Thank you to the Sponsors of the 5th Annual Lovers Key Boat Show, Market & Seafood Fest

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

President Bob Lombardo invited us to a Zoom Social tonight. He promised us a surprise. Indeed a good one. Daniel Ericks, a talented singer song-writer gave us almost an hour of music for our enjoyment. A much appreciated interlude.

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

President Bob Lombardo is maintaining the tradition started by Chris Riesen of naming a Rotarian of the Month. The selection for July was John Flammang, newly installed as Club Treasurer, for his dedication in getting up to speed as treasurer. Congratulations John!

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Our Wednesday Zoom meeting speaker was Mary Asta Executive Director of the Gargiulo Education Center. The center provides academic enrichment opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment to low-income, disadvantaged, at-risk students from kindergarten to high school (K-12) at no cost to the families. These are children of farm and factory workers who attend Naples public schools. This after school program focuses on tutoring in reading, writing, math, and entrepreneurial activities.

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs meets via Zoom!

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Bonnie Whittemore in her presentation to the club told us the Dome was famous and infamous as a restaurant and later as a rough and tumble bar in Bonita. After her presentation, Rex Sims showed us a “wooden nickel” from the Dome Restaurant.

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Bonnie Whittemore President of the Bonita Springs Historical Society was our speaker at Wednesday’s meeting. Bonnie moved to Bonita in 2002 after a successful career as a program manager at Digital Equipment Corp and HP.
She is enthusiastic about preserving the evidence of the city’s history and believes we should have a small museum to store and display the treasures. Bonnie told us of the early years, 1900-1920, the Banyan tree, and put to rest some of the misconceptions of the early life style.

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Be sure to check out our upcoming speakers!

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Bonnie Whittemore of The Bonita Springs Historical Society will be our speaker at the Wednesday, July 22nd meeting. The BSHS was formed in 1984 by a small and dedicated group of individuals who shared an interest in discovering and preserving the unique heritage of the area. The Society strives to build enthusiasm about Bonita Springs, and to share historical knowledge with the community. The members are involved in Historical Preservation on the local and county levels.

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

Members: Please read important message from President Chris.

Aug 12 – Tiffany Esposito, President and CEO, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
Aug 19 – Tami Balavage, Founder/President, Help a Diabetic Child
Aug 26 – Gary Darling, Retired Major League Umpire

 

 

Birthdays

Paul Messino Aug 2
Jim Burger Aug 3
Steve Krchniak Aug 5
Wendy Arsenault Aug 7
Eileen Tasso Aug 8

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