PGICA Recognition Program

Ed Zapke,

Since the year began, I have been urging you to think about those individuals who have made a difference in our community. It is already July and before you know it, we will be back in season: fishing, boating, joining with friends at the PGICA building to socialize and play, and volunteering to help others. Once again we will be working to make Punta Gorda Isles just a little bit better, while reflecting upon how blessed we are to live in this very special corner of Florida. It is now time to put in writing what you have been urged to think about for the past five months. The deadline for nominating someone to be recognized for their contributions to our community is fast approaching.

Next time you are at the Center, or checking out the PGICA website while lounging under a maple tree up north, pick up a nominating form and complete it immediately. Don’t procrastinate. Being human - “out of sight, out of mind.” 

Here is what the committee is looking for: We are looking for people who have gone beyond the basics. What has a person done for the community? Has the person had a long term impact? Has their contribution made our community a better place to live? Please note that the contribution may be local (PGI only), City or County wide.

These are the rules for eligibility: Nominees, whether living or deceased, must currently be or have been a resident of Punta Gorda Isles. PGICA membership is not mandatory. Current members of the PGICA Board of Directors are not eligible.

This is what you must do to complete the nominating process: A brochure, with a nominating form, is available at the PGICA Center on the kiosk or on the website. We urge you to use the appropriate form however, you may add further information. The completed form may be mailed or dropped off at the Center. Nominations will be accepted until October 22.

Please act now!

For 2018

  • Deadline to submit applications Is October 12, 2018
  • Applications available in the PGICA lobby
  • Applications received after Oct 12, 2018 will be considered in 2019

Forward your nominations to:

PGICA Recognition Committee
2001 Shreve Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Fax to PGICA 941-637-1655

Carol Rose accepts on behalf of Ray Rose

Carol Rose, accepts on behalf of Ray Rose a long time member and civic leader for whom the PGICA is eternally gratefull.

Craig Esterly, Recognition Award Winner

Craig Esterly, Recognition Award winner.

The Class of 2017 was introduced at the Annual Meeting of the PGICA. An engraved brick will be set in the Recognition Garden to honor those elected.

Marlene Hofer, Past President, and member of the Recognition Committee, presented recognition certificates to Bob and Struss Shirk, Craig Esterly, and Carol Rose accepted the award for Ray Rose. This award is given to residents of Punta Gorda Isles that have made a difference outside the area of PGI. The list of achievements of these four people should make us proud to have them as members of our community. They will also have a brick placed in the garden by the pavilion, along with the others that have been recognized for making a difference.

The PGICA recognizes in this special way “those who have made a difference”. However, we all realize that success is a team effort and no one individual can be successful without the hard work of many others. Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2017 and thank you to all who volunteer to make Punta Gorda a great place to live.

History of the PGICA Recognition Program....

In 2012 as part of its 50th Anniversary, PGICA instituted a recognition committee of PGICA Past Presidents to honor residents of PGI who made a difference in our community. The work of this committee continues today. We need you to nominate people who will be honored at our next Annual Meeting.

We are looking for people who go above and beyond the normal volunteerism.

Past honorees have had relief work experience in Haiti, they have organized the boat parade, started a new club, worked with Tallahassee to get PGI inlets dredged deeper, and donated hours to charities throughout Charlotte County.

There are many people in our community that are doing marvelous things.  We just need to know who they are.

Honorees must have lived in Punta Gorda Isles. They may have volunteered for the City of Punta Gorda, various boards, volunteer policing, Coast Guard or other boating organizations, also hospitals, clinic, working with children, the elderly, or other Charlotte County charities. PGICA Membership is not mandatory.

The Recognition Committee encourages members and residents to nominate a person who has made a difference in our community.

An applicant will be evaluated based on:

  • their volunteerism
  • the importance of the contribution to the community
  • the long-term impact of their contribution
  • a set of intangible criteria determined by the individual members of the committee

Previous Honorees

Mary Frances  & Robin Adair
Bill Albers
Mary Frances  & Robin Adair
Bill Albers
Dr. Robert Andrews
David Baird
John Barnes
Peter Bontsema
Jane Brenner
Judy Brentano
Helen & Tom Cavanaugh
Buck Cockrell
Marilyn & Fred Counter
Bill Cromer
Nancy Dauster
Brian Duffy
Steve Fabian
Irene Feist
Glenn Frazee
Carolyn Freeland
Kelly Gaylord
Harvey Goldberg
Richard Greenwald
Bill Guenther
Dotty Hodgkins
Marlene Hofer
Nancy Johnson

Rex Koch
Don Landy
Rufus Lazzell
Tom Little
John Magnin
Don McCormick
Suzanne McCormick
Peggy Megiel
Joline Mowry
Carol Nieberline
Bob Peterson
Richard Polk
Jane & Tony Recine
Carol Rose
Jim Sanders
Larry Sandles
Adeline Seakwood
Jon Shattuck
Dick Shelton
Pat Slaughter
Marilyn Smith-Mooney
Sandy Snow
Bill Stringer
Marilyn & Murray Thorndycraft
Anthony Truizi
Gloria Walker
Ed Zapke


Recognition Garden

Recognition Garden