Bob Lombardo,, President 2020-2021, Rotary Club of Bonita SpringsWELCOME TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF BONITA SPRINGS!

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs has been known for good works in the community, nationally and internationally for over 40 years. Formed by a group of young entrepreneurs and professionals in 1978, through their vision and guidance, the club has endeavored to champion many needs and challenges.

Our club members were on the front line during Hurricane Irma, saving homes and restoring lives. As I write this, while we suffer the effects of the pandemic, we are providing assistance to food pantries in the community with financial and hands on help. Additional assistance to the community is being provided through a financial grant from our Foundation.

We are supportive of our youth through yearly scholarships provided to local graduating seniors and exceptional college students. We sponsor Interact clubs at Estero and Bonita Springs High Schools and a local Rotaract Club based at Florida Gulf Coast University. We also provide every third grader with their own dictionary and kindergarteners with I Like Me books.

In our international space, we have provided many thousands of inoculations assisting Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. Partnering with the Gates Foundation, Rotary has all but eradicated Polio worldwide.

We have saved the lives of numerous young children from third world countries who suffer from life threatening heart defects. Our Gift of Life program provides life saving corrective heart surgery at no cost to their families and allows the children to experience full healthy lives.

Partnering with the Wheelchair Foundation our club has provided hundreds of wheelchairs to those in need in the most impoverished countries. We have also participated in global grants providing clean water, schools, closed stoves and various other needs and services throughout the world.

We are known in the community for our Christmas Tree Sales, our Nautical Market Boat Show and Seafood Fest as well as the place to purchase the best Poinsettias in town.

To say I am proud to be a member of The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs is a huge understatement. I have experienced the satisfaction of good works, the smiles of healed children and the tears of grateful recipients of our efforts. I have also gained many enduring friendships and think of our club as an extension of my family.

I am humbled to have been chosen as this year’s President and will endeavor to help make this a productive, successful and above all enjoyable Rotary year.

Yours in Rotary Service,
Bob Lombardo
President

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs meets every Wednesday for breakfast , fellowship and great speakers at 7:00 AM at the Bonita Bay Club.
If you are interested in joining our club, please contact our Membership Chairperson, Eileen Tasso eileentasso@gmail.com , (412) 508-4022.

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The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Some of our Rotary members volunteering at Steve’s nonprofit party at Riverside Park with our own Ben Allen from Estero and a recent contestant on "The Voice“! They had a great crowd and fun was had by all!!

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Now we’re meeting in person and on Zoom!

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Still meeting weekly with our fellow Rotarians during Covid.

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs updated their status.

Christmas with Marco Del Grosso.
Marco shared photos of photos of his Christmas in Italy. Pescara’s main square -Piazza Salotto-. In that area, the traffic is restricted so families can stroll around downtown, buying Christmas gifts. I have always loved Pescara’s Christmas lights! Click for Marco's letter and more photos of the delicious special foods prepared by Marco's mother Giulia: https://bonitaspringsrotary.org/christmas-with-marco-del-grosso/

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

These Rotarians plus Eileen Tasso, John & Donna Flammang, Bob Lombardo, and Kae Moore, brought The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs' 2020 Christmas Tree sales to a close, putting everything away until November of 2021! Co-chairs of the event this year were Jim Burger and Steven Kissinger, with the help of the entire Club. Merry Christmas!

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Rotarians Brian Olitsky and Juan Teodoro and kids show how they move the Christmas Trees.

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs is with Nicole Nikki.

A gang of 17 Rotarians and friends unloaded more than 200 trees today. Here are some photos from the effort.

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Come see us tonight at The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Christmas Tree Tent.

Rotary International President

Holger Knaack, Rotary Club of Herzogtum
Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany

District 6960 Governor

Darryl Keys, Charlotte Harbor Sunset RC

Area 2 Assistant Governor

 

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs
2020-2021 Club Officers

President: Bob Lombardo
President-Elect: Kae Moore
Secretary: Eileen Tasso
Treasurer: John Flammang
Sergeant-at-Arms: Roger Brunswick
Asst. Sgt-at-Arms: Adam Botana

Members of the Board
Chris Riesen, Bob Lombardo, Kae Moore, Eileen Tasso, John Flammang

2018-2021
Adam Botana, Len Eckert, Donna Flammang

2019-2022
Brad Piotrowski, Mary Saunders, Jon Shaw

2020-2023
Rick Barber, Rob Cooper, Paul Messino

Trustees of The Foundation
Stephanie Kissinger, President
Ray Faubion, Secretary
Mark McCaw, Treasurer
Claudie Delgado, Gary Price, Nancy Ross, Rex Sims, Steven Slachta, Trustees

Meet the rest of our Club Organization

 

Calendar

May 19 – Myths About the Origin of Jazz, Brandon Robertson, Director of Jazz Studies Bower School of Music at FGCU
May 26 – Dr. Ron Bowman, former Leader of the Naples’ Opera Society
May 26 – 2021 Annual Awards and Installation Banquet. 5:30-8:00pm at DeRomo’s Banquet Hall

 

 

Birthdays

None

 

Rotarian of the Month

Chris Riesen – October
Donna Marcotte – September
Scott Gerrish – August
John Flammang – July

The 4-Way Test

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

 

EZ Cash

February

  • $100 Ray F. #2152
  • $250 Michael D. #2256
  • $500 Jim B. #2390

January

  • $100 Vincent L. #2987
  • $250 Katie H. #2001
  • $500 Nancy B. #2482

December

  • $100 Kathie S Ticket #2632
  • $250 George C Ticket #2625
  • $500 Diane E. Ticket #2617