When Rotary members get involved, you never know what you’ll see! Always alert to special needs within the community, Rotarians often come up with creative and helpful ways to help even the smallest citizens.

When District Governor Don Thomas of Cape Coral began his term just one year ago, his first challenge was to come up with a “signature project” that would help the communities in his district while putting Rotary’s stamp on the effort.

Enter the Teddy Bear! Governor Thomas’ idea was to provide stuffed animals to children who have been traumatized by injuries, fires, or other disasters. The result of this effort was “Rotary Cares Teddy Bears,” which are provided to first responders throughout southwest Florida.

Little children can become confused, disoriented, and frightened when they have been involved in a car accident, a medical emergency, a house fire, or a natural disaster such as a hurricane that may have destroyed a home. Emergency workers throughout southwest Florida now have a supply of these small bears which are available at the scene for the little ones who are seeking comfort.

On May 25 Rotarians from the Bonita Springs Morning Club presented the Bonita Springs Fire Department with 75 “Rotary Cares Teddy Bears” for use in their rescue calls. Firefighters were pleased to welcome the newest members of their team and will gladly use these little friends to comfort children when they need it the most.

For over 32 years, the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs has been South Lee County’s leading business networking and service organization. The club’s nearly 90 members are local business and civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals, reflecting a wide cross-section of the community. Members are bound by the collective desire to fulfill Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, and to operate their business affairs on the highest level of integrity and ethics. The club meets Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Bonita Bay Clubhouse.

Rotary is a global network of business and professional leaders, and is one of the largest and most influential international humanitarian service organizations worldwide. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster service, high ethical standards in business, and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace. Founded in Chicago in 1905, today over 1.2 million members belong to more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. For more information, visit www.rotary.org.