PGICA Recognition Program

Ed Zapke,

As we all know, our population grows considerably between late fall and the end of April. Obviously, either our weather, or the weather up north has something to do with that. But why Punta Gorda? Hopefully you are able to come up with many answers; however the bottom line is that our community is a special place. But, why is Punta Gorda so special? Could it be the restaurants? Sailing on our beautiful harbor? Fishing the backwaters? Walking, biking our many trails? Yes, all of the above, but the primary reason is our sense of community and our residents.

Just look around at our community and PGICA. None of the aforementioned features would exist if it were not for our friends and neighbors. It is people with ideas, with a work ethic and a willingness to put in the time and effort. These people didn’t seek recognition, but they deserve recognition. Our Civic Association realized this, and six years ago instituted the Recognition Program. To date, over fifty current or former residents of Punta Gorda Isles have bricks dedicated in their name for having made a difference.

Also, our community is not stagnant. There are new ideas, revitalized programs and people to make them work. PGICA needs your help in locating these people. Any current or former resident of the Isles is eligible. Their contributions may have been local, in the City, County or beyond. What counts is that they are individuals who have made our community a better place.

For further information and applications, contact the PGI Civic Association office. Please take the time and make the effort to nominate a candidate for the 2018 Recognition Program. For those of you heading north for the summer, I urge you to act on this before you leave. Community support has and will always be the foundation of a successful program.

Thank you.

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

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