The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise elected its 2020-21 officers at its recent election meeting. The Club thanked outgoing President Tom Mann for a great job under difficult circumstances as it welcomed its incoming President Erik Condee (and his wife Catalina). Mann explained, “being President of this organization is a wonderful opportunity, but I only wish Erik could take the reins in simpler times.”
Mann explained that virtually all of the Club’s activities were either terminated or altered by the pandemic. Meetings are being held via Zoom, Meals of Hope Happy Hours, the only fundraisers for that endeavor, canceled and the biggest loss of all was the cancellation of the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, the Club’s biggest fundraiser. However, Mann stated, “I can’t think of a better person to take charge of this group during such uncertain times than Erik.”
Condee certainly has the leadership experience to follow Mann as President of Sunrise Rotary. In addition to his full-time work as Vice President of Condee Cooling and Electric, Condee’s volunteer service includes Past President of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, Director of Marco Island Christmas Island Style, Past Chairman of Marco Island YMCA, Past Chairman Meals of Hope and long-standing Treasurer for the Sunrise Rotary. Condee recognizes the difficulties posed by COVID-19, but also feels there are opportunities for expanded service by the Club.
“We may not be able to meet in person like we used to, or hold large gatherings for fundraising, but with support from the community we will be able to meet the changing needs of Marco Island and the surrounding area,” said Condee. “Difficulties presented by COVID-19 will be problems our Club will work with our community to overcome.”
Joining Condee in leading Sunrise Rotary are President-Elect Tony Barnard, President-Elect nominee Bill Morris, Treasurer Debra Shanahan, Secretary Bud Palmer, Sergeant at Arms John Apolzan, and Directors Wanda Day-Burson, Eugenio Cardenas, Neil Snyder, Robert Thomas, Denise Pancyrz, Arne Sandberg and Natalia Armstrong.
Sunrise Rotary is meeting virtually via Zoom and welcomes attendance by potential members. If interested in Sunrise Rotary or its activities, please contact public relations chair Bill Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the club’s website www.marcoislandsunriserotary.org.