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  • Long-term weight loss requires positive changes in lifestyle and eating habits. Our (Physicians Regional) support group is dedicated to those who have had, or are planning to have bariatric surgery

Extension of ‘Joy’

Marco’s Sunrise Rotary Club recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for First Quarter, 2016 to Nicki Davis.

Davis was recognized for her services to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self “consistent with Rotary’s aspirations.

Nicki Davis, center, is honored at the Sunrise Rotary Club for her work with her charity, the Joy of Giving. with her are Val Simon and club president Bill Morris.

Davis founded the “Joy of Giving,” which raises money for parents of needy children to go Christmas shopping. It started in 1988 and has grown to the point where it helps over 1,000 children each year. 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to children. It receives referrals for needy children through teachers, camps and other groups involved with children.

Rotary co-chair Bill Morris said: “Nicki works year round for her shopping event and never seeks personal recognition. She is a deserving recipient of our award.”

Davis was presented with a commemorative plaque as well as $100 towards the Joy of Giving coffers. The Club will also donate 20 polio vaccines in Nicki’s name as part of Rotary International’s effort to eradicate polio.

The Unsung Hero award recognizes a member of the Marco Island community who unselfishly helps others and who has not generally been recognized for such service. The recipient is not a member of Rotary, but either works, lives or provides service on Marco Island.

Sunrise Rotary is now accepting nominations for the 2016 second (2nd) quarter Unsung Hero. Please submit nomination to Chairman Bill Morris at 247 North Collier Blvd., Suite 202, Marco Island 34145 or by email at

Marco law office honored

Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC (The Fund) announced that the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. has been named a Member of The Fund President’s Circle and a top contributor.


The Fund President’s Circle is comprised of an elite group of leaders within the legal profession. These top-tier law firms have received this statewide recognition because of the commitment they have shown to their clients and to The Fund. Only 3 percent of The Fund’s Member firms in 2015 received this distinction. Recognition for the Top Contributor puts them in a more prestigious group as only 1 percent of The Fund’s Member firms in 2015 received this distinction.

Easing stress for cancer fighters

Easing the day-to-day stresses facing women battling cancer, the Diva For A Day Foundation has included Marco’s Salon and Spa Botanica as a partner.

Salon and Spa Botanica staffers surround Jada Shigley after her "Diva for a Day" session.

The foundation is based in New Jersey.

The Marco salon wasted no time in donating a full day of spa services, including a facial, manicure, pedicure, massage, and more, to a local woman who is dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

The nonprofit has to date honored nearly 600 women across the country, all with the help of more than 40 salons/spas, dozens of volunteers and hundreds of generous donations.

Historical Society honors Savage

As a prelude to the monthly Marco Island Historical Society meeting and program, a special celebration was held to mark the renaming of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge to the Herbert R. Savage Bridge.

Herb Savage and his wife Emily are flanked by Craig Woodward, County Commissioner Donna Fiala and MIHS's Pat Rutledge.

Members and guests of the Society joined Herb and Emily in singing “God Bless America” and cut a cake that pictured the two of them on the bridge at the dedication ceremony held May 30 - Memorial Day.

Stepping up to the microphone with words of gratitude and praise for Herb’s decades-long contributions to Marco Island were County Commissioner and MIHS Board Member Donna Fiala, longtime friend, past president of the MIHS and island historian, Craig Woodward, along with another past president of the society, Alan Sandlin.

“Herb Savage is an icon of Marco Island and a living member of the rich history that the Society represents” said Rutledge. “We are enormously grateful for all of his accomplishments.”

Realty team scores

ReMax’s Sandlin Real Estate Team is celebrating 2015 achievements that saw them recognized as top producing company team in the Marco Island/Naples and Collier County area. It also finished number 4 in sales within the state of Florida under the ReMax banner.

Individual sales achievers were Rick Hanscom (executive club), Linda Sandlin and Mike Seigfried (100% Club); as well as Mike Boland and Mike O’Rourke (Platinum Club) They also achieved the ReMax hall of fame.

During 2015, the team sold more than $67 million in real estate and successfully closed more than 115 transactions.

Physicians Regional news

June 22 from 3 to 4 p.m. sees Gail Ekblad speaking at a bariatric support group in the Palm dining room at the Physicians Regional 8300 Collier Blvd. campus.

Long-term weight loss requires positive changes in lifestyle and eating habits. Our support group is dedicated to those who have had, or are planning to have bariatric surgery. We welcome patients who have had bariatric surgery elsewhere.

Reservations are required. Call Ekblad at 354-6143. Visit for more information.

Also in Physicians Regional news, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), has recognized the Pine Ridge center as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States.

The Physicians Regional Endoscopy Unit is one of more than 400 recognized since 2009. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy as evidenced by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria, which includes following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, CDC infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff competency.

Physicians Regional offers the latest diagnostic techniques, including advanced imaging technology and a range of endoscopic procedures. Their gastroenterologists provide the latest treatment options to deliver quality care for a wide range of digestive disorders. For more information, visit