It was a club assembly this week at Rotary, which means we go over reports from our club committees analyzing how things are going during this Rotary year from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Front and center at this assembly was the Arts and Crafts Fair Committee Co-Chair Scot Congress, reporting that from all indications this year's fair netted somewhere around $100,000 plus. All proceeds from our Arts & Crafts Fair are deposited in our Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva Trust Account for distribution throughout the year both at home and abroad to organizations and nonprofits aligned with Rotary International tenets.
Thanks, abound on all fronts and each of our members and Rotary friends warrant boundless appreciation for their hard work and dedication to making this fair a continuing success each year.
One of our own Sanibel-Captiva Rotary booths at the fair is the T-shirt and hat booth. Each year our club presents a new famous artist design on that year's T-shirts and clothing; this year that artist was Glass Artist Luc Century. The design was quite a hit and I know; I'm seeing these beautiful T-shirts on many of my friends. Thanks to Luc for his generous support of San-Cap Rotary. Rotary Clothing Committee Chair Rachel Tritaik, told us, "that on our club website,www.sanibelrotary.com, we do present overstocked T-shirts from previous years and additional Rotary merchandise, so check it out." The designs are all beautiful and merchandise is limited.
Moving from the Arts & Crafts Fair committee to our Membership committee. Committee chair Eldon Bohrofen had the pleasure of inducting our fourteenth new member at last week's meeting, Gary Dyer.
Why is our club growing? Somewhere and on some level, we are connecting with like-minded individuals, who see the importance of what our club is doing toward helping our community and communities world-wide. Our club pays attention to world-concerns - clean water, maternal and child health, the need for disease prevention, economic community development, prosperity, education/literacy, and world-peace. We start with our local community, but these concerns are world-wide. We are one people and we share common problems. Sanibel-Captiva Rotary offers a way for club members to give back and to help make this world a better place.
Rotarians come from many professions and to quote a portion of RI President John F. Germ's words, "we need men and women of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, and professions that come from every city, country, and region of the world. The better our clubs reflect their communities, the better we can serve them. Diversity is our strength."
Our members are leaders, not by title alone, but my actions. They know Rotary is a service organization, but they also know that Rotary is a club where deep friendships are made. We work hard and we play hard, can't tell you much about that, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club is a great club to belong to. The chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one's own life. It is richly rewarding. "He/She profits most who serves the best."
What can members benefit from joining Rotary? First of all, we provide friendship and fellowship. We provide services and provide financial support to community and international programs involved in humanitarian works.
New Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club members, since July 1, 2016:
Clair Ann Beckmann/ banking
John Clark/civil engineer
Donald Dillinger/sales textiles
Gary Dyer/financial investments
William Gibney/sales finance
John Henshaw/health risk consultant
Walter Jones/field engineer
John Schwandke/radio broadcasting
Richard Green/software solutions
Mary Schoeffel/donor relations
Bill Letende/pharmacy consultant
L. Carlton Anderson/futures management
This is incredible and Eldon told us there are two other membership applications under review, at this time.
If you are interested in learning about Rotary membership, contact Membership Chair Eldon Bohrofen at 920-912-6266 or email email@example.com.
Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets Friday mornings at 7 a.m., at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Guests are always welcomed.