Recently, Rotary International gave all Rotaries in the world a challenge. The theme was to be “Day in the Life of A Rotarian.” The international message was to put forth an effort that would be beneficial to the community without conducting any fund raising. The date suggested by Rotary International, October 10, 2009.
Sunrise Rotary president, Wanda Day, called a board meeting of her club to get ideas for such an effort. It so happened that Eugenio Cardenas, manager of the San Marco Walgreens store, also a Sunrise board member, mentioned that Walgreens was to start a national immunization program for the communities in which they do business. He suggested that Sunrise Rotary might want to help in this effort by planning and manning an outpost immunization station for our community. Wanda and the board jumped at the idea because it fit in exactly with what the club wanted to do for the community.
After much planning, the location was selected to be at CJ’s on the Bay, who also volunteered to be a part of this effort. The event was widely published on the Island and 14 Sunrise Rotary members immediately stepped forward and volunteered to help.
The theme created by Walgreens was called “Immunize Marco.” Walgreens, particularly The San Marco location managed by Cardenas, provided the flu shots. The pharmacist and an assistant where there to administer the shots and to hand out various gifts from the store to the community participants. Sunrise Rotarians manned the reception desk, handled the paperwork and accepted money if the participant was not a Medicare member. Shots cost $24.99, if you were not on Medicare, to cover Walgreens’ cost of the serum.
This is the second year of a national program for Walgreens. This is the first year that Rotary has been involved so thoroughly. From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rotarians pitched in to help as participants passed through the line.
It was a busy four-and-a-half hours. During that time, 85 Marco Island citizens received the flu shot and a gift from Walgreens. CJ’s provided juice and coffee for the citizens as they made out the paper work.
The 14 Rotarians made the whole operation smooth and uncomplicated. In addition to the shots, some of Marco’s Fire Fighters were in attendance to take blood pressure of any individual who requested it.
It was a big day for Sunrise Rotary because they found a community program which makes a difference and of which they could help. It was a big day for Walgreens to have the help and to service 85 Marco citizens. Walgreens will continue the program at their San Marco store through the month of November. A pharmacist will be on duty from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to give shots, according to Cardenas.
Wanda Day, president of Sunrise Rotary, said she was very pleased with her club’s turn-out to assist in this very worthy public health event.