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Rotary Happenings: Rotary elects officers, board for upcoming year

By Staff | Dec 23, 2019

Happy holidays to all, it’s been a great calendar year for the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva and in December the club prepares for its upcoming fiscal year from July 1 to June 30 by electing our lineup of officers and board members for the coming year of 2020/2021. The new officers are responsible for joining the current officers in understanding club responsibilities for planning objectives and budgeting for the coming year. Providing continuity of projects is extremely important, exploring new ideas for worthy projects, and the development of fundraising activities to support club projects are a high priority toward the accomplishment of the objects of Rotary and the island club’s goals set for the year.

Newly-elected officers serving as of July 1 will be: President Richard Green, President Elect Bill Letendre, Vice President Dorrie Hipschman, Secretary Chet Sadler, Treasurer John Raho and Sergeant at Arms Don Russell. Joining the currently serving directors and board trustees will be: Cindy DeCosta and Barbara Ellis as directors, and Bill Harkey and Make Raab as trustees.

Along with the election of officers on Dec. 13, the club held its last club assembly for 2019. Club assembly is an informational update on club business and committee reports.

Before we got down to the nitty-gritty of club business, Rotary International Foundation Chair John Schwandke – with the assistance of Paul Harris Multi Award recipients Bob Eidsvold, Bill Rahe and Chet Sadler – took the opportunity to present Paul Harris Awards to the following first-time recipients: Carlton Anderson, Jonathon Dean, Scott Mowry, Joleen Raho, John Raho, Lynn Schneider, Mary Schoeffel and Donald Dillinger. The award recognizes financial contributions to the Rotary International Foundation, either personally or in their name, to support the work of Rotary and the collective financial power that the RI Foundation provides back to clubs around the world for projects that will contribute to well-being of communities.

Now on to some highlights of our committee reports for December:

– Raho reported that the club is in a good financial position and dues payments are slowly coming in, but that is not unusual this time of the year. The Arts and Crafts Festival Jury fees are coming in and the club can look forward to a great festival this year. Our Happy Buck Dollars add up and monies contributed to a variety of causes are held until distribution of the dollars to the Trust and on to named entities takes place.

– Mowry, Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust treasurer, reported that the trust funded $95,000 grants from Arts & Crafts Festival proceeds and $24,000 to the Wheelchair Foundation from our 2019 “Wheels on Wheels” fundraising event in fall distribution cycle. The committee is now reviewing grant applications for the next distribution cycle.

– Scot Congress reported that juried selection has been made for this year’s Art & Craft Festival and we will have 110 artists represented. Waiting for city permit but expecting all to go well with this. Had some trouble with the festival Web site but hopefully this has been corrected.

– Roger Thriftshauser and Roger Grogman reported that they have set a goal for the Art & Craft Festival’s silent auction and are already in action collecting items. Last year collectively they had almost 300 items on the auction tables. To get the items is a challenge, but all Rotarians are asked to help, and great thanks is given to our community businesses, who generously support Rotary with donations. Huge kudos go to the unsung heroes of the auction area – the logistical wherewith all of placement and display of items offered each year is quite a job and handled beautifully by Claire Beckman and her amazing committee. Claire is ready to roll.

– Charlie Emerson is responsible for our festival guide each year, including ad sales that finance the guides production. The guide not only provides a map of the festival grounds and list of artists and craftsman booth locations, it but provides an opportunity to put in print information about Rotary. This is a wonderful way companies and businesses can display their supporting the work that Rotary does.

The Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva is looking forward and hope that this coming year will bring to everyone peace and good will to all.

For information about the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva, 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.