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Rotary Club Recipient
Re-Gifts Her Scholarship
For over 25 years, the Rotary Club of North Fort Myers has been awarding
$4,000 college scholarships to a graduating senior at North Fort Myers High
School. The scholarship is for $1,000 per year for each year the student is in
school, up to a maximum of four years and they must maintain a 3.0 GPA. While
past students have been very appreciative, the interaction between the club and the
student has been limited to occasional visits to the club when the student is home
This past year was a truly overwhelming experience. Sarah Florio, recipient of the
scholarship in 2004, contacted the club and told said she wanted to “re-gift” her schol-
arship; she wanted to donate $4,000 to the club to give an additional scholarship.
Florio had gone to the University of Central Florida, graduated with a degree in hos-
pitality management, and is having a successful career in the Orlando area. Rotarians
were flabbergasted, and at the same time ecstatic, as this was the first time a student
had made such an offer.
With Florio’s re-gifting of her scholarship, the club was able to award a second
$4,000 scholarship recipient, Sydney Lowman, graduating senior at North Fort Myers
High School. Lowman plans to attend the University of South Florida and major in
The Rotary Club of North Fort Myers would like to recognize the significant dona-
tion made by Florio and challenge all students who receive Rotary scholarships to con-
sider matching her generosity.
For more information, visit www.rotarysouth.org.
Matt Mederios, principal at North Fort Myers High School; Sarah Florio; Sydney Lowman
(Sarah Florio “Re-gifted Scholarship” recipient); and Mike Fahnlander, president of the
Rotary Club of North Fort Myers
Call For Artists For
The 10th Biennial National Art
Exhibition, to be held in Punta
Gorda, will take from January 29
to March 12, 2016. The exhibit juror is
Jeffrey T. Larson, a still life, figurative
and landscape artist from Minnesota
who has won several Artist Magazine
awards and is an ARC Living Master.
Larson’s paintings, entitled Bread Rack
and In the Light of Life, respectively,
won 1st Place in the Still Life/Floral cat-
egory of the magazine’s 2013 and 2012
Annual Art Competitions.
“I believe all art is about convey-
ing one individual’s idea, whether it’s a
thought or just an emotional response to
something poignant and beautiful,” said
Larson. “If what excited and inspired the
artist enough to spend the time to create
it is conveyed through visual language to
the viewer, I consider it a successful work
Prize money for the show will be
in excess of $7,000 (with the Best of
Show taking home $2,000) and includes
the $750 Bowles Award for Portrait
Excellence. The deadline for submissions
is December 4. Entries can be made
online through Juried Art Services by
Entry into the 2016 NAE will continue
through 5 p.m. on December 4.
Call For Artists
The works selected for the 2016
National Art Exhibition will be determined
on the basis of digital images.
Awards are based upon actual artwork:
Best of Show – $2,000
Second Prize – $1,000
Third Prize – $750
Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence
(Traditional 2-D mediums: drawing,
painting, pastel only)
People’s Choice Award – $1 per vote
(50/50 split between Visual Arts Center
and winning artist)
Additional monetary awards for excel-
lence and merit will be given at the discre-
tion of the judge.
The Visual Arts Center is located at
210 Maud Street in Punta Gorda. For
more information, call the Visual Arts
Center at 941-639-8810, send an email
to email@example.com or visit www.
Juror Jeffrey T. Larson at work on Vintage,
completed in 2014.
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Bark On The Ark
W. First Street in Fort Myers. Registration
for the tour is $39 per human.
Reservations are required as room is lim-
ited to 25 passengers and their pet. All
dogs that can follow basic commands are
For more information or to book
your ticket, call 919-2965, email info@
PureFortMyers.com or visit the website at
Seafaring canines and their owners enjoy
a cruise along the Caloosahatchee River
Pets enjoy a peaceful cruise on the
Caloosahatchee River with Pure Florida’s
Bark On The Ark
Pure Florida guests are invited to bring their
dogs aboard the M/V Edison Explorer for a
special Bark On The Ark sightseeing cruise
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first-come basis until the venue is full.
Island Hopper is presented by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau,
iHeartMedia, Cat Country 107.1 and BMI, the largest music rights organization in
Visit www.islandhopperfest.com for more information, to book tickets and view the
list of artists, performance schedules and venues. Special Island Hopper lodging pack-
ages are also available.
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