Who shall it be? Nominations sought for citizen and volunteer of the year

Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent 
 Dave Neill, president and publisher of Naples News Media Group, presents the 2010 Citizen of the Year plaque to Stan Gober of Goodland at the Christmas Island Style Gala.

Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent Dave Neill, president and publisher of Naples News Media Group, presents the 2010 Citizen of the Year plaque to Stan Gober of Goodland at the Christmas Island Style Gala.

— Marco Island runs on volunteers. It is the local citizens who step up to the plate and take on the work of the community, seeking to help others, who make the difference that sets Marco Island apart as a community, and make it a better place to live.

Now, you have the chance to help thank those special individuals, by recognizing their hard work and contributions. The Marco Eagle and the Naples Daily News are soliciting nominations for the Marco Island Volunteer of the Year, and the Marco Island Citizen of the Year

"We encourage everyone to make a nomination," said Mary Quinton, community outreach manager for the Naples Daily News, who is coordinating the awards. "This is a great way to give some recognition to those who give so much to our island."

The two awards have been given out since 1991, and past winners include a "Who's Who" of island notables. Some recipients, such as 1995 Citizen of the Year Gene Sarazen and 1999 Citizen of the Year Ken Venturi, are household names, some are known locally, and primarily for their giving. Some, such as 2006 Citizen of the Year Marion Blomeier and 2010 Citizen of the Year Stan Gober, passed away recently. Most are still very much alive, and active in the community.

The criteria for both citizen and volunteer awards are basically the same, with one distinct difference. The volunteer of the year is more focused on volunteerism and the individual time spent helping various causes in 2012 to benefit the island, while citizen of the year is more associated with the positive impact the individual has done over the years to positively impact to Marco Island over a number of years.

"I think Marco is full of people who deserve the award," said Steve Stefanides, 2012 Volunteer of the Year and Chairman of Christmas Island Style. "I was lucky to be selected, but I could have gone out in the audience and given it to a dozen people who deserve it more than I do."

Stefanides will be among those selecting next year's Volunteer of the Year award. The 2012 winners will be chosen by the past recipients of each award, with a majority vote for each during separate committee meetings, from nominations submitted before the deadline date of October 26, 2012. There are no nominations taken from the floor at the committee meetings.

"The main question I get asked is, 'If we get everyone to submit a name will that person win?' I want to clarify this is not a vote, it is simply a nomination that will be reviewed and decided by each committee," said Quinton. "The other thing I need to stress is each nomination is separate. If you want to nominate an individual for both citizen and volunteer, you will need to complete both forms."

Both awards will be announced and presented at Marco's Chamber of Commerce 35th Anniversary & Celebration Gala on Sunday, December 2, at Bistro Soleil on Marco Island.

"In conjunction with Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, we are honored to continue the December tradition in being the primary sponsor of the Naples Daily News Citizen of the Year Award," said Dave Neill, president and publisher of the Naples Daily News, who will present the award to the Citizen of the Year winner.

"Our affiliation dates back to 1991 in honoring recipients who are instrumental in the community and cultural development of Marco Island."

"I've lived on the island for eight years, and have seen the impact of how the citizens pull together to insure the success of many ventures through a variety organizations," said T.J. Boone, Manager of the Marco Eagle. "I find it a privilege to be able to present the Volunteer of the Year Award."

Previous Citizen of the Year winners, from 1991 on, were Frank Blanchard, Dottie Weiner, Robert Stakich, Tom Shea, Gene Sarazen, Harold Vann, Robert Mulhere, Joe Coriaci, Ken Venturi, Tom Owens, Dick Shanahan, Mel Ollman, George Schroll, Jim Curran, Herb Savage, Marion Blomeier, Craig Woodward, Cheryl Ferrara, Betsy Perdichizzi, Stan Gober and Monte Lazarus. Volunteer of the Year winners were Marge Rocap, Carl Smith, Paula Robinson, Joel Gewirtz, Rita Broderick, Fay Biles, Dave Rice, Paula Tateo, Pat Berry, Phillip Penzo, Al Diaz, Cindy Anderson, Pat Stoye, Charlie Horn, Carolyn Katchmar, Helen Ann Federspiel, Judy Barney, Dale Rod, Keith Dameron, Debra Sanders and Steve Stefanides.

Previous recipients of one award may not repeat and win that one again, but are eligible to win the other, said Quinton.

Nominations may be submitted electronically on the Marco Eagle website, by mail or email."

To nominate for Volunteer of the Year, visit www.marconews.com/marcovolunteer/ and for Citizen of the year, www.marconews.com/marcocitizen/ and fill out the form, or submit a typewritten letter including the information below and mail your nomination information to:

Marco Eagle, Attn: Mary Quinton, 579 Elkcam, Marco Island, FL 34145, or contact Mary Quinton by email at maquinton@marcoeagle.com. Ads will run in the Marco Eagle up to the Oct. 26 deadline, repeating the guidelines and procedure for making nominations.

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Comments » 15

RayPray writes:

My vote is likewise for Klaus Stoertebeker.

He has alerted us to the previously unnoticed (because of the Gobi Desert-wide emptiness of any genuine achievement, beyond exploitation of affirmative action) greatness of our Great OBAMA

Florida is a battleground state.

For this reason (I have been told -- by a friend of leader of America's senile citizens, Harry Reid) that should our Klaus manage to amaze Collier County enough to throw the election to the mighty Barack, this paladin of racial preferences is prepared to name our modest neighbor as ambassador to the Court of St. James.

lauralbi1 writes:

Klaus: You are voting for Bill McMullan?? Is that the same Bill McMullan that had his Florida Broker's License taken away by the Florida Department of Real Estate for his involvement in one of the biggest Real Estate Fraud cases this State has ever seen ?? Is it the same Bill McMullan that was expelled from his Commisioner's seat in Central Florida for illegal conduct?? Is it the same Bill McMullan that reportedly (according to the Manager, Katy) shoplifted Computer Cables from Marco Office Supply and ran out the back door?? Is it the same Bill McMullan that reportedly had the Police (Tom Carr) respond to a call from his employer at Bombay Liquors regarding a "hand in the till" issue ?? Many more citizens on Marco have many more stories about Mr. McMullan and they can share them with you if you like. These stories are similar to the ones above.
That does not sound like someone worthy of any attention, least of all Volunteer of the Year.
Ed Issler

lauralbi1 writes:

So it is one and the same person. I must admit that your blogs are great at deflecting the truth and the meat of an issue. Everyone sees it. Many times your responses are deleted by the Eagle Staff.
I know that Klaus and Bill are the same. Why don't you go back to using Fossill. You both have the same IP address.

I have a thick skin and can take whatever you dish out. It doesn't change the fact that Bill McMullan should be nobody's Volunteer of the Year, at least not on Marco Island. Maybe on Devil's or Alcatraz Island, but not here.

By the way, that is all I have to say on the issue.
Ed Issler

RayPray writes:

in response to GorchFock:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

"GREAT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WILL WIN!

"...the Obama Administration is the operational successor of the Bush Administration. In Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Guantanamo, on Wall Street, Barack Obama is George W. Bush in blackface. Obama is the star of a twenty-first century minstrel show."

http://lewrockwell.com/north/north119...

RayPray writes:

The GOD OBAMA walks among us!

http://nyti.ms/QUElGK

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot writes:

Stan Goober!!!!!!

ajm3s writes:

in response to lauralbi1:

Klaus: You are voting for Bill McMullan?? Is that the same Bill McMullan that had his Florida Broker's License taken away by the Florida Department of Real Estate for his involvement in one of the biggest Real Estate Fraud cases this State has ever seen ?? Is it the same Bill McMullan that was expelled from his Commisioner's seat in Central Florida for illegal conduct?? Is it the same Bill McMullan that reportedly (according to the Manager, Katy) shoplifted Computer Cables from Marco Office Supply and ran out the back door?? Is it the same Bill McMullan that reportedly had the Police (Tom Carr) respond to a call from his employer at Bombay Liquors regarding a "hand in the till" issue ?? Many more citizens on Marco have many more stories about Mr. McMullan and they can share them with you if you like. These stories are similar to the ones above.
That does not sound like someone worthy of any attention, least of all Volunteer of the Year.
Ed Issler

Is this another classic Isslerism, a lot of accusations without one iota of documentation?

Mr. Issler, from my perspective, your comments simply add to the continued erosion of your credibility. For support of my perspective, I would simply direct readers to your previous comments on a host of issues in past Eagle articles.

To your comment regarding Mr. McMullan: "does this sound like someone worthy of any attention...", I ask: given your unsubstantiated comments, are you worthy of of any attention?

I say: NOT! And I have already spent to many keystrokes to respond to your comments.

happy34145 writes:

Its GOT to be John Aceri, Wayne Waldack or Ed Issler for these three men care only about the good welfare of Marco and its citizens...

1Paradiselost writes:

How about Glenn Tucker?

lauralbi1 writes:

Start here and then contact the Florida Department of Real Estate to get the published history of why his License was revoked. I will try to get the url for the Marco Real Estate Fraud Case which I did have some time ago. I have the print out, too large to post.

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1...

lauralbi1 writes:

Just to be fair, here is a more complete story of your Volunteer of the Year candidate:

https://www.myfloridalicense.com/view...

http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/orlandose...

http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/orlandose...+GONE+BANKRUPT+AND+SURRENDERED+HIS+REAL+ESTATE+LICENSE.

2themoon writes:

Did we ever get ed ISliar's asbestos test results.
Issliar how you even show your face around this island anymore is incomprehensible.

2themoon writes:

Id never thought id utter these words...but here goes....Klaus good job!

2themoon writes:

Its the same old regurgitated list of syndicate members and their followers....'cept Stan...he was the man!

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