PGICA Recognition Program

Ed Zapke,

“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 22. This is an absolute deadline. Nominations received after this date will be considered for the following year. Get to the gate (PGICA Center) and check in (complete your nomination). Once you have completed those tasks, you should head downtown for a nice leisurely lunch.

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 2018. 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.

Please act now!

For 2018

  • Deadline to submit applications Is October 22, 2018
  • Applications available in the PGICA lobby
  • Applications received after Oct 22, 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