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Ethics in Leadership Award Ceremony
The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs
7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17
Bonita Bay Club
Award Recipient: Susan Acuna, President & CEO of the Literacy Council Gulf Coast

The Ethics in Leadership Award was created in 2012 to give The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs the opportunity to recognize a local individual whose personal and professional background serves as an example and role model in his/her professional life.

Guidelines for selecting the Ethics in Leadership Award Winner:
· General reputation with the community and in their field

· Leadership roles

· Effectiveness in achieving results

· Education, training and experience

· Length of service in their field
Recipient of The Rotary Cub of Bonita Springs 2014 Ethics in Leadership Award
Susan Acuna
President & CEO of the Literacy Council Gulf Coast

Background
2006: Joined the Literacy Council as executive director
2011: Promoted to president
2011: Successfully merges a smaller literacy council from Fort Myers into the organization—now encompasses all of Lee County
2013: Recognized as a Distinguished Alumna by the Indiana University School of Social Work

Literacy Council Gulf Coast
· Serves more than 1,300 mothers and pre-school students in a Moms & Tots program

· 2,400 adult attend classes or meet one-on-one with tutors

· 725 tutors and volunteers

· Provides GED readiness programs

· Provides U.S. Citizenship classes

· Partners with Lee County School System to provide services to parents in 12 Title 1 schools to help improve their English so they can better help their children with homework and participate in teacher-parent conferences
Other Key Information
· Susan’s father came to the United States from Europe and did not speak English. Susan watched him struggle to learn English and provide for his young family. Those impressed have helped create a lifelong commitment to helping those who need language and other services to help improve the quality of their lives.

· Susan is recognized by her peers as one of the fine leaders in the Southwest Florida nonprofit community. Her abilities in planning, leadership and performance are recognized by her board members, many of whom operated successful businesses as CEOs.