New President

As the gavel was brought down last Friday morning, it was official Chris DeCosta took on the responsibility of being the new President of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club for the 2015-16 rotary Year.  Chris, as many Islanders know,  is a founding partner in the law firm of Holtz Mahshie DeCosta –Sanibel and Fort Myers – concentrating on real estate litigation.

During the summer months attendance at our Friday morning Rotary club meetings dwindles down to a precious few; but it is also is the time when much of the planning for season takes place. New giving opportunities are discussed and new request for funds are encouraged and reviewed. One of those new requests is the opportunity of putting in place a brand new Sanibel-Captiva Rotary scholarship at Florida Southwestern College/FSW/ Edison College. Basically hand delivering that request was Paul Bova, Senior Director Development at FSW . Our Rotary Club has a long tradition of providing scholarships to students with outstanding academic achievement and financial need. In fact, raising scholarship funds was the driving force for the original Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair here on the Island.

Taking every opportunity to bring attention to the changes going on campus at FSW, Paul got up for a few minutes and highlighted some of those changes. Along with the name change a year ago, a new vitality emerged on campus. Many young people today see the value of attending their local colleges from both an academic and financial prospective; but while attending local college they also want the full college experience. With that in mind FSW has built two dormitory residences recently and is reintroducing a serious college level sports program at the school. Ground breaking of the new SunCoast Credit Sports Arena took place last week and before you know it tickets to Buccaneers Basketball games will be on sale. Just a short distance from Campus on the grounds of former Red Sox stadium-at City of Palms Park, FSW’s Buccaneers baseball and softball teams are getting ready for their upcoming seasons. Keep an eye on the sport’s page for announcements of FSW team schedules.