Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 110615 Contents THE RIVER - NOVEMBER 6, 2015
Republican Women Convention Held
More than 100 women from across the State of Florida convened for the bienni-
al convention of the Florida Federation of Republican Women in Orlando ear-
lier this month. Six local women – Doris Cortese, Rosemary Lewis, Carmen
Salome, Kerri Tonkin, Barbara Koeplinger, Gina Petraglio-Stoll and student member
Katharine Stoll – were in attendance.
Members of the Lee Republican Women Federated (LRWF) represented our area
amid a weekend of state and U.S. Senate candidates, policy discussion and grassroots
training with the state Republican Party.
Executive Board elections were held and Doris Cortese, President of LRWF, was
elected as FFRW Member At-Large and Carmen Salomé was re-selected as FFRW
District Representative 7 South. Lee Republican Women Federated also received the
Diamond Award from the National Federation of Republican Women for the hard
work and accomplishments of 2014.
“I am very proud of what our club has accomplished,” said Cortese. “In 2014, we
won the Paint The State Red award for campaigning for Governor Scott. At the con-
vention, I challenged any other club to attempt to take the award away from us. This
means we have got to work even harder in 2016.”
The Florida Federation of Republican Women also conducted one of the first
major straw polls of the 2016 election cycle at its convention. U.S. Senator Marco
Rubio won in the presidential contest, capturing 25 percent of more than 100 votes
cast. Tied in second place were Texas’ U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and former Hewlett-
Packard CEO Carly Fiorina with 16 percent. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and
real-estate tycoon Donald Trump tied for third 14 percent. U.S. Congressman Ron
Desantis won the straw poll for U.S. Senator.
Ward 2 Community Meeting
Fort Myers City Councilman Johnny W. Streets, Jr. will host a Ward 2 Community
Meeting on Thursday, November 5 beginning at 7 p.m. at Riverside Community
Center, located at 3061 E. Riverside Drive in Fort Myers.
All are invited to come meet new City of Fort Myers staff including Interim City
Manager Saeed Kazemi, Interim Police Chief Dennis Eads, the city’s new Fire Chief
Trenton Bowen, Interim Public Works Director Richard Moulton and Community
Development Director Bob Gardner. Questions and concerns of the city’s Ward 2 con-
stiuency will be addressed and the public is encouraged to attend.
Military Appreciation Day
In honor of our military troops and their families, the Military Support Program of
Lee Memorial Health System will take part in the 4th annual Military Appreciation
Day on Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Christian Church,
located at 2061 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.
“This day is about acknowledging what our veterans have done for us. It’s about
making sure they have what they need. It’s our turn to take care of them,” said Kim
Gaide, coordinator of the Military Support Program of Lee Memorial Health System.
All military and their families are welcome to join in the festivities, which will begin
with an opening ceremony. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, as well as daycare
services (with a reservation), allowing you freedom to enjoy some of the many activities
while we sweat the small stuff. Shop the free PX, receive assistance with VA benefits,
health screenings, job opportunities, colleges and universities, and more.
Businesses and organizations who have stepped up for this event are Lee Memorial
Health System Military Support Program; First Christian Church, Lee Sar, Prudential
Financial at the Forum, Victor Paul Tuchman Post 400, Jewish War Veterans,
Vietnam Veterans of America, Firebase #594, First Christian Church, Veterans of
the Glen, Hearts and Homes for Veterans, Inc., American Red Cross and American
Legion Post #38.
The Military Support Program began fundraising in 2003 and has won several
awards in its endeavor to support our military. Much help is needed, as the program is
volunteer based and sends care packages monthly to deployed troops.
For more information to volunteer or to make daycare reservations, call the Military
Support Hotline at 343-2045.
Men’s Club Pancake Breakfasts
Bayside Estates Men’s Club hosts its monthly Pancake Breakfast on Sunday,
November 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Bayside Recreation Hall. Enjoy all-you-
can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, coffee and orange juice for $5 per
person. For $2 more, get a made-to-order omelette.
Pancake breakfasts are always held on the second Sunday of the month. Upcoming
dates this season include December 13, January 10, February 14 and March 13.
Bayside Estates is located just off San Carlos Boulevard, just south of Pine Ridge
Road in Fort Myers. Signs are posted at both entrances. For more information, call
Ken Wescoat at 609-226-9955.
Clerk Of Court Seeks Comments
Ateam of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement
Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on Wednesday, December 2 to examine all
aspects of the Lee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Internal
Audit/Inspector General Department’s policies and procedures, management, opera-
tions, and support services. The Lee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller is
required to comply with 44 standards in order to receive their initial accredited status.
The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and
other places where compliance can be witnessed. The CFA Assessment Team leader
is Accreditation Manager Flora Butler - Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector
General and Capt. David Pate, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
Division of Law Enforcement.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are
invited to offer comments to CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302 or email to
Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report
back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accred-
ited status. Lee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Internal Audit/
Inspector General Department accreditation is for three years.
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