PGICA Recognition Program

Ed Zapke,

We are all aware that Punta Gorda is one of the most desirable places to live in Southwest Florida. Punta Gorda Isles is the largest community within city limits and one of its many gems. The heart of the Isles is the Civic Association and the many clubs that fall under its umbrella. The focus of my article this month is our clubs.

PGICA has come a long way since moving from the old sales office on Marion Avenue. There are many reasons for that, but I believe our clubs play a big role in our success. Some of our clubs are decades old; other were formed within the last few years. Clubs meet the needs of the membership, but they don’t just happen.

First there is an idea, then a person needs to step forward who is willing to organize the group and finally members gather. Somewhere in this process is a leader, someone who wants to get things done. Surprisingly, they are usually people who are active in other community activities. They are the doers. You have heard the saying, “if you want something to get done, ask a busy person.”

These are the people the Recognition Committee seeks. PGICA has a program to honor those who have made a difference.  Within each club, we know there are people who deserve to be recognized for doing their part in making PGI a great place to call home. Please take the time to nominate someone from your club or activity.

Candidates will be evaluated based on the extent of their volunteerism and the importance and long term impact of their contributions. Only current and former residents of Punta Gorda Isles are eligible. Current members of the Board of Directors of PGICA are not eligible.

Please take a look at those who you believe have made a difference within your club or organization. Then, take the time to nominate someone who you believe deserves recognition. The committee would appreciate you using the forms available at the PGICA office. An informational brochure is also available on the kiosk.

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