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Rotary Happenings: Rotary Club officers take on their official leadership roles for 2017-18

By Staff | Jul 19, 2017

As of July 1, 2017, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club officers for 2017-18 took on their official leadership roles with the club. At the top Board of Directors Officers: President Holli Martin; President Elect-John Danner; Vice-President Eldon Bohrofen; Treasurer Jack Alexander; Secretary Chet Sadler, Sergeant at Arms-Don Russell.

Although our club officers were sworn in by Rotary District #6960 on April 3, they had about four months of preparation time before for their July 2017- July 2018 term in office began – attending Rotary leadership seminars, discussing the goals for our club as related to projects both continuing and in the future, and setting a budget to finance these goals.

So as of last Friday, with gavel in hand, Martin made a brief statement regarding the year ahead for Sanibel-Captiva Rotary. She isn’t going to reinvent the wheel, under San-Cap’s Past-President Charlie Emerson, things were rolling along just fine. No need for great changes but some tweaking. She wants to loosen things up a bit and focus on getting to know each other a little bit better and having fun together.

Last year our membership chair Eldon Bohrofen, and his committee expanded our club membership with 14 new members and we want them to understand the friendship and fellowship that Rotary provides for it’s members and how those friendships are the building blocks for developing a better understanding of each other and what each of us can bring to Rotary.

While Martin was on the topic of new members, she had the opportunity to recognize new members:

Lynn Schneider, for stepping up and taking on the awesome task of organizing San-Caps Rotary’s Fourth of July activities. Float *check, after-parade party *check. Great party and great fun. Thanks to all that worked on the float and special shout-outs to Greg Schneider, Walter and Vick Jones, and Elton Bohrofen.

Rodger Grogman and John Henshaw for taking on the responsibility for updating our Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club logo to new Rotary International standards and somewhat consistent with our club banner. Along with this task, Grogman and Henshaw, assisted by Past Rotary District #6960 Assistant Governor Clark Rambo ordered shirts and hats with the new Sanibel-Captiva Rotary logo. These items may be ordered presently at club meetings and soon on our website, sanibelrotary.org.

There, also, was a surprise for the club, from new member Richard Green. He, family, and friends had produced an outstanding video presentation of this year’s Sanibel’s Fourth of July parade. The video blew my socks off. I hope everyone gets to see this short video that evokes the pride to be an American and a member of the Sanibel community with that old-time feeling of pride in country and celebrating our freedoms and independence. Just as an aside, Richard is British.

Betsy Ross was known to have sewn the original American Flag. Well, Rotary has its own Betsy Ross, well not exactly.

New club President Martin decided to alter our 4-way test Rotary Banner slightly by adding a new 5th test question to the banner. The night before her inaugural meeting, she glue-stitched a felt stick-on line for the banner. IS IT FUN? The problem here was the felt addition wouldn’t stick on the banner. The moral here don’t mess with the Rotary 4-way test banner.

Rotarians are known for their leadership qualities, there are no slackers in the ranks. They are business and personal pro-active citizens of the world with a moral understanding of what it is to do the right thing. Encouraging these qualities in a next generation Southwest Rotary Clubs runs what is called S4TL (Seminars for Tomorrow Leaders) each summer for high school students where they can explore their own personal qualities for development of leadership capability. Sanibel-Captiva Rotary sponsored Sanibel high school student Ian Vanderbilt, a senior a Bishop Verot to attend this year’s Rotary S4TL.

“Contrary to popular opinion, leadership is not a reserved position for a particular group of people who were elected or appointed, ordained or enthroned. Leadership is self-made, self-retained, self-inculcated and then exposed through a faithful, sincere and exemplary life.”

-Israelmore Ayivor

Because of column space restrictions I will report on Ian’s experiences in next week’s column.

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