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New Rotary President takes over

By Staff | Jul 22, 2015

As the gavel was brought down last Friday morning, it was official Chris DeCosta took on the responsibility of being the new President of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club 2015-16.

Chris, as many Islanders know is a founding partner in the law firm of Holtz Mahshie DeCosta Sanibel and Fort Myers – concentrating on real estate litigation.

During the summer months attendance at our Friday morning Rotary club meetings dwindles down to a precious few; but it is also is the time when much of the planning for season takes place.

This includes the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Foundation reviewing the giving activities of the club. New giving opportunities are discussed and new request for funds are encouraged and reviewed.

One of those new requests is the opportunity of putting in place a brand new Sanibel-Captiva Rotary scholarship at Florida Southwestern College/FSW/ Edison College.

Basically hand delivering that request was Paul Bova, Senior Director Development at FSW .

Our Rotary Club has a long tradition of providing scholarships to students with outstanding academic achievement and financial need.

In fact, raising scholarship funds was the driving force for the original Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair here on the Island.

Taking every opportunity to bring attention to the changes going on campus at FSW, Paul got up for a few minutes and highlighted some of those changes.

Along with the name change a year ago, a new vitality emerged on campus. Many young people today see the value of attending their local colleges from both an academic and financial prospective; but while attending local colleges, they also want the full college experience.

With that in mind FSW has built two dormitory residences recently and is reintroducing a serious college level sports program at the school. Ground breaking of the new SunCoast Credit Sports Arena took place last week and before you know it tickets to Buccaneers Basketball games will be on sale.

Just a short distance from Campus on the grounds of former Red Sox stadium at City of Palms Park, FSW’s Buccaneers baseball and softball teams are getting ready for their upcoming seasons.

Keep an eye on the sport’s page for announcements of FSW team schedules.

After Paul had a few moments at the podium, Chris invited Bobby Logue, Artistic Director of the BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theatre to update us on theater offerings this year.

Bobby’s whole personality exudes high energy and enthusiasm for what he does at the theater and his love of theater. When he came to the Sanibel originally to work for J.T. Smith and the Old Schoolhouse Theater, he never imaged that he would actually stay here and become the head of a theater of his own on the Island.

Bobby spent many years acting and dancing his way around the world; first in Broadway Productions and then on cruise ships. It was fun and exciting but dancers have a stage life, so to speak.

When he came to Sanibel, he was contemplating what was ahead for him in the theater business. Well we all know what happened to Bobby but Bobby was really not at our meeting to talk about himself, he was here to bring us news about the Strauss’s summer production of Rhythm of the Night and the exciting season ahead of music and drama at the theater starting in the fall.

Now open Rhythm of the Night is a high-octane production exuding the sounds and energy of Latin music over the last decade.

Bobby has selected music that will have you chair-dancing in your seats and has brought together an outstanding Broadway cast that will bring the romance and fun of the Latin culture to life on stage.

Don’t walk but dance your way to the box office at the Strauss and pickup tickets to this dazzling production of Rhythm of the Night at the Strauss till August 15.

As for the upcoming season, starting in November look for the new musical revue Duets – November 20 to December 3, followed by a special Christmas/Holiday Show – December 18th to New Year’s Eve.

The year 2016 will bring in Camping with Henry and Tom, Stepping Out, and ending the season Musical of Musicals -March 18, to April 16.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets at 7 a.m., Friday mornings at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club Pavilion in back of the Clubhouse. Guests are always welcomed.