Thursday, December 9, 2021




Donna Fiala 

The 7th Annual Marco Island Kiwanis Car Show was even more successful than the last six! John DeRosa and his team of dedicated, determined, hardworking Kiwanians prepared beautifully, even to ordering perfect weather! I remember when he first suggested the idea, everyone was a little ambivalent, concerned that it would never be a good fund raiser.

As most of you know, the Kiwanians (and Rotarians as well) raise money throughout the year to help the children in our community and the extended Collier County community; it’s for those little tykes who cannot help themselves, or who need help to develop a better lifestyle, whether it is books, scholarships, bedding, diapers, or any needs the Kiwanians can meet. That’s what it is all about.

This year there were 185 cars that entered the show, and over 20 had to be turned away because there was no more room. The plan is to move to larger quarters next year so all vehicles can enter, and also, for better parking facilities. All the club members showed up in force (and I noticed others showed up as well, like our friend and Rotarian Bill Morris) to help each other and make the load lighter.

Our visitors came from all parts of the county and all parts of the world to enjoy a terrific show, the grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn, music (weren’t the Irish Step Dancers terrific!), listen to our own, very special D.J. Steve Reynolds, and so much more. We’ll see you next year with more cars, more parking, more food, and more festivities!

Our own Marco actress, Gina Sisbarro, will be starring in the upcoming 4th Annual Mystery Dinner Theater to be held March 25th from 4PM to 7PM at the beautiful Naples Lakes Country Club, located across from the Marco affiliate First Baptist Church on 951/Collier Blvd. (which they purchased from the old Assembly of God Church). The name of the murder mystery is “Death in Them Thar Hills”. The plated dinner and show is $75 and is presented by the East Naples Kiwanis Club. Solve the mystery and win the grand prize! Also featured will be a Silent Auction and raffles. For tickets please call Nancy Markham – 774-2898, Jeff Macasevich – 692-0101, or Donna Fiala – 774-7119. The East Naples Kiwanis Florida Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. A portion of your ticket will be deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

A special note to all of our Winter Residents who have a summer home elsewhere, but vote here in Florida. Florida is a closed primary state, which means in August, if you want to vote for a local Republican candidate, you must be a registered Republican. You won’t even get a ballot sent to you (up north or here) if you are not a registered Republican. It’s very simple to change party affiliation for the August Primary election, then change back to whatever party you want to be registered with for the general election, where everyone can vote. Here’s all you have to do: If you have not registered to vote, want to declare a party affiliation or change your party affiliation, you must complete a new voter registration application form BEFORE the registration closing date noted below. All of the forms are on the website for Supervisor of Elections at the ‘Register to Vote’ link, print, complete, and return the voter registration application form to the Supervisor of Elections Office before the registration closing deadline.


• Registration closing – July 16, 2012

• Primary Election – August 14, 2012

• Registration closing – October 9, 2012

• General Election – November 6, 2012

Registered Collier County Voters may exercise their right to vote in one of three ways: by mail/absentee ballot, during Early Voting or on Election Day at their assigned precinct.

Remember – you are not voting for a party in the primary, you are voting for the person to represent you right here at home! The decisions are made in the primary about who will serve you. Although there will be other candidates in the general election, the Republican candidates are usually elected in the primary.

And speaking of elections, our own Jennifer Edwards, Supervisor of Elections has stated: by law the elections office cannot use E-Verify to check the legal status of a person voting. They must accept their word that they are legal. Interesting, isn’t it?

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