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By Staff | May 9, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Susan Trokey, right, signs land acquisition papers with J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik and then-President Doris Hardy in February 2017.

Trokey leaving the refuge

Susan Trokey tendered her resignation to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Trokey started working for the refuge in 1998 as a volunteer and serves now as regional land acquisitions officer for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

She has been instrumental in negotiating past refuge land acquisitions.

In lieu of gifts, Trokey has asked that friends make donations in her name toward future refuge land acquisitions.

Sierra Hoisington

To do so, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/donation and select Honorarium. Name Trokey as the honoree and in the note or gift comment fields indicate that the donation goes toward land acquisitions.

Candidates to speak

The Democratic Club of the Islands will host a forum on May l7 featuring some of the candidates running for the Lee County School Board in November.

It will take place at 7 p.m. at The Community House on Sanibel.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

The forum will feature Charles Dailey, Karen Putnam-Watson, Betsy Vaughn and Mary Fisher, who is seeking re-election to the District 1 seat.

To join the Democratic Club of the Islands, bring a check to the meeting for $35 for an individual or $60 for a family payable to the DCI or mail a check to DCI, P.O. Box 898, Sanibel 33957.

For more information, e-mail demclubislands@gmail.com

The Community House is at 2l73 Periwinkle Way.

Refuge intern goes full-time

Senior intern Sierra Hoisington recently joined the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge staff in a full-time capacity.

Sierra, a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries biology, began in the position of intern in fall 2016.

Business Building Symposium set

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce has announced its Business Building Symposium V, set for Sept. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers.

This year’s theme is “Unleash the Spirit of your Organization.”

The program includes a series of informative, interactive workshops led by local business leaders, including sessions covering social media and talent management, and a keynote address by Next Level Church Founder Matt Keller.

Participants can choose three hour-long workshops. Subjects include employee retention, social media, driving sales, disaster management, human resources, talent management, work/life balance and more.

Admission to the event is set at $149. A limited number of tickets are available online at fortmyers.org/events/business-symposium or by calling 239-332-2930.