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Rotary Happenings: Rotary Club/ Non-Rotarian Vocational Service Award presented to Chris Heidrick

By Staff | May 3, 2017

Rotary District #6960 Vocational Service Chair Bill Rahe had the floor first last Friday morning, with focus on vocational service. His talk was basically reminding club members on what is meant by vocational service in Rotary. First let’s be clear about this, Rotary International’s motto is “Service Above Self.” Rotary International’s five avenues of service are: club, vocational, community, international, and new generations.

A quote by a British Rotarian in 1935, “The unique feature of Rotary is vocational service; everything else that we do can be repeated by other organizations. If we are unique, if we have a special message, or mission in the world that is unique to ourselves, it lies in the realm of vocational service.”

With 33,000 Rotary Clubs in over 200 countries with 1.2 million members think of the impact Rotarians make by applying their professional skills to projects that improve the lives of others.

Rahe’s powerpoint presentation included qualities describing Rotary’s Vocational Service: networking – 33,000 Rotary Clubs world-wide with 1.2 million members, using their expertise to address community problems. Networking with other professionals recognizing problems and needs in their communities, or throughout the world that may have solutions and using their professional skills to help find resolutions. Of course, there are many opportunities to put “service above self” in action, but it is a true leader that not only finds these opportunities, but acts on them.

At this point, Rahe turned the meeting back to Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club President Charlie Emerson, with Emerson making the announcement that next on the agenda would be the awarding of Sanibel-Captiva Rotary’s non-Rotary Vocational Service Award 2017 to Community Business Leader Chris Heidrick of Heidrick & Co. Insurance, Sanibel. Our S/C Rotary Vocational Service Award committee reviewed all nomination papers for this award for 2017 from club members and without reservation selected Chris Heidrick, as this year’s recipient. Committee member Barbara Ellis, introduced Heidrick to the members by reading a shorten version of his recommendation for this esteemed award by S/C Rotary Club President Holli Martin, July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 and member of the staff at Heidrick & Co.

Heidrick, agency principal of Heidrick & Co. Insurance, Sanibel. Heidrick is a certified property and casualty underwriter, certified financial planner, and associate in national flood insurance. His vocational experience has been in the property and casualty insurance vocation since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Penn State in the early 1990s. In early 2007, he relocated his family to Sanibel. He immediately began to get involved in the community with the Sanibel School Fund/Board Member and Kiwanis. Heidrick noticed a need for a resident-owned insurance agency to focus on the unique insurance needs of residents and businesses specifically on Sanibel and Captiva Islands and forged Heidrick & Co. Insurance in 2009. He now employs six full-time employees and one part-time employee.

In 2013, Heidrick read an industry bulletin about impending changes in the National Flood Insurance Program. While not much information was available about these changes, he recognized that any changes to the NFIP would greatly impact not only Heidrick’s clients, but also island residents and businesses. As the Biggert Water Act of 2012 came to fruition, Heidrick was on the front-line for the community, educating his clients, community groups, individuals, insurance industry organizations and local government officials.

Heidrick is highly regarded in the community and is known as a go-to-guy, ready to lend a hand when needed. He is a true proponent for supporting the community and currently serves in a number of ways: Member and past cice-chair, Sanibel Planning Commission; member, Community Housing Resources Tenant-Landlord Committee; board member and past chair, Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce; chairman, Flood Insurance Task Force for the Independent Ins. Agents & Brokers of America; Board Member FL Assoc. of Insurance Agents; Board Member, Charitable Foundation of the Islands; president, Kiwanis Club of Sanibel-Captiva; member, Sanibel Traffic Committee; Member-Sanibel Flood Plain Management Planning & Mitigation Advisory Committee.

Heidrick is now working with Congressman Francis Rooney and is coordinating an upcoming town-hall meeting for insurance agents from Lee & Collier Counties.

In addition to serving the community personally, Heidrick applies a company culture that supports and encourages his staff to be involved in the community in time, talent, and treasurers and as a perfect example of that S/C Rotary is lucky enough to have Heidrick staff member, Holli Martin as our 2017/2018 Club president.

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