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Vol. 60, No. 20                                    November 16, 2011                                                Rich Ahrens, Editor
Celebrating Our 60th Anniversary

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2011-2012 Officers and Directors


Frank Fontana


Paul Huber


Rich Kirschner


Steve Stolz


Mia Delk


Jay Crandall


Rich Ahrens


Hal Atzingen


Ryan Blauch


Nancy Graham


Ron Gustason


Jennifer Hoy

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Featured Member, Don Evans
Don Evans
Don is the president of Evans, Brinkerhoff & Nelson, Inc, and has been a Registered Investment Advisor from 1979 to present, timing non commission mutual fund switching.  He was also president of FX 500 Ltd, Commodity Trading Advisor, managing funds for institutions, United Federation of Commercial Workers Labor Union and fund of funds equity manager for Merrill Lynch and Kidder Peabody until 1999.  From 1993-1996, Fx 500 Ltd was the largest Commodity Trading Advisor in the USA specializing in the equity futures, mainly S&P 500 futures contracts.  Don's job was to analyze and time the equity market to enhance portfolio rates of return and reduce risk.  Don retired in 1999.
Don's wife, Machelle Evans, is an interior designer.  They have lived in Naples since 1998.  Their children are Martine Evans age 32 living in Newport Beach, California.  Hunter Evans age 31 living in Santa Ana, California.  Monique Evans age 19 Pre Med currently attending the University of Texas, Austin.  Saxon Rowdy Evans age 18 is studying Finance at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Don enjoys reading history, economics and non fiction.  He also likes fishing and tennis.  The family travels particularly to military sites such as Bostogne, Normandy, Stalingrad, Kursk, Borodino and Truck Lagoon. 
"I love the people in Rotary.  They are very intelligent, decent folks that participate in a greater good to help their fellow man.  It is an honor to be able to associate with such people." 
Featured Member, Steve Fontana
Steve Fontana

Dr. Steven J. Fontana is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon.  He is currently in the process of opening up his own practice, Gulfshore Oral Surgery, PA. His new office will be located on Pine Ridge Road in Mission Square Plaza.

Steve attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate studies.  He then attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.  After graduating, Steve decided to specialize in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery and he completed an additional 7 years of residency training. As part of his training, he graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.  After completing his residency in Cleveland in 2006, Steve moved to Naples.  
Steve grew up in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.  He has been married to his wife, Kelly, since 2008.  They have 1 year-old twin boys, Stevie and Johnny. His hobbies include scuba diving and lobstering.  
Steve was inducted into The Rotary Club of Naples in April 2007.  He enjoys spending time with his fellow Rotarians at the weekly meetings and has enjoyed being a part of the Vocational Day Committee for the past four years.  

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November Birthdays
Rich Kirschner - November 12
John Cremer - November 20
Keith Langham - November 22
Nancy Wyckoff - November 24
Debbie Stewart - November 25


Celebrating 60 Years!


One of the many traditions in the Rotary Club of Naples is for the outgoing president to give the incoming president the "club charter" at the end of a Rotary year.  The club charter is a document presented to a Rotary club by Rotary International, which proves that the club is a member of RI.  (Rotary clubs are members of RI, while Rotarians are members of their respective clubs; Rotarians are not members of RI.)


On November 26, 1951, the Rotary Club of Naples received its charter from Rotary International, signed by RI President Frank E. Spain and RI Secretary Philip Lovejoy.  The club was started by 24 men in town, including the fathers of current members Larry Ingram and Jerry Wynn.  All 24 men signed the charter application and are therefore known as "charter members".


The Rotary Club of Naples has served the community for 60 years, thanks to the hard work of members dedicated to "Service Above Self".  Our club is rich in history, and every member today owes much gratitude to those who built our club incrementally over the years.


I have a deep appreciation for, and I want to personally thank, every president who has served before me.  The following past presidents are still members of our club.  Please be sure to thank them for their leadership when you see them at our weekly luncheons.








Holland Salley


Hal Atzingen


Hank Caballero


Leo Mediavilla


Ray Miller


John Geshay


Bill Schweikhardt


Sam Hinkle


Al Hackney II


Peggy Sealfon


Stew Macfarlane


Debbie Stewart


Ed Rumberger


Jacques Groenteman


John Nocera


Greg Collins


John Smarge


Sam Hinkle


Cal Pratt


Randy Long


John Caballero


Jerry Wynn


Shane McIntosh


Jay Crandall



As we celebrate our club's cumulative accomplishments, we look forward to an exciting future in the years ahead.  I am proud to be a member of THE Rotary Club of Naples!

Yours in Rotary Service,


Frank Fontana
President, 2011-2012


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This Week's Meeting


On Wednesday, November 16, we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Rotary Club of Naples.  We will NOT have a luncheon this day.  Instead, we will meet at the Naples Beach Hotel near the chickee (outside of Sunset Terrace) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Tropical attire is appropriate.  For those coming directly from work, it is also perfectly fine to be dressed in work attire.  Food will be displayed starting at 5 p.m.  Drinks will be available at a cash bar.  Spouses are encouraged to attend, as are guests.  If you know someone who may possibly be interested in Rotary, this is a perfect event for that person to attend!


The cost is $30/person (active members who make reservations will receive a $20 credit on their January invoice due to the November 16 luncheon we will not have).  The cost for members and guests will be billed directly to members' accounts.


Reservations must be made in advance by contacting Jennifer Hoy (email:  jennifervear@aol.com, cell phone:  450-8090).  We hope to see everyone there!


October Billing
  • October invoices will be 45 days past due on November 16.  Those who are on the Accounts Receivable report 45 days past due should expect a reminder email from our Executive Secretary, Sue Cobb, as well as a reminder phone call from our Treasurer, Steve Stolz.  The Board of Directors will also be made aware of the Accounts Receivable status of these individuals at our next board meeting.
District Conference Cruise
  • The 2012 District 6960 Conference will be a 4 night cruise on the Celebrity Millennium from April 12th to 16th.  The ship leaves Miami on Thursday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m., visits Key West and Cozumel, and then returns to Miami on Monday, April 16 at 7 a.m.  Rotarians will do a service project in Cozumel.  The Rotary Club of Naples has budgeted $1,800 toward the cruise, which will be divided equally among all members who make reservations for the cruise.  For example, if six members (and their spouses) make reservations for the cruise, each Rotarian would be reimbursed $300 by the club.  Prices start from as low as $549.51 per person (including all taxes, fees, prepaid gratuities, meals, entertainment, and special conference events).  To book reservations, call VIP World Travel at 941-377-0017.  Please let Sue Cobb know about your reservation as soon as it has been made (no later than December 31, 2011) so that we can plan for reimbursements.


Grapes & Apes

  • The second round of ticketing is now active. Please tell your friends they can purchase tickets at the discounted price of $75 per person only until December 24th. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, mail or by picking up tickets from Jim Scartz. After the deadline all tickets will be sold at the $100 face value starting January 1st.


Click on the following links for more project information:

Grapes & Apes     Bell Ringing     Collier Harvest     Gift of Giving     Past Projects

Click on the following links for more project information: 

The Rotary Foundation     Gift of Life     Mandeville Rotary Club     Past Projects



Click on the following links for more project information:

Dictionary Day     Interact Club     Rotaract Club     Scholarships     S4TL



Click on the following links for more project information:

Rotarians in Business     Vocational Day

Much of what you need to know is only a click away. Our club website is a wealth of information and resources for you to be more involved, to access important documents and to take your knowledge as a Rotarian to the next level.  Go ahead, CLICK!

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