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Progress on the Forest Front

Tree Project Planning with Sarasota

On Friday 2/16 Rotary members Carol Erker, Sidney Turner and Dottie Rutledge met with two Sarasota County officials, Shawn Yeager, Division Manager, Beaches and Water Access and Ryan Murphy, Operations Coordinator at Ted Sperling/South Lido Nature Park to view and discuss the proposed sites for our red cedar tree plantings.  Shawn and Ryan are as excited as we are about this project and are willing to help us source the trees and get them properly planted.  Our next step is determine the best source for purchasing our trees!  More information will be posted as available, but right now all systems are go!


Rotary Knows Trees Are Amazing

Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley has challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.

Some Other Tree Facts

  1. A single tree can absorb CO2 at a rate of 48 lb. per year.
  2. Trees act as natural pollutionfilters by absorbing pollutants through the stomates in leaf surfaces.
  3. Trees lower temperature by transpiring water and shading surfaces.
  4. Trees reduce heat sinks. Heat sinks are 6-19 degrees F warmer than the surrounding area.
  5. Trees reduce erosion.
  6. An acre of trees absorbs enough CO2 over one year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles.
  7. Trees provide food and wildlife habitats.
  8. Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere.
  9. Trees recharge ground water and sustain stream flow.
  10. One large tree strategically placed in a yard can replace 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours per day.

Read more about what trees can do for us at the Arbor Day Foundation site.

Tuttle Elementary Nutrition (TEN) Program

The Rotary Club of Longboat Key’s  Tuttle Elementary Nutrition (TEN) Program is a major accomplishment that has resulted in hundreds of needy children receiving free food every two weeks. In partnership with All Faiths Food Bank we created, and we stock, manage and staff a food pantry every two weeks, where up to 100 households ‘shop’ for free food.

Thank you so much for donating your time and efforts to make sure Tuttle Elementary school’s pantry is staffed and stocked!

To sign up to help, please follow this link below.

Tuttle Bag Labelling – http://cerv.is/m?0259gDmMST3

Tuttle School Pantry – http://cerv.is/m?0259gVQK4YC

It will take you to Longboat Keys private registration page, one for each “event”. From there you will have to create a profile and then choose your dates!

Have a great day!

Rotary: Making a Difference

Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley has made the case that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.

Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said.

“The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern,” he said.

The president-elect challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.

We are working through Carolyn Brown, Director Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources office with Division Manager Shawn Yeager to identify an appropriate site for Longboat Key Rotary for our contribution to the tree planting project.  Once the site is identified we will update everyone.

2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley announces his presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference

Opportunity to Serve in the Community

Service opportunity!

Help kindergarten students by reading with 2 individual students from 1:00-2:00 on Tuesday afternoons. It is a very rewarding experience and a great way to help them improve literacy skills. You can sign up for 1 or more weeks.

Please contact Janet Shapiro at 941-504-5453 or sugarmagnolialbk@gmail.com.

Events NOT to Miss!

We are ready to start the Reading Tutoring Program at Tuttle again for the 2017-2018 school year.  Laurel Hinds is the teacher at Tuttle who coordinates this program. It will be Tuesdays from 1:10-2:10. You must be PALS approved to work at Tuttle. This is a simple background screening. It is necessary to go to Tuttle to complete this screening on the computer in the office. Janet Shapiro would be happy to assist you with this process. Just let her know. If you were PALS approved last year, you must update your screening the first time you go. It’s very simple!
Reading is a critical skill for success. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life!  TO SIGN UP CLICK HERE.

Weekly Meeting Calendar:


February 13 Bobbi Bird: Our District Governor – Annual Report

February 20  Dr. Eric Hodges, USF professor (Introduction by Karen Holbrook) “Mission Continued Veterans Reintegration”

February 27   Kristen Fisher, Regional Manager, Children First

March 6   Tom Harmer, Longboat Key Town Manager

March 13 Kristen Kandel, Recruitment specialist, YMCA’s Safe Children Coalition – Foster care in Sarasota county

March 20 Club Assembly

March 27 Recognition and Awards


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Max Planck Florida Institute for Neurosciences Rotary Presentation

   On Tuesday, September 6, the Rotary Club of Longboat Key hosted Dr. Matthias Haury, the Chief Operating Officer of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neurosciences, who described the four year journey of the Institute from its inception in Jupiter,Florida, to now being a world leader in understanding how our brains work in health and disease. In addition to Longboat Key Rotarians, 35 guests attended, many invited by Brigitte and Andreas Porwol.

  Dr. Haury, an accomplished researcher and Immunologist,  shared the overall approach of the Max Planck Institute in Germany as they commenced research operations in Florida with a particular focus on the Neurosciences. The Florida Institute focuses on developing novel and cutting edge approaches to understanding brain functioning as a mandatory precursor to developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

   Dr. Haury shared several of the areas of investigation developed by the MPFI for Neurosciences.  These  include real time optical imaging of brain nerve cells at work in memory formation,  understanding mechanisms that underlie brain cell communication and regeneration,  novel gene editing techniques, and how neurological and psychiatric disorders alter the structure and function of brain circuits. These are all necessary steps on the way to specific brain disease treatments and disease prevention.

   You can learn more about the Institute at www.maxplanckflorida.org.


2016 Hot Diggity Dog Parade

Another wonderful day celebrating our nation’s birthday with some of our best friends.   WOOF!

Rotary 2016-17 Theme



Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of 2016-17_themeRotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.

Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.

Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.

After a historic year in which transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, Germ said we are closer than ever to ending polio.

“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” he added. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio.”

Last year’s milestones leave just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus still circulates. Polio would be only the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

When that moment arrives, it’s “tremendously important” that Rotary is ready for it, said Germ. “We need to be sure that we are recognized for that success, and leverage that success into more partnerships, greater growth, and even more ambitious service in the decades to come.”

Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, encouraged attendees to return to their clubs and communities and spread the word about Rotary’s role in the fight for a polio-free world.

“People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity,” Germ said.

Enhancing Rotary’s image isn’t the only way to boost membership. “We need clubs that are flexible, so our service will be more attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people.”

He added: “We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward.”






Veterans Day Parade and Honor Program 2016!

The Rotary Club of Longboat Key will again be sponsoring the LBK Veterans Day Parade and Honor Program at on November 11, 2016. We sure hope you will be able to join us. This year the event will begin at 2:00 PM on Bay Isles Road. The same parade route is planned for this year, beginning at the Bank of America and ending at the Temple Beth Israel entrance, approximately ¼ mile. A Veterans Honor Program, refreshments, and socializing will immediately follow the parade again this year.
The Veterans Day Parade and Honor Program depends on ALL  who live, rent, work, worship or are visiting on Longboat Key to come out and support the veterans.
This program recognizes and shows our appreciation for the sacrifices all veterans and their families make to ensure our freedom. It is also a fun event. As many of our veterans have discovered, the Veterans Day Parade and Honor Program opens the door to new friendships as well. So, please mark your calendars and plan to join us this year.
The Rotary Club of Longboat Key is looking forward to celebrating the service of all US and Allied veterans on Veterans Day.
For questions or additional information regarding this event please contact:
Gene Luca
Cell – 609-605-7025
Chris Lake
Cell – 941-806-9062
Or, write to:
Rotary Club of Longboat Key
P.O. Box 8351
Longboat Key, FL 34228