I joined the FMBCF in 2018. Currently I am one of the club directors and my responsibilities include acting as board liaison for those working on #WeAreFMB Merchandise. This entails buying, selling, and assisting in delivery of merchandise as well as organizing events and volunteers for selling our #WeAreFMB items. I am also coordinating the distribution of #WeAreFMB gift cards to local families who have expressed a need for assistance. This also includes island business owners/managers who might have employees that would benefit with
an assist as well.

When I became a resident of FMB, I began following the activities of the FMBCF and was impressed with their reach throughout the community. I was particularly interested in the scholarship program. As a former teacher, I had worked awarding scholarships to students through my involvement with our local woman’s group and found this to be a wonderful experience. After talking to several FMBCF members, I decided to join.

My volunteer activities were related to the club’s commitment to the environment. I
participated in several KLCB events over the past few years. Being a former teacher, I also enjoyed the STEM nights at the Beach Elementary. This past year I became involved in the #WeAreFmb merchandise by assisting with sales at club events.
This year, I am looking forward to new projects for the FMBCF, including the concert series. I am also pleased to see more connections with Adopt-A-Shore, MRTF and KLCB as clean water, beaches and the use of native plants are crucial to our life in Florida.

I am also on the board of the Friends of the Fort Myers Beach library and president of the Estero Island Garden Club for the 2021-2022 year. I find having these connections help support my involvement with the FMBCF.

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