Photo (L-R): Mark Generales, Bob Lombardo, Sandra Hemstead and Susan Acuna.

Susan Acuna Receives Rotary Ethics in Leaderships Award
Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Honors Literacy Council Leader

Bonita Springs, Fla. – (Oct. 6, 2014) – Susan Acuna, President & CEO of the Literacy Council Gulf Coast, received the Ethics in Leadership Award at a special ceremony at the Sept. 17 club meeting.

“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,” said Mark Generales, Chair of the 2014 Ethics in Leadership Award Committee. “We’re thrilled to honor Susan Acuna for all she has achieved in her role with the Literacy Council and in the community. She truly is a role model.”

Acuna joined the Literacy Council as executive director in 2006 and was promoted to president in 2011. That same year, she successfully merged a smaller literacy council from Fort Myers into the organization—the expanded organization now encompasses all of Lee County. In addition to achievements in her professional role, last year Acuna was recognized as a Distinguished Alumna by the Indiana University School of Social Work.

“I feel very honored to receive the Rotary Ethics in Leadership Award,” said Acuna. “My father came to the United States from Europe and did not speak English. I watched him struggle to learn English and provide for his young family. Those impressions and memories have helped me create a lifelong commitment to helping those who need language and other services to help improve the quality of their lives.

The award nomination noted that Acuna 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.

About the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Ethics in Leadership Award guidelines:
· 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

About the 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.

Chartered in 1978, The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs is a diverse group of 100 business professionals and civic leaders who take an active role in the communities they serve. The club is part of Rotary International, a service organization with more than 1.2 million members in 200 countries who bring needed humanitarian improvements to some of the most impoverished parts of the world, as well as in local Southwest Florida communities.