Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Sunrise Rotary Initiates New Programs

Keith Dameron and William morris give a check to eugenio Cardenas for the KOPS program.

Keith Dameron and William morris give a check to eugenio Cardenas for the KOPS program.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff


The Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club has rolled out two new community programs. The first program is the Unsung Hero Award which intends to recognize individuals who work to make Marco Island a better community. The Unsung Hero has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He or she will be a special person who has done extra special things for the Marco Island community without receiving pay or expecting praise or recognition. The Club’s Board of Directors will vote on the award, but the nominee cannot be a Rotarian. The recipient will be a person who in terms of the Rotary motto “Put service above self.” “What makes this award special is the recipient will be a volunteer who has worked in the community without recognition” said Chairman, Bill Morris. “We are looking to recognize those who are truly “unsung” said Morris. KOPS The second program the Sunrise Rotary Club will offer in conjunction with the Marco Island Police Department is entitled, Kindness on Patrol Service program (KOPS). The KOPS program originated with Marco Islander Keith Dameron who gained the support of Police Chief Al Schettino and City Manager Roger Hernstadt. Knowing about the program, Marco attorney, William  G. Morris, volunteered to present KOPS to the Sunrise Rotary Club and his enthusiasm for KOPS triggered his offer to help finance the initial year’s fund. Dameron and Morris each personally contributed $1,000 matching the Sunrise Rotary Club’s $1,000 initial donation. If a Marco police officer finds someone in need (such as a child without shoes), the officer is authorized to purchase the item (up to $50.00) then request reimbursement from the KOPS program administrator, Attorney William G. Morris. KOPS will compliment Chief Schettino’s Community Policing program and his efforts to make the Marco Island police a more integral part of the community fabric. Dameron and Morris both stated, “Our police officers become aware of needs on a frequent basis that are not met by traditional police law enforcement practices. KOPS will allow them to meet those needs.” For further information on the KOPS program or to make a nomination for the Unsung Hero Award, please contact William G. Morris at For information concerning Marco Island Sunrise Rotary visit the Club’s website at

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