County Commissioner Donna Fiala, guests, Marco Island Historical Society Board, Historical Museum staff and friends of Phyllis Marco gathered on the beautiful Marco Island Museum grounds to acknowledge Phyllis’ many contributions to Marco Island with the dedication of an outdoor bench in her honor.
Phyllis and her husband Eddie arrived on this island’s shores 35 years ago at a time when nothing was developed south of the JW Marriott Hotel, but the beauty of the quiet island captured their hearts.
Phyllis became active in community affairs, and over the years has impacted almost every aspect of life on Marco Island. She has served as a Board Member of Citizens for a Better Marco and as a Member of the Marco Island Beautification Committee. She has been President of the Marco Island Chapter of the Friends of the Library and President of the Marco Shell Club, raising funds for scholarships.
Phyllis has served on Commissioner Fiala’s Advisory Board and worked with the Commissioner to find the funding needed to reopen the Marco Island Library on Saturdays.
Phyllis has been President of Sisterhood for the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) and currently sits on the Temple Board of Directors. She served for seven years on the Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) Board of Directors, one year as its Vice President; and was again elected to its Board three years ago.
Many Thursdays, you can find Phyllis volunteering at the Marco Island Historical Museum greeting visitors who come to learn about our island’s rich history. “We are so fortunate to have someone like Phyllis as a member of the Historical Society and Museum family, and we are grateful that her daughter, Lisa Marco Kouba, has chosen the museum grounds as the place for a permanent tribute to all of her civic accomplishments” said Pat Rutledge, MIHS Executive Director.