Alexander leaving DDWS
“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge Philanthropic Coordinator Carrie Alexander is resigning from her post as of May 17.
Alexander, who began as an intern three years ago, has held her current position for two years. She in moving to Sydney, Australia, to pursue her love of conservation in an entirely new habitat.
“While bittersweet, we are excited about this next step in her life and wish her all the very best,” DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller said. “She has grown into a valued member of our team and will be missed a great deal.”
The public is invited for cake and refreshments on May 14 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to wish Alexander farewell and best of luck on her next adventure. There will be a short presentation at 2:45 p.m.
No RSVPs are necessary.
Kouril receives CMAA award
Ken Kouril, chief operating officer and general manager of The Sanctuary Golf Club, was honored recently with the Excellence in Club Management Award at the 91st Club Management Association of America World Conference in San Francisco.
Founded by the McMahon Group and co-sponsored by the McMahon Group and “Club & Resort Business” magazine, the award recognizes general managers, managers and COOs of private clubs who have exhibited outstanding management skills.
The nomination supporting Kouril came from Jim Pouliot, president of the club’s board of governors, and the Executive Management Team.
Kouril is a certified club manager, certified chief executive and community association manager, as well as a member of the Club Management Association of America, the National Club Association and Government Relations Committee.
He has been named Person of the Year by the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce and is vice president of the Island Water Association, along with has served as a past board member for the chamber and The Community House.
FGCU honors Roepstorffs with Green & Blue Award
Geoff and Robbie Roepstorff received the Green & Blue Service Award at the Florida Gulf Coast University Annual Men’s Basketball Banquet.
The annual award recognizes the recipients’ contributions that have fostered goodwill for and the image of FGCU Men’s Basketball and the men who comprise the program.
The co-founders of Edison National Bank and the Bank of the Islands, Geoff and Robbie Roepstorff serve respectively as chief executive officer and president and are longtime Eagles fans.
Since 2012, the award has been presented to Jim and Donna Sublett, Art and Phyllis Herman, Dr. Bob and Cinda Ryan, Dean and Janie Schreiner, Sam and Carol Crimaldi, and Mike and Karen Hartley.
DDWS intern earns certification
“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge intern Amanda Brooks recently received her Guest Services Professional Certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the Lee County Tourist Development Council and Visitor & Convention Bureau.
DDWS pays for interns and other staff to attend the highly regarded course each year and receive the certificate for completion.
Dream Vacation Rentals opens
Dream Vacation Rentals, co-owned by Ryan and Nicole Block, recently opened.
The couple has a combined 15-plus years of rental experience on Sanibel and Captiva.
From outside of the Detroit, Michigan, Ryan Block has a history in the islands rental market. Over the past 15 years, he co-owned Reservation Central and most recently managed an island rental agency.
Nicole Block, originally from Portland, Maine, loves the islands.
Dream Vacation Rentals is focused on owner and guest satisfaction, as well as employs new vacation rental technology like keyless entry systems and remote management of thermostats and routers.
For more information, visit www.DreamVayCay.com or call 239-205-8866.
Senior Night at SCC
The H2O Youth Ministry at Sanibel Community Church will honor its high school seniors at its three services on April 29.
It will also host a Senior Banquet for the graduating seniors and their families.
The H2O students graduating this year are Daniel Ibarra, Emma Markle, Ian Vandevelde, Julia Senkeleski, Katie Haas, Lauren VanOlst and Maddie Pezzi.
Sanibel Community Church is at 1740 Periwinkle Way.
Food-rescue campaign feeds hungry
Lee County’s inaugural food-rescue campaign successfully diverted 3,771 pounds of food from potential disposal, exceeding its goal by 89 percent.
The campaign, conducted by Lee County Solid Waste in partnership with the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Waste Pro, FOX4, the Lee County Library System and Lee County Parks & Recreation, encouraged seasonal residents and visitors to donate sealed surplus pantry items before returning north.
The unopened food pantry items were donated to Harry Chapin Food Bank. President Richard LeBer said the donations will help provide another 3,143 meals for hungry working families.
The county’s libraries and recreation centers provided 18 locations.
Campaign organizers had hoped to see at least 2,000 pounds of food collected.
The campaign partners anticipate making it an annual event.