Marcophiles: A big talent joins the ‘Big Flag Campaign’

CHRIS CURLE
This photo of an American flag flying over the Hoover Dam bridge offers a sense of how great a big flag would look at the Jolley Bridge, don't you think? Courtesy/Billyspostcards.com

This photo of an American flag flying over the Hoover Dam bridge offers a sense of how great a big flag would look at the Jolley Bridge, don't you think? Courtesy/Billyspostcards.com

Long-time civic activist Dave Rice is now leading the grassroots Big Flag Campaign, which hopes to put up a big American flag on or near the Jolley Bridge. File

Long-time civic activist Dave Rice is now leading the grassroots Big Flag Campaign, which hopes to put up a big American flag on or near the Jolley Bridge. File

The Big Flag Campaign has a leader, a long-time Marco Islander and a veteran of more successful community projects than we can count. He’s Dave Rice, whose island good deeds list includes helping start Christmas Island Style and leading the Art League’s Project Rescue fund-raising effort. His resume of public service shows Dave to be part whirlwind and part juggernaut.

Organizers of the effort to have a big American Flag flying on or near the Jolley Bridge, are excited about having Dave’s savvy and experience in making good projects successful.

“Along with others on our ‘Big Flag Team,’ I’m so pleased that Dave will chair our project,” says Carole Roberts, an avid volunteer, especially on veterans’ and other patriotic issues.

“Having worked with Dave on Project Rescue at the Art League, I know first-hand how creative and skilled he is in fundraising. His passionate support of key private sector efforts helps ensure buy-in and success from a broad range of the community.”

Keith Dameron, also on the Big Flag Campaign committee, is equally excited about Dave lending his talents to the project.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to create an important gateway entrance to Marco Island and Dave is an extraordinary person to lead the effort.”

And committee member Litha Berger says Dave is an excellent choice.

“I’m thrilled that he has accepted our invitation to join the group. He can really make this happen.”

Litha, who is president of the Caxambas Republican Club on Marco, also pledged the organization’s support for the flag project.

Rice officially joined the Big Flag Campaign at a meeting Monday. We asked his thoughts on the effort.

“To be a part of something that’s as patriotic as bringing this event to our area is an honor. I think it’s exciting and a glorious event for the whole area. It’s going to put Marco on the map.

“I think it will be a landmark, something to be proud of. You know, for little Marco Island, one of the smaller cities in the world, to have an event like this is really something. I think people will flock to Marco to see the big flag.”

We asked Dave how he thinks the Big Flag Campaign should be financed.

“I definitely prefer a pay as you go effort, private money, and I think that in this climate that’s the best way to go. But if the city or county wanted to do something, I think it should be an option. If they want to jump on board, I think they should be invited to.

“Certainly in the corporate world in our county, there probably are groups that would want to participate.”

For Dave Rice, leadership of the Big Flag Campaign comes after years of service on Marco. In addition to the projects mentioned above, Dave also has been president of the Chamber of Commerce, City Volunteer of the Year, Rotary’s Citizen of the Year, the United Way Campaign Chairman for Marco, president of the Kiwanis Club, director of the Naples/Marco Sports Festival, founder of the National Sports Achievement Awards and more.

Diminished hormones are ‘In The Round’ at Iberia

The subject of the next evening of information at Iberia Bank here is not what you might expect at a community forum.

There’s no zoning conflict to resolve, no get-down jazz to hear, no retirement centers to compare and contrast.

Keith Dameron’s next In The Round evening on Oct. 12 will be about hormones and other subjects related to aging.

The mantra is, “Aging is inevitable but looking and feeling old is optional.”

Dr. Robert Korolevich, will be the featured speaker, talking about the serious impact diminishing hormones can have on our health and what we can do about it.

Dameron, VP and Manager of Iberia Bank’s Marco center, urges both men and women to come get valuable information. As Keith notes, testosterone and estrogen levels can affect, among other things, mood, liver function and the health of the heart and blood vessels.

The evening begins with refreshments at 6 p.m., following by the program at 7 p.m. For reservations phone 403-5169.

Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail chris@chriscurle.com.

Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: don@donfarmer.com.

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RayPray writes:

Big Talent?

>>> Wow for a moment thought it might be someone of the stature of Betty White or Charlie Sheen....

“To be a part of something that’s as patriotic as bringing this event to our area." "a glorious event for the whole area."

>>> Patriotism used to mean doing something dangerous like risking your skin in Iraq or Afghanistan.

>>> Now it's just getting on board JaxLab Junketeer DNA Donna Fiala's shameful reelection campaign.

>>> If so many islanders are too senile to remember what country they live in, the bridge flag is a must.

>>> Only, considering where Obama borrowed the cash to pay for this dubious span, here is the more appropriate banner to hang:

http://api.ning.com/files/MrAHP5Ic55e...

deltarome writes:

wrap ourselves around the flag leads us to feel good while not doing anything.
How will Marco's non US residents feel when they come over the bridge. An estimated 1/3 of condo's are owned by foreigners.
Why not have a normal sized City of Marco flag?

RayPray writes:

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."

--Samuel Johnson

<<< Boswell insisted that Johnson was not attacking real (British) patriotism but only the fake variety popular with provincial blowhards >>>

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