Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is pleased to announce Lori Riti and Connie Ramos-Williams were each awarded the Rotary International Four-Way Test Award at the club’s July 6 meeting. Riti is Director of De LaSalle Academy, and was awarded as the club’s non-Rotarian Community Winner. Ramos-Williams is President and CEO of CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing and was awarded as the club’s Rotarian Winner.
This prestigious award recognizes individuals in the community who exemplify Rotary values in their personal and business lives. These recipients emphasize Service Above Self and conduct their lives and business in line with the four tenets of the Rotary Club: Is it truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Does it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The Community and Rotarian runners-up were Barbara Dell, Executive Director of Dress for Success of Southwest Florida, and Jennifer Nettles, General Manager of Bell Tower Shops, respectively.
Riti, who was a 2013 runner up for the Four-Way Test Award, has served as a school administrator in Southwest Florida since 2002. Her mission since 1993 has been to serve children with special needs. In 2012, she teamed with other caring professionals and community members to open De LaSalle Academy to provide individualized and comprehensive services for children with special needs. Currently her team is planning to expand the program and recently moved to a larger facility on Plantation Road. She knows that her shared vision of bringing this “beacon of light” to the community will benefit the under-served and marginalized students of our area.
Ramos-Williams, in addition to overseeing the business development and operations of her award-winning full-service public relations, advertising, marketing and publishing agency, serves as a director or advisor for many community organizations, including Dress for Success of Southwest Florida, Multicultural Centre of SWFL, and Above Board Chamber of Commerce. She serves as a mentor and advocate for women in business, budding entrepreneurs and students in pursuit of a career in marketing. For the past 14-years she has served as the project director and media chair for the Multicultural Centre of SWFL’s BIG Backpack Event, which provides support for students and families in need, as well as celebrates diversity in our community. To date more than 30,000 school age children have received free backpacks, school supplies, food and other giveaways thanks to this event. In 2014 Ramos-Williams has donated more than $100,000 in time, talent and treasure back to the community.
For more information about Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, visit www.rotarysouth.com.
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 130 members who are among the 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide. Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International, which has contributed more than $1.2 billion and tens of thousands of volunteer hours toward polio eradication in addition to projects such as water quality, world peace and literacy. Meetings are held each Monday at 12:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. For more information, visit www.rotarysouth.org