Friday, January 22, 2021

Sunrise Rotary Awards, Installs Natalia Armstrong


Newly-installed President Natalia Armstrong was awarded Rotarian of the Year by Past Club President Eugenio Cardenas. Submitted Photos

Newly-installed President Natalia Armstrong was awarded Rotarian of the Year by Past Club President Eugenio Cardenas. Submitted Photos

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently held its installation and awards banquet at Hideaway Beach Club. The evening was a celebration, installing Natalia Armstrong as President and recognizing those contributing to the Club’s accomplishments under President Neil Snyder.

Incoming Rotary District Governor Bobbi Bird installed President Armstrong along with her incoming board and officers, consisting of President Elect Tom Wagor, President Elect nominee Tom Mann, Secretary Tina Nash, Treasurer Erik Condee, Directors Kathleen Beaufait, Bill Morris, Stan Niemczyk, Alexis Lessard, Kevin O’Fee and Bob Thomas. Before looking to the future of the new board, the Club shared accomplishments and recognized some of the Rotarians who made significant contributions during the past year.

In addition to being installed as President, Natalia Armstrong was awarded Rotarian of the Year by Past Club President Eugenio Cardenas and Bob Thomas. Natalia Armstrong was selected for this recognition for numerous accomplishments during the year that include leading a partnership with Baby Basics of Collier County for the opening of a diaper distribution center on Marco Island for low

Outgoing President Neil Snyder reflects on the past year’s accomplishments.

Outgoing President Neil Snyder reflects on the past year’s accomplishments.

income families, co-leading a Veterans Resource and Job Fair, serving as Club Secretary and newsletter editor along with numerous volunteer hours contributed to Meals of Hope, the annual Seafood Festival, and other club community service projects. Stan Niemczyk individually received a Paul Harris Fellow, and Stan and his wife Donna presented two of their children, Christopher and Amanda with Paul Harris Fellow recognition. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges contributions of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It is an honorary recognition and is often bestowed upon non-Rotarians by contribution of funds to the Rotary Foundation so the recipient can be recognized for good work.

President Snyder addressed many of the Club’s accomplishments during the past year. Those included, playing a leadership role in Meals of Hope packaging 256,000 meals, awarding $35,000 in college scholarships to local students and the 9th Annual Seafood Festival. President Snyder spoke of club contributions to support the Gift of Life that delivered 24 heart surgeries to children from Haiti, more than $4,000 in contributions to the

District Governor Elect Bobbi Bird

District Governor Elect Bobbi Bird

American Cancer Society, the highly successful first-time fundraiser “Not So Newlywed Game,” and sending over 500 holiday cards to the men and women serving overseas in a Holiday Card Drive.

Closing highlight of the evening was the address by incoming President Natalia Armstrong. Armstrong thanked the members of the Club for their confidence in her to assume this challenging role, and the faith placed in her ability to lead the club. She echoed the words provided by District Governor Elect Bobbi Bird in that service in Rotary fills the spirit. Armstrong said she looked to expand on the numerous accomplishments of the Club and emphasized that the Sunrise Club members exemplify the foundation of Rotary as community leaders making a difference locally and internationally through service.

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise meets at Stonewall’s American Bistro on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 AM. For more information about the Club and its activities please contact Bill Morris at 239-642-6020 or via email at wgm@wgmorrislaw.com or visit the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise website at www.marcosunriserotary.org.

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