Recognition Garden

PGICA Recognition Program

October, 2017

Ed Zapke, ezapke@comcast.net

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final boarding call for flight ………………” We have all heard this announcement at some point in our lives. Hopefully, when you heard it, you were buckled into your seat, your bags were stored overhead, and you had already begun to close your eyes. If this is you, then you have already thought long and hard about nominating some deserving individual to be recognized by PGICA for their contributions to our community, filed your paperwork, and returned the necessary information to the PGICA Center.

Or are you still running through the terminal, hoping to get to the gate before it closes? The deadline for filing nominations is Monday, October 2. This is an absolute deadline. Nominations received after this date will be considered for the following year. Due to a varied delivery schedule for receiving the Commentator, some of you will not read this until after the deadline. If you have spent the time nominating someone but will most likely miss the deadline, please file the forms even though they are late. Your nominee will receive full consideration next year.

The Recognition Committee knows there are deserving people out there who have not been nominated. If you have not taken the time to recognize their efforts on behalf of our community, you have missed the plane. Our next available flight will be in approximately twelve months.

At this time I would like to thank those who have completed nominating forms for the Class of 2017. Your time and consideration have helped PGICA in their effort to recognize those who have made a difference. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the upcoming season.

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 beyond the basics.

Examples of what honorees have accomplished are:

  • Contacted and worked with Tallahassee to get the PGI inlets dredged deeper,
  • Organized the Christmas lighted boat parade around the rim canal,
  • Worked to correct safety on our roads or in our neighborhoods,
  • Organized a new PGICA club,
  • Worked with local charities for a significant amount of time raising funds or spending long hours volunteering.

Honorees must have lived in Punta Gorda Isles, and 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.

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