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Woman's Club names officers, rewards students

QUENTIN ROUX
Q@MISUNTIMES.COM
  • The club was chartered in 1966 by a group of 16 friends who felt the island needed a club to be of service to the community. Today the club still takes great pride in its many accomplishments in this Southwest Florida community

In a two-fold celebration held recently, a cheerful gathering of well-dressed women from the Marco Island Woman's Club welcomed new officers and also bestowed scholarships on eight deserving local students.

New Woman's Club officers are corresponding secretary Sue Ellen Welch, treasurer Debbie Rago, president Penny Weidner, assistant treasurer Joyce Frame, vice president Jackie Pierce and recording secretary Ann Marchetti.

New officers are President Penny Weidner, Vice president Jacquelyn Pierce, Recording Secretary Anne Marchetti, Corresponding Secretary Sue Ellen Welch, Treasurer Debbie Rago and Assistant Treasurer Joyce Frame.

The students are Morgan Burke, Elizabeth Carrington, Monica Lora, Lyndsey Mahoney, Maya Roux and Abigail Martin (all Lely High) and Peter Servente and Fermin Mendoza-Jauregui of the Marco Island Academy.

In her departing speech, 2014 President Sharyn Kampmeyer spoke about a successful year.

"Our goal of giving back to ensure local students receive scholarships and of helping local charities is presented today with a lot of pride," Kampmeyer said. She thanked her board and the members, and on their behalf pledged support for the new office bearers.

Criteria for the scholarships are academic achievement as well as extra-mural activities.

Burke heads for Ave Maria to study education; Carringon to UF (no major declared); Lora to FSU (bio-chemistry); Mahoney to USF (criminal justice); Martin to FAU (elementary education), Mendoza- Jauregui to Johns Hopkins (biology); Roux to UF (law), and Servente to UF (business).

The club was chartered in 1966 by a group of 16 friends who felt the island needed a club to be of service to the community. Today the club still takes great pride in its many accomplishments in this Southwest Florida community.

They include the scholarships (by far the bulk of money raised), funding a patriotic bench at Veterans Community Park, funding a gazebo at the historical museum, donating funds to the Marco Healthcare Center, donating funds to Naples Community Hospital for equipment, initiating the beautification moment on Marco, initiating the original youth center which grew into the present Y, and restoring the island's historical cemetery as well as maintaining its gardens.

Members meet the first Wednesday of the month, October through May, at 11:30 a.m. at the Marco Island Yacht Club. For information, visit the club's marcowomansclub.com web site.