Hodges University First Blue Zones Workplace in Higher Education

Hodges University is the first institution of higher education to earn the Blue Zones Workplace designation. This includes both campuses in Naples and Fort Myers.

“Our School of Health Sciences led the charge to have Hodges University as a Blue Zones approved site on both our Naples and Fort Myers campuses. Our faculty and staff have very enthusiastically embraced this initiative to the point that we have announced a 30,000-mile challenge. In 2020, Hodges University will celebrate its 30th anniversary, so an especially healthy and meaningful way to do that is to have all of us at Hodges log the number of miles we walk each month, with the goal of reaching 30,000 miles,” said Dr. John Meyer, president, Hodges University. “Being a part of Blue Zones is a way for us to encourage healthier habits and lifestyle changes. That means that people are healthier, happier and more productive. It’s also a great example for our students, who we are training to be the professionals our community needs to continue to grow and thrive.”

Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population. With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening, and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as a Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). More information about Hodges University is available at Hodges.edu.

Salvation Army Bonita to bring Christmas to 439 local children

With help from the community

The Salvation Army in Bonita Springs is preparing to provide Christmas
gifts and food bags to 439 local children and their families. Distributions will begin on December 7, bringing the
gifts and food bags directly to the family’s doorstep by Salvation Army volunteers.

Salvation Army staff in Bonita Springs have been working tirelessly to get these angels adopted so kids can
experience the joy of opening a gift this Christmas. Those generous donors who go to The Salvation Army’s
Mission Station on Old 41 to adopt an angel off their tree will shop for that child and bring their unwrapped gift
back by December 3rd, just in time for The Salvation Army to distribute them to the families.

“We have less than 50 children that are left to adopt with less than a week to go,” said Sarah Clarke, Mission Station
Administrator for The Salvation Army of Bonita Springs & Estero and responsible for the Angel Tree program in
Bonita Springs. “Our goal is to have every angel adopted so we are reaching out to our generous neighbors with an
invitation to share the joy of Christmas with a child in need. No one person or group can do it all – it’s when the
generosity of many come together that the Christmas magic really happens.”

Those who want to adopt an angel can:
• call (239) 948-5200
• email sarah.clarke@uss.salvationarmy.org
• go to The Salvation Army’s office at 26820 Old US 41, Bonita Springs (in the Literacy Council building
across from the Dollar Tree). Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am – noon, 1 – 4 pm.

“In this season of giving, and as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas,” said Sarah Clarke, “it brings joy to
our hearts to give back to our neighbors alongside so many others.”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in
need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance
from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the
hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the
homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in
Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyleecounty.org. The Salvation Army is
proud to be a United Way partner agency.

2nd Annual Charity Golf-A-Thon – Monday, December 10, 2018

Head PGA Golf Pro, Stan Geer hits the links, sunrise to sunset, to benefit The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

 Cheer for Stan at 8:00am on hole 11 and enjoy treats and coffee
 Celebrate Stan’s finish with Bloody Mary’s at 5:30pm on the back lanai of the East Clubhouse

To support Stan’s effort, non-perishable food items should be dropped in bins outside of the Lifestyle Office, beginning Monday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 13th.

In 2017-2018, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 24 million pounds of food and other grocery items, including 6.4 million pounds of fresh produce, throughout Southwest Florida. Valued at $41.5 million, this food equals about 20 million meals for people in need. In Collier County, they distributed 5.1 million pounds of food.

Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero Accepting Nominations for Woman of the Year

All Nominations are due by Feb. 1, 2019

Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero is currently accepting nominations for the Woman of the Year. Nominations are due by Feb. 1, 2019.
To nominate someone, the application is on the Zonta Bonita Springs-Estero Facebook page or downloaded online from the Zonta website at www.zontabonitasprings.com. Nancy Dalaskey, Club President, can also be contacted for the application at ndalaskey@comcast.net.

Past women of the year include, Tiffany Esposito, Brenda Tate, Teri Lamaine, Christine Ross, Lori Nelson and many more.

The Annual Woman of the Year and Fundraising Luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Palmira Golf and Country Club. Tickets for this event are $50 each and $65 when purchased after April 1, 2019. Tickets can be purchased online at www.zontabonitasprings.com. RSVP for this event by April 9, 2019.

For more information, contact Nancy Dalaskey at ndalaskey@comcast.net, visit www.zontabonitasprings.com or follow the Zonta Club on Facebook.

About Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero

The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero is a not-for-profit organization located in Bonita Springs, Fla. It is an organization of business and professional women dedicated to improving the circumstances of women at all stages of life, locally and globally. It is part of Zonta International and participates in global initiatives, such as “Free the Girls” and “Say No to Violence Against Women.” To become a part of this organization, contact the club at BonitaZonta@gmail.com.

Hodges University Launches Paramedic Program, Hosts Information Sessions

Hodges University has announced the launch of its public access paramedic program on the Fort Myers campus. There are three information sessions interested students can attend. All will be held at 6 p.m. on the Fort Myer campus. The dates are December 3, 10, and 17. The Fort Myers campus is located at 4501 Colonial Blvd.

“We have good, working relationships with area municipalities and have provided this program to their Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). Now we want to open the opportunity to all EMTs. One of the distinguishing features of this paramedic program is that it has been designed to be shift-friendly,” said Jeff Ziomek, Emergency Medical Services Program Chair, Hodges University. “Classes will meet every third day to accommodate our students. The demand is there to have EMTs get the additional education and training in order to be a paramedic. This is why we have launched this program.”

In order to be accepted to the paramedic program, students must have a current Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and a Basic Life Support (BLS) Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card.

Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population. With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening, and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as a Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). More information about Hodges University is available at Hodges.edu.

Roy Beck Joins GATES Construction as Senior Superintendent

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Roy Beck as Senior Superintendent. Beck is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Beck has over 28 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types such as multi-family, hospitality, casino renovation, office construction and much more. Beck will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Celebrating 25 years, GATES provides construction management, general contracting and design-build services. Their diverse portfolio of commercial, healthcare, multi-family, club and hospitality, institutional and special projects showcases numerous landmarks successfully constructed over the past quarter of a century. As Florida’s premier builder, GATES serves its clients from offices in Bonita Springs, Sarasota and Palm Beach Gardens, and operates throughout the Southeast United States and Latin America. For more information on GATES, please call (239) 593-3777 or visit the website at www.GATESinc.com.