Club Briefs: Civitan Club adds junior chapter

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Jolley Roger Crossword Puzzle Club

The Jolley Roger Puzzle Club meets every Wednesday afternoon to discuss, dissect and otherwise chat about The New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle. If tackling the Sunday puzzle is part of your regular routine and you would like to get together with people who share your hobby, call Lee at 394-1492 or Lynn at 609-678-0424 for meeting time and location.


American Association of University Women's Mission: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The AAUW Marco Island Branch meets at 9 a.m., October through April, on the third Monday of the Month at the United Church on Barfield Drive. Information: Durell Buzzini, director for membership, 207-745-4679.

Just Friends

Just Friends meets for lunch and socializing the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m., at United Church of Marco, 320 North Barfield. To become a member, you must have been a member in good standing of the Marco Island Newcomers for at least three years. President: Sharon Cook. Membership information: Janet at 682-1010 or Candy at 970-0727. Luncheon information: Lisa at 293-9077 or Donna at 642-1985. Mail luncheon checks for $27 to Just Friends, P.O. Box 1685, Marco Island, 34146.

Marco Island Newcomers Club

Women meet for lunch, socializing and to learn about the local area, at 11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Hideaway Beach Club, 333 Hideaway Circle North. Information: Kecia Chronowski, 920-265-3544, and Kathie Richel 352-634-2547, or visit

Marco Island Men’s Club

The club meets at 10 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. MMC is open to residents of Marco Island, Goodland and the Isles of Capri. Information: Fred Stavola at or 239-389-1724 or

Marco Island Woman’s Club

Marco Island Woman’s Club awards scholarships to graduating high school students, who live on Marco Island, and supports various local nonprofit organizations. The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month. To become a member, Priscilla Penn at 239-642-3046 or go to

Democratic Women's Club 

The Democratic Women’s Club of Marco Island provides a forum for discussion of public policy matters, to support qualified candidates for public office and to encourage qualified Democratic women to seek elected office. We have interest groups pertaining to issues affecting women. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at Rose Auditorium at the Marco Island Library. The meetings begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.

Calusa Garden Club

Business meetings begin at 12:30 p.m. and speakers begin at 1:15 p.m. the second Monday of the month, October through March, at the Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield, Marco Island. Community members interested in gardening, floral design and environmental issues are welcome to attend and invited to join the group. Information: Jackie Purvis, 239-970-6644, or

Italian American Society

The Italian American Society of Marco Island meets at 7 p.m., the first Wednesday of each month, November through April, at MIHS Rose History Auditorium. This energetic group of men and women with Italian heritage are dedicated to remembering their roots while having as much fun as possible. Information: Carol Marrella Lindstrom 630-450-4092 or Gene D'Onofrio 239 642-3940.

Rhode Island Club

The Rhode Island Club have started their second year for current and former Rhode Islanders who enjoy getting together for an occasional dinner to reminisce about the old days and who they knew and where they came from. If you are feeling the need to connect with others from Rhody this is the group for you. Call Ann Sepe 401 632-6099 or Ann D'Onofrio 239 642-3940.

Cancer Support Group 

Marco Island Cancer Support Group has been helping people for over 25 years. Join us on the first and third Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m., 40 Heathwood Drive (NCH) and see if we help you. All are welcome. Information:

The Marco Island Civitan Club recently announced the chartering of the Manatee Middle School Junior Civitan Club. Club President Robert Kircher and his wife Nery contacted school Principal Pamela Vickaryous and presented her with the opportunities this club can bring to its members like volunteering in an organized way, leadership opportunities and the fellowship of belonging to a club among others. Principal Vickaryous contacted Special Educational Teacher Tara LuGiudice and proposed to her the idea of having her students being part of this club. Above, 
a group photo of the Manatee Middle School Junior Civitan Club.
The Marco Island Civitan Club recently announced the chartering of the Manatee Middle School Junior Civitan Club. Club President Robert Kircher and his wife Nery contacted school Principal Pamela Vickaryous and presented her with the opportunities this club can bring to its members like volunteering in an organized way, leadership opportunities and the fellowship of belonging to a club among others. Principal Vickaryous contacted Special Educational Teacher Tara LuGiudice and proposed to her the idea of having her students being part of this club. Above, Marco Island Civitan Club President Robert Kircher and his wife Nery.


Civitan International

Civitan International is an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities. Civitans help wherever the need arises – from collecting food for a homeless shelter to volunteering at their local retirement home to building a playground for children with disabilities. Civitans have been helping people since the organization’s founding in 1917, by a group of businessmen determined to make a difference in their community. The Marco Island Civitan Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Mario's, 845 Bald Eagle Drive. For more club information, contact Nery Kircher 239-774-2623 or visit

Civil Air Patrol

Marco Island Senior Squadron meets 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays in the CAP Hangar at Marco Island Executive Airport at the end of Mainsail Dr., off Collier Blvd. South (State Road 951). Capt. Bob Corriveau, Squadron Commander, at 239-331-2290. Information:

American Legion Post 404

If you are a wartime veteran or current Legion member and are interested in joining, contact Bill Horton at 239-642-8928 or Bill Irvine at 239-595-4172. Meetings are held at 11 a.m., on the third Tuesday of each month, followed by lunch, at on the Marco Island Princess dockside at Rose Marina, all veterans are welcome.

Marco VFW Post 6370

The Marco VFW Post 6370 meets the second Tuesday, at the Mutual of Omaha Bank on San Marco Road at 7 p.m. at the rear entrance to the bank. The VFW sells U.S.-made flags of all types at wholesale prices using proceeds for veterans’ relief and welfare. New male and female veterans who served in combat areas are needed. Transfers are accepted from other Posts. Contact Dave Gardner at 239-289-5862.

Marco Island Lions Club

Meetings held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 4335 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Information: David Gardner, 239-289-5862. Club is not active in July, August and September.

Shrine Club

The Marco Island Shrine meets every Friday at 11:30 a.m. for fun and fellowship. All Masons and Shriners are welcome. Call for location. Information: Bill at 239-595-4172.

Daughters of the American Revolution

Chapter meets the third Thursday of the month at 10:30 at Hideaway Beach Club. Visiting and prospective member are welcome. Information, Karen Lombardi at 239-394-0028.

Sons of the American Revolution

Chapter meets the second Thursday of each month, October through May, at 11:30 a.m. at The Club at Longshore Lake. Visiting Compatriots and prospective members are welcome. Information: email or call Ed Lary, Chapter Registrar, at 239-732-7280.

Sons & Daughters of Erin

Southwest Florida Sons & Daughters of Erin meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at San Marco Catholic Church Parrish, 851 San Marco Road. Information: Kathleen Reynolds, 239-394-0220.

La Mesa Española

La Mesa Española meets at Stonewalls for coffee and conversation in Spanish on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. All levels from beginner on up are cordially invited. Native speakers willing to share their language with learners are especially welcome. Information: Ted at


The MIMYC starts its winter season of Model RC Laser Sailing: Will sail Sundays from 2 until 4 p.m. at Mackle Park. The MIMYC has been in existence since 2008 and host the Annual Marco Island RC Laser Championships the first weekend of March. Information: 239-642-1825.

Marco Island Paddlers Association

Marco Island Paddlers Association Inc. (MIPA) is a nonprofit association for people interested in Kayak, SUP or Canoe paddling in the broader Marco Island Area. MIPA host group paddles, training sessions, and paddle related meetings and events. Information: email mi.paddlers.assoc@gmail.comor visit

Scuba Marco Dive Club

The scuba Marco Dive Club meets at 7 p.m., the last Thursday of each month at the dive shop, 1141 Bald Eagle Drive. The club shares dive stories, meets new dive buddies and has guest speakers on occasion. Information: 239-389-7889 or email

Car Guys Breakfast

First Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the Sand Bar, 826 E Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Details call Keith Pershing 239-394-1887.

Marco Island Corvette and Muscle Car Club

Corvette and classic muscle cars gather every Friday at 8 p.m. in the Marco Town Center parking lot in front of Susie’s Diner. All Corvettes and muscle cars are welcome. Information:

Antique Automobile Club of America

The Naples-Marco Island Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America is now meeting at 7 p.m. every third Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Naples, 388 First Avenue South, Naples. Information: 239-642-0147 or

Marco Cruise Club

The club extends a welcome to fellow boaters with large or smaller boats. Marco Cruise Club was founded in December 1975 and is the one of the oldest boating clubs on the island. General membership meetings are held at 7 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Mutual of Omaha Bank on San Marco and Barfield Drive. Boating enthusiasts are welcome to join. Information: or Neil Blaauboer at 642-8493.

Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron

Join members of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron at the Captain’s Meeting (social hour), at CJ’s on the Bay, 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. No need to own a boat or be a captain; just have an interest in boating and enjoying the beautiful waters around Marco Island. Introduce yourself to a member wearing a name tag and allow us to welcome you. Information: 239-393-0150, email or visit


Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) is the club for those people interested in sailing or just meeting others who share a love of sailing. We have day or overnight cruises planned throughout the year, participate in a yearly regatta, meet for dinner or hold potlucks, and have interesting speakers. We welcome new members. Check our website: Membership contact is Robin Singer 419-376-1387.

Sailing solo singles group

Marco Lutheran Church’s singles group meets on the fourth Sunday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. Join for refreshments, discussions, programs, projects and lots of good friendship and fun. Information: 394-0332.

Marco Island Yacht Club

When you cross the Jolley Bridge entering Marco Island, the first thing you’ll see to the right of the bridge is the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC). Members enjoy a full calendar of social and boating events, plus waterfront dining with the most spectacular views on the Island. We are currently welcoming new members. Check our website or call our membership director at 239-394-0199.

Marco Bay Yacht Club

Marco Bay Yacht Club is the oldest and most active yacht club on Marco Island with numerous cruise and social events a year. The club has boating events for both large and small vessels. There’s a club social at CJ’s on the Bay at 4:30 p.m. on the last Monday of the month. New potential members are always welcome. Come visit and see if this is the boating club for you. Information: Dianne Kernan at or 239 389-0314.

Marco Island Road Runners

The Marco Island Road Runners Club meets every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at Mackle Park. All running levels are welcomed. Find us on Facebook at Marco Island Road Runners or email Scott@

Kiwanis Club

The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and meeting at Stonewalls, 551 S. Collier Blvd. Information: President Dr. Kathleen Reynolds at 239-394-0459.

Toastmasters Club

Meetings are every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. at the Centennial Bank, 645 East Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Everyone is welcomed. Contact: Chris Pritchard, or visit

Marco Wine Tasting Group

Club’s purpose is tasting wines and meeting new friends. This is not for profit and is noncommercial. If interested, call Carol Martin 239-784-3025 for details.

Sunrise Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise meets 7:30 a.m., every Tuesday at Stonewalls, 551 S. Collier Boulevard. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. with meeting following. Information:

Noontime Rotary Club

The Marco Noontime Rotary Club meets every other Thursday from May through October at DaVinci’s Restaurant,  11:30 a.m. for lunch and meeting. Anyone interested in Rotary should contact Gwyn Steiner at 952-484-1058.

Island Knitters

All knitters are welcome, expert to novice, every Wednesday from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. at The Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive. Join us to share your stitches and your stories. Free of charge, walk-ins welcome. Parks and Recreation Department, Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace Marco Island. Information: 239-642-0575,

Marco Association of Condominiums (MAC)

MAC meets on the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose Hall (across the street from the library). Information: 239-394-3222 or for a listing of topics and speakers at upcoming meetings.

Marco Meetup Group

The group is a social activities club for adult couples and singles. There are no dues or fees. Information: 239-595-4661 or

Marco Island Writers

Marco Island Writers meets from 6 until 8 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. for registration and networking on the second Wednesday of every month, year round, at the Marco Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island. All skill levels of writers are welcome. First-time visitors are free. Information: Elisabeth Noyes, phone 239-394-5856; email: or

Great Books Discussion Group

The Great Books Discussion Group meets every the second and fourth Monday of the month from 3-5 p.m. Excerpts from great literature, including short stories are read and discussed. Information: George at 239-970-6644 or 610-710-5861.

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