Current Projects & Happenings

Holiday Toy Project: A District Matching Grant Project – 2018
Our club, in a matching grant project with Rotary District 6960 bought $5,000 ($2,500 from our club and $2,500 from the District) in toys and clothes for 81 Head Start Students at J. Colin English Elementary School in North Fort Myers.  Our Rotarians and staff from the school wrapped the gifts on December 12th.  On December 14th, students were brought to a room to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and received a small gift.  A separate special bag providing at least one toy, a set of clothes and shoes was made up for each of 81 students and given to their parents so they could have them on Christmas Day.








Dictionary Distribution Day – 2018: Rotary gives dictionaries to all 3rd graders in Lee County
Rotarians Terry Tucker, Dick Marshall, and Bill Thomas hand out dictionaries to students, happy students with their dictionaries, and Hancock Creek Elementary sends a “Thank You” banner to the club to express their appreciation for the dictionaries.



Dictionary Labeling Day – 2018
Tim Eckert, David Rice, Dick Marshall, and Jack Hess labeled our dictionaries for our District Dictionary Day Project.  The dictionaries will be distributed on October 12th.







New Members Inducted – 2018
Two new members were inducted on June 14, 2018.  Our club welcomed William Barnes (HVAC Contractor) and Perry Sisson (Plumbing Services) into our club.  William was sponsored by David Rice and Perry was sponsored by John Gardner.

Norm did the induction, William, President David, and Perry

Induction Party – 2018
We held our Induction Party on May 25th, at Magnolia Landing.  A great time was had by all as we recognized our outgoing officers and introduced our incoming officers for 2018-19.  We also recognized Gay Page, wife of our long time member Doug who we lost this past year, with a Paul Harris Fellowship for all her support over the years.  Also recognized was John Gardner as our Rotarian of the Year.  Past President Randy recieved a Paul Harris Fellow for his past service as President.  President David was also able to present our North High Interact Sponsor Kim with the Rotary Zone 34 (includes Florida, Georgia, and the Caribbean) award for the Interact Club of the Year.

President Elect Tim presents outgoing President David with his past president Plaque

DGE Sandra inducts President Elect Tim











President David presents John with his Rotarian of the Year Award

President David presents Past President Randy with a Paul Harris Fellowship











Ed present Gay Page with her Paul Harris Fellowship

President David presents Interact Sponsor Kim with the Rotary Zone 34 Interact Club of the year Award











District Conference – 2018

On May 18th, at the 2018 District Conference, the Interact Club that we sponsor at North Fort Myers High was recognized as the Interact Club of the Year for Rotary Zone 34 (this covers the Carribean, Florida, and Georgia).  This was a tremendous recogniztion for the Interact Club.  President David Rice received the award on behalf of the Interact Club at the District Conference.  In addition to the Interact award, our club also received the Governors award for the year.


President David receives both the Interact Club of the Year award and the Governor’s Award from District Governor Bobbi Bird.










Every three to four months members clean-up Hancock Bridge Parkway from Moody River Road to Orange Grove Blvd.

On April 28, 2018, members Bill Thomas, Ken Swanson, Mike Fahnlander, Tim Eckert, Fran Smith, Terry Tucker, Dick Marshall, George Sinko, and Morrill Dunn are shown decked out in their orange glow vests.  Not shown, but in action was David Rice who took the picture.










On April 25th, we awarded college scholarships to five graduating seniors from North Fort Myers High School; a total of $8,000.  Since 1994 our club has awarded college scholarships to 65 graduating seniors at North Fort Myers High School for a total of $138,000.

President David Rice made the presentations, from left to right:
Makenzi ($1,000 Freshman year scholarship), Shade ($1,000 Freshman year scholarship), Marlin ($1,000 Freshman year scholarship), President David, Christina ($4,000: $1,000 per college year scholarship), Kyleigh ($1,000 Freshman year scholarship)









Each year we hold the Rotary Masters Golf Tournament to raise funds for our charitable projects.  This year we held the tournament at Magnolia Landing in North Fort Myers on April 14th.  It was a great success and we thank everyone who participated in the tournament including our many players (78), sponsors, and volunteers including many of the Interact Students from North Fort Myers High School.

Greg Grier, Golf Tournament Chair, presents a check for $2,000 to Lt. Larry King – with the Public Services Division of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department for the Sheriff’s Youth Activity League.










On Saturday, April 7th, Ed Shumate, David Rice, Bill Thomas, Nate Smith, and John Gardner (taking the picture) installed a new WELCOME TO NORTH FORT MYERS sign on North US 41 near the Lee/Charlotte county line.  The sign is made to stand up to our climate and uses highly reflective material so it will be easily seen at night.