Sunday, October 17, 2021




Donna Fiala

School is out, but not before Lely High School AGAIN achieved an A-school status! We’ve got some really great students attending that school and we are all so proud of them! The Lely High School Key Club (the high school version of Kiwanis Club) had their Car Wash fundraiser the day after school let out, but it’s the first fundraiser for the new Key Club year. Outgoing president and graduate – Karissa Zeigelmann, Bonnie & Craig Woodward’s granddaughter, was right there celebrating her last hurrah. Karissa Zeigelmann and Rafa Rosas, incoming president, also visited the East Naples Kiwanis Club on Friday, along with many other Key Club members (it’s the largest Key Club in Collier County) to bring them up to date regarding all the achievements Lely High School is celebrating. Congratulations from one proud parent who had 5 children attend Lely High School!

Lou & Barb Prigge and Bob & Trish Wilcox invited me to join them for dinner and entertainment at Erin’s Isle last Saturday. It was like old home week seeing Mike & Terri Ward and many Marco people, all enjoying a fun filled evening with marvelous service, great prices and delicious food at their new location in Hibiscus Golf Course club house. Mike Ward, the ever gracious and welcoming owner and host, was at his finest, greeting the guests and enjoying each and every one of them. The entertainment was Kahlua & Cream! They had the audience laughing and singing along the entire night. What a way to celebrate a night out! Kahlua & Cream appear every Tuesday and Saturday. Stop by! You’ll be so happy you did.

The Marco Island Kiwanis Club will be taking a summer hiatus from their weekly meetings, but there will be many happy hours during the summer for everyone to stay in touch.

The ever watchful safety eye of Bryan Hauser was again at work alerting the county that some of the green markers that identify locations along the beach were missing or faded. He explained to me that these markers with numbers (like R 148) are used in case of emergency situations when someone is calling for help from local rescue authorities. The numbers will give first responders an exact location of the emergency call.

The 911 staff has a map which shows the location of each number, which they pass on to the first responders. As Bryan pointed out, this could be a matter of life or death. The county and state immediately responded, and help and repair are on their way. Thanks Bryan! You might just have saved a life!

On a personal note: A huge thank you to all of my “Islands Advisory Board Members” who have faithfully served on my advisory board to give and receive information and ask and answer questions. These wonderful people have been my eyes and ears in the community.

There are representatives from Marco Island (Shirlee Barcic is my chairman), Isles of Capri, Fiddler’s Creek, Goodland and Port of the Islands. I have people representing the hotels, boating community, restaurants, homes and condos, and those who always have their fingers on the pulse of the community. I also want to thank Iberia Bank for allowing us to meet once a month in their meeting room. Iberia Bank is always there for the community………..and for us.

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