On June 30, the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club said a heartfelt thank you to Lynne Minozzi, departing president of the club and welcomed Jennifer Tenney, as incoming president, with a passing of the gavel.
In her farewell speech, Lynne thanked the 2015-2016 Rotary Club’s board of directors for a fantastic year and highlighted some of the projects and special events that the club undertook during her tenure. Those projects include the Annual Sprit Awards Gala, the successful Seafood Festival collaboration with the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Kiwanis, International Projects, such as, Clubfoot Foundation and Eyeglasses for Mexico along with Educate the Children, Medical Mission in the Philippines and the Wheelchair Project. “Whenever there is a need, our members rise to the occasion” said Minozzi “We just don’t recite the 4-Way Test each week, we live by those words”.
Lynne went on to recognize local organizationsand projects that the Noontime Rotary Club supports each year: Greater Marco YMCA Summer Camp, Meals of Hope, Interact Club, and Meals on Wheels, Collier Harvest, Saint Mathews House, and Marco Island Historical Society, Marco Island Center for the Arts, Students of the Month and the club’s Scholarship program.
Lynne closed her address with a standing ovation from the club members and a quote from anthropologist Margaret Mead “Never Doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.
Lynne, herself a recipient of the Rotary Governor’s Award of Distinction, then announced the Noontime Rotary Club 2015-2016 Rotarian of the Year, George Abounader selected for his outstanding contributions. Other Rotary club leaders recognized were Tom Menaker, Jim Stine, Pat Lyons, Ed Pontier, Gwynne Steiner, Cindy Love-Abounader, Phil Penzo, Linda Sandlin, Al Diaz, Pat Rutledge, Pat Ettensohn and Bruce Graev.