Rotary Club of Fort Myers South recently inducted its new officers and board of directors in a ceremony at its annual officer installation dinner. John Doramus has stepped up to serve as president for 2015-2016. The roster also includes Vice President Gerry Poppe, Secretary Steve Wassman, Treasurer John Kozak, Sergeant-At-Arms Christine Kobie, and Immediate Past President Rebecca Goff. The board members are Greg Blurton, Tracie Bagans, Allan Clair, Kerri Goldsmith, Connie Ramos-Williams and Rob Scharlau.
Past President Rebecca Goff presented a year in review of this active chapter of Rotary International, whose motto is “Service Above Self.” Under her leadership, Rotary Club of Fort Myers South presented and participated in community service projects including Dictionary Day, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Quarter, Roadside Cleanup, The Four-Way Test Award, Scholar-Athlete Awards, Rotary South All-Star Classic, American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball “Cattle Cans” & Relay for Life, Giving Tree – Heights Foundation and Law and Order Ball.
Through the generosity of its members and fundraisers such as its Law and Order Ball, Rotary Club of Fort Myers South donated more than $45,000 in funding to deserving causes including the Imaginarium Science Center, Community Cooperative, ECHO, Blessings in a Backpack, Meals of Hope, Southwest Florida Symphony, Multicultural Centre of SWFL’s Big Backpack Event, American Cancer Society, Junior Achievement, Goodwill Industries, Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign and many more. In addition, the club provided $25,000 in scholarships as part of its Scholar Athlete Awards program and $16,000 to Lee County law enforcement youth programs through its Law and Order Ball.
President John Doramus said, “Every Rotary Club has its own culture and energy, and I’m proud that Rotary Club of Fort Myers South continually strives to live by the Service Above Self motto in bigger and better ways. With the strong leadership of our Rotary District and the commitment of our club’s members, there’s nothing we can’t get done in the year ahead.”
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 140 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.