Club awards student scholarships

  • In the past 14 years, the club has sent 101 deserving local students off to college to the tune of more than $300,000

Looking ahead, the Marco Island Woman’s Club might take particular satisfaction in having helped two physicians, a forensic pathologist, a registered nurse and an FBI agent through college.

That’s just this year.

In the past 14 years, the club has sent 101 deserving local students off to college to the tune of more than $300,000 in financial aid. Scholarships are a driving force behind the club, which this year celebrates 50 years in existence.

Woman's Club scholarship award winners for 2016 are Meagan Reisinger, Tara Snyder, Colin (Cole) Stretton, Ellie Bennett and Dunsshka Cruz.

At a recent luncheon the club introduced this year’s scholarship winners, who each addressed the crowd of about 100 club members and outlined their goals. Three are from the Marco Island Academy, and two from Lely High School.

Meagan Reisinger (MIA) is heading for FSU with the goal of studying either neurology or pediatrics; Tara Snyder (Lely) goes to FSU to study biological sciences with the aim of becoming a doctor; Ellie Bennett (Lely) is off to Mississippi State University for a nursing degree; Colin (Cole) Stretton (MIA) is bound for FSU to study criminology and law in his quest to work for a Federal agency; and Duneshka Cruz (MIA) goes farther afield to Schreyer Honors College (Penn State) for forensic science and pre-med studies.

Cruz received what is known as the Verne Cabooris award, which is the most generous scholarship. It was bequeathed annually by the late Cabooris.

New officers sworn in

At the luncheon, the club’s new officers were sworn in: President Jackie Pierce; Vice President Priscilla Penn; Recording Secretary Austine Frawley; Corresponding Secretary Ronda Balham; Treasurer Debbie Rago, and Assistant Treasurer Lynn Nocifora.

Officers installed for the coming year are Recording Secretary Austine Frawley,Vice President Priscilla Penn, President Jackie Pierce, Assistant Treasurer Lynn Nocifora, Treasurer Debbie Rago and Corresponding Secretary Ronda Balham.

Earlier this year, the club celebrated moving into its 50th year.

It was established in 1966 as a social and civic-minded organization strongly focused on causes that have included founding the city's library, providing substantial scholarships for deserving local students, helping financially with the launch of the Marco Healthcare Center, donating to Meals of Hope, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Alzheimer's Association, the Center for the Arts, the Veteran's Freedom Foundation and also promoting island beautification.

Past presidents and new board members are introduced at the luncheon.

For membership inquiries, call Joyce Frame at 642-9079. Club website is