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Rotary Happenings: Author takes Rotarians on an adventure

By Staff | Sep 16, 2020

This week at our Rotary Zoom meeting, we were visited by a penguin named Charlie sharing his travels. Rather, we were visited by Rotarian Haley Marguerite Mariano who is the author of the children’s book series called “Charlie Takes an Adventure.” Haley actually wrote the first book in this series, “Charlie Takes an Adventure”, as a Language Arts project in the sixth grade. In this book, Charlie who is originally from Antartica, travels to Florida to discover a new world. After many years and with a lot of hard work and dedication, Haley had this book published and has since written two more books, “Charlie Takes an Adventure to Massachusetts” and “Charlie Takes an Adventure to New York”.

Haley was born in Natick, Massachusetts and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She has taken her books all over the southern portion of the United States, especially the whole state of Florida. She has done hundreds of book readings at Girls Scout clubs, preschools, elementary schools and middle schools. Haley spreads the love of reading by selling her books at farmers markets, craft festivals and other events all over the state of Florida. 

Along with being a children’s book author, Haley is a motivational speaker and inspirational blogger. She enjoys giving her motivational talks to young people so they can be inspired to follow their dreams just like she has. She also strives to empower young women to be confident, independent leaders. She encourages them to “stay true to yourself, don’t listen to the negative comments or noise and to keep going.” Her next book will focus on the state of North Carolina and the adventures Charlie can find there.

In light of COVID-19, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club meets on Fridays at 7:30 a.m. via Zoom. To take part, call 239-472-7257. For more information, visit sanibelrotary.org or www.facebook.com/sancaprotary.