Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club

Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Welcome to Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club

Welcome to the Official Blog of the Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club, Naples, Florida. This blog will be updated frequently giving the latest meeting information and speakers as well as highlighting the important functions of Rotary both on the local level as well as the international level. Feel free to eMail us at anytime by clicking here. Our postal mail address is P.O. Box 352, Naples, Florida 34106 and telephone contact is 239-435-6308 Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club was chartered in July 1, 2015 with Naples Sunset Rotary Club and Gulf Shore Rotary Club merging. It meets the first and second Wednesdays at the Hyatt House Naples, 1345 Fifth Avenue S., Naples, Florida at 7:30am and the third and fourth Thursdays at 5:30pm.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Upcoming Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Schedule

June 22, 2017 Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club Installation of New 2017-2018 Officers Dinner

On Thursday, June 22nd we had our changing of the guard installation dinner at Cooper’s Hawk.  In attendance were about 25 members/spouses/significant others and our new Assistant District Governor for Area 1, Julie Pedretti.  Walter Douglas led us in the invocation and pledge. President Rob Samouce gave a recap of our last Rotary Year wherein we raised over 21 thousand dollars from the Winewalk, Flag and Maple Syrup Sales and the Paintball Tournament.  We donated the monies to 8 deserving causes: Collier County Community Resources, Blessings in a Backpack, Young Life, Guatemala School of Hope, Shelter Box, Tanzania Water Project, Polio Plus, and the Rotary Foundation.

Rob thanked last year’s directors for their service to the club and then awarded New Rotary Member of the year to Olga Schultz, Board Member of the Year to Jon Titus and Rotarian of the Year to Robbie Selby.

Rob then gave the oath of office to new Club President, Jim Juliano. Jim then swore in his new Board, Officers and Committee Chairs. The new Board is:  Dough Haughey, John Paul, Gabby Marvin, Jon Titus, Bill Towers, Olga Schultz (Sgt. At Arms), Mikael Groendahl (Secretary), Jim Davidson (Treasurer), Rob Samouce (Past-President) and Mel Drury (President-Elect). Social and membership co-committee chairs are Anne Towers and Robbie Selby. Thanks to all for stepping up to the plate.

Jim then told us of RI emphasis for the new year including, new member participation, member engagement, and increase fundraising. Please let Jim know we all have his back to make this new Rotary Year an excellent one.

Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated, all our meetings are at Hyatt House Naples.

Thurs. Evening June 29, 6:00 p.m.:  Tanzanian Water Project
No Meeting July 5th
Wednesday Morning July 12th, 7:30 a.m.:  TBD
Thurs. Evening July 20th, 6:00 p.m.:  Club Assembly


Thursday, June 15, 2017

2017 Rotary International Convention

On Saturday, a total of 12 of us (Club Members and Spouses/Significant Others) flew to Atlanta for this year’s International Rotary Convention to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RI Foundation along with around 40,000 others in the Rotary Family.  The Rotary Foundation’s first contribution was $26.50 in 1917 and has since contributed over 3.4 Billion Dollars to needy around the world.

We were serenaded in Centennial Park by country singer Ricky Skaggs, we listened to Bill Gates pledge $450 Million Matching Dollars to finally wipe out Polio in the next 3 years which will cost an estimated $1.5 Billion (only 5 reported cases so far this year!), we heard about what Ashton Kutcher and others are doing to stop human slavery worldwide, we found out from Coca Cola’s CEO how it is keeping up with world changes,  we were mesmerized by Ambassador, Andrew Young’s review of the history of Atlanta and we saw Jack Nicholas say that Golf is “just a game” but taking care of family and helping others is what is really important.  

Everyone in the group attended lots of break-out sessions and meet new friends from all over the world in the House of Friendship.  We will have to share our Convention Rotary Moments with the other club members.

Changing of the changing of the guard dinner is coming up on Thursday evening,  June 22nd at Coopers Hawk.  If you have not done so yet, please e-mail Jim ASAP and let him know if you will be at the dinner and who will be joining you: jdud99@yahoo.com

Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated, all our meetings are at Hyatt House Naples.

Thurs. Evening June 22, 6:00 p.m.:  Changing of the Guard Dinner- Coopers Hawk
Thurs. Evening June 29, 6:00 p.m.:  Tanzanian Water Project

Upcoming Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Schedule

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017 Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Meeting

On Wednesday Morning, June 7, 2017, Sgt. At Arms, Robbie Selby led the Club in an inspiring invocation and the pledge. Robbie then collected happy bucks.  Mel Drury gave us a wrap up of the Paintball Tournament where we netted over $4K for our Foundation charities. Fun was had by all-the Roofcrafter’s team came from behind to win the paintball tourney and the team of Kim Davidson/Jon Kukk won the corn hole tourney.  President, Rob Samouce and Robbie mentioned the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta coming up starting Saturday wherein we have about 14 club related folks going and Rob and President-Elect Jim Juliano went over the changing of the guard dinner on Thursday evening,  June 22nd at Coopers Hawk.  Please e-mail Jim ASAP and let him know if you will be at the dinner and who will be joining you: jdud99@yahoo.com

Rob Samouce then introduced our speaker; Paula DiGrigoli, Executive Director of the NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition. (Coalition)  The Coalition is a group of over 50 local organizations and businesses working together tackle three issues adversely impacting Collier County youth: obesity, drowning and unsafe sleep (SIDS).  Drowning is the leading cause of death of children age one to four and suffocation (sleep related death) is the leading cause of death for children less than 1 year of age in Collier County. The Coalition distributes the life jackets at the beach parks, conducts swim lesson and water smart (Stewie the Duck and Josh the Otter) classes throughout the County and put together the largest swim class in the world (over 1,300 participants-Guinness Book of World Records at the County water park). For more info go to: safehealthychildren.org

Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated, all our meetings are at Hyatt House Naples.

Sat. June 10 thru Thurs June. 15: Rotary Convention-Atlanta
Wed. Morning June 14, 7:30 a.m.:  Club Assembly
Thurs. Evening June 22, 6:00 p.m.:  Changing of the Guard Dinner- Coopers Hawk
Thurs. Evening June 29, 6:00 p.m.:  Tanzanian Water Project

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017 Naples Gluf Shore Sunset Rotary Meeting

On Wednesday Morning, May 10, 2017, President, Rob Samouce, led the Club in the invocation and the pledge. Sgt. At Arms, Robbie Selby, collected happy bucks.  Rob Samouce updated us on upcoming Paintball Tournament (get your teams formed and let Jon know how you can help). 

President-Elect Jim Juliano then introduced our speaker, Sgt. Leslie Weidenhammer, Coordinator of the Mental Health Unit at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.  The Mental Health Unit partners with local Mental Health Professionals and Mental Health Consumers and their families to help persons with mental disorders access medical treatment rather than place them in the criminal justice system due to mental illness related behaviors.  25% of the general population will suffer mental health issues at one time or another and mental health disorders do not discriminate based upon socioeconomic factors of those having to deal with them. It is much less expensive for the taxpayers to place a mental health suffer in medical treatment if possible rather than incarcerate them.  Jail will typically exacerbate mental health disorders rather than help those suffering.  The Unit also works with understanding the traits and needs of those who have Alzheimer’s and autism. If you know someone who may benefit from talking with Sgt. Weidenhammer, she can be reached at the non-emergency Sheriff’s Office phone number: 252-9300.

Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated, all our meetings are at Hyatt House Naples.

Thurs. Evening May 18, 6:00 p.m.:  Co-Founding Club Member Bob Hattemer
Thurs. Evening May 25, 6:00 p.m.:  Co-Founding Club Member George Leamon
Sat. Morning, June 3: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:  Paintball Tournament- In the Estates
Wed. Morning June 7, 7:30 a.m.:  NCH Children’s Coalition
Sat. June 10 thru Thurs June. 15: Rotary Convention-Atlanta
Wed. Morning June 14, 7:30 a.m.:  Club Assembly
Thurs. Evening June 22, 6:00 p.m.:  Changing of the Guard Dinner- Coopers Hawk
Thurs. Evening June 29, 6:00 p.m.:  TBA

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Upcoming Meeting Schedule: May - June


May 3, 2017 Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club Meeting


On Wednesday Morning, May 3, 2017, Jon Kukk led the Club in a beautiful invocation and the pledge. Sgt. At Arms, Robbie Selby, collected happy bucks.  Jon Titus updated us on the June 3rd Paintball Tournament (start getting your teams lined up and let Jon know how you can help).  Jon Kukk then updated us on the Tanzanian Water Project (description of project emailed). Our Club donated $5,000 to the $119K Grant Project that is being overseen by the North Naples Rotary Club. Our donation will be matched by District and then Rotary International (our 5K turns into $15K then)
President-Elect Jim Juliano then introduced our speaker, Liane Sanson, the local Area Director of Newborns in Need (NinN).  NinN works with the Birth Place at Naples Community Hospital to provide care necessities to the Hospital and other agencies servicing premature, ill or impoverished newborns throughout Collier County.  They provide “Baby Boxes” that can serve as a beginning crib, plus diapers, infant clothing, bottles, bath essentials, infant thermometers, blankets etc.  You can check out more about NinN and see how you can help by visiting their website at: https://newbornsinneed.org/

Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated, all our meetings are at Hyatt House Naples.

Wed. Morning May 10 7:30 a.m.:  Collier County Sheriff’s Department
Thurs. Evening May 18, 6:00 p.m.:  Co-Founding Club Member Bob Hattemer
Thurs. Evening May 25, 6:00 p.m.:  Co-Founding Club Member George Leamon
Saturday Morning, June 3:  Paintball Tournament- In the Estates
Wed. Morning June 7 7:30 a.m.:  NCH Children’s Coalition
Wed. Morning June 14 7:30 a.m.:  Club Assembly
Thurs. Evening June 22 6:00 p.m.:  Changing of the Guard Dinner- Coopers Hawk

Friday, April 28, 2017

April 27, 2017 Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club Meeting

On Thursday evening, April 27, 2017, President Elect Jim Juliano led the  invocation and pledge. Sgt-at- Arms elect Olga Schultz collected happy bucks. President Elect, Jim Juliano introduced our speakers; Amy Lane, Director of Development Major Gifts for the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Naples  and Dr. Candace Ellis one of Bascom Palmer’s Naples  based  optometrists. They gave slide show presentations on who BPEI is and  what their specialties areas are. Bascom Palmer is a world class eye  research based organization, ranked  #1 in Ophthalmology based on reputation, by US News and World Report 15 times since 1990. They are  affiliated  with the University of Miami University and have 5 Florida locations. They have  been in Naples since 2001 at the request of NCH, to serve patient needs in the Naples community. The 21,00 sq-ft vision care and ambulatory surgical center is located on Rt 41 in Naples. BPEI  partnered  with the  Naples Children Education Foundation ( Wine Festival of Naples) to screen  20,000 Collier County children last year  for eye disorders  and treated  100 with challenging eye  disorders beyond just needing glasses. Some of their other world class services  include, the world’s first orbital vision research center in Miami to  find novel treatments for orbital disease,  the world’s  first center  dedicated to pediatric glaucoma helping young children see, and The Florida Lions eye bank that provides human corneas and other eye tissues to patients  needing transplant surgery. BPEI does not advertise, is privately funded  by donations, and will hold two fundraising events . A "For Your Eyes for Only" luncheon for women” in October 2017 and a gala reception at their Naples HQ in January 2018.

Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated, all meetings are at the Hyatt House Hotel Naples

Wed morning May 3, 7:30 AMNewborns in Need- Liane Sanson -  Founder
Wed morning May10, 7:30 AM: Collier County Sheriff’s Dept- Sgt Leslie Weidenhammer , mental health unit coordinator
Friday evening May 12, 530 PM :RI Atlanta convention meeting- Home of of Robbie Selby
Thursday evening May 18,6:00PM: Co Founding member Bob Hatter
Thursday evening May 25,6:00PM: Co Founding member George Leamon
Saturday morning, June 3: Paintball Tournament- In the Estates

Click here to check out our blog site: http://www.naplesgulfshorsunsetrotary.club/  which is managed by Co founding member Marcus Zillman who attended last evening- Welcome back Marcus

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017 Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club Meeting


On Thursday Evening, April 21, 2017, Kristen Petry led the Club in a beautiful invocation and the pledge.. Sgt. At Arms, Robbie Selby, collected happy bucks.  Robbie updated us on the Rotary Convention in June and Jon Titus updated us on the June 3rd Paintball Tournament.  Please ask your friends and contacts for sponsorships, teams and gift certificates.  More detailed info on the Tournament will be forthcoming soon.

President, Rob Samouce then introduced our speaker, Juliana Meek, Regent of Naples-on-the-Gulf Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  The Naples Chapter has evening meetings and around 35 members. DAR is a non-profit social society that does lots of charity work including providing scholarships for girls.  To be able to be a member, a woman has to be an ancestor of someone who fought, or who assisted in the fight, of the American Revolution against the British.  The Chapter can help prospective members find out if their ancestry qualifies for membership and apparently more people qualify than one may think because of all of the generations that have passed since the Revolutionary War.  It looks like two of our members would probably qualify.  There is also Sons of the  American Revolution for men and Children of the American Revolution for kids. Juliana was a member of Everglades Society, Children of the American Revolution when she was a child and previously served as Chapter Regent for two years  at the Arlington House Chapter at the DAR headquarters at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.

Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated, all our meetings are at Hyatt House Naples.

Thurs. Evening Apr 27, 6:00 p.m.:  Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Wed. Morning May 5 7:30 a.m.:  Newborns in Need
Wed. Morning May 10 7:30 a.m.:  Collier County Sheriff’s Department
Thurs. Evening May 18, 6:00 p.m.:  Co-Founding Club Member Bob Hattemer
Thurs. Evening May 25, 6:00 p.m.:  Co-Founding Club Member George Leamon
Saturday Morning, June 3:  Paintball Tournament- In the Estates

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017 Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Meeting

On Wednesday Morning,  April 12th, 2017, Olga Schultz led the Club in the invocation (in Russian) and the pledge (in English). Sgt. At Arms Robbie Selby collected happy bucks.  Sandy Harter then let us know about a thank you e-mail from the Director of the Centre of Hope in Guatemala, Geoff Doppenberg, for the $2,000 our club donated to the Centre that was much needed and spent on Windows for the School and for Therapy Equipment.  Jon Titus then updated us on the 6/3/17 Club Paint Ball Tournament we will be having. Please ask your friends and contacts for sponsorships, teams and gift certificates.  More detailed info on the Tournament will be forthcoming soon.

Robbie then introduced our guest speaker and her friend, Linda Wallace, Chapter Leader of the Southwest Florida Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF). TCF is a non-denominational nationwide organization for people who have lost a child, sibling, or grandchild of any age under any circumstances. Susan Shaw, TCF member also joined us.  The members, from all walks of life and ages, meet a few times a month at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the YMCA.  The main mission of TCF is to support the family members of children, brothers, sisters and grandchildren who have passed with their grieving. 

If you, or someone you know, has lost a child, sibling or grandchild you may want contact TCF or share TCF with them.  For more info go to:  https://www.compassionatefriends.org/wcl-service/the-compassionate-friends-southwest-florida-chapter/

Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated, all our meetings are at Hyatt House Naples.

Thurs. Evening Apr 20, 6:00 p.m.:  Daughters of the American Revolution
Thurs. Evening Apr 27, 6:00 p.m.:  Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Wed. Morning May 5 7:30 a.m.:  Newborns in Need
Wed. Morning May 10 7:30 a.m.:  Collier County Sheriff’s Department
Thurs. Evening May 18, 6:00 p.m.:  Co-Founding Club Member Bob Hattemer

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 5, 2017 Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Meeting

On Wednesday Morning,  April 5th, 2017, President Rob Samouce led the Club in the invocation and the pledge. Sgt. At Arms Robbie Selby gave us a recap of last week’s Boccie Social at Wyndemere in honor of founding Club member Bob Hattemer.  Fun was had by all and the Wyndemere staff turned us into Boccie experts and they were very accommodating.  Rob then reminded us that we have a few American Flags left for sale (only $25) and he distributed the awesome Stowe Vermont Maple Syrup to those in attendance (at least 2 bottles each per member-only $15 each bottle).  Let Rob know if you need a Flag or more Syrup.  The British Invasion District conference in Sarasota is coming up end of May and then early June many from the Club will be going to the National Rotary Convention in Atlanta.  Robbie announced that at some point there will be a special meeting of those going to Atlanta to go over last minute details and what we will be doing.  Paintball is still set for June 3rd.  Robbie then collected happy buck.

Rob then introduced our guest speaker Meredith Chase, Director of Development from Youth Haven.  Youth Haven is over 45 years old in Naples and houses children and youth from age 6 to 18 as an emergency type halfway house for the kids before they are assigned to a foster home or similar facility.  The average stay there is over 100 days now. Youth Haven has two cottages (girls and boys), 51 beds and is always full.  They are building a third cottage for 16 additional beds.  The facility is manned by around 60 staff members 24 hours a day so the kids are being well taken care of during their crisis time of need.  They can always use volunteers and donations.  They are having their 30th annual golf tournament on May 8th.  Go to www.youthhavenswfl.org for more info.

Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated, all our meetings are at Hyatt House Naples.

Wed. Morning Apr 12 7:30 a.m.:  Compassionate Friends
Thurs. Evening Apr 20, 6:00 p.m.:  Daughters of the American Revolution
Thurs. Evening Apr 27, 6:00 p.m.:  Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Wed. Morning May 5 7:30 a.m.:  Newborns in Need
Wed. Morning May 10 7:30 a.m.:  Collier County Sheriff’s Department

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday March 29, 2017 Wyndemere Boccie Social

On Wednesday, March 29th, Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary had a social at Wyndemere County Club where members, spouses, significant others and guests enjoyed a beautiful evening outside on the lawn learning to play Boccie Ball and enjoying unique hors.d'oeuvres and libations.  The event was in honor of founding club member Bob Hattemer and the colorful country club slacks he liked to sport at club meetings throughout the years.  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Meeting

On Thursday Evening,  March 23rd, 2017, Maple Syrup Thorpe led the Club in the invocation and the pledge.  Rob then introduced our guest speakers, Connie Preu, Executive Director and Annette Kirk, Database Administrator of Collier Harvest.  Collier Harvest is a non-profit that distributes food to over 50 agencies in Collier County for the needy.  A few times a year they will purchase about $15K in discounted food (worth about $23K) from Publix and distribute to the agencies for further distribution to the needy.  They work personally with the agencies to make sure needs are met quickly and they have been doing this great work since 2005.  To help or donate to Collier Harvest go to:  http://collierharvest.org/

Sgt. At Arms, Robbie Selby announced a guest of Mikel Groendahl (his Cousin) and then collected happy bucks.  John Titus gave us an update on the June 3rd paint ball tournament (mark your calendars and get a team together)  Rob then discussed members purchasing American Flags for their homes as part of a District Wide Project.  If you want a 3 x 5 foot flag with pole and bracket for mounting (only $25) let Rob know.  The Club bought 25 and there are only 9 left. Get yours before they are gone.

Robbie Selby then went over again the Rotary Social we will be having at Wyndemere Country Club next Wednesday evening, March 29th, in honor of Bob Hattemer.  We will be playing Boccie Ball while enjoying happy hour. Please bring a prospective member, spouse or significant other and make sure to wear your most fancy country club colorful slacks/pants to see if you can win the Hattemer Fancy Pants Challenge. Robbie needs a head count for the Wyndemere Party so please e-mail Robbie and let her know how many you are bringing ASAP:  robbieselby@gmail.com

Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated, all our meetings are at Hyatt House Naples.

Wed. Evening Mar 29, 5:30 p.m.:  Rotary Social at Wyndemere CC
Wed. Morning Apr 5 7:30 a.m.:  Youth Haven
Wed. Morning Apr 12 7:30 a.m.:  Compassionate Friends Speaker
Thurs. Evening Apr 20, 6:00 p.m.:  Daughters of the American Revolution
Thurs. Evening Apr 27, 6:00 p.m.:  Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute