Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club

Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017 Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Club Meeting

On Wednesday mornring, October 11, 2017 President Jim Juliano led the club in the invocation and pledge.Visitor introduction of guest Rotarian Sandy Harter( Pelican Bay Club). Sandy discussed ongoing  Hurricane Irma relief efforts  by Rotary  clubs in  our district being  coordinated bySandy Hempstead  at District 6960. A brief Hallowine planning update followed.

Jim then introduced guest speaker, Cecilia St. Arnold, the Executve Director of Blessings in a Backpack. Cecilia presented an update of Blessings in a Backpack efforts to provide elementary school children in Collier County who are on Federal Free and Reduced lunch programs, with a pre-pack of food to take home every Friday.She gave updated statistics on how the number of elementary school children in the program since Hurricane Irma has increased from 3,200 to 4,000 in Collier County alone. 16 elementary schools in Collier/Lee Counties are in the program.  The total potential for providing  these meals  in Collier  County is 31,000 children. Blessings in a Backpack coordinates efforts in Collier County with Meals of Hope and other organizations to increase their services in the aftermath of Irma. 

Cecilia committed to provide at least 15 college students to volunteer at Hallowine 2017. Her volunteers will man participant venue locations to stamp passports and assist in the many raffle prize ticket sales during the evening. They will arrive early on the day of the event and be assigned locations and given brief training on  their duties. The Club is  grateful to Ceeilia and Blessings in a BackPack for providing this support.

She then led the Club in the Four Way Test to conclude the meeting.

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

Thurs. Evening October 19, 6:00PM: Club Assembly  - Final  planning session for Halllowine 2017
Wed Evening October 25,6:00PM- 9:00PM: Halliwine  2017 event  Mercato
Thurs Evening October 26,2017 6:00PM  - Digital Operating Systems for Small and Medium Size Business - Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.
Wed Morning November 1,7:30 AM : Collier County Leadership -   JR Philp

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 4, 2017 Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary Meeting

On Wednesday morning October 4, Membership  Chair Robbie Selby led the club in a moving invocation and pledge. Sgt. at Arms Olga Schulz collected happy bucks. Olga then introduced guest Ricardo Ferrer, a prospective club member. President Jim Juliano introduced visitig Rotarian Sandy Harter,who, along with club members  Jon Kukk and Tony Powers participated in Hurricane Irma disaster tree clearing relief efforts in Everglades City last week. Jim then introduced two visiting Rotarians from Illinois and Missouri ,Christopher White and Charles Pinkston who have been in Naples for two weeks with the Salvation Army helping with Irma disaster relief efforts in Collier County. Chris and Charles described their their efforts to provide relief for hurricane victims in detail. They will be here  for  a few more weeks. Thanks to all the Rotarians who demonstrated true "Service before Self” Rotarian Spirit. Our  community is grateful to them.  Members attendance - 10.

Hallowine Chair Mel Drury, then updated the club on the status of Hallowine 2017 fund raising efforts. We have secured 10 restaurant  venues to participate this year and collected  over 20 items from raffle sponsors, a record number to be used to generate additional revenues. Mel then handed out posters to members to be used to promote sales and reported that over 90 tickets have been sold already, toward our goal of 350. A great start to this years major fundraiser for our club. An "all hands on deck" effort to use for ticket sales will be implemented during the next 20 days. Thanks to all Hallowine Committee and club members engaged in this effort.

Mark your calendars, unless otherwise noted, all our meetings are at the Hyatt House Naples

October is Economic  and Community Development Month

Wed Morning Oct 11, 7:30 AM Cecilia St Arnold Blessings in a Backpack
Friday  evening Oct 6, 5:00PM -  Club Social at The Pub - a participating  Wine walk  venue 
Thursday Evening October 19, TBD - Final Hallowine 2017 Committee meeting
Wednesday Evening October 25,  6:00PM- 9:00PM Hallowine  2017 at the Mercato
Thursday Evening October 26 6:00PM TBD First Hallowine 2018 Committee meeting SPONSORS