Rotary Happenings: Rotary installs officers, boards for 2019-2020
There was such a good vibe in the main room at The Community House on April 9. It seemed everyone was there to celebrate what the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club has accomplished in the last nine months, with a realization that 2018-2019 is going to be the gold standard for our club leadership and activities going forward.
On each of the dining tables sat a placard that read: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe in our communities and in ourselves.” This year for sure, our leaders put into action those very inspiring words and raised the bar on fundraising events that support the club giving to Rotary projects throughout the world and here in our own backyard.
President John Danner explained to those who may not have known that our installation of next year’s club officers are held three months in advance of them taking office because snowbird Rotarians from the north take flight soon and they are an essential part of our club’s success and activities.
Danner recognized the club’s outstanding global-district partnering Rotary activities, major shout outs to the outstanding Trust Board, and for club membership increases. Thank yous to: our student exchange hosts and mentors, Rotarians and friends partnering with the Sanibel Congregation United Church of Christ meal packing event, The Sanibel School Interact Club advisors, Paul Harris award recognitions actions, The Sanibel School 4-Way Test committee, scholarship committee, and for all of our club’s community service activities.
“There never was a time when there wasn’t a willingness to line up to help out,” he said. “You all are my inspiration.”
Rotary District 6960 Gov. Sandra Hemstead then took the stage to say a few words of thanks. She noted that we are an exceptional club with an exceptional participation in Rotary projects within all levels of Rotary. Hemstead mentioned how impressed she is with how the club presents the Happy Bucks donation collection segment at meetings to collect funds for wheelchairs, scholarships, CART, polio, Shelter Box, Gift of Life and more. She noted San-Cap Rotary has an average donation of $355 per member going to the Rotary Foundation each year. These dollars support Rotary projects all over the world. Special district shout outs went to Richard Green, with Rotary Means Business, and Chet Sadler, with the 4-Way Test Essay Contest.
Incoming District 6960 Gov. Richard Kirschner came up next and to give his thanks to the current officers of the club. He spoke of how “Rotary is a place where people of all religions, politics and business ventures can put all prejudices aside and come together to make the world a better place.”
Now on to the primary reason we gathered together on April 9. Kirschner, aided by Area Three Assistant Gov. Richard Hall, completed the Sanibel-Captiva installation of officers for 2019-2020.
For information about the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club, visit sanibelrotary.org or www.facebook.com/sancaprotary. The club meets every Friday at 7 a.m. at the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, at 949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel; visitors are welcome to attend.