Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island

Lynne Minozzi, president of the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island, is encircled by fellow members of the incoming board of directors and club officers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

Lynne Minozzi, president of the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island, is encircled by fellow members of the incoming board of directors and club officers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley

Cyndi Doragh emphasized the power of one during her visit to the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island.

“One small person can make a difference, but that one small person needs others to join them,” said Doragh, governor of Rotary International District 6960, which includes Collier, Lee, Hendry, Charlotte, Glades, Sarasota, Desoto and Manatee Counties.

She praised the club for its charitable work both locally and internationally, and urged its members to continue using their time and talents to better the world. Doragh attended the Noontime Rotary’s July 16 meeting to formally install the club’s slate of officers for the next year.

Lynne Minozzi replaces Bruce Graev as the club’s president. Joining her are:

  • Jennifer Tenney, vice-president and president elect
  • Cindy Love-Abounader , secretary
  • Ed Pontier and Alisha Garcia-Pacheco, co-treasurers
  • Phillip Penzo, sergeant at arms

The board of directors consists of George Abounader, Pat Lyons, Tom Menaker, Jim Richards, Linda Sandlin, John Scott, Gwyn Steiner and Jim Stine.

Doragh, a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, was joined by husband, Pete Doragh, who is a past governor of District 6960.

She illustrated her point about the power of the individual with the use of a doll – simply made, but beautiful, and adorned in a brightly colored smock and headdress – that she bought at this year’s Rotary International Convention, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The dolls are produced by impoverished women in a Kenyan village who make and sell them to generate sufficient income to avoid, out of desperation, prostituting themselves. Doragh said she plans to auction off the doll at this year’s District 6960 conference and donate the proceeds to the women.

“The power of Rotary is so exciting,” said Doragh. “I love Rotary because of these stories and the things we can do.”

In her remarks, Minozzi said that during her term she hopes to establish a system that rewards members for bringing in new members, and that her focus will be on the community’s needy children and their families.

“There are families living in cars and kids without necessities and we’re going to help them,” said Minozzi.

 

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