only in his service to Rotary but in other community organizations.

He is on the Boards and Committees of Sanibel Sea School Sanibel, Community Housing and Resources, and Harlem Heights Foundation, Fort Myers.

On the International level, Grey has personally funded and participated in six trips to Guatemala, Jamaica, Trinidad and Haiti, promoting in a variety of projects, many of these being partnerships between the Rotary and other charitable organizations.

They include the distribution of wheelchairs from the Wheelchair Foundation, Haiti St. Marks School Sanitation Project, Miracles in Action, Coffee farmers micro financing, the distribution of smokeless stoves, and water filtration systems for use at the village level.

Grey can digress at length on the benefits of each of these projects. For example, the distribution of smokeless stoves helps combat rampant environmental lung disease that develops at a very young age in villagers who cook in their homes using open flame stoves.

In addition to lung disease, severe burns are an ever-present risk in such homes. The morbidity and mortality from these burns is increased if the only source of water is polluted.

The water filtration systems introduced on some of John’s visits helped not only to provide potable water, but also to provide clean water for cleansing burns and other wounds.