Recently I was invited to spend a few hours with the Marco Island Fire and Rescue Department and even ride in a Fire vehicle. No, it wasn’t a fire truck, but one of the supervisor’s vehicles. It was such a wonderful experience and everyone was so helpful as they explained how the department works and what they do in the community. I wouldn’t have missed that day for anything. It was heartwarming to see how well Fire and EMS worked together. These folks are a shining example of how things SHOULD be done between departments. Councilman Jerry Gibson stopped in to chat, but I realized that is nothing new. He stays close to these folks and is a great support system to them. Great going, Jerry! Chief Mike Murphy, a fellow Kiwanian, does a great job in leading his department, and Marco can certainly be proud of all of them.
On a personal note – I just love being a member of our Marco Island Kiwanis Club. We have wonderfully active people who reach out to the community at every opportunity. Their 7:30 am Thursday meetings at O’Donohue’s Bar and Grill (at the corner of Collier Blvd. and Bald Eagle) are always uplifting and fun. You can’t help but walk out of there on top of the world. Why not drop by to meet these wonderful members? Guests are always welcome, and the first breakfast is on the club. They are deep in the planning stages for the upcoming Annual Car Show planned for Feb. 13th at the Marco Healthcare Parking Lot from 10am to 3pm. This event gets bigger and bigger every year. And following close behind will be the fun-filled Seafood Festival, which both Kiwanis and Rotary work on together. Of course, one of the darlingest (is that a word?) members we have is Kathleen Reynolds, and yes, she is planning the annual St. Patty’s Day Parade again, to be held on March 6th at 1pm. Marco is just a beehive of all kinds of fun and activities. We are all so lucky to live on Marco, or enjoy being a part of Marco.