Sunday, October 24, 2021

Sunrise Rotary Selects Susan Ackerson Unsung Hero

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently awarded Susan Ackerson as its 2018 Fourth Quarter Unsung Hero. Sunrise Rotary’s Unsung Hero Program recognizes special people in the Marco Island community that volunteer and are not generally recognized. The nominee must reside in Marco Island at least 6 months of the year or be employed in Marco Island at least 30 hours per week or provide service on Marco Island for which the nominee is recognized.

Susan was recognized primarily for her work in chairing Korks for Kids, which helps fund Marco Island Meals of Hope. “Susan almost single handedly stores, packs and sells corks for benefit of Meals of Hope” explained Bill Morris, Rotary Chair of its Unsung Hero program. The corks are donated by restaurants, clubs and individuals after the wine they protected has been enjoyed. Susan sells the corks to artisans and others and has raised thousands of dollars for Meals of Hope.

Susan’s community service is not limited to Korks for Kids. As a local Realtor, she also contributes to many projects of the local Realtor association and with her husband, Tom, often donates through their restaurant Old Marco Pub and Restaurant. “One thing Susan does not do is seek recognition or awards,” said Morris, “she contributes because she wants to help.”

Susan was recognized as the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise Unsung Hero at the recent Meals of Hope Happy Hour for Hope, which Susan and Tom hosted in their restaurant. Susan was clearly touched, explained “I am rarely surprised, but this is a nice surprise and it is very special.” She received a plaque recognizing the Club’s appreciation for her service. 20 polio vaccines will be donated in Susan’s name to Rotary International and the Club will also make a $100 donation to a charity of Susan’s choice.

The Unsung Hero award recognizes a member of the Marco Island community who unselfishly helps others and who has not generally been recognized for such service.

Sunrise Rotary continues its search for Unsung Heros and ask that anyone wish to nominate an Unsung Hero please contact Chairman Bill Morris at or visit the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise website at

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