Marco Island says thank you to its volunteers

Glenn Walton Special to the Eagle
Each volunteer present received a miniature City of Marco Island flag as a memento of their service.

Glenn Walton Special to the Eagle Each volunteer present received a miniature City of Marco Island flag as a memento of their service.

Glenn Walton Special to the Eagle
City Council Chairman, Jerry Gibson, shakes CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Team member, Russell Rainey, as City Council Vice-Chairman, Larry Magel, waits to present Rainey with a miniature City of Marco Island Flag during the annual 'Volunteer Luncheon' Friday in the recreation–community center at Frank E. Mackle Community Park.

Glenn Walton Special to the Eagle City Council Chairman, Jerry Gibson, shakes CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Team member, Russell Rainey, as City Council Vice-Chairman, Larry Magel, waits to present Rainey with a miniature City of Marco Island Flag during the annual 'Volunteer Luncheon' Friday in the recreation–community center at Frank E. Mackle Community Park.

Glenn Walton Special to the Eagle
Attendees raise their glasses of sparkling grape juice during a toast to the volunteers during the annual 'Volunteer Luncheon' Friday in the recreation–community center at Frank E. Mackle Community Park.

Glenn Walton Special to the Eagle Attendees raise their glasses of sparkling grape juice during a toast to the volunteers during the annual 'Volunteer Luncheon' Friday in the recreation–community center at Frank E. Mackle Community Park.

The City of Marco Island hosted its annual ‘Volunteer Luncheon’ Friday in the recreation-community center at Frank E. Mackle Community Park.

The event was organized as a way for the City of Marco Island to say thinks to the many volunteers who serve on city boards, committees and foundations. City Council Chairman Jerry Gibson presided over the event and City Council Vice-Chairman, Larry Magel, helped during presentation ceremony. Gibson was a perfect choice to lead the event as he seemed to have a story or comment about each volunteer as he called out their name. Each volunteer received a small City of Marco Island flag a memento of their service.

Upon entering the luncheon each volunteer was given a picture of the sitting City Council as a thank you for their service and a raffle ticket. The raffle tickets were for one of four gift bags or one of 24 plants used as center pieces on the tables.

Gibson received a series of laughs as he listed in ‘David Letterman’ style the City Manager, Dr. James Riviere’s, ‘Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer with the City.’

The luncheon not only provided a chance for the city to thank its volunteers it also provided a chance for city staff, volunteers from different boards, committees, and foundations to interact in a laid back setting.

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