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Rotary Happenings: Rotarians hear from operations manager for Twins

By ROTARY CLUNB - | Feb 23, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Mark Weber, manager of the Florida business operations for the Minnesota Twins, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to alter life as we knew it, people were very focused on how it affected their lives and their work situations. As we can now sit back and reflect a little more, we are able to begin to see how it affected others lives and their lines of work as well.

Mark Weber, manager of the Florida business operations for the Minnesota Twins, recently spoke to the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club about the challenges that the athletic industry, specifically baseball, dealt with and the adjustments the team had to make to ensure the safety and security of its players, staff and fans. Within 12 hours in mid-March, decisions had to be made on the best process of sending players home to their many different states and several countries, as well as the process of clearing out all their equipment.

Since that time, there have been countless meetings with the team’s medical personnel and upper level administration about testing protocols in order to maintain the safety of all involved and open the stadiums to fans. They are confident that the season will be safe and successful — and a winning one.

Weber started with the Twins in 1985 and then started his own business specializing in sports in 1995. He rejoined the Twins in 2014 and oversees all the business operations for the ball club in Southwest Florida. He and his wife have been residents of Southwest Florida since 2014.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club holds a meeting on Fridays at 7:30 a.m. at the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, at 949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel, and via Zoom. To attend in person, email Bill Harkey at William.Harkey@gmail.com; attendance is limited to 20 people. To take part via Zoom, call 239-472-7257. For more information, visit sanibelrotary.org or www.facebook.com/sancaprotary.