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Marco Island, although small in size, is especially blessed to have a number of clubs and fraternal organizations that do so much for so many both locally and internationally.

Marco has the distinct honor of having two Rotary clubs -- Sunrise Rotary and Noontime Rotary.

Both consist of professional men and women who are committed to service within the community and outside its borders.

The Noontime Club of Rotary meets Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. at DaVinci's Restaurant in the Island Walk Plaza at the corner of Winterberry and South Collier Boulevard. The president of that club is Bruce Graev, and the club itself is poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary, having received its charter on July 16, 1966.

The club is busy year-round with a number of projects, including the recently concluded Spirit of Marco awards gala. Each year for the last seven years under the guidance of member Al Diaz, the club has recognized individuals and companies for their contributions in making this a better place to live and work for all.

The awards are in keeping with Rotary Internationals motto of "Service Above Self," which says it all about the purpose of the organization.

They are also heavily involved in a number of other projects, both here and internationally, to include the Meals of Hope Project, the training of physicians to help treat clubfoot in underdeveloped nations, providing eyeglasses to children in Mexico amongst many other projects and scholarship opportunities for students from local schools here and around Marco.

Sunrise Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. at Bistro Soleil at the Old Marco Inn on Palm Street in Old Marco. Eugenio Cardenas is its president.

The Sunrise Club is also active in a number of international and local projects that also includes the Meals of Hope event held annually. They, too, are involved in helping with the health of children in undeveloped nations, especially in the field of cardiac issues which have brought a number of children from Haiti for open heart surgery at the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Broward County.

They are also involved in many educational projects in and around the greater Marco Island area and are the source of scholarships for young men and women looking to go on to college or into other specialized fields that require furthering their education.

The island is very well served by these men and women who spend their free time volunteering to provide a better life for some of our neighbors and many that they will never meet personally.

They do so because of their belief in the Rotary's slogan of "Service Above Self," and live their lives in service to others so as to make our community, our nation and the world a better place.

Contact Sunrise or Noontime Rotary

Reach the Noontime Rotary Club on the web at marcoislandrotary.org or the Sunrise Rotary Club at marcosunriserotary.com to receive additional information.

Both clubs encourage visitors and prospective members to drop by on their respective meeting times to see if they might enjoy joining with their neighbors and friends and join Rotary for the good of the community.

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