Thursday, October 28, 2021

Sunrise Rotary Elects Mann and Awards Shanahan

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise held its 34th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner recently at Hideaway Beach Club. Highlight of the annual event was installation of the new board of directors including Tom Mann as incoming President. Mann was installed by Sandra Hempsted, Rotary International District Director.

Mann pledged to continue good works of the Club. Following current President, Tom Wagor, will be “big shoes to fill in” according to Mann.

Debra Shanahan was awarded Rotarian of the Year. Debra is well known in local circles as chair of the Annual Cancer Ball, but her recognition as Sunrise Rotary’s Rotarian of the Year came from her service in Club activities.

Debra provided service to almost every Club event. She chaired or co-chaired virtually all Club socials. She volunteered at almost every Meals of Hope event. She serves on the Board of Directors, as a director for the scholarship foundation and the scholarship selection committee chair. She chairs the Annual Golf Tournament and chairs the Herb Savage Memorial. She even made the arrangements for the Club’s installation dinner, as she has done for the last few years.

Rotarian of the Year is awarded annually. Selection is made by the five immediately preceding Rotarians of the Year, all of which are ineligible for repeat selection. Debra received a beautiful engraved sculpture from Bill Morris, last year’s Rotarian of the Year.

President Wagor outlined accomplishments of the Club during the past year. Highlights included:

  • Donation of $10,000 to Gift of Life Heart Surgeries.
  • Contribution of $5,000 plus work in Meals of Hope.
  • Raising over $1,200 as Salvation Army Bell Ringers.
  • Donated over $20,000 in college scholarships.

Donations to wide variety of additional causes including Baby Basics, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, Marco Island Academy, Christmas Island Style, Marco Island Youth Boxing, St. Matthew’s House, Marco Island Center for the Arts and the American Cancer Society.

The Club also collected Christmas cards for veterans with the Interact Club at Marco Island Academy and sponsors the Interact Club.

The club chairs and coordinates all Meals of Hope events with assistance from Noontime Rotary and Kiwanis.

Sunrise Rotary has been recognized as one of the hardest working Rotary Clubs in the State of Florida. But, as President Wagor pointed out, “This work is fun. We are all contributing to make our community a better place and help those in need.”

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise meets at Stonewall’s American Bistro on Tuesday mornings at 7 AM. To become a Rotarian or for further information about the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise and its activities, email Bill Morris at or visit the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise website at

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