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Applications Due August 10
The deadline for applications for the 11th annual Business Ethics Award of the
Uncommon Friends Foundation is Monday, August 10. In conjunction with
the Florida Gulf Coast University Chair of Business Ethics, the award will be
presented to a Southwest Florida business that exemplifies the highest standards
of ethical behavior in its dealings with both employees and its public. The final-
ists will be honored at a special business ethics luncheon hosted by FGCU and the
Uncommon Friends Foundation on October 23 and the winner announced at the
annual Uncommon Evening on October 27 at the historic Burroughs Home &
Gardens in Fort Myers.
Nominees from any of Southwest Florida’s five counties who consistently demon-
strate a system-wide commitment to high business ethics are eligible to apply. Anyone
can nominate a deserving company, including themselves. Applications and submission
guidelines are available at www.uncommonfriends.org.
The Burroughs Home
From page 2
The announcement for the May danc-
es at BAAF Enlisted Men’s Service Club
informed the “town girls,” as they were
called, that they were “especially invited.”
Town girls were even provided free bus
transportation to the base.
The hub of activity, however, was right
downtown at the Fort Myers Service Club
in Yacht Basin Park. That club, located in
the Civic Center that once adjoined the
Hall of Fifty States, was demolished sev-
eral years ago.
That building must have been a com-
fort to war-time servicemen, for there
was a canteen, dancing to a live orches-
tra every Wednesday, and other special
“Military Maids” were on duty to
answer questions or join in a game of
badminton, Chinese checkers, cards, and
The only sad note in this chatty book-
let is the explanation for why ice tea was
no longer being served at the club. It
could not get the sugar quota raised.
“Sorry,” the announcement reads
good naturedly, “‘Tis said thar’s a war
As for Fritz, whose brainchild prob-
ably exceeded all her expectations, she is
today perhaps best remembered for her
short-lived controversial career as mayor
of Fort Myers from 1949 to 1950,
despite her accomplishments in public
She was not only the first woman to
be elected, but she was recalled in short
She went on, however, to a substan-
tial writing career, publishing books and
articles. Among her books are Unknown
Florida, The Unknown Story of
Sanibel and Captiva and I Covered The
Who can calculate the long-term influ-
ence that her little booklet had on Lee
County? The warm welcome to service-
men on the inside back cover, “We are
glad to have you here and hope you’ll
‘come again’ in the carefree days of
peace,” apparently resonated.
Countless servicemen fondly remem-
bered little ol’ Fort Myers. Many married
local sweethearts. Others returned as
tourists or seasonal residents, helping to
propel the unprecedented post-World
War II growth period.
Take a look at the little publication that
could and did at the Southwest Florida
Historical Society, 10091 McGregor
While you’re there, research family
or local history and ask about volunteer
Call 939-4044 or drop by on
Wednesday or Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon,
or Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Then, follow-up with a visit to the
Southwest Florida Museum of History at
2031 Jackson Street to learn more about
the vitality of downtown during World
For information, call 321-7430 or go
to swflmuseumofhistory.com. Museum
hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday
Sources: The archives of the Southwest
Florida Historical Society and The Story
of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer.
Lee Republican Women
August Luncheon Meeting
The Lee Republican Women’s Club will conduct their next luncheon meeting
on Tuesday, August 4 at Rum Runners, 5848 Cape Harbour Drive in Cape
Coral. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m., with the lunch and program to follow at
The program will focus on Southwest Florida CrimeStoppers. Guest speaker Trish
Routte, program director for SWFL Crimestoppers, will answer your questions. Please
join us for this most interesting program. Two menu selections will be offered, includ-
ing Spinach and Bleu Cheese Salad or Cuban Wrap. Please indicate your choice when
making your reservation, which are due by Friday, July 31.
Cost is $18 per person, inclusive. Cash or check only, payable to LRWC. Payment
will be accepted at the door.
To RSVP, send an email to reservations@LeeRWC.com or call Judy at 673-7634.
Florida Governor, First Lady To
Be Honored At BlueGreen Event
The Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida (FWFF) announced that Florida
Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott will be honored at this year’s
annual BlueGreen event, to be held on November 14 in Weston.
“Governor Scott has been instrumental in helping develop a strong connection
between fish and wildlife conservation and traditional outdoor activities like hunting
and especially fishing,” said Rodney Barreto, chairman of FWFF. “And our First Lady
Ann is an outdoors enthusiast in her own right, dedicated to getting our kids outdoors.
Together they provide leadership for effective conservation and youth engagement in
“This year marks our fourth BlueGreen Event thanks to our generous host FWC
Commissioner ‘Alligator’ Ron Bergeron and his fabulous Green Glades Ranch.
Everybody just loves being a cowboy. The great location combined with the support of
the outdoors industry and Florida’s conservation groups has helped us create a premier
fundraising event for kids and conservation in Florida,” Barreto added.
Governor Scott and First Lady Ann Scott will be officially honored during the 4th
annual BlueGreen event. This will be the chance to meet, greet and make strong con-
nections with others who share the same Florida conservation vision, and have the
means and abilities to make the vision a reality.
“It is a pleasure to work with Rick and Ann Scott. Their love for our state and busi-
ness-like approach enable them to have a major impact on the future of Florida. We
are proud to honor them at our BlueGreen event,” Barreto concluded.
For more information, visit wildlifefoundationofflorida.com.
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